The lived experiences of the parents of children admitted to a paediatric cardiac intensive care unit
Background: Congenital heart disease is a common birth defect rather than a paediatric disease. Parents often discover this disease after their children's birth and then often learn that cardiac surgery is the only solution. A child's admission to a paediatric cardiac intensive care unit (PCICU) may lead to high levels of stress, anxiety and depression in parents.Objectives: To describe the lived experiences of mothers and fathers during their children's confinement in a PCICU.Methods: A phenomenological study was conducted. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - August 31, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Silvio Simeone, Gianluca Pucciarelli, Marco Perrone, Grazia Dell Angelo, Rea Teresa, Assunta Guillari, Gianpaolo Gargiulo, Giuseppe Comentale, Gaetano Palma Source Type: research

Effect of digitalis level on readmission and mortality rate among heart failure reduced ejection fraction patients
The objective of this retrospective study was to evaluate the effects of digitalis on readmission and mortality in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) who were receiving current guideline recommended medical therapy. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - August 30, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Hassan Alkhawam, Elsayed Abo-salem, Feras Zaiem, James Ampadu, Aleef Rahman, Samian Sulaiman, Anwar Zaitoun, Tarek Helmy, Timothy J. Vittorio Source Type: research

The diagnostic challenge: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy vs. acute myocarditis
We read with interest the case study recently published by Olson et  al. entitled “Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy precipitated by opiate withdrawal”.1 Unless the successful management of the case, we have some concerns to merit more attention. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - August 28, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Gurbet Özge Mert, Ferhad Radi, Kadir Uğur Mert Source Type: research

Incidence of nosocomial infections in adult patients undergoing extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
Critically ill patients requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) are at increased risk for developing nosocomial infections owing to their underlying disease process along with numerous invasive monitoring devices. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - August 27, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Biren K. Juthani, Jennifer Macfarlan, James Wu, Timothy S. Misselbeck Source Type: research

Analysis of risk factors and establishment of a risk prediction model for cardiothoracic surgical intensive care unit readmission after heart valve surgery in China: A single-center study
Valvular heart disease is one of the most frequent and challenging heart diseases worldwide. The incidence of complications and cardiothoracic surgical intensive care unit (CSICU) readmission after cardiac valve surgery is high. Because CSICU readmission is costly and adversely impacts the quality life, reducing the risk of CSICU readmission has become one of the main focuses of health care. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - August 25, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Si Li, Bai-yun Tang, Bao Zhang, Cui-ping Wang, Wen-bo Zhang, Song Yang, Jia-bin Chen Source Type: research

Personalizing care in cardiogenic shock: Searching for a common hemodynamic language
The increased availability and utilization of acute mechanical circulatory support use in cardiogenic shock has led to an increased need for multidisciplinary communication with specialized shock centers. The wide variability of hemodynamic data and local expertise raises a unique communication problem in capturing and documenting necessary information to guide decision making. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - August 24, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Fotis N. Katsikeris, Evan Lau, Daniel T. Engelman, Jaime A. Hernandez-Montfort Tags: AAHFN leadership article Source Type: research

Cognitive impairment predicts mortality in outpatient veterans with heart failure
In our prior study of 250 outpatient veterans with heart failure (HF), 58% had unrecognized cognitive impairment (CI) which was linked to worsened medication adherence. Literature suggests HF patients with CI have poorer clinical outcomes including higher mortality. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - August 22, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Howard Lan, Lee Ann Hawkins, Michael Kashner, Elena Perez, Christopher J. Firek, Helme Silvet Source Type: research

Non-circadian signals in the intensive care unit: Point prevalence morning, noon and night
Background: Intensive care unit (ICU) sleep disturbance is severe and potentially related to abnormal light and sound exposure.Objectives: To assess the prevalence of measures of light and sound disturbance in ICU patient rooms, and whether these could be modified by a sleep-promotion intervention.Methods: This observational study with a before and after design for a quality improvement initiative surveyed environmental factors in ICU rooms at 01:00 08:00, and 12:00. Surveys assessed light usage, television usage, window shade position, and room door/curtain position. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - August 22, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Marcus T Altman, Catherine Pulaski, Francis Mburu, Margaret A Pisani, Melissa P Knauert Source Type: research

Protocol driven palliative care consultation: Outcomes of the ENABLE CHF-PC pilot study
Little has been reported about protocol-driven outpatient palliative care consultation (OPCC) for advanced heart failure (HF). (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - August 22, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Rachel Wells, Deborah Ejem, J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, Gulcan Bagcivan, Konda Keebler, Jennifer Frost, Andres Azuero, Alan Kono, Keith M. Swetz, Marie Bakitas Source Type: research

