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By Elvis Amao Internal Medicine , Cardiology and infectious diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891383/ruptured-sinus-of-valsalva-with-infective-endocarditis-complicated-with-post-infectious-acute-glomerulonephritis-a-rare-case-presentation
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Aditya Singh Kutiyal, Mradul Kumar Daga
Ruptured Sinus of Valsalva (RSOV) is a rarely seen disease condition. RSOV can have varied presentations from being asymptomatic with just a cardiac murmur to profound hypotension. There has been simultaneous occurrence of RSOV with Infective Endocarditis (IE) in literature. Glomerulonephritis has also been reported in approximately 20% patients with IE. Large amount of proteinuria or decline in kidney functions is rarely encountered and mostly this finding has been incidental on routine evaluation. The co-existence of all the three conditions in a single patient is rare...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910084/levosimendan-accelerates-recovery-in-patients-with-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy
#2
Mehmet Yaman, Ugur Arslan, Ahmet Kaya, Aytac Akyol, Fatih Ozturk, Yunus Emre Okudan, Adil Bayramoglu, Osman Bektas
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy and safety of levosimendan in takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC). METHODS: The study was conducted in a retrospective design and 42 consecutive patients were enrolled in 6 cardiovascular centers in Turkey. The records of TC patients having left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤ 35% were examined at admission, discharge and recovery period including their clinical and echocardiographic data were recorded...
December 2, 2016: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913059/cha2ds2-vasc-scores-and-major-bleeding-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-who-are-receiving-rivaroxaban
#3
W Frank Peacock, Sally Tamayo, Manesh Patel, Nicholas Sicignano, Kathleen P Hopf, Zhong Yuan
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Assessing stroke risk associated with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation depends on the evaluation of patient characteristics and clinical features. Clinicians must determine that the net clinical benefit from anticoagulation therapy outweighs its risk, namely, bleeding. Risk assessment for stroke is commonly performed by calculating a CHA2DS2-VASc (congestive heart failure/left ventricular dysfunction, hypertension, ≥75 years, diabetes mellitus, previous stroke or transient ischemic attack or thromboembolism, vascular disease, aged 65 to 74 years, sex female) score...
November 29, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893153/efficacy-and-safety-of-dabigatran-rivaroxaban-and-warfarin-for-stroke-prevention-in-chinese-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-the-hong-kong-atrial-fibrillation-project
#4
Wen-Hua Li, Duo Huang, Chern-En Chiang, Chu-Pak Lau, Hung-Fat Tse, Esther W Chan, Ian C K Wong, Gregory Y H Lip, Pak-Hei Chan, Chung-Wah Siu
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the comparative effectiveness and safety of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOAC) compared to warfarin in Chinese atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. Our aim was to compare the ischemic stroke risk reduction and incidence of intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) of warfarin in relation to quality of anticoagulation control (as reflected by time in therapeutic range [TTR]), and to dabigatran and rivaroxaban in a real-world cohort of Chinese AF patients...
November 28, 2016: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909535/search-for-the-ideal-antithrombotic-drug-utopian-task-likely-is-implemented-already
#5
REVIEW
Petras Stirbys Md PhD
Atrial fibrillation is the most prevalent cardiac arrhythmia with a high risk of ischemic stroke. Thromboprophylaxis plays a key role in prevention of cardioembolic and non-cardioembolic events. Oral antithrombotic drugs are most often used to reduce hypercoagulable state. Patients may suffer from both under- and overtreatment compromising the outcomes. Medication peculiarities at large are well-known and widely debated. Non-adherence to antithrombotic drug regimen poses a significant risk of stroke. There is a pressing need for more detailed delineation of risk factors, namely by incorporation of the letter "N" (meaning "Non-adherence to drug therapy") into the well-known risk score alphanumeric display: CHA2DS2N-VASc...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909494/anemia-an-independent-predictor-of-adverse-outcomes-in-older-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#6
REVIEW
Ali N Ali MBChB MSc Mrcp Uk, Nandkishor V Athavale MBChB Md Frcp, Ahmed H Abdelhafiz MBChB MSc Md Frcp
Both anemia and atrial fibrillation are common in older people and their prevalence is age dependent which increases as population ages. Anemia, especially acute onset, predisposes to new onset atrial fibrillation which is likely to be mediated through inducing heart failure first and this predisposition seems to be potentiated by the presence of renal impairment. Anemia adds to the comorbidity burden of patients with atrial fibrillation and independently increases the risks of adverse outcomes such as increased hospitalization, mortality, bleeding and thromboembolic events...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908447/prevalence-of-comorbidities-and-the-prognostic-value-of-the-profund-index-in-a-hospital-cardiology-unit
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M A López-Garrido, I Antequera Martín-Portugués, V M Becerra-Muñoz, H N Orellana-Figueroa, F J Sánchez-Lora, L Morcillo-Hidalgo, M F Jiménez-Navarro, J J Gómez-Doblas, E de Teresa-Galván, J M García-Pinilla
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to understand the prevalence of comorbidities and the usefulness of the PROFUND index for the prognostic stratification of patients with comorbidities in a hospital cardiology unit. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We consecutively analysed all patients hospitalized in 2012 in the department of cardiology. We recorded the comorbidities, length of stay, hospital mortality, Charlson indices and PROFUND indices. In the patients with comorbidities, we also recorded the readmissions and mortality during a 1-year follow-up...
