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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145667/acute-coronary-syndrome-diagnostic-evaluation
#1
Craig Barstow, Matthew Rice, Jonathan D McDivitt
Myocardial infarction (MI), a subset of acute coronary syndrome, is damage to the cardiac muscle as evidenced by elevated cardiac troponin levels in the setting of acute ischemia. Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of mortality in the United States. Chest pain is a common presentation in patients with MI; however, there are multiple noncardiac causes of chest pain, and the diagnosis cannot always be made based on initial presentation. The assessment of a possible MI includes evaluation of risk factors and presenting signs and symptoms, rapid electrocardiography, and serum cardiac troponin measurements...
February 1, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257716/the-risks-and-benefits-of-long-term-use-of-proton-pump-inhibitors-expert-review-and-best-practice-advice-from-the-american-gastroenterological-association
#2
REVIEW
Daniel E Freedberg, Lawrence S Kim, Yu-Xiao Yang
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The purpose of this review is to evaluate the risks associated with long-term use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), focusing on long-term use of PPIs for three common indications: gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett's esophagus (BE), and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) bleeding prophylaxis. METHODS: The recommendations outlined in this review are based on expert opinion and on relevant publications from PubMed, EMbase, and the Cochrane library (through July 2016)...
March 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265666/atrial-fibrillation
#3
Peter Zimetbaum
This issue provides a clinical overview of atrial fibrillation, focusing on diagnosis, treatment, and practice improvement. The content of In the Clinic is drawn from the clinical information and education resources of the American College of Physicians (ACP), including MKSAP (Medical Knowledge and Self-Assessment Program). Annals of Internal Medicine editors develop In the Clinic in collaboration with the ACP's Medical Education and Publishing divisions and with the assistance of additional science writers and physician writers...
March 7, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222250/long-term-treatment-of-cancer-associated-thrombosis-the-choice-of-the-optimal-anticoagulant
#4
REVIEW
I Elalamy, I Mahé, W Ageno, G Meyer
Patients with cancer associated thrombosis (CAT) carry a higher risk of recurrence, bleeding and mortality as compared to non-cancer patients. The specific profile of cancer patients combining frequent co-morbidities, the use of anti-tumoral therapies and the cancer progression itself represent a major therapeutic challenge for choosing a long-term anticoagulant treatment. This review discusses the practical basis of that choice among available drugs for the long-term antithrombotic strategy linked to their pharmacology, mechanism of action, evidence of clinical benefits, advantages and limitations in such a complex clinical context...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241279/thiazolidinediones-and-advanced-liver-fibrosis-in-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis-a-meta-analysis
#5
Giovanni Musso, Maurizio Cassader, Elena Paschetta, Roberto Gambino
Importance: Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is projected to be the leading cause of liver transplantation by 2020. Advanced fibrosis (stage F3-F4) on liver biopsy independently predicts all-cause and liver-related mortality in NASH. There are no known efficacious treatments for advanced fibrosis related to NASH. Thiazolidinedione therapy has been extensively evaluated in NASH, and new randomized clinical trials (RCTs) of its efficacy have been completed. Objective: To synthesize the evidence about the association of thiazolidinedione therapy with advanced liver fibrosis in NASH...
February 27, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212836/point-of-care-ultrasonography-for-evaluation-of-acute-dyspnea-in-the-emergency-department
#6
Maurizio Zanobetti, Margherita Scorpiniti, Chiara Gigli, Peiman Nazerian, Simone Vanni, Francesca Innocenti, Valerio T Stefanone, Caterina Savinelli, Alessandro Coppa, Sofia Bigiarini, Francesca Caldi, Irene Tassinari, Alberto Conti, Stefano Grifoni, Riccardo Pini
BACKGROUND: Acute dyspnea is a common symptom in the emergency department (ED). Standard approach to dyspnea often relies on radiologic and laboratoristic results, causing excessive delay before adequate therapy is started; an integrated point-of-care ultrasonography (PoCUS) approach can shorten the time needed to formulate a diagnosis maintaining an acceptable safety profile. METHODS: Consecutive adult patients presenting with dyspnea and admitted after ED evaluation were prospectively enrolled...