The minimal important difference of the ICU mobility scale
The intensive care unit mobility scale (IMS) is reliable, valid and responsive. Establishing the minimal important difference (MID) of the IMS is important in order to detect clinically significant changes in mobilization. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - August 20, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Claire J. Tipping, Anne E Holland, Meg Harrold, Tom Crawford, Nick Halliburton, Carol L Hodgson Source Type: research

Challenges of customizing electrocardiography alarms in intensive care units: A mixed methods study
Customizing monitor alarm settings to individual patients can reduce alarm fatigue in intensive care units (ICUs), but has not been widely studied. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - August 17, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Halley Ruppel, Marjorie Funk, Holly Powell Kennedy, Christopher P. Bonafide, Shu-Fen Wung, Robin Whittemore Source Type: research

Renal arterial atherothrombosis due to catheter-induced dissection: Necessity of urgent intervention in a patient with a solitary functioning kidney
Renal artery stenosis (RAS) is a leading cause of hypertension, renal failure, pulmonary edema, and loss of renal mass. Atherothrombotic renal disease is a well-described entity, known primarily for its high mortality rate. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - August 15, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Tufan Çınar, Ibrahim Rencüzoğulları, Yavuz Karabağ, Metin Çağdaş Tags: Case Report Source Type: research

The effect of a multidisciplinary team on the implementation rates of major diagnostic and therapeutic procedures of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension
Although guidelines have recommended that patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) should be managed by a multidisciplinary team (MDT), there is a lack of clinical data indicating that the MDT improves CTEPH management. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - August 14, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Dong Kyu Oh, Jong-Min Song, Duk-Woo Park, Sang Young Oh, Jin-Sook Ryu, Jaewon Lee, Sang Do Lee, Jae Seung Lee Source Type: research

Predictors of survival and favorable neurological outcome in patients treated with targeted temperature management after cardiac arrest: A systematic review and meta-analysis
This study was aimed at a serial evaluation of the prognostic values of initial shockable rhythm, bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and gender for neurological outcome and survival in adults treated with targeted temperature management (TTM) following cardiac arrest (CA). PubMed, Embase and the Cochrane Library were searched for eligible studies. Pooled odds ratio (OR) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) was calculated to evaluate prognostic values using RevMan 5.3. The outcomes were favorable neurological outcome (defined as cerebral performance category of 1 and 2) and survival. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - August 14, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Qiang Zhang, Zhijiang Qi, Bo Liu, Chunsheng Li Source Type: research

Sex differences in symptoms experienced, knowledge about symptoms, symptom attribution, and perceived urgency for treatment seeking among acute coronary syndrome patients in Karachi Pakistan
Patients ’ experience of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) symptoms is important in determining their prehospital delay. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - August 11, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Saleema Allana, Dr. Debra K. Moser, Dr. Tazeen Saeed Ali, Dr. Aamir Hameed Khan Source Type: research

Commentary for An integrative review of the literature on in-hospital worsening heart failure
The care of patients with heart failure in the United States constitutes an enormous challenge, with significant cost to the health care system.1 It is estimated that by the year 2030, the overall cost for heart failure care will increase more than two-fold, to nearly $70 billion per year, the majority of which will come from hospitalization.2 Acute heart failure hospitalization is associated with high mortality rates both acutely and post discharge, as well as high morbidity and significant recidivism. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - August 8, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Sarwat Chaudhry, Richard Soucier Source Type: research

Intraoperative initiation of a modified ARDSNet protocol increases survival of septic patients with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome
To assess the intraoperative initiation and feasibility of a modified NIH-NHLBI ARDS Network Mechanical Ventilation Protocol (mARDSNet protocol) in septic patients with severe ARDS. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - August 7, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Athanasios Chalkias, Theodoros Xanthos, Effie Papageorgiou, Artemis Anania, Apostolos Beloukas, Fotios Pavlopoulos Source Type: research

Age and pain as predictors of discomfort in patients undergoing transfemoral percutaneous coronary interventions
Transfemoral percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) requires strict bed rest, causing pain and discomfort in patients. However, no studies have investigated this issue. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - August 6, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Shu-Fen Su, Ying-Chin Liao, Meng-Shan Wu Source Type: research