November 28, 2016: Revista Clínica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910996/speckle-tracking-echocardiography-predicts-early-subclinical-anthracycline-cardiotoxicity-in-patients-with-breast-cancer
#8
Qi Tang, Yan Jiang, Yali Xu, Hongmei Xia
PURPOSE: This study aimed to assess the early changes of left ventricular (LV) and right ventricular (RV) mechanics associated with anthracycline treatment for breast cancer and to determine whether two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) analysis could predict chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity. BACKGROUND: Anthracycline generates progressive LV dysfunction associated with a poor prognosis. Early detection of minor change of myocardial mechanics is thus important...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900534/heart-failure-management-in-the-elderly-a%C3%A2-public-health-challenge
#9
REVIEW
Natasa Cvetinovic, Goran Loncar, Jerneja Farkas
Heart failure (HF) is a rapidly growing public health problem and the leading cause of morbidity, mortality, and hospitalization in populations > 65 years. The elderly HF patients have an increased prevalence of HF with preserved ejection fraction and comorbidities, may present with atypical symptoms and signs, have a higher risk for adverse drug reactions, and worse prognosis as compared with younger patients. Moreover, there is a lack of evidence-based therapies for this population because they are underrepresented in the clinical trials...
November 29, 2016: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865641/canadian-cardiovascular-society-guidelines-on-perioperative-cardiac-risk-assessment-and-management-for-patients-who-undergo-noncardiac-surgery
#10
Emmanuelle Duceppe, Joel Parlow, Paul MacDonald, Kristin Lyons, Michael McMullen, Sadeesh Srinathan, Michelle Graham, Vikas Tandon, Kim Styles, Amal Bessissow, Daniel I Sessler, Gregory Bryson, P J Devereaux
The Canadian Cardiovascular Society Guidelines Committee and key Canadian opinion leaders believed there was a need for up to date guidelines that used the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) system of evidence assessment for patients who undergo noncardiac surgery. Strong recommendations included: 1) measuring brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) or N-terminal fragment of proBNP (NT-proBNP) before surgery to enhance perioperative cardiac risk estimation in patients who are 65 years of age or older, are 45-64 years of age with significant cardiovascular disease, or have a Revised Cardiac Risk Index score ≥ 1; 2) against performing preoperative resting echocardiography, coronary computed tomography angiography, exercise or cardiopulmonary exercise testing, or pharmacological stress echocardiography or radionuclide imaging to enhance perioperative cardiac risk estimation; 3) against the initiation or continuation of acetylsalicylic acid for the prevention of perioperative cardiac events, except in patients with a recent coronary artery stent or who will undergo carotid endarterectomy; 4) against α2 agonist or β-blocker initiation within 24 hours before surgery; 5) withholding angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor and angiotensin II receptor blocker starting 24 hours before surgery; 6) facilitating smoking cessation before surgery; 7) measuring daily troponin for 48 to 72 hours after surgery in patients with an elevated NT-proBNP/BNP measurement before surgery or if there is no NT-proBNP/BNP measurement before surgery, in those who have a Revised Cardiac Risk Index score ≥1, age 45-64 years with significant cardiovascular disease, or age 65 years or older; and 8) initiating of long-term acetylsalicylic acid and statin therapy in patients who suffer myocardial injury/infarction after surgery...
