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  1. CT findings of early acute cerebral infarction

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    Kim, Tae Hoon; Choi, Woo Suk; Ryu, Kyung Nam [Kyung Hee University Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1992-11-15

    The CT findings of the acute cerebral infarction are well known. However the CT findings of early stroke within 24 hours of the onset have not been sufficiently reported. The purpose of this study is to evaluate early acute cerebral infarction on CT within 24 hours after ictus. The early and accurate CT diagnosis could lead to the appropriate therapy and improved outcome of the patients. Authors retrospectively analyzed 16 patients with early acute cerebral infarction. Acute cerebral infarction was confirmed by follow-up CT in 11 patients, SPECT in 4 patients, and MRI in 1 patient. The CT findings of early acute cerebral infarction include effacement of cortical sulci or cistern (n = 16, 100%), hyperattenuation of MCA (n = 3), obscuration of lentiform nucleus (n = 6), loss of insular ribbon (n = 6) and subtle low density in hemisphere (n = 5). The most frequent finding was effacement of cortical sulci in our study, and it was thought to be the most important sign of early acute cerebral infarction.

  2. Contrast MR imaging of acute cerebral infarction

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    Kogame, Saeko; Syakudo, Miyuki; Inoue, Yuichi (Osaka City Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Medicine) (and others)

    1992-04-01

    Thirty patients with acute and subacute cerebral infarction (13 and 17 deep cerebral infarction) were studied with 0.5 T MR unit before and after intravenous injection of Gd-DTPA. Thirteen patients were studied within 7 days after neurological ictus, 17 patients were studied between 7 and 14 days. Two types of abnormal enhancement, cortical arterial and parenchymal enhancement, were noted. The former was seen in 3 of 4 cases of very acute cortical infarction within 4 days after clinical ictus. The latter was detected in all 7 cases of cortical infarction after the 6th day of the ictus, and one patient with deep cerebral infarction at the 12th day of the ictus. Gd-DTPA enhanced MR imaging seems to detect gyral enhancement earlier compared with contrast CT, and depict intra-arterial sluggish flow which was not expected to see on contrast CT scans. (author).

  3. Watershed Cerebral Infarction in a Patient with Acute Renal Failure

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    Ruya Ozelsancak

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Acute renal failure can cause neurologic manifestations such as mood swings, impaired concentration, tremor, stupor, coma, asterixis, dysarthria. Those findings can also be a sign of cerebral infarct. Here, we report a case of watershed cerebral infarction in a 70-year-old female patient with acute renal failure secondary to contrast administration and use of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor. Patient was evaluated with magnetic resonance imaging because of dysarthria. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed milimmetric acute ischemic lesion in the frontal and parietal deep white matter region of both cerebral hemisphere which clearly demonstrated watershed cerebral infarction affecting internal border zone. Her renal function returned to normal levels on fifth day of admission (BUN 32 mg/dl, creatinine 1.36 mg/dl and she was discharged. Dysarthria continued for 20 days.

  4. Contrast enhancement pattern in MR imaging of acute cerebral infarction

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    Kim, Jong Deok; Cho, Mee Young; Lee, Chae Guk; Song, Dong Hoon [Inje University College of Medicine, Pusan (Korea, Republic of)

    1994-08-15

    To present the enhancement pattern of acute cerebral or cerebellar cortical infarctions aged 1-3 days on MR. Contrast-enhanced MR images of 26 patients with acute cerebral or cerebellar ischemic events were retrospectively reviewed. MR was performed within 3 days after ictus. Contrast enhancement in the area of infarction was observed in 61.5% (16/26) on MR. Of these 50% (13/26) showed non-parenchymal enhancement (NPE) representing either vascular or leptomeningeal enhancement, 7.7% (2/26) showed parenchymal enhancement (PE), and 2.8% (1/26) showed both NPE and PE. The earliest enhancement was seen in images obtained 12 hours after the onset of symptoms and appeared as NPE. One patient showed NPE without apparent high signal intensity at the corresponding area on T2-weighted images. In 38.5% (10/26), there was no enhancement. Contrast-enhanced MR imaging may be needed in acute ischemic infarction, because NPE may be seen as the earliest MR finding of acute cortical infraction aged 1-3 days.

  5. Acute myocardial/cerebral infarction as first/relapse manifestation in one acute promyelocytic leukemia patient

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    Li,Ying; Suo, Shanshan; Mao, Liping; Lei WANG; Yang, Chunmei; Xu, Weilai; Lou, Yinjun; Mai, Wenyuan

    2015-01-01

    In the clinical setting, bleeding is a common manifestation of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), whereas thrombosis is relatively rare, especially as an initial symptom. Here, we report an unusual case of APL with acute myocardial infarction as the first manifestation and cerebral infarction as the relapse manifestation in a healthy young woman. This unique case emphasizes that a thrombotic event could be the first manifestation of an underlying hematological disorder such as APL and could ...