February 14, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28233565/prophylactic-hydration-to-protect-renal-function-from-intravascular-iodinated-contrast-material-in-patients-at-high-risk-of-contrast-induced-nephropathy-amacing-a-prospective-randomised-phase-3-controlled-open-label-non-inferiority-trial
#7
Estelle C Nijssen, Roger J Rennenberg, Patty J Nelemans, Brigitte A Essers, Marga M Janssen, Marja A Vermeeren, Vincent van Ommen, Joachim E Wildberger
BACKGROUND: Intravenous saline is recommended in clinical practice guidelines as the cornerstone for preventing contrast-induced nephropathy in patients with compromised renal function. However, clinical-effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of this prophylactic hydration treatment in protecting renal function has not been adequately studied in the population targeted by the guidelines, against a group receiving no prophylaxis. This was the aim of the AMACING trial. METHODS: AMACING is a prospective, randomised, phase 3, parallel-group, open-label, non-inferiority trial of patients at risk of contrast-induced nephropathy according to current guidelines...
February 20, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167634/management-of-patients-on-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-in-the-acute-care-and-periprocedural-setting-a-scientific-statement-from-the-american-heart-association
#8
Amish N Raval, Joaquin E Cigarroa, Mina K Chung, Larry J Diaz-Sandoval, Deborah Diercks, Jonathan P Piccini, Hee Soo Jung, Jeffrey B Washam, Babu G Welch, Allyson R Zazulia, Sean P Collins
Non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are now widely used as alternatives to warfarin for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation and management of venous thromboembolism. In clinical practice, there is still widespread uncertainty on how to manage patients on NOACs who bleed or who are at risk for bleeding. Clinical trial data related to NOAC reversal for bleeding and perioperative management are sparse, and recommendations are largely derived from expert opinion. Knowledge of time of last ingestion of the NOAC and renal function is critical to managing these patients given that laboratory measurement is challenging because of the lack of commercially available assays in the United States...
February 6, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141683/fever-in-the-emergency-department-predicts-survival-of-patients-with-severe-sepsis-and-septic-shock-admitted-to-the-icu
#9
Jonas Sundén-Cullberg, Rebecca Rylance, Jesper Svefors, Anna Norrby-Teglund, Jonas Björk, Malin Inghammar
OBJECTIVES: To study the prognostic value of fever in the emergency department in septic patients subsequently admitted to the ICU. DESIGN: Observational cohort study from the Swedish national quality register for sepsis. SETTING: Thirty ICU's in Sweden. PATIENTS: Two thousand two hundred twenty-five adults who were admitted to an ICU within 24 hours of hospital arrival with a diagnosis of severe sepsis or septic shock were included...