October 4, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887762/extracardiac-signs-of-fluid-overload-in-the-critically-ill-cardiac-patient-a-focused-evaluation-using-bedside-ultrasound
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REVIEW
William Beaubien-Souligny, Josée Bouchard, Georges Desjardins, Yoan Lamarche, Mark Liszkowski, Pierre Robillard, André Denault
Fluid balance management is of great importance in the critically ill cardiac patient. Although intravenous fluids are a cornerstone therapy in the management of unstable patients, excessive administration coupled with cardiac dysfunction leads to elevation in central venous pressure and end-organ venous congestion. Fluid overload is known to have a detrimental effect on organ function and is responsible for significant morbidity in critically ill patients. Multisystem bedside point of care ultrasound imaging can be used to assess signs of fluid overload and venous congestion in critically ill patients...
August 24, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892884/%C3%AE-blocker-dosage-and-outcomes-after-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Jason E Allen, Stacey Knight, Raymond O McCubrey, Tami Bair, Joseph Brent Muhlestein, Jeffrey J Goldberger, Jeffrey L Anderson
BACKGROUND: Although β-blockers increase survival in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients, the doses used in trials were higher than doses used in practice, and recent data do not support an advantage of higher doses. We hypothesized that rates of major adverse cardiac events (MACE), all-cause death, myocardial infarction, and stroke are equivalent for patients on low-dose and high-dose β-blocker. METHODS: Patients admitted to Intermountain Healthcare with ACS and diagnosed with ≥70% coronary stenosis between 1994 and 2013 were studied (N = 7,834)...
October 22, 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892889/the-impact-of-functional-vs-degenerative-mitral-regurgitation-on-clinical-outcomes-among-patients-undergoing-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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René Vollenbroich, Stefan Stortecky, Fabien Praz, Jonas Lanz, Anna Franzone, Katarzyna Zuk, Dik Heg, Marco Valgimigli, Crochan John O'Sullivan, Corinna Heinisch, Eva Roost, Peter Wenaweser, Stephan Windecker, Thomas Pilgrim
BACKGROUND: Among patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), concomitant mitral regurgitation (MR) has been associated with adverse prognosis. We aimed to assess long-term clinical outcomes according to MR etiology. METHODS: In a single-center registry of consecutive patients undergoing TAVI, we investigated the impact of functional (FMR) vs degenerative (DMR) MR on cardiovascular (CV) mortality throughout 2years of follow-up. RESULTS: Among 603 patients (mean age 82...
October 28, 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892890/trial-design-rivaroxaban-for-the-prevention-of-major-cardiovascular-events-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-rationale-and-design-of-the-galileo-study
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Stephan Windecker, Jan Tijssen, Gennaro Giustino, Ana H C Guimarães, Roxana Mehran, Marco Valgimigli, Pascal Vranckx, Robert C Welsh, Usman Baber, Gerrit-Anne van Es, Peter Wildgoose, Albert A Volkl, Ana Zazula, Karen Thomitzek, Melanie Hemmrich, George D Dangas
BACKGROUND: Optimal antithrombotic treatment after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is unknown and determined empirically. The direct factor Xa inhibitor rivaroxaban may potentially reduce TAVR-related thrombotic complications and premature valve failure. DESIGN: GALILEO is an international, randomized, open-label, event-driven, phase III trial in more than 1,520 patients without an indication for oral anticoagulation who underwent a successful TAVR (ClinicalTrials...
October 31, 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892891/atorvastatin-for-high-risk-statin-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-undergoing-noncardiac-surgery-the-lowering-the-risk-of-operative-complications-using-atorvastatin-loading-dose-load-randomized-trial
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Otavio Berwanger, Pedro G M de Barros E Silva, Roberto Ramos Barbosa, Dalton Bertolim Precoma, Estêvão Lanna Figueiredo, Ludhmila Abrahão Hajjar, Cleber Dario Pinto Kruel, Carolina Alboim, Adail Paixão Almeida, Marianna Deway Andrade Dracoulakis, Hugo Vargas Filho, Maria José Carvalho Carmona, Lília Nigro Maia, João Bosco de Oliveira Filho, Jose Francisco Kerr Saraiva, Rafael M Soares, Lucas Damiani, Denise Paisani, Alessandra A Kodama, Beatriz Gonzales, Dimas T Ikeoka, Philip J Devereaux, Renato D Lopes
: Preliminary evidence suggests that statins may prevent major perioperative vascular complications. METHODS: We randomized 648 statin-naïve patients who were scheduled for noncardiac surgery and were at risk for a major vascular complication. Patients were randomized to a loading dose of atorvastatin or placebo (80 mg anytime within 18hours before surgery), followed by a maintenance dose of 40 mg (or placebo), started at least 12hours after the surgery, and then 40 mg/d (or placebo) for 7days...
