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By Elvis Amao Internal Medicine , Cardiology and infectious diseases
Ray W Squires, Adam M Shultz, Joerg Herrmann
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cancer patients nearly universally experience a decline in quality of life, with fatigue and reduced exercise tolerance as cardinal reflections. A routine exercise program can improve these signs and symptoms as well as overall outcomes. The review provides an updated overview of the field and its translation to clinical practice. RECENT FINDINGS: A wealth of clinical studies have documented the safety and benefits of exercise after and during cancer therapy, and pilot and larger-scale studies are currently ongoing to integrate exercise into the treatment program for cancer patients undergoing active therapy (EXACT pilot, OptiTrain, and TITAN study)...
March 10, 2018: Current Oncology Reports
M Cecilia Bahit, Ajar Kochar, Christopher B Granger
Heart failure (HF) complicating myocardial infarction (MI) is common and may be present at admission or develop during the hospitalization. Among patients with MI, there is a strong relationship between degree of HF and mortality. The optimal management of the patient with HF complicating MI varies according to time since the onset of infarction. Medical therapy for HF after MI includes early (within 24 h) initiation of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and early (within 7 days) use of aldosterone antagonists...
March 2018: JACC. Heart Failure
David Adlam, Fernando Alfonso, Angela Maas, Christiaan Vrints
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February 22, 2018: European Heart Journal
Timothy Johnson, Peter Richman, John R Allegra, Barnet Eskin, James Seger
BACKGROUND: Advances in pharmacologic therapy, non-invasive positive pressure ventilation (NIPPV) and advanced directives may have decreased the intubations of dyspneic elderly (≥65years old) patients in the emergency department (ED). OBJECTIVE: To determine if the percentage of elderly ED patients intubated has decreased in recent years. METHODS: Design: Retrospective multihospital cohort. SETTING: Consecutive ED patients in nine NJ hospitals (1/1/1999 to 9/30/2014)...
February 25, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Robyn A Clark
BACKGROUND: In a series of studies over the past decade we have measured the effectiveness of telehealth for elderly heart failure patients (>70 years) on rehospitalisation, mortality, adherence, satisfaction, cost effectiveness, health related quality of life, age and types of technology. METHODS: Evidence has been derived from a Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis (1 original and 2 updates: 2007-2016), two sub-analysis of this data and a large NHMRC funded multicentre randomised controlled trial (CHAT study 2010)...
2018: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Elizabeth Potter, Thomas H Marwick
Left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (LVEF) is a simple measure of global systolic function that pervades the risk evaluation and management of many cardiovascular diseases. However, this parameter is limited not only by technical challenges, but also by pathophysiological entities where the ratio of stroke volume to LV cavity size is preserved. The assessment of global longitudinal strain (GLS) from speckle-tracking analysis of 2-dimensional echocardiography has become a clinically feasible alternative to LVEF for the measurement of myocardial function...
February 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Jerry Dong, Hong Chen
As cancer therapeutics continues to improve and progress, the adverse side effects associated with anticancer treatments have also attracted more attention and have become extensively explored. Consequently, the importance of posttreatment follow-ups is becoming increasingly relevant to the discussion. Contemporary treatment methods, such as tyrosine kinase inhibitors, anthracycline chemotherapy, and immunotherapy regimens are effective in treating different modalities of cancers; however, these reagents act through interference with DNA replication or prevent DNA repair, causing endothelial dysfunction, generating reactive oxygen species, or eliciting non-specific immune responses...
2018: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
Kelly C Gast, Paul V Viscuse, Somaira Nowsheen, Tufia C Haddad, Robert W Mutter, Andrea E Wahner Hendrickson, Fergus J Couch, Kathryn J Ruddy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers can be at increased cardiovascular risk. The goal of this review is to provide information about factors associated with increased cardiovascular risk, methods to prevent cardiovascular toxicities, and recommended screening guidelines. RECENT FINDINGS: BRCA1/2 mutation carriers who are diagnosed with cancer are often exposed to chemotherapy, chest radiotherapy, and/or HER2 directed therapies, all of which can be cardiotoxic...