Examination of clinical and psychosocial determinants of exercise capacity change in cardiac rehabilitation
This study examined baseline predictors and correlates of change in exercise capacity from CR intake to completion. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - August 6, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Emily C. Gathright, Carly M. Goldstein, Eric B. Loucks, Andrew M. Busch, Loren Stabile, Wen-Chih Wu Source Type: research

Relationships between exercise capacity and anxiety, depression, and cognition in patients with heart failure
Symptoms of anxiety, depression, and cognitive impairment are common in heart failure (HF) patients, but there are inconsistencies in the literature regarding their relationship and effects on exercise capacity. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - August 6, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Oronzo Chial à, Ercole Vellone, Leonie Klompstra, Giorgio Alberto Ortali, Anna Strömberg, Tiny Jaarsma Source Type: research

Is the new, noninvasive, continuous cardiorespiratory monitoring reliable during neonatal ECMO?
Advances in cardiorespiratory monitoring have made the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) technique safer for the patient. Noninvasive, continuous tools are available, although data on their applications in the neonatal ECMO setting are lacking. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - August 2, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Genny Raffaeli, Francesco Canesi, Federica Conigliaro, Stefano Ghirardello, Mara Vanzati, Chiara Baracetti, Monica Fumagalli, Fabrizio Ciralli, Federico Schena, Nicola Pesenti, Laura Plevani, Fabio Mosca, Giacomo Cavallaro Source Type: research

Electrocardiography monitor alarms: Is customization of alarms ready for prime time in an intensive care setting?
Customization of electrocardiography (ECG) alarm parameters, to discriminate between true and false ECG alarms, sounds like an important intervention to combat the problem of false or nuisance ECG alarms. But is alarm customization a valuable intervention? Before commenting on what we've learned from the paper by Ruppel et  al.1 published in this issue, let's assess what we know from the literature about ECG alarms. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - August 1, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Nancy M. Albert Source Type: research

The impact of continuous positive airway pressure on heart rate variability in obstructive sleep apnea patients during sleep: A meta-analysis
Heart rate variability (HRV), modulated by cardiac autonomic function, is impaired in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, the effect of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) on HRV is debated. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - July 18, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Wenjia Guo, Tingting Lv, Fei She, Guobin Miao, Yuanwei Liu, Rong He, Yajun Xue, Nang Kham Nu, Jing Yang, Kun Li, Ping Zhang Source Type: research

Men with implantable cardioverter defibrillators: A qualitative study of gender and age
The purpose of this study was to examine men's adjustment to living with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) as influenced by gender and age. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - July 11, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Karen E. Jakub Source Type: research

Effects of music intervention on inflammatory markers in critically ill and post-operative patients: A systematic review of the literature
Music listening has been shown to reduce anxiety, stress, and patient tolerance of procedures. Music may also have beneficial effects on inflammatory biomarkers in intensive care and post-operative patients, but the quality of evidence is not clear. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - July 9, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Sikandar H. Khan, Michelle Kitsis, Dmitriy Golovyan, Sophia Wang, Linda L. Chlan, Malaz Boustani, Babar A. Khan Source Type: research

An integrative review of the literature on in-hospital worsening heart failure
The objective of this paper is to present an integrative review of in-hospital worsening heart failure, including definitions, incidence, prevalence, mechanisms, treatments, outcomes, and early identification by providers. A search of electronic databases was conducted from January 2000-August 2017 using multiple search terms. Papers were reviewed for relevance; retained papers were abstracted and data were reported in a narrative synthesis. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - July 3, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Nancy M. Albert Source Type: research

Table of Contents
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Board of Directors
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Information for Readers
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Heart failure symptom science: Is adrenergic dysregulation a missing link?
Heart failure (HF), a complex and heterogeneous epidemic, manifested by disabling physical symptoms like dyspnea and fatigue, and affective symptoms like depression and anxiety, is the fastest growing cardiovascular disorder in the U.S. and the number one reason for hospitalization among older adults.1,2 Notwithstanding various etiological and structural characteristics (e.g. ischemic vs. non-ischemic, reduced vs. preserved ejection fraction, etc.), hallmark symptoms like dyspnea and fatigue are what connect varied cases of HF together under a single diagnosis. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - June 28, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Christopher S. Lee, Susan J. Pressler Tags: Symptom Science in Heart Failure: Editors: Christopher S. Lee, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, FHFSA; Susan J. Pressler, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA Source Type: research

Caring for yourself leads to better outcomes for patients
Today is the last day of your three days in a row. One of your patients has been in the hospital for 3 weeks and you have been caring for him every day that you have worked over the past 3 weeks. He and his family appreciate your care and are most comfortable when you are working. They rely on your input when making any of his healthcare decisions. Does this sound familiar to anyone? (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - June 28, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Sita Price Tags: AAHFN Leadership Message Source Type: research

