2,571 results match your criteria Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine[Journal]


Bipolar active fixation left ventricular lead or quadripolar passive fixation lead? An Italian multicenter experience.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Feb 11. Epub 2019 Feb 11.

Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria S. Orsola-Malpighi, Bologna.

Aims: About one-third of patients receiving cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) are not responders, due to either patient selection or technical issues. Left ventricular quadripolar passive fixation leads (QPL) and bipolar active fixation (BAF) leads have been designed to ensure a targeted left ventricular stimulation area, minimizing lead dislodgments and phrenic nerve stimulation (PNS). The aim was to compare real-world safety and efficacy of BAF (Attain Stability, Medtronic Plc. Read More

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February 2019

Bilateral left lateral ridge ablation increases the long-term success of patients ablated for atrial fibrillation.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Feb 11. Epub 2019 Feb 11.

Dipartimento di Cardiologia, Ospedale Generale Regionale 'F. Miulli', Acquaviva delle Fonti, Bari, Italy.

Aims: Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is the cornerstone of catheter ablation in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). Studies reported that the PVI single procedure was able to achieve durable sinus rhythm without the need of antiarrhythmic drugs in 60-80% of patients with PAF. In this study, we report data regarding bilateral left lateral ridge ablation for PAF. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000779DOI Listing
February 2019

Meta-analysis of impact of liver disease on mortality after transcatheter aortic valve implantation.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Feb 11. Epub 2019 Feb 11.

Department of Cardiology, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Aims: To evaluate whether liver disease is associated with increased mortality after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and whether TAVI is associated with decreased mortality compared to surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) in patients with liver disease, we performed meta-analyses of currently available studies.

Methods: Studies reporting mortality in TAVI patients with liver disease versus those without liver disease and mortality after TAVI versus SAVR in patients with liver disease were eligible to be included. A relative risk (RR) or hazard ratio of mortality for TAVI patients with versus without liver disease and mortality for TAVI versus SAVR in patients with liver disease was extracted from each individual study. Read More

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February 2019
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Use of direct oral anticoagulants in very elderly patients: a case report of apixaban in an ultracentenary patient.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Feb 11. Epub 2019 Feb 11.

Department of Emergency and Urgency, Biomedic Department of Internal Medicine and Specialities (DIBIMIS).

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February 2019

QT prolongation and variability: new ECG signs of atrial potentials dispersion before atrial fibrillation onset.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Jan 31. Epub 2019 Jan 31.

Division of Cardiology, Department of Medical Sciences, 'Città della Salute e della Scienza' Hospital, University of Turin.

Aims: QT interval may be considered an indirect marker of atrial repolarization. Aim of our study was to verify if QT interval variations precede the onset of atrial fibrillation (AF).

Methods: We analyzed 21 AF onsets recorded at 24-h Holter ECG. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000773DOI Listing
January 2019
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Hidden culprit lesion: beyond coronary angiography.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Jan 31. Epub 2019 Jan 31.

Unità Operativa Complessa di Cardiologia, Ospedale San Francesco, Nuoro, Italy.

: Coronary imaging is a useful tool to identify wall vessel disease also in the absence of obstructive stenosis. Read More

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January 2019

Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH): what do we know about it? A comprehensive review of the literature.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Jan 31. Epub 2019 Jan 31.

Cardiothoracic Department, Division of Cardiology and Postgraduate School in Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy.

: Chronic thromboembolic disease (CTED), especially when associated with pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), is a fearsome and under-diagnosed but potentially curable complication of pulmonary embolism, thanks to recent therapeutic options. Aspecific symptoms and signs make its diagnosis challenging, requiring clinicians to be ready to suspect its presence in patients with dyspnea of unknown origin or persistent symptoms after acute pulmonary embolism. The aim of this review is to provide an update to the general practitioner or the specialist physician on the state of the art regarding the epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical management of chronic thromboembolic syndromes. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000774DOI Listing
January 2019
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Rejection in heart transplantation for cardiac sarcoidosis mimicking idiopathic giant cell myocarditis: long-term follow-up.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Jan 31. Epub 2019 Jan 31.

Department of Cardiothoracic Science, Azienda Sanitaria Universitaria Integrata di Udine, Udine, Italy.

