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Exploring The “Weekend Effect” On The Care Of Patients With Left Ventricular Assist Devices, Gbolahan O. Ogunbayo, Le Dung Ha, Naoki Misumida, Ayman Elbadawi, Qamar Ahmad, Remi Okwechime, Deborah Akanya, Andrew Kolodziej, Claude S. Elayi, Maya E. Guglin 2018 University of Kentucky

Exploring The “Weekend Effect” On The Care Of Patients With Left Ventricular Assist Devices, Gbolahan O. Ogunbayo, Le Dung Ha, Naoki Misumida, Ayman Elbadawi, Qamar Ahmad, Remi Okwechime, Deborah Akanya, Andrew Kolodziej, Claude S. Elayi, Maya E. Guglin

The VAD Journal

Many studies have described differences in in-hospital outcomes and length of stay between patients treated for major cardiac conditions on weekdays versus weekends.1 Our study aimed to explore the “weekend effect” on in-hospital care among patients with left ventricular assist devices.

Using data from the National Inpatient Sample (NIS) database, with a weighted estimate of more than 35 million admissions per year.2 We identified patients 18 years or older with an ICD code signifying presence of a LVAD. Characteristics, comorbidities and clinical outcomes were compared between patients admitted on a weekend versus patients admitted on a weekday. The ...


Aspirin In Primary Prevention Of Myocardial Infarction/Angina And Stroke In Hypertensive Patients, Aysha Almas, Muhammad Salman Ghazni, Shahrukh Hashman, Zain Mushtaq 2018 Aga Khan University

Aspirin In Primary Prevention Of Myocardial Infarction/Angina And Stroke In Hypertensive Patients, Aysha Almas, Muhammad Salman Ghazni, Shahrukh Hashman, Zain Mushtaq

Section of Internal Medicine

No abstract provided.


The Post Clinic Ambulatory Blood Pressure (Pc-Abp) Study Correlates Post Clinic Blood Pressure (Pcbp) With The Gold Standard Ambulatory Blood Pressure, Hunaina Shahab, Hamza Sohail Khan, Aysha Almas, Mayera Tufail, K. Kazmi, Aamir Hameed 2018 Aga Khan University

The Post Clinic Ambulatory Blood Pressure (Pc-Abp) Study Correlates Post Clinic Blood Pressure (Pcbp) With The Gold Standard Ambulatory Blood Pressure, Hunaina Shahab, Hamza Sohail Khan, Aysha Almas, Mayera Tufail, K. Kazmi, Aamir Hameed

Section of Cardiology

Objectives: Our previous study showed that post-clinic blood pressure (BP) taken 15 min after a physician-patient encounter was the lowest reading in a routine clinic. We aimed to validate this reading with 24 h Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) readings. A cross-sectional study was conducted in the cardiology clinics at the Aga Khan University, Pakistan. Hypertensive patients aged ≥ 18 years, or those referred for the diagnosis of hypertension were included.

Results: Of 150 participants, 49% were males. 76% of all participants were hypertensive. Pre-clinic BP reading was measured by a nurse, in-clinic by a physician and 15 min post-clinic by ...


Cardiac-Derived Ctrp9 Protects Against Myocardial Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury Via Calreticulin-Dependent Inhibition Of Apoptosis., Dajun Zhao, Pan Feng, Yang Sun, Zhigang Qin, Zhengbin Zhang, Yanzhen Tan, Erhe Gao, Wayne Bond Lau, Xin-Liang Ma, Jian Yang, Shiqiang Yu, Xuezeng Xu, Dinghua Yi, Wei Yi 2018 Fourth Military Medical University (China)

Cardiac-Derived Ctrp9 Protects Against Myocardial Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury Via Calreticulin-Dependent Inhibition Of Apoptosis., Dajun Zhao, Pan Feng, Yang Sun, Zhigang Qin, Zhengbin Zhang, Yanzhen Tan, Erhe Gao, Wayne Bond Lau, Xin-Liang Ma, Jian Yang, Shiqiang Yu, Xuezeng Xu, Dinghua Yi, Wei Yi