Alveolar hemorrhage associated with cocaine consumption
Cocaine is an illegal drug; its abuse and toxicity are a public health problem due to its high morbidity and mortality. Cocaine can affect the cardiovascular, central nervous and respiratory systems. The case of a 42-year-old male without history of chronic or degenerative diseases, but previous cocaine consumption is presented in this report. The patient is admitted to the Emergency Department given that the clinical presentation included hemoptysis and dyspnea with mild to minimal activity, which evolved to orthopnea. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - June 26, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Omar Jim énez-Zarazúa, Jesús Alberto López-García, Lorena Rebeca Arce-Negrete, Lourdes Noemí Vélez-Ramírez, Leticia Casimiro-Guzmán, Jaime Daniel Mondragón Tags: Case Report Source Type: research

Perspectives of cardiac rehabilitation staff on strategies used to assess, monitor and review – a descriptive qualitative study
The mechanisms contributing to the success of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) are poorly understood and may include assessment, monitoring and review activities enabled by continuity of care and this is investigated in this study. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - June 25, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Robyn Gallagher, Sue Randall, Stella H.M. Lin, Janice Smith, Alexander M. Clark, Lis Neubeck Source Type: research

Patient activation, knowledge, and health literacy association with self-management behaviors in persons with heart failure
More evidence is needed about factors that influence self-management behaviors in persons with heart failure. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - June 14, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Ann F. Jacobson, Veronica Sumodi, Nancy M. Albert, Robert S. Butler, Lori DeJohn, Donna Walker, Kelly Dion, Hua-Li Lin Tai, Donna M. Ross Source Type: research

Emergency department arrival times in Florida heart failure patients utilizing Fisher-Rao curve registration: A descriptive population-based study
Emergency room utilization and hospital readmission rates are disproportionately high for heart failure patients (HF). Emergency department (ED) utilization is intimately intertwined with hospital readmissions. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - June 12, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Glenna Schluck, Wei Wu, James Whyte, Laurie Abbott Source Type: research

Focused transthoracic echocardiography curriculum for advanced practice providers assures good concordance with intensivists at echocardiography
As a response to the increasing demand of critical care services and shortage of intensivists in the United States (US), the proportion of services provided by advance practice providers (AAPs) like nurse practitioners and physician assistants is rising,1 and the number of APPs is expected to increase by more than 70% in the next 10 years.2 The scope of practice of APPs in intensive care units (ICU) is now better defined showing safety and effectiveness as a model of practice.3,4 Given the current reality, effective training modalities focusing on the APPs high clinical performance are needed. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - June 11, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Jose L. Diaz-Gomez, Ami A. Grek, Carla P. Venegas-Borsellino, Andreea C. Chirila, Angela M. Builes, Robert A. Ratzlaff Source Type: research

Psychometric characteristics of the mutuality scale in heart failure patients and caregivers
Higher patient-caregiver mutuality is associated with improved patient and caregiver outcomes, but no studies have tested the psychometric characteristics of the mutuality scale (MS) in heart failure (HF) patient and caregiver population. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - June 7, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Federica Dellafiore, Harleah G. Buck, Gianluca Pucciarelli, Claudio Barbaranelli, Marco Paturzo, Rosaria Alvaro, Ercole Vellone Source Type: research

What's old is new: Commentary on the state of mobilization of patients in the intensive care unit setting with recommendations for future practice
In light of the recent paper published by Brock and colleagues in 2018 examining new barriers to mobilization in the intensive care unit (ICU) setting, we write to offer commentary on the state of mobilization in the ICU as well as offer recommendations to implement in future practice. Early mobilization in ICU is a cornerstone of nursing practice that has been taught in nursing schools going back decades. However, it isn't until recently that the medical literature is positing early mobilization for patients as a benefit which results in decreased hospitalization length of stay1,2 as well as decreased intra-hospitalizatio...
Source: Heart and Lung - June 6, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Edward C. Gaiser, James W. Darden, Laura Kierol Andrews Source Type: research

A qualitative study of nuisance bleeding and medication-related beliefs with dual antiplatelet drug therapy
The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore perceptions of nuisance bleeding and medication-related beliefs among adults taking dual antiplatelet drug therapy. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - June 1, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Laura P. Kimble, Kathryn M. Momary, Modupe Adewuyi Source Type: research