  6. [System evaluation on Ginkgo Biloba extract in the treatment of acute cerebral infarction].

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    Wang, Lin; Zhang, Tao; Bai, Kezhen

    2015-10-01

    To evaluate the effect and safety of Ginkgo Biloba extract on the treatment of acute cerebral infarction.
 The Database of Wanfang, China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) and VIPU were screened for literatures regarding Ginkgo Biloba extract in the treatment of acute cerebral infarction, including the clinical randomized controlled trials. Meta-analysis based on the Revman 4.2 system was performed.
 Compared with the control group, treatment with Ginkgo Biloba extract enhanced efficacy in the treatment of acute cerebral infarction (OR: 1.60-5.53), which displayed an improved neural function defect score [WMD -3.12 (95%CI: -3.96- -2.28)].
 Ginkgo Biloba extract is beneficial to the improvement of neurological function in patients with acute cerebral infarction and it is safe for patients.

  7. Acute myocardial/cerebral infarction as first/relapse manifestation in one acute promyelocytic leukemia patient.

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    Li, Ying; Suo, Shanshan; Mao, Liping; Wang, Lei; Yang, Chunmei; Xu, Weilai; Lou, Yinjun; Mai, Wenyuan

    2015-01-01

    In the clinical setting, bleeding is a common manifestation of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), whereas thrombosis is relatively rare, especially as an initial symptom. Here, we report an unusual case of APL with acute myocardial infarction as the first manifestation and cerebral infarction as the relapse manifestation in a healthy young woman. This unique case emphasizes that a thrombotic event could be the first manifestation of an underlying hematological disorder such as APL and could also be a sign of relapse. Rapid detection of the underlying disorder and the timely use of anticoagulation therapy and ATRA are crucial for preventing further deterioration of the disease and saving the patient's life.

  8. Acute Cerebral Infarction after FK 506 Administration in a Kidney Transplantation Recipient: A Case Report

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    Lim, Ji Kyung; Byun, Woo Mok; Kim, Jae Woon [Yeungnam University College of Medicine, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-02-15

    FK506 is widely used as a potent immunosuppressive agent following organ transplantation. However, the use of FK506 is associated with a wide spectrum of neurotoxicity. FK506-induced cerebral infarctions have rarely been reported. We report here on a case of the acute cerebral infarction caused by vasospasm after FK506 administration in a kidney transplantation recipient. There were areas with increased signal intensity on the diffusion-weighted image. The areas showing increased signal intensity on the diffusion- and T2-weighted images demonstrated decreased signal intensity on the apparent diffusion coefficient mapping. MR angiography showed diffuse stenosis in both the anterior and middle cerebral arteries

  9. Neuroprotective effects of Bcl-2 overexpression on nerve cells of rats with acute cerebral infarction.

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    Zhang, H R; Peng, J H; Zhu, G Y; Xu, R X

    2015-07-13

    We aimed to investigate the influence of lentiviral-mediated Bcl-2 overexpression in cerebral tissues of rats with acute cerebral infarction. Forty-five rats were randomly divided into sham, model, and treatment groups. The sham and model groups were administered a control lentiviral vector via the intracranial arteries 10 days before surgery, while the treatment group received lentivirus encoding a Bcl-2 overexpression vector. We induced cerebral artery infarction using a suture-occlusion method and analyzed the cerebral expression levels of apoptosis-related genes (caspase-3, Bax), total cerebral apoptosis, range of cerebral tissue infarction, and changes in nerve cell function after 72 h. The Bcl-2-encoding lentivirus was well expressed in rat cerebral tissues. The treatment group had significantly higher expression levels of Bcl-2 than the other two groups. After cerebral infarction, the model group had significantly increased expression levels of caspase-3 and Bax protein in cerebral tissues than the sham (P < 0.05). Expression of these apoptosis-related proteins in the treatment group was obviously lower than that in the model group (P < 0.05), but significantly higher than in the sham group (P < 0.05). Compared to sham, neuronal apoptosis levels and infarction range of cerebral tissues was increased in the model and treatment groups; however, these values in the treatment group were significantly lower than that in the model group (P < 0.05). Importantly, the treatment group had significantly decreased neurological impairment scores (P < 0.05). In conclusion, Bcl-2 over-expression can decrease neuronal apoptosis in rat cerebral tissue, and thus is neuroprotective after cerebral ischemia.