Department of Emergency Medicine Faculty Papers

Cardiokines play an essential role in maintaining normal cardiac functions and responding to acute myocardial injury. Studies have demonstrated the heart itself is a significant source of C1q/TNF-related protein 9 (CTRP9). However, the biological role of cardiac-derived CTRP9 remains unclear. We hypothesize cardiac-derived CTRP9 responds to acute myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (MI/R) injury as a cardiokine. We explored the role of cardiac-derived CTRP9 in MI/R injury via genetic manipulation and a CTRP9-knockout (CTRP9-KO) animal model. Inhibition of cardiac CTRP9 exacerbated, whereas its overexpression ameliorated, left ventricular dysfunction and myocardial apoptosis. Endothelial CTRP9 expression was unchanged while cardiomyocyte CTRP9 ...


Reversal Of Fixed Pulmonary Hypertension With Transcatheter Valve Replacement For Aortic Insufficiency On Ventricular Assist Device Support, Faraz S. Ahmad, Mark J. Ricciardi, Laura J. Davidson, Allen S. Anderson, Kambiz Ghafourian, Ike Okwuosa, Esther Vorovich, Jane E. Wilcox, Daniel D. Holloway, Duc T. Pham, Jonathan D. Rich 2018 Northwestern University

Reversal Of Fixed Pulmonary Hypertension With Transcatheter Valve Replacement For Aortic Insufficiency On Ventricular Assist Device Support, Faraz S. Ahmad, Mark J. Ricciardi, Laura J. Davidson, Allen S. Anderson, Kambiz Ghafourian, Ike Okwuosa, Esther Vorovich, Jane E. Wilcox, Daniel D. Holloway, Duc T. Pham, Jonathan D. Rich

The VAD Journal

We present a 43-year-old woman with a nonischemic cardiomyopathy implanted with a ventricular assist device (VAD) as bridge to transplant due to severe, “fixed” pulmonary hypertension (PH). Within three months of VAD implant, her “fixed” PH had resolved entirely. Nearly two years later, still supported with a VAD because of severe HLA allosensitization, she developed dyspnea and “moderate” aortic insufficiency (AI) by standard criteria. Invasive hemodynamics revealed recurrence of severe PH in the setting of elevated left-sided filling pressures. We concluded the AI was indeed severe and the cause of her symptoms and recurrent PH. Despite her minimally calcified aortic ...


Letter To The Editor: Management Of Pfo: More Evidence, Same Recommendation, Halima Ali, MD 2018 Beaumont Wayne Family Medicine Residency

Letter To The Editor: Management Of Pfo: More Evidence, Same Recommendation, Halima Ali, Md

Clinical Research in Practice: The Journal of Team Hippocrates

The author offers more evidence to support Zhang's assertion in CRP 3(2) that closure of patent foramen ovale or medical therapy alone are both appropriate choices for preventing recurrent cryptogenic strokes (https://doi.org/10.22237/crp/1518739380).


Amniotic Fluid Embolism, Nadia Nawaz, Ahmed Raheem Buksh 2018 Aga Khan University

Amniotic Fluid Embolism, Nadia Nawaz, Ahmed Raheem Buksh

Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Amniotic fluid embolism is a rare and severe problem in obstetric patients. We experienced a 21-year primigravida who underwent emergency cesarean section due to sudden collapse and fetal distress after rupture of membranes in labour. Subsequently, she developed intraoperative coagulopathy, hemorrhage, hypotension, and respiratory collapse requiring ventilation. Both maternal and neonatal lives were saved with full recovery and discharged in stable condition. The clinical diagnosis of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) was made, which is a very rare complication of pregnancy/puerperium with varying presentation, ranging from cardiac arrest, circulatory collapse and death through mild degrees of organ system dysfunction with ...


Study Of Early After Depolarization In A Complex Human Cardiac Cell Model In Tissue, Abouzar Kaboudian, Yanyan Claire Ji, Elizabeth M. Cherry, Flavio H. Fenton 2018 Georgia Institute of Technology

Study Of Early After Depolarization In A Complex Human Cardiac Cell Model In Tissue, Abouzar Kaboudian, Yanyan Claire Ji, Elizabeth M. Cherry, Flavio H. Fenton

Biology and Medicine Through Mathematics Conference

No abstract provided.