April 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114673/benefits-and-harms-of-intensive-blood-pressure-treatment-in-adults-aged-60-years-or-older-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#10
Jessica Weiss, Michele Freeman, Allison Low, Rochelle Fu, Amy Kerfoot, Robin Paynter, Makalapua Motu'apuaka, Karli Kondo, Devan Kansagara
Background: Recent guidelines recommend a systolic blood pressure (SBP) goal of less than 150 mm Hg for adults aged 60 years or older, but the balance of benefits and harms is unclear in light of newer evidence. Purpose: To systematically review the effects of more versus less intensive BP control in older adults. Data Sources: Multiple databases through January 2015 and MEDLINE to September 2016. Study Selection: 21 randomized, controlled trials comparing BP targets or treatment intensity, and 3 observational studies that assessed harms...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135725/pharmacologic-treatment-of-hypertension-in-adults-aged-60-years-or-older-to-higher-versus-lower-blood-pressure-targets-a-clinical-practice-guideline-from-the-american-college-of-physicians-and-the-american-academy-of-family-physicians
#11
Amir Qaseem, Timothy J Wilt, Robert Rich, Linda L Humphrey, Jennifer Frost, Mary Ann Forciea
Description: The American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) jointly developed this guideline to present the evidence and provide clinical recommendations based on the benefits and harms of higher versus lower blood pressure targets for the treatment of hypertension in adults aged 60 years or older. Methods: This guideline is based on a systematic review of published randomized, controlled trials for primary outcomes and observational studies for harms only (identified through EMBASE, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, MEDLINE, and ClinicalTrials...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118658/whether-to-intubate-during-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-conventional-wisdom-vs-big-data
#12
EDITORIAL
Derek C Angus
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 7, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092694/proton-pump-inhibitors-risks-of-long-term-use
#13
REVIEW
Leonardo Henry Eusebi, Stefano Rabitti, Maria Laura Artesiani, Dania Gelli, Marco Montagnani, Rocco Maurizio Zagari, Franco Bazzoli
Proton pump inhibitors are among the most commonly prescribed classes of drugs and their use is increasing, in particular for long term treatment, often being over-prescribed and used for inappropriate conditions. In recent years, considerable attention has been directed towards a wide range of adverse effects, and even when a potential underlying biological mechanism is plausible, the clinical evidence of the adverse effect is often weak. Several long term side effects have been investigated ranging from interaction with other drugs, increased risk of infection, reduced intestinal absorption of vitamins and minerals, and more recently kidney damage and dementia...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114553/prognostic-accuracy-of-the-sofa-score-sirs-criteria-and-qsofa-score-for-in-hospital-mortality-among-adults-with-suspected-infection-admitted-to-the-intensive-care-unit
#14
Eamon P Raith, Andrew A Udy, Michael Bailey, Steven McGloughlin, Christopher MacIsaac, Rinaldo Bellomo, David V Pilcher
Importance: The Sepsis-3 Criteria emphasized the value of a change of 2 or more points in the Sequential [Sepsis-related] Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) score, introduced quick SOFA (qSOFA), and removed the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) criteria from the sepsis definition. Objective: Externally validate and assess the discriminatory capacities of an increase in SOFA score by 2 or more points, 2 or more SIRS criteria, or a qSOFA score of 2 or more points for outcomes among patients who are critically ill with suspected infection...
January 17, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107561/beta-blockers-for-hypertension
#15
REVIEW
Charles S Wiysonge, Hazel A Bradley, Jimmy Volmink, Bongani M Mayosi, Lionel H Opie
BACKGROUND: Beta-blockers refer to a mixed group of drugs with diverse pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties. They have shown long-term beneficial effects on mortality and cardiovascular disease (CVD) when used in people with heart failure or acute myocardial infarction. Beta-blockers were thought to have similar beneficial effects when used as first-line therapy for hypertension. However, the benefit of beta-blockers as first-line therapy for hypertension without compelling indications is controversial...
January 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116595/early-risk-factors-and-the-role-of-fluid-administration-in-developing-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-in-septic-patients
#16
Raghu R Seethala, Peter C Hou, Imoigele P Aisiku, Gyorgy Frendl, Pauline K Park, Mark E Mikkelsen, Steven Y Chang, Ognjen Gajic, Jonathan Sevransky
BACKGROUND: Sepsis is a major risk factor for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). However, there remains a paucity of literature examining risk factors for ARDS in septic patients early in their course. This study examined the role of early fluid administration and identified other risk factors within the first 6 h of hospital presentation associated with developing ARDS in septic patients. METHODS: This was a secondary analysis of septic adult patients presenting to the Emergency Department or being admitted for high-risk elective surgery from the multicenter observational cohort study, US Critical Injury and Illness trial Group-Lung Injury Prevention Study 1 (USCIITG-LIPS 1, NCT00889772)...