: Heart transplantation is a life-saving therapy for some patients admitted for acute myocarditis. However, controversial exists about the major risk of rejection following heart transplantation in specific types of myocarditis. Because of relatively few data on the post heart transplant outcomes, we report the long-term follow-up of a 39-year-old patient with a previous history of ulcerative colitis, which rapidly worsened heart failure until an emergency heart transplant in 2004. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000772DOI Listing
January 2019
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Characteristics and in-hospital outcome of patients with no ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome and no obstructive coronary artery disease in the era of high-sensitivity troponins.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Feb 5. Epub 2019 Feb 5.

Institute of Cardiology.

Background: Although some previous studies assessed characteristics and outcome of patients with suspected no-ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction (NSTEMI), but no obstructive coronary artery disease (NOCAD) at angiography, most were performed before high-sensitivity troponin assays were available.

Methods And Results: We reviewed data of patients admitted to our hospital with a suspicion of NSTEMI between 2013 and 2016. Patients with previous evidence of CAD (except those with fully percutaneous coronary revascularization) were excluded. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000771DOI Listing
February 2019
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Improving health perception through a transition care model for adolescents with congenital heart disease.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Jan 22. Epub 2019 Jan 22.

Pediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center.

Aims: The aim of this study was to assess the impact of a transition clinic model on adolescent congenital heart disease (CHD) patients' health perception outcomes. The transition clinic model consists of multidisciplinary standardized interventions to educate and support CHD patients and represents a key element in the adequate delivery of care to these individuals during their transition from childhood to adulthood. Currently, empirical data regarding the impact of transition clinic models on the improvement of health perceptions in CHD adolescent patients are lacking. Read More

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January 2019

Age-dependent association of pulse wave velocity with coronary artery disease and myocardial aging in high-risk patients.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Jan 22. Epub 2019 Jan 22.

Vascular Laboratory, Department of Clinical Therapeutics, Alexandra Hospital.

Aims: Progressive arterial stiffening, as a marker of arterial aging, may reach a plateau in elderly patients and may thus lose its clinical utility. This phenomenon may be more prominent in high-risk patients. We aimed to investigate if carotid-to-femoral pulse wave velocity (cf-PWV) is related to coronary artery disease (CAD) and diastolic dysfunction in elderly high-risk patients as compared to a control group of younger individuals. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000769DOI Listing
January 2019
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Propensity-score-adjusted comparison of Evolut vs. Portico devices for transcatheter aortic valve implantation.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Jan 22. Epub 2019 Jan 22.

Department of Medico-Surgical Sciences and Biotechnologies, Sapienza University of Rome, Latina.

Aims: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation has become an established treatment for severe aortic stenosis, thanks to key improvements achieved by new-generation devices. Their comparative effectiveness and safety are, however, still uncertain.

Methods: We queried a prospective registry on transcatheter aortic valve implantation to compare Evolut and Portico devices, focusing on procedural, in-hospital, and mid-term outcomes. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000764DOI Listing
January 2019
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In-hospital and long-term outcomes of HIV-positive patients undergoing PCI according to kind of stent: a meta-analysis.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Jan 18. Epub 2019 Jan 18.

Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Città Della Salute e della Scienza, University of Turin, Turin, Italy.

Background: Pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease in HIV-positive patients is related to the interaction between traditional and HIV-specific factors. Limited data are available regarding the prognosis of HIV-positive patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).

Methods: All observational studies evaluating the prognosis of HIV-positive patients treated with PCI were included. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000767DOI Listing
January 2019
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A rare case of native pulmonary valve infective endocarditis complicated by septic pulmonary embolism.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Mar;20(3):152-155

Cardiovascular Department, MultiMedica IRCCS, Sesto San Giovanni, Milano, Italy.

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March 2019
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Quantification of acute parasympathetic denervation during cryoballoon ablation by using extracardiac vagal stimulation.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Mar;20(3):107-113

Heart Rhythm Management Centre, Postgraduate Course in Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel, Brussels, Belgium.