A Rare Case Of Diffuse Alveolar Hemorrhage Secondary To Dabigatran Successfully Treated With Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, C. Hutchinson, F. M. West, H. Hirose 2018 Thomas Jefferson University

A Rare Case Of Diffuse Alveolar Hemorrhage Secondary To Dabigatran Successfully Treated With Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, C. Hutchinson, F. M. West, H. Hirose

Department of Medicine Posters

Introduction

Dabigatran, a direct thrombin inhibitor, is used for stroke risk reduction in non-valvular atrial fibrillation and for treatment and prevention of venous thromboembolism. Minor side effects include indigestion and stomach pain. Major life threatening bleeding occurs in up to 2% of patients and is largely attributed to gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Here, we describe a case of a dabigatran related diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH) treated successfully with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.


The Synergistic Effects Of Saxagliptin And Metformin On Cd34+ Endothelial Progenitor Cells In Early Type 2 Diabetes Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial., Fiona J Dore, Cleyton C Domingues, Neeki Ahmadi, Nabanita Kundu, Yana Kropotova, Sara Houston, Carol Rouphael, Aytan Mammadova, Linda Witkin, Anamil Khiyami, Richard L Amdur, Sabyasachi Sen 2018 George Washington University

The Synergistic Effects Of Saxagliptin And Metformin On Cd34+ Endothelial Progenitor Cells In Early Type 2 Diabetes Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial., Fiona J Dore, Cleyton C Domingues, Neeki Ahmadi, Nabanita Kundu, Yana Kropotova, Sara Houston, Carol Rouphael, Aytan Mammadova, Linda Witkin, Anamil Khiyami, Richard L Amdur, Sabyasachi Sen

Surgery Faculty Publications

AIMS: Type 2 diabetes is associated with endothelial dysfunction leading to cardiovascular disease. CD34+ endothelial Progenitor Cells (EPCs) are responsible for endothelial repair and neo-angiogenesis and can be used as a cardiovascular disease risk biomarker. This study investigated whether the addition of saxagliptin, a DPP-IV inhibitor, to metformin, may reduce cardiovascular disease risk in addition to improving glycemic control in Type 2 diabetes patients.

METHODS: In 12 week, double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial, 42 subjects already taking metformin 1-2 grams/day were randomized to placebo or saxagliptin 5 mg. Subjects aged 40-70 years with diabetes for < 10 years, with no known cardiovascular disease, BMI 25-39.9, HbA1C 6-9% were included. We evaluated EPCs number, function, surface markers and gene expression, in addition to arterial stiffness, blood biochemistries, resting energy expenditure, and body composition parameters. A mixed model regression to examine saxagliptin vs placebo, accounting for within-subject autocorrelation, was done with SAS (p < 0.05).

RESULTS: Although there was no ...


Urgent Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Due To Multi- Vessel Coronary Aneurysm, Obadah Aqtash, Ahmed Amro, Bilal Alam, Amal Sobeih, Melissa Lester, Rameez Sayyed 2018 Marshall University

Urgent Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Due To Multi- Vessel Coronary Aneurysm, Obadah Aqtash, Ahmed Amro, Bilal Alam, Amal Sobeih, Melissa Lester, Rameez Sayyed

Melissa Lester, DO

Coronary Artery Aneurysm (CAA) is defined as a dilation of more than 1.5 times normal in a segment of the coronary artery. While the incidence of CAA is highest in the Right Coronary Artery (RCA), it is agreed that left main coronary artery or three-vessel involvement is extremely rare. Wide ranges of factors have been implicated in the cause of CAA with atherosclerosis being the most common at 50%. Congenital CAA occurs in 20-30% of cases followed by connective tissue disease at 10%. Blood stagnation and exposure of the underlying collagen make aneurysms prone to thrombosis, dissection, and vasospasm ...