  10. Morphology of platelet Golgi apparatus and their significance after acute cerebral infarction.

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    Lu, Wei; Xu, Dong; Tu, Ranran; Hu, Zhiping

    2013-08-15

    Blood samples were harvested from the antecubital vein of 20 fasting patients with acute cerebral infarction at 1, 7 and 15 days after onset to prepare blood platelet suspension. Fasting antecubital vein blood was collected from an additional 20 normal adults as controls. Under transmission tron microscope, platelet Golgi tubules and vesicles became significantly thickened, enlarged, and irregular after acute cerebral infarction. Alpha granules in platelets significantly reduced in number, especially 1 day after cerebral infarction. Under immunoelectron microscopy, a few alpha granules aggregated around Golgi tubules and vesicles after infarction. These results suggested that platelet Golgi apparatus displayed significant morphological changes, which were possibly associated with enhanced synthetic and secretory functions of activated platelets after acute cerebral infarction. This study used Golgi apparatus blocking agent Brefeldin A to block Golgi apparatus in an aim to study the effects of Golgi apparatus on CD40L expression on the surface of activated platelets. Flow cytometry revealed that CD40L expression on activated platelet surfaces decreased significantly when Golgi apparatus was blocked, which indicated that Golgi apparatus participated in the synthesis and transport of CD40L to the platelet surface.

  11. α-Lipoic acid treatment of aged type 2 diabetes mellitus complicated with acute cerebral infarction.

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    Zhao, L; Hu, F-X

    2014-01-01

    This study aims to evaluate the efficacy and safety of α-lipoic acid in the treatment of aged type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) complicated with acute cerebral infarction. 90 patients were randomly divided into two groups, on the basis of conventional treatment. The experiment group was administrated with α-lipoic acid, while only Vitamin C for the control group, for 3 consecutive weeks. Before and after the experiment, superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) and malondialdehyde (MDA) levels were measured and scored with the NIHSS (National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale), and the changes of blood glucose, insulin function and other indicators were observed. After the treatment, the plasma SOD and GSH-Px levels increased, while MDA decreased (p aged T2DM complicated with acute cerebral infarction, significantly reducing the patient's oxidative stress, blood glucose and lipid levels and being able to improve islet function.

  12. Effect of alprostadil combined with conventional therapy on serum markers in patients with acute cerebral infarction

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    Li-Lan Chen

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To study the effect of alprostadil combined with conventional therapy on serum markers in patients with acute cerebral infarction. Methods: Patients with acute cerebral infarction treated in our hospital from May 2012 to August 2014 were enrolled and randomly divided into two groups. Observation group received alprostadil combined with conventional therapy and control group received conventional treatment. Then serum markers of both groups were compared. Results: (1 contents of serum nerve function related molecules: serum NSE and S100β contents of observation group showed a decreasing trend, and BDNF and NGF contents showed an increasing trend; (2 contents of atherosclerosis related enzymes: serum GGT, iNOS and MPO contents of observation group showed a decreasing trend, and PON1 and PON2 contents showed an increasing trend; (3 platelet activation related molecules: serum PPARγ, CD62p, YKL-40, sCD40L and Fibulin-5 contents of observation group all showed a decreasing trend. Conclusions: Alprostadil combined with conventional treatment is helpful to alleviate neuronal damage and inhibit the processes of atherosclerosis and platelet activation; it’s an ideal method for treating acute cerebral infarction.

  13. MR image features predicting hemorrhagic transformation in acute cerebral infarction: a multimodal study

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    Liu, Chunming; Xu, Liang; Dong, Longchun; Liu, Zhenxing; Yang, Jun; Liu, Jun [Tianjin Union Medicine Centre, Department of Radiology, Tianjin (China); Dong, Zhengchao [Columbia University, Translational Imaging and MRI Unit, Department of Psychiatry, New York, NY (United States); New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY (United States); Khursheed, Aiman [Tianjin Medical University, International Medical School, Tianjin (China)

    2015-11-15

    The aims of this study were to observe magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features and the frequency of hemorrhagic transformation (HT) in patients with acute cerebral infarction and to identify the risk factors of HT. We first performed multimodal MRI (anatomical, diffusion weighted, and susceptibility weighted) scans on 87 patients with acute cerebral infarction within 24 hours after symptom onset and documented the image findings. We then performed follow-up examinations 3 days to 2 weeks after the onset or whenever the conditions of the patients worsened within 3 days. We utilized univariate statistics to identify the correlations between HT and image features and used multivariate logistical regression to correct for confounding factors to determine relevant independent image features of HT. HT was observed in 17 out of total 87 patients (19.5 %). The infarct size (p