Aims: The purpose of this study was to systematically quantify the level of acute parasympathetic denervation in a stepwise fashion by means of extracardiac vagal stimulation (ECVS) by positioning a quadripolar catheter in the internal jugular vein, in a cohort of patients undergoing second-generation cryoballoon ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

Methods: Fifty patients with symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, having undergone extracardiac vagal stimulation before and after ablation by means of second-generation cryoballoon second-generation cryoballoon ablation, were included.

Results: The extracardiac vagal stimulation performed preablation provoked cardioinhibitory responses in all patients with mean pause duration of 10130. Read More

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March 2019
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IGENDA protocol: gender differences in awareness, knowledge and perception of cardiovascular risk: an Italian multicenter study.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Jan 16. Epub 2019 Jan 16.

Department of Medical Sciences and Public Health, University of Cagliari, Cagliari.

Aims: Recent reports evidenced gender differences in the knowledge, perception and awareness of cardiovascular risk factors (CVRFs) and cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Despite the number of high-quality trials that attempted to establish the efficacy of different preventive interventions on CVDs, in the Italian scenario the differences by gender in awareness, knowledge and perception of CVD have not been addressed yet. So, the aims of this cross-sectional, observational and multicenter study will be to evaluate the gender differences in the awareness and perception of CVD risk, to assess the knowledge of CVD symptoms and preventive behaviors/barriers in men and women participating in this study, and to provide a national primary care approach for gender-oriented cardiovascular prevention strategies and therapy. Read More

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January 2019
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Occult bacteraemia in cardiac implantable electronic device patients: a review of diagnostic workflow and mandatory therapy.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Jan 7. Epub 2019 Jan 7.

Second Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Cardiac and Thoracic Department, New Santa Chiara Hospital, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.

: Cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) implantation has greatly increased, with an associated exponential increase in CIED infections (CDIs). Cardiac device related infective endocarditis (CDRIE) has high morbidity and mortality: approximately 10-21%. Therefore, a prompt diagnosis and radical treatment of CDRIE are needed; transvenous lead extraction (TLE) is the mainstay for the complete healing, even if associated with wide logistic problems, high therapeutic costs and high mortality risk for patients. Read More

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January 2019
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Strategy-specific durability of mitral valve repair through the video-assisted right minithoracotomy approach.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Mar;20(3):137-144

Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Pontchaillou University Hospital, Rennes, France.

Aims: We sought to analyze the early and follow-up results of minimally invasive video-assisted mitral valve repair. With particular focus on degenerative disease, results were stratified according to type of lesion, strategy of repair and surgical technique.

Methods: We retrospectively built a database over 241 patients who received mitral repair for severe regurgitation through right minithoracotomy in the 2009-17 period. Read More

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March 2019
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Stent malapposition, strut coverage and atherothrombotic prolapse after percutaneous coronary interventions in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Mar;20(3):122-130

Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS.

Aims: Stent implantation in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients can be challenging and sometimes associated with immediate and long-term suboptimal results. Stent malapposition and strut uncoverage, predictors of stent thrombosis, are frequently detected in STEMI patients at medium/long-term follow-up. Nevertheless, data at a short follow-up are missing. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000749DOI Listing
March 2019
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EkoSonic Endovascular System for patients with acute pulmonary embolism and contraindication to systemic fibrinolysis.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Mar;20(3):131-136

Civil Hospital and University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy.

Aims: The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the EkoSonic Endovascular System (EKOS) in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (APE) at high or intermediate-high risk and contraindication to systemic fibrinolysis.

Methods: This is a retrospective study including consecutive patients admitted due to high-risk or intermediate-high-risk APE and treated by EKOS because of an absolute or relative contraindication to systemic fibrinolysis. The primary efficacy end-point was the change from baseline to 72 h in right to left ventricular dimension ratio [right ventricular/left ventricular (RV/LV) ratio]; pulmonary embolic burden using the Qanadli Index; and systolic pulmonary arterial pressure (SPAP). Read More

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March 2019
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Effectiveness of Implantable DEfibrillators Alert Systems: comparison between audible and vibratory alert: IDEAS study.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Mar;20(3):114-121

Cardiology Unit, 'Card. G. Panico' Hospital, Tricase.

Introduction: Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) alarm systems are an important means of monitoring device functioning. The aim of this study was to compare the ability of patients with sense two types of device alert systems: an audible alert and a vibratory alarm.