March 1, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
K M Eggers, T Jernberg, B Lindahl
BACKGROUND: Cardiac troponin (cTn) levels reflect infarct size and depressed left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) in patients with non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS). However, there is very limited information on whether cTn measured with a high-sensitivity (hs) assay would provide incremental prognostic information to the LVEF in NSTE-ACS patients. METHODS: This was a registry-based study (SWEDEHEART registry) investigating 20,652 NSTE-ACS patients with available information on hs-cTnT (highest level recorded during the hospitalization) and the LVEF estimated using echocardiography...
March 2018: American Heart Journal
Jay S Shavadia, William French, Anne S Hellkamp, Laine Thomas, Eric R Bates, Steven V Manoukian, Michael C Kontos, Robert Suter, Timothy D Henry, Harold L Dauerman, Matthew T Roe
BACKGROUND: Assessing hospital-related network-level primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) performance for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is challenging due to differential time-to-treatment metrics based on location of diagnostic electrocardiogram (ECG) for STEMI. METHODS: STEMI patients undergoing primary PCI at 588 PCI-capable hospitals in AHA Mission: Lifeline (2008-2013) were categorized by initial STEMI identification location: PCI-capable hospitals (Group 1); pre-hospital setting (Group 2); and non-PCI-capable hospitals (Group 3)...
March 2018: American Heart Journal
Pietro Ameri, Marco Canepa, Markus S Anker, Yury Belenkov, Jutta Bergler-Klein, Alain Cohen-Solal, Dimitrios Farmakis, Teresa López-Fernández, Mitja Lainscak, Radek Pudil, Frank Ruschitska, Petar Seferovic, Gerasimos Filippatos, Andrew Coats, Thomas Suter, Stephan Von Haehling, Fortunato Ciardiello, Rudolf A de Boer, Alexander R Lyon, Carlo G Tocchetti
Cancer and heart failure (HF) are common medical conditions with a steadily rising prevalence in industrialized countries, particularly in the elderly, and they both potentially carry a poor prognosis. A new diagnosis of malignancy in subjects with pre-existing HF is not infrequent, and challenges HF specialists as well as oncologists with complex questions relating to both HF and cancer management. An increased incidence of cancer in patients with established HF has also been suggested. This review paper summarizes the epidemiology and the prognostic implications of cancer occurrence in HF, the impact of pre-existing HF on cancer treatment decisions and the impact of cancer on HF therapeutic options, while providing some practical suggestions regarding patient care and highlighting gaps in knowledge...
February 21, 2018: European Journal of Heart Failure
Robert H G Schwinger
Elderly people show increased probability to develop atherosclerotic diseases; in consequence heart failure - most often following coronary heart disease - as well as atrial fibrillation is more common. Following guidelines may lead to polypharmacy, i. e. use of more than 5 drugs daily. Thus, drug interactions as well as side effects become more likely; especially in elderly patients reduced kidney function has to be taken into account. Only drugs which have shown to prolong life or to reduce symptoms in controlled clinical trials should be used...
February 2018: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Andrew Xanthopoulos, Filippos Triposkiadis, Randall C Starling
Heart failure (HF) is classified based upon the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is a heterogeneous disorder with increasing prevalence in the elderly that remains incompletely understood and inadequately treated as no therapy has shown favorable effects. In this review, we summarize the current theories regarding HFpEF pathogenesis, propose a phenotype-based classification of HFpEF, discuss prevention strategies, explain why clinical trials on HFpEF treatment have failed, and make suggestions for the future...
January 9, 2018: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
Jonathan Stone, Patrick Hangge, Hassan Albadawi, Alex Wallace, Fadi Shamoun, M Grace Knuttien, Sailendra Naidu, Rahmi Oklu
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a major preventable cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Venous thromboembolism (VTE), which includes DVT and pulmonary embolism (PE), affects an estimated 1 per 1,000 people and contributes to 60,000-100,000 deaths annually. Normal blood physiology hinges on a delicate balance between pro- and anti-coagulant factors. Virchow's Triad distills the multitude of risk factors for DVT into three basic elements favoring thrombus formation: venous stasis, vascular injury, and hypercoagulability...
