Characteristics of current heart failure patients admitted to internal medicine vs. cardiology hospital units: the VASCO study

AbstractThe majority of patients hospitalized for heart failure (HF) are admitted to internal medicine (IM) rather than to cardiology (CA) units, but to date few studies have analyzed the characteristics of these two populations. In this snapshot survey, we compared consecutive patients admitted for HF in six IM units vs. one non-intensive CA unit. During the 6-month survey period, 467 patients were enrolled (127 in CA, 27.2% vs. 340 in IM, 72.8%). IM patients were almost 10  years older (CA 75 ± 10, IM 82 ± 8 years;p 
Source: Internal and Emergency Medicine - Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: research

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In conclusion, AF seems to have a higher prevalence in the general population than previously thought, and is mostly associa ted with hypertension, cardiomyopathy and rheumatic heart disease in SSA. It is associated with a high incidence of heart failure and stroke. The management of AF is suboptimal in SSA, especially with a low uptake of oral anticoagulation.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: COMPREHENSIVE REVIEWS Source Type: research
AbstractHeart diseases are a major cause of morbidity and mortality world-wide. Lysyl oxidase (LOX) and related LOX-like (LOXL) isoforms play a vital role in remodelling the extracellular matrix (ECM). The LOX family controls ECM formation by cross-linking collagen and elastin chains. LOX/LOXL proteins are copper-dependent amine oxidases that catalyse the oxidation of lysine, causing cross-linking between the lysine moieties of lysine-rich proteins. Dynamic changes in LOX and LOXL protein-expression occur in a variety of cardiac pathologies; these changes are believed to be central to the associated tissue-fibrosis. An awa...
Source: Cardiovascular Research - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
Abstract BackgroundAnticoagulation control in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) has a multidisciplinary approach although is usually managed by general practitioners (GP) or haematologists. The aim of our study was to assess the quality of anticoagulation control with vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) in relation to the responsible specialist in a “real‐world” AF population. MethodsWe consecutively enrolled VKA anticoagulated patients included in the FANTASIIA Registry from 2013 to 2015. We analysed demographical, clinical characteristics and the quality of anticoagulation control according to the specialist ...
Source: European Journal of Clinical Investigation - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
Abstract BackgroundAnticoagulation control in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) has a multidisciplinary approach although is usually managed by general practitioners (GP) or hematologists. The aim of our study was to assess the quality of anticoagulation control with vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) in relation to the responsible specialist in a “real‐world” AF population. MethodsWe consecutively enrolled VKA anticoagulated patients included in the FANTASIIA Registry from 2013 to 2015. We analyzed demographical, clinical characteristics and the quality of anticoagulation control according to the specialist r...
Source: European Journal of Clinical Investigation - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Original Paper Source Type: research
In conclusion, the present study demonstrated that TIGIT is a prominent negative immune regulator involved in immunosenescence. This novel finding is highly significant, as targeting TIGIT might be an effective strategy to improve the immune response and decrease age-related comorbidities. Delivery of Extracellular Vesicles as a Potential Basis for Therapies https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2018/01/delivery-of-extracellular-vesicles-as-a-potential-basis-for-therapies/ Here I'll point out a readable open access review paper on the potential use of extracellular vesicles as a basis for therapy: harveste...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
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Source: Cardiophile MD - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: General Cardiology Source Type: blogs
The objective of this study was to validate CO measurement using the inert gas rebreathing (IGR) method against other noninvasive and invasive methods of CO quantification in a cohort of patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction. Methods and Results— The study included 97 patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction (age 42±15.5 years; 64 patients (65.9%) had idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and 21 patients (21.6%) had ischemic heart disease). Median left ventricle ejection fraction was 24% (10%–36%). Patients with atrial fibrillation were excluded. CO was measured using 4 ...
Source: Circulation: Heart Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Heart Failure, Diagnostic Testing, Echocardiography, Exercise Testing, Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) Original Article Source Type: research
Learning objectives Understand physiological basis for neurohumoral responses in chronic heart failure. Understand current practices for initiating and maintaining optimal neurohumoral antagonism in chronic heart failure. Understand evidence basis for current practices, areas of controversy and possible future therapeutic options. Introduction Heart failure (HF) is a major global health problem with more than 23 million people affected worldwide.1 While a range of conditions can lead to the development of chronic HF, coronary artery disease or ischaemic heart disease is by far the dominating aetiology. Furthermore, ischaem...
Source: Heart - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Education in Heart, Dilated cardiomyopathy, Drugs: cardiovascular system, Heart failure, Hypertension Source Type: research
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Source: Cardiophile MD - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Cardiology MCQ DM / DNB Cardiology Entrance Source Type: blogs
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Source: Cardiophile MD - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Cardiology MCQ DM / DNB Cardiology Entrance Featured Source Type: blogs
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