Extraction And Analysis Of Vector Flow Imaging Data In A Pediatric Population, Bailey Stinnett 2018 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Extraction And Analysis Of Vector Flow Imaging Data In A Pediatric Population, Bailey Stinnett

Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Honors Theses

Vector flow imaging (VFI) is a new ultrasound technology that provides real time, angle-independent visualization of flow velocities in the heart and great vessels. Thus far, VFI has been used for superficial applications due to the limited penetration depth of available transducer probes; however, this depth in smaller pediatric patients enables adequate aortic views. In this project, VFI was used to study pediatric aortic stenosis (PAS)—a congenital heart defect that results in the narrowing of the aorta and/or aortic valve. The decision to refer PAS patients for surgical or catheter-based intervention is initially based on Doppler ultrasound. VFI ...


A Case Of Flash Pulmonary Edema Caused By Iliac Artery Stenosis, Grace Chong DO, Joseph Moran DO, Fnu Vikram MD, Benjamin Sanchez MD 2018 Lehigh Valley Health Network

A Case Of Flash Pulmonary Edema Caused By Iliac Artery Stenosis, Grace Chong Do, Joseph Moran Do, Fnu Vikram Md, Benjamin Sanchez Md

Department of Medicine

No abstract provided.


Percutaneous Non-Stenting Approach For Distal Simultaneous Multivessel Acute Coronary Occlusions, Nasir Rahman, Bilal Hussain 2018 Aga Khan University

Percutaneous Non-Stenting Approach For Distal Simultaneous Multivessel Acute Coronary Occlusions, Nasir Rahman, Bilal Hussain

Section of Cardiology

The occurrence of distal coronary lesions causing simultaneous occlusion of two coronary arteries in the setting of ST elevation myocardial infarction is a rare occurrence. This can occur due to simultaneous plaque rupture at more than one site or embolisation in coronary arteries. We describe a case of a middle-aged man who presented with acute inferoposterior lateral wall ST elevation myocardial infarction with simultaneous occlusion of distal left anterior descending artery and distal left circumflex artery on angiogram. The patient was treated with intracoronary streptokinase, followed by glycoprotein (GP) IIb/IIIa inhibitor and Factor X inhibitor (Rivaroxaban) with full resolution ...


Urgent Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Due To Multi- Vessel Coronary Aneurysm, Obadah Aqtash, Ahmed Amro, Bilal Alam, Amal Sobeih, Melissa Lester, Rameez Sayyed 2018 Marshall University

Urgent Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Due To Multi- Vessel Coronary Aneurysm, Obadah Aqtash, Ahmed Amro, Bilal Alam, Amal Sobeih, Melissa Lester, Rameez Sayyed

Marshall Journal of Medicine

Coronary Artery Aneurysm (CAA) is defined as a dilation of more than 1.5 times normal in a segment of the coronary artery. While the incidence of CAA is highest in the Right Coronary Artery (RCA), it is agreed that left main coronary artery or three-vessel involvement is extremely rare. Wide ranges of factors have been implicated in the cause of CAA with atherosclerosis being the most common at 50%. Congenital CAA occurs in 20-30% of cases followed by connective tissue disease at 10%. Blood stagnation and exposure of the underlying collagen make aneurysms prone to thrombosis, dissection, and vasospasm ...


Going Beyond The Final Impression With Radiologic Data In The Era Of Clerical Medicine: A Case Report Of Coronary Artery Disease Found Incidentally On Computed Tomography, Andrea M. Lauffer 2018 St. Mary's Medical Center

Going Beyond The Final Impression With Radiologic Data In The Era Of Clerical Medicine: A Case Report Of Coronary Artery Disease Found Incidentally On Computed Tomography, Andrea M. Lauffer

Marshall Journal of Medicine

Introduction:

Given the challenges in modern healthcare, physicians find themselves devoting a great deal of mental and emotional energy into executing the appropriate care for patients as well as performing their daily clerical duties. Many clinicians have resorted to innovative ways to minimize their tasks which often leads to narrowing the focus of a patient’s overall care and the birth of medical errors described in the Swiss cheese effect model.

Case Description:

A 66 year old male established care with a new primary care physician. Previous radiologic data revealed a pulmonary nodule that did not have appropriate follow up ...