December 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Sharonne N Hayes, Esther S H Kim, Jacqueline Saw, David Adlam, Cynthia Arslanian-Engoren, Katherine E Economy, Santhi K Ganesh, Rajiv Gulati, Mark E Lindsay, Jennifer H Mieres, Sahar Naderi, Svati Shah, David E Thaler, Marysia S Tweet, Malissa J Wood
Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) has emerged as an important cause of acute coronary syndrome, myocardial infarction, and sudden death, particularly among young women and individuals with few conventional atherosclerotic risk factors. Patient-initiated research has spurred increased awareness of SCAD, and improved diagnostic capabilities and findings from large case series have led to changes in approaches to initial and long-term management and increasing evidence that SCAD not only is more common than previously believed but also must be evaluated and treated differently from atherosclerotic myocardial infarction...
February 22, 2018: Circulation
Jennifer P Stevens, Tenzin Dechen, Richard Schwartzstein, Carl O'Donnell, Kathy Baker, Michael D Howell, Robert B Banzett
CONTEXT: Dyspnea is an uncomfortable and distressing sensation experienced by hospitalized patients. OBJECTIVES: There is no large-scale study of the prevalence and intensity of patient-reported dyspnea at the time of admission to the hospital. METHODS: Between March 2014 and September 2016, we conducted a prospective cohort study among all consecutive hospitalized patients at a single tertiary care center in Boston, MA. During the first 12 hours of admission to medical-surgical and obstetric units, nurses at our institution routinely collect a patient's (1) current level of dyspnea on a 0-10 scale with 10 anchored at "unbearable", (2) worst dyspnea in the past 24 hours prior to arrival at the hospital on the same 0-10 scale, and (3) what activities were associated with dyspnea prior to admission...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Bernd Saugel, Karim Bendjelid, Lester A H Critchley, Thomas W L Scheeren
Hemodynamic monitoring provides the basis for the optimization of cardiovascular dynamics in intensive care medicine and anesthesiology. The Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing (JCMC) is an ideal platform to publish research related to hemodynamic monitoring technologies, cardiovascular (patho)physiology, and hemodynamic treatment strategies. In this review, we discuss selected papers published on cardiovascular and hemodynamic monitoring in the JCMC in 2017.
February 26, 2018: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Matteo Cameli, Stefano Lunghetti, Giulia Elena Mandoli, Francesca Maria Righini, Matteo Lisi, Valeria Curci, Cristina Di Tommaso, Marco Solari, Dan Nistor, Annalaura Gismondi, Marta Focardi, Roberto Favilli, Sergio Mondillo
Background and Purpose: Atrial fibrillation (AF) has a high prevalence in the population and it is responsible for up to the 25% of the strokes in elderly people. The aim of our study was to assess the correlations of left atrial (LA) functional parameter, global peak atrial longitudinal strain (PALS), derived from speckle tracking echocardiography (STE), with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) findings in patients with persistent AF undergoing TEE before electrical cardioversion or ablation procedures...
December 2017: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
Sarah Fitzsimons, Jonathan Evans, Jayan Parameshwar, Stephen J Pettit
BACKGROUND: Acute cellular rejection (ACR) is a common complication in the first year after heart transplantation (HT). Routine surveillance for ACR is undertaken by endomyocardial biopsy (EMB). Measurement of cardiac troponins (cTn) in serum is an established diagnostic test of cardiac myocyte injury. This systematic review aimed to determine whether cTn measurement could be used to diagnose or exclude ACR. METHODS: PubMed, Google Scholar and the JHLT archive were searched for studies reporting the result of a cTn assay and a paired surveillance EMB...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Jon Kobashigawa, Monica Colvin, Luciano Potena, Duska Dragun, Maria G Crespo-Leiro, Juan F Delgado, Michael Olymbios, Jayan Parameshwar, Jignesh Patel, Elaine Reed, Nancy Reinsmoen, E Rene Rodriguez, Heather Ross, Randall C Starling, Dolly Tyan, Simon Urschel, Andreas Zuckermann
Despite the successes from refined peri-operative management techniques and immunosuppressive therapies, antibodies remain a serious cause of morbidity and mortality for patients both before and after heart transplantation. Patients awaiting transplant who possess antibodies against human leukocyte antigen are disadvantaged by having to wait longer to receive an organ from a suitably matched donor. The number of pre-sensitized patients has been increasing, a trend that is likely due to the increased use of mechanical circulatory support devices...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
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