December 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088580/grand-round-anticoagulation-in-chronic-liver-disease
#17
REVIEW
Ameet Dhar, Benjamin H Mullish, Mark R Thursz
In this Grand Round, we first present a case of a man with decompensated liver disease who subsequently developed a fatal pulmonary embolism, having not been prescribed prophylactic anticoagulation to prevent venous thromboembolic disease. We go on to discuss the burden of thrombotic disease in those with chronic liver disease, before a more detailed discussion regarding the current evidence, safety data, and clinical dilemmas regarding the use of anticoagulation in patients with chronic liver disease, as well as discussing potential future directions within this field...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101605/surviving-sepsis-campaign-international-guidelines-for-management-of-sepsis-and-septic-shock-2016
#18
Andrew Rhodes, Laura E Evans, Waleed Alhazzani, Mitchell M Levy, Massimo Antonelli, Ricard Ferrer, Anand Kumar, Jonathan E Sevransky, Charles L Sprung, Mark E Nunnally, Bram Rochwerg, Gordon D Rubenfeld, Derek C Angus, Djillali Annane, Richard J Beale, Geoffrey J Bellinghan, Gordon R Bernard, Jean-Daniel Chiche, Craig Coopersmith, Daniel P De Backer, Craig J French, Seitaro Fujishima, Herwig Gerlach, Jorge Luis Hidalgo, Steven M Hollenberg, Alan E Jones, Dilip R Karnad, Ruth M Kleinpell, Younsuk Koh, Thiago Costa Lisboa, Flavia R Machado, John J Marini, John C Marshall, John E Mazuski, Lauralyn A McIntyre, Anthony S McLean, Sangeeta Mehta, Rui P Moreno, John Myburgh, Paolo Navalesi, Osamu Nishida, Tiffany M Osborn, Anders Perner, Colleen M Plunkett, Marco Ranieri, Christa A Schorr, Maureen A Seckel, Christopher W Seymour, Lisa Shieh, Khalid A Shukri, Steven Q Simpson, Mervyn Singer, B Taylor Thompson, Sean R Townsend, Thomas Van der Poll, Jean-Louis Vincent, W Joost Wiersinga, Janice L Zimmerman, R Phillip Dellinger
OBJECTIVE: To provide an update to "Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines for Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock: 2012". DESIGN: A consensus committee of 55 international experts representing 25 international organizations was convened. Nominal groups were assembled at key international meetings (for those committee members attending the conference). A formal conflict-of-interest (COI) policy was developed at the onset of the process and enforced throughout. A stand-alone meeting was held for all panel members in December 2015...
March 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065909/assumption-versus-evidence-the-case-of-digoxin-in-atrial-fibrillation-and-heart-failure
#19
REVIEW
Udo Bavendiek, Lukas Aguirre Davila, Armin Koch, Johann Bauersachs
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 8, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28084079/fast-assessment-and-management-of-chest-pain-patients-without-st-elevation-in-the-pre-hospital-gateway-famous-triage-ruling-out-a-myocardial-infarction-at-home-with-the-modified-heart-score
#20
Maycel Ishak, Danish Ali, Marion J Fokkert, Robbert J Slingerland, Rudolf T Tolsma, Erik Badings, Aize van der Sluis, Fred van Eenennaam, Arend Mosterd, Jurriën M Ten Berg, Arnoud Wj van 't Hof
BACKGROUND: The first study of the FamouS Triage project investigates the feasibility of ruling out a myocardial infarction in pre-hospital chest pain patients without electrocardiographic ST-segment elevation by using the modified HEART score at the patient's home, incorporating only a single highly sensitive troponin T measurement. METHODS: A venous blood sample was drawn in the ambulance from 1127 consecutive chest pain patients for measurement of the pre-hospital highly sensitive troponin T levels, in order to establish a pre-hospital HEART score (i...
January 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
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