November 9, 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881564/heart-failure-stages-among-older-adults-in-the-community-the-atherosclerosis-risk-in-communities-study
#16
Amil M Shah, Brian Claggett, Laura R Loehr, Patricia P Chang, Kunihiro Matsushita, Dalane Kitzman, Suma H Konety, Anna Kucharska-Newton, Carla A Sueta, Thomas H Mosley, Jacqueline D Wright, Josef Coresh, Gerardo Heiss, Aaron R Folsom, Scott D Solomon
BACKGROUND: -Although HF disproportionately affects older adults, little data exist regarding the prevalence of American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association heart failure (HF) stages among older individuals in the community. Additionally, the role of contemporary measures of longitudinal strain (LS) and diastolic dysfunction in defining HF stages is unclear. METHODS: -HF stages were classified in 6,118 participants in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study (age 67 - 91 years) at the fifth study visit as follows: stage A (asymptomatic with HF risk factors but no cardiac structural or functional abnormalities), B (asymptomatic with structural abnormalities, defined as left ventricular hypertrophy, dilation or dysfunction, or significant valvular disease), C1 (clinical HF without prior hospitalization), and C2 (clinical HF with prior hospitalization)...
November 23, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881565/low-dose-aspirin-for-primary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-events-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-10-year-follow-up-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Yoshihiko Saito, Sadanori Okada, Hisao Ogawa, Hirofumi Soejima, Mio Sakuma, Masafumi Nakayama, Naofumi Doi, Hideaki Jinnouchi, Masako Waki, Izuru Masuda, Takeshi Morimoto
BACKGROUND: -The long-term efficacy and safety of low-dose aspirin for primary prevention of cardiovascular events in patients with type 2 diabetes are still inconclusive. METHODS: -The Japanese Primary Prevention of Atherosclerosis with Aspirin for Diabetes (JPAD) trial was a randomized, open-label, standard-care controlled trial examining whether low-dose aspirin affected cardiovascular events in 2539 Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes and without pre-existing cardiovascular disease...
November 15, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895025/medical-treatment-of-aortic-stenosis
#18
Guillaume Marquis-Gravel, Björn Redfors, Martin B Leon, Philippe Généreux
Untreated, severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis is associated with a dismal prognosis. The only treatment shown to improve survival is aortic valve replacement; however, before symptoms occur, aortic stenosis is preceded by a silent, latent phase characterized by a slow progression at the molecular, cellular, and tissue levels. In theory, specific medical therapy should halt aortic stenosis progression, reduce its hemodynamic repercussions on left ventricular function and remodeling, and improve clinical outcomes...
November 29, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898735/cognitive-dysfunction-and-malnutrition-are-independent-predictor-of-dysphagia-in-patients-with-acute-exacerbation-of-congestive-heart-failure
#19
Junichi Yokota, Yoshiko Ogawa, Shinsuke Yamanaka, Yoshimi Takahashi, Hiroshi Fujita, Nobuhiro Yamaguchi, Noriko Onoue, Takeshi Ishizuka, Tsuyoshi Shinozaki, Masahiro Kohzuki
Early detection and intervention for dysphagia is important in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). However, previous studies have focused on how many patients with dysphagia develop CHF. Studies focusing on the comorbidity of dysphagia in patients with CHF are rare. Additionally, risk factors for dysphagia in patients with CHF are unclear. Thus, the aim of this study was to clarify risk factors for dysphagia in patients with acute exacerbation of CHF. A total of 105 patients, who were admitted with acute exacerbation of CHF, were enrolled...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889567/prognostic-value-of-plasma-apelin-concentrations-at-admission-in-patients-with-st-segment-elevation-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Jordi Sans-Roselló, Gregori Casals, Xavier Rosselló, Bernardino González de la Presa, Montserrat Vila, Albert Duran-Cambra, Manuel Morales-Ruiz, Andreu Ferrero-Gregori, Wladimiro Jiménez, Alessandro Sionis
BACKGROUND: The use of plasma biomarkers is relevant for the prognosis of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients. Apelin, an adipocytokine, plays a pivotal role in the pathophysiology of both ischemia/reperfusion injury and its potential subsequent heart failure. We evaluated apelin concentrations at admission as a biomarker to assess risk of 6-month mortality. METHODS: Consecutive patients with STEMI were recruited from January 2012 to January 2013 (n=250)...
November 23, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
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