Methods: The ability to recognize the alarms was assessed in three alarm tests performed in a series of consecutive ICD patients enrolled during routine outpatient device follow-up. Read More

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March 2019
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Red blood distribution width and heart transplantation: any predictive role on patient outcome?

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Mar;20(3):145-151

Cardiothoracic Department, University Hospital of Udine, Udine, Italy.

Background: Red blood cell distribution width (RDW) has been emerging as a strong predictor of mortality among patients with cardiovascular disease. The aim of this study was to verify if RDW is able to predict survival after heart transplantation (HTx).

Methods: Two hundred and eighteen recipients who underwent HTx between 2000 and 2013 were classified into three groups according to the pre-HTx RDW tertile values (14. Read More

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Impact of preclinical carotid atherosclerosis on global cardiovascular risk stratification and events in a 10-year follow-up: comparison between the algorithms of the Framingham Heart Study, the European SCORE and the Italian 'Progetto Cuore'.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Feb;20(2):91-96

Chair and Division of Cardiology, University Hospital Policlinico 'Paolo Giaccone', Palermo, Italy.

Background: The aim of the study was to compare three widely used algorithms for stratification of the global cardiovascular risk (GCVR): the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) score, the European systemic coronary risk estimation (SCORE) and the Italian 'Progetto Cuore' (heart project) score. It was also investigated how preclinical carotid atherosclerosis (pre-ATS) might influence the incidence and improve the risk prediction of cerebrovascular and cardiovascular events.

Methods: Subjects (n = 358) without previous history of cardiovascular disease (CVD) were recruited and the GCVR was calculated for each patient. Read More

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February 2019

Abnormally high risk of stroke in Brugada syndrome.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Feb;20(2):59-65

Heart Rhythm Management Center, Postgraduate program in Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing.

Background: The present study sought to evaluate the incidence of cerebrovascular events in a large cohort of patients with Brugada syndrome (BrS) analysing possible predictors, clinical characteristics and prognosis of cardioembolic events secondary to atrial fibrillation.

Methods: A total of 671 consecutive patients (age 42.1 ± 17. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000723DOI Listing
February 2019
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Acute heart failure in Yemen.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Mar;20(3):156-158

Department of Cardiology, 'Sapienza' University of Rome, Rome, Italy.

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March 2019
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Right atrial pedunculated mass: myxoma or thrombus?

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Feb;20(2):105-106

Department of Cardiology, Brugmann University Hospital, Brussels, Belgium.

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February 2019
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Design and rationale of the Edoxaban Treatment in routiNe clinical prActice for patients with Atrial Fibrillation in Europe (ETNA-AF-Europe) study.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Feb;20(2):97-104

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Birmingham, SWBH and UHB NHS Trusts, Birmingham, UK.

Aim: Edoxaban, a nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant, is an oral factor Xa inhibitor approved for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in adult patients with atrial fibrillation and for the treatment and secondary prevention in adult patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE). This study details the design of the Edoxaban Treatment in routiNe clinical prActice for patients with Atrial Fibrillation in Europe (ETNA-AF-Europe) study - a postauthorization observational study, which is part of the postapproval plan for edoxaban agreed with the European Medicines Agency.

Methods: The ETNA-AF-Europe study (Clinicaltrials. Read More

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February 2019
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Assessment and management of coronary artery disease in kidney and pancreas transplant candidates.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Feb;20(2):51-58

Department of Medicine, Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois.

: Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) undergoing evaluation for kidney and/or pancreas transplantation represent a population with unique cardiovascular (CV) profiles and unique therapeutic needs. Coronary artery disease (CAD) is common in patients with ESRD, mediated by both the overrepresentation and higher prognostic value of traditional CV risk factors amongst this population, as well as altered cardiovascular responses to failing renal function, likely mediated by dysregulation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) and abnormal calcium and phosphate metabolism. Within the ESRD population, obstructive CAD correlates highly with adverse coronary events, including during the peri-transplant period, and successful revascularization may attenuate some of that increased risk. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000742DOI Listing
February 2019
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Higher in-hospital mortality during weekend admission for acute coronary syndrome: a large-scale cross-sectional Italian study.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Feb;20(2):74-80

Cardiologia, Fondazione IRCCS Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, University of Milan, Milan.