Aggressive Diuresis And Severity-Adjusted Length Of Hospital Stay In Acute Congestive Heart Failure Patients., Muhammad U. Butt M.D. 2018 Selected Works

Aggressive Diuresis And Severity-Adjusted Length Of Hospital Stay In Acute Congestive Heart Failure Patients., Muhammad U. Butt M.D.

Muhammad Umer Butt M.D., MSCRD

To see if aggressive diuresis in 1st 24 hours is associated with a comparable number of total days in the hospital as compared to non-aggressive diuresis.  In this retrospective cohort study, we compared the length of hospital stay of consecutive patients admitted in one year based on their diuresis during the first twenty-four hours of hospitalization: aggressive diuresis (group 1) i.e. >2400mL versus non-aggressive diuresis (group 2) i.e. ≤ 2400mL urine output. Patients were excluded if in cardiogenic shock, had creatinine level above 3 mg/dL on admission, or on dialysis. A total of 194 patients were enrolled (29 ...


Uncertainty And Competing Priorities In Shared Clinical Decision-Making, Dennis J. Baumgardner 2018 Aurora UW Medical Group, Aurora Health Care

Uncertainty And Competing Priorities In Shared Clinical Decision-Making, Dennis J. Baumgardner

Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews

In this issue introduction, the editor-in-chief of Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews observes that a connecting thread among the articles published therein is an element of uncertainty among patients and clinicians. Competing priorities for the patient also may be present. Several approaches to overcoming these prevalent conflicts to delivery of better health care have been proposed, the most important of which may be clinicians embracing a will to practice shared decision-making.


Lifetime Risk Of Atrial Fibrillation According To Optimal, Borderline, Or Elevated Levels Of Risk Factors: Cohort Study Based On Longitudinal Data From The Framingham Heart Study, Laila Staerk, Biqi Wang, Sarah R. Preis, Martin G. Larson, Steven A. Lubitz, Patrick T. Ellinor, David D. McManus, Darae Ko, Lu-Chen Weng, Kathryn L. Lunetta, Lars Frost, Emelia J. Benjamin, Ludovic Trinquart 2018 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Lifetime Risk Of Atrial Fibrillation According To Optimal, Borderline, Or Elevated Levels Of Risk Factors: Cohort Study Based On Longitudinal Data From The Framingham Heart Study, Laila Staerk, Biqi Wang, Sarah R. Preis, Martin G. Larson, Steven A. Lubitz, Patrick T. Ellinor, David D. Mcmanus, Darae Ko, Lu-Chen Weng, Kathryn L. Lunetta, Lars Frost, Emelia J. Benjamin, Ludovic Trinquart

Open Access Articles

OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between risk factor burdens-categorized as optimal, borderline, or elevated-and the lifetime risk of atrial fibrillation.

DESIGN: Community based cohort study.

SETTING: Longitudinal data from the Framingham Heart Study.

PARTICIPANTS: Individuals free of atrial fibrillation at index ages 55, 65, and 75 years were assessed. Smoking, alcohol consumption, body mass index, blood pressure, diabetes, and history of heart failure or myocardial infarction were assessed as being optimal (that is, all risk factors were optimal), borderline (presence of borderline risk factors and absence of any elevated risk factor), or elevated (presence of at least one elevated risk ...


Problems Experienced In The First Month After Discharge From A Heart Failure-Related Hospitalization, Joan S. Grant, Lucinda J. Graven, Kelly Fuller 2018 University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing

Problems Experienced In The First Month After Discharge From A Heart Failure-Related Hospitalization, Joan S. Grant, Lucinda J. Graven, Kelly Fuller

Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews

Purpose: Heart failure is a global health concern with high morbidity and mortality rates. Individuals with heart failure commonly experience problems that impact daily life. However, little is known regarding which problems are most significant during the immediate posthospitalization period. Thus, the purpose of this study was to identify high-priority problems experienced by individuals the first month after discharge from an acute care facility with a diagnosis of heart failure.

Methods: This descriptive, exploratory study was part of a 12-week randomized controlled pilot study that examined the efficacy of a coping partnership intervention (COPE-HF Partnership) between a trained research nurse ...


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