Predictors and variation of routine home discharge in critically ill adults with cystic fibrosis
The short-term outcomes of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) surviving critical illness were not examined systematically. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - June 1, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Lavi Oud, Yiu Ming Chan Source Type: research

Asymptomatic ST elevation myocardial infarction
A 71-year-old non-smoking female with a history of diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and end-stage renal disease presented to the emergency department for right leg pain due to an ankle fracture. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - May 31, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Kenton L. Anderson, Neel A. Shah, Moises Gallegos, I-Hui Chiang Tags: Case Report Source Type: research

An evaluation of patient-specific characteristics on attainment of target sedation in an intensive care unit
Sedation of mechanically ventilated patients should optimize comfort and safety while avoiding over-sedation and adverse outcomes. To our knowledge, characteristics associated with attaining target sedation are unknown. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - May 29, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Morgan Humphrey, Sonia Everhart, Desiree Kosmisky, William E. Anderson Source Type: research

Customizing national models for a medical center's population to rapidly identify patients at high risk of 30-day all-cause hospital readmission following a heart failure hospitalization
Nationally-derived models predicting 30-day readmissions following heart failure (HF) hospitalizations yield insufficient discrimination for institutional use. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - May 28, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Zachary L. Cox, Pikki Lai, Connie M. Lewis, JoAnn Lindenfeld, Sean P. Collins, Daniel J. Lenihan Source Type: research

Fluid therapy remains an important cornerstone in the prevention of progressive chugging in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
With great interest we read the article by Water et  al.1 taking a closer look at a common problem in ECMO therapy. The authors are to be complemented for highlighting this serious issue because overtreatment as well as neglecting chugging can endanger patients. Obviously, optimizing cannula position and evaluating the need for a second draining can nula is advised. In patients with adequate oxygenation, decreasing pump speed might also be an option. But how to manage the fully ECMO dependent patient? Water at al. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - May 24, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Dawid L. Staudacher, Christoph Bode, Tobias Wengenmayer Source Type: research

Psychosocial assessment and intervention – are we doing enough?
Much of the focus of preventive cardiology has been – and continues to be – on issues such as physical activity, weight reduction, dietary change, drug therapy. Whilst this is important and laudable comparatively scant attention has been focused on psychosocial aspects such as depression, anxiety and social isolation. Assessing and intervening to alleviate these issues impacts not only directly but indirectly on how well people can manage to increase physical activity, reduce weight and adhere to diets and medications. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - May 24, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: David R. Thompson, Chantal F. Ski, Hugo Saner Source Type: research

Mobile phone text messaging for improving secondary prevention in cardiovascular diseases: A systematic review
The aim of this study was to identify, retrieve, critically appraise and synthesize the existing mobile phone text messaging interventions that have been done for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - May 23, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Eda Unal, Konstantinos Giakoumidakis, Ehsan Khan, Evridiki Patelarou Source Type: research

Exploring the relationship between β-adrenergic receptor kinase-1 and physical symptoms in heart failure
The relationship between physical heart failure (HF) symptoms and pathophysiological mechanisms is unclear. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - May 23, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Quin E. Denfeld, James O. Mudd, Wohaib Hasan, Jill M. Gelow, Shirin O. Hiatt, Kerri Winters-Stone, Christopher S. Lee Source Type: research

Right-sided infective mural endocarditis complicated by septic pulmonary embolism and cardiac tamponade caused by MSSA
The appearance of right-sided mural infective endocarditis has rarely been reported. Here, we report the case of a 40-year-old male with a history of alcoholic liver disease who presented with a partial loss of consciousness and fever. Chest computed tomography scans showed multiple pulmonary infiltration sites and cavities. A repeat transthoracic echocardiogram detected a vegetation on the right ventricular surface of the interventricular septum middle segment, as well as pericardial effusion. Blood, pericardial fluid, sputum, and scalp effusion cultures were positive for methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - May 23, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Weifang Wu, Sikang Ye, Ge Hui Chen Tags: Case Report Source Type: research

Symptom science in heart failure
At least 26 million people worldwide experience chronic heart failure due, in part to the aging of the population and increased longevity associated with improvements in cardiac treatment and increasing adoption of western lifestyles in developing countries.1 Heart failure is a significant and growing cause of morbidity and mortality and excessive health care costs, while symptoms, an important and distressing part of the experience of heart failure, contribute in important ways to poor quality of life and functional deficits, as well as excessive health care resource utilization, and other outcomes. (Source: Heart and Lung)
Source: Heart and Lung - May 23, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Authors: Nancy S. Redeker Source Type: research