Aims: An increased mortality risk during weekend hospital admission has been consistently observed. In the present study, we evaluated whether the current improvement in management of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) has reduced this phenomenon.

Methods And Results: We extracted data from the Italian National Healthcare System Databank of 80 391 ACS admissions in the region of Lombardia between 2010 and 2014. Read More

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February 2019
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Combination of ST2 and B-type natriuretic peptide in diabetic patients with acute heart failure: relation with ventricular stiffness and outcome.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Feb;20(2):81-90

Cardiovascular Diseases Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, Le Scotte Hospital, University of Siena.

Background: Diabetes is a common disease in heart failure and its prevalence ranges from 10 to 30%. ST-2 is a novel biomarker of myocardial fibrosis and remodelling in heart failure and may be involved in the inflammatory process of diabetes mellitus. In this study, we sought: to evaluate levels of ST-2 and B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) in groups with acute heart failure with and without diabetes; to analyse the prognostic impact of ST-2 over a 6-month follow-up period. Read More

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February 2019

Persistence on apixaban in atrial fibrillation patients: a retrospective multicentre study.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Feb;20(2):66-73

MA Provider, Milan, Italy.

Aims: Real-world data on treatment persistence, safety and effectiveness of non-Vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) play an important role in the assessment of risks and benefits of these drugs. Our aim was to evaluate persistence on treatment, incidence of major bleeding and incidence of a composite endpoint of major events, including all-cause death, myocardial infarction, stroke and systemic thromboembolism, during treatment with apixaban in a cohort of patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF).

Methods: In this multicentre retrospective observational study, we retrieved data from medical records of five Italian hospitals on patients with a diagnosis of NVAF who initiated apixaban between 1 January 2014 and 31 March 2016 and had a first subsequent visit at the same hospital. Read More

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February 2019
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Is pericardial effusion a negative prognostic marker? Meta-analysis of outcomes of pericardial effusion.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Jan;20(1):39-45

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Department and Department of Medical Sciences, University Cardiology, AOU Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino, Torino, Italy.

Background: The prognostic relevance and the prevalence of pericardial effusion in several diseases are not well established. The aim of this meta-analysis is to summarize the available evidence related to pericardial effusion prevalence and outcomes according to the cause.

Methods: Articles investigating the prognosis of pericardial effusion were identified by literature search. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000720DOI Listing
January 2019
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Nonvalvular atrial fibrillation in high-hemorrhagic-risk patients: state of the art of percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Jan;20(1):1-9

Unità Operativa Complessa di Cardiologia, Ospedale San Francesco, Nuoro, Italy.

: Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and its prevalence is constantly increasing. The main complications related to atrial fibrillation are death and major stroke. Oral anticoagulant therapy is the cornerstone of management of atrial fibrillation patients at increased stroke risk. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000735DOI Listing
January 2019
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Mycotic coronary aneurysms.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Jan;20(1):10-15

Cardiology IV, 'A.De Gasperis' Department, Niguarda Ca' Granda Hospital.

: Mycotic coronary aneurysm is a rare infective disease of arterial vessel walls. Their development could be linked to the presence of an infective endocarditis or could represent a primary infection at the site of an implanted intracoronary stent. Bacterial agents, particularly Staphylococcus aureus, are the most common etiological agents. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000734DOI Listing
January 2019
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C-reactive protein decrease associates with mortality reduction only in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Jan;20(1):23-29

Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto, Unidade I&D Cardiovascular do Porto.

Aims: The prognostic role of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) in acute heart failure is less well established than for chronic heart failure and the impact of its variation is unknown. We studied the impact of hsCRP variation in acute heart failure and whether it differed according to left ventricular function.

Methods: We analyzed patients prospectively included in an acute heart failure registry. Read More

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January 2019
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Safety and efficacy of a cardiologist-only approach to deep sedation for electrical cardioversion.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Jan;20(1):16-22

Department of Cardiology, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata Verona, Verona, Italy.

Aims: Electrical cardioversion is still the preferred method to restore sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation. The main disadvantage is that electrical cardioversion requires deep sedation, generally administered by anaesthesiologists, for safety concern. An exclusively cardiologic management of deep sedation should have the advantage to reduce resources and time consumed. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000731DOI Listing
January 2019
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Home care for heart failure: can caregiver education prevent hospital admissions? A randomized trial in primary care.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Jan;20(1):30-38

Cardiology Division, Department of Biomedical, Metabolic and Neural Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena University Hospital, Modena, Italy.

Aim: To assess the feasibility and effectiveness of a low-complexity, low-cost model of caregiver education in primary care, targeted to reduce hospitalizations of heart failure patients.

Methods: A cluster-randomized, controlled, open trial was proposed to general practitioners, who were invited to identify patients with heart failure, exclusively managed at home and continuously attended by a caregiver. Participating general practitioners were then randomized to: usual treatment; caregiver education (educational session for recognizing early symptoms/signs of heart failure, with recording in a diary of a series of patient parameters, including body weight, blood pressure, heart rate). Read More

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January 2019
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A perforated cardiac pseudoaneurysm complicating an acute myocardial infarction.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2018 Dec;19(12):756-757

Department of Cardiology, 'Madonna delle Grazie' Hospital, Matera, Italy.

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December 2018
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Cardiac rehabilitation in women: state of the art and strategies to overcome the current barriers.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2018 Dec;19(12):689-697

Department of Medical Biotechnologies, Division of Cardiology, University of Siena.

: Cardiac rehabilitation is able to reduce cardiovascular mortality, and improves functional capacity and quality of life. However, cardiac rehabilitation participation rates are low and the current evidence has demonstrated sex differences for the access to cardiac rehabilitation programs. In this review, we discuss the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation in women with a specific focus on ischemic heart disease, heart failure, cardiac rehabilitation after cardiac surgery and after transcatheter aortic valve implantation, and peripheral artery disease. Read More

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December 2018
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Is sacubitril/valsartan safe for treatment of hypertension at any age?

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Jan;20(1):49

Division of Geriatrics, 'Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza' Hospital, San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000728DOI Listing
January 2019

Multimodality imaging for thromboembolic risk assessment in atrial fibrillation.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2018 Dec;19(12):698-705

Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cardiology Section.

: Atrial fibrillation is the most widely represented sustained arrhythmia in the world. Thromboembolic risk assessment represents the main clinical challenge associated with this condition, requiring enormous medical, social and economical efforts. Several pieces of evidence in literature highlight how clinical risk factors are not enough for a correct thromboembolic risk stratification of patients with atrial fibrillation, since thromboembolic events have been proven to occur even in patients with low clinical risk scores. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000727DOI Listing
December 2018
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Heterogeneity of clinical presentation in Tako-Tsubo syndromes: the prevalence of normal segmental wall motion and normal ECG pattern.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2018 Dec;19(12):717-724

Cardiology Department, ARC, Ospedale Civile.

Aim: The aim of this study is to report the heterogeneity of clinical presentation in Tako-Tsubo syndrome (TTS), including a significant prevalence of normal ECG and echocardiographic patterns in a series of consecutive patients from a single center.

Methods And Results: From our database we selected a total of 168 cases of TTS. A total of 140 of these (Group A); 14 men (10%), mean age 60. Read More

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December 2018
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Comparison of cryoballoon and radiofrequency ablation techniques for atrial fibrillation: a meta-analysis.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2018 Dec;19(12):725-738

Cardiology Division, Department of Biomedical, Metabolic and Neural Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Policlinico di Modena, Modena, Italy.

Aims: To perform an updated meta-analysis to assess efficacy, safety and technical performance of pulmonary vein isolation using cryoballoon or radiofrequency catheter ablation in patients with paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation.

Methods: In June 2017, databases and websites were systematically searched for systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials and observational studies reporting data on efficacy, safety and technical performance outcomes at follow-up at least 12 months. Researchers independently assessed records' eligibility, inclusion and methodological quality of included studies. Read More

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December 2018
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Double coronary lumen: optical coherence tomography findings.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2018 Nov;19(11):669-670

Innere Medizin I, Landshut-Achdorf Hospital, Landshut, Germany.

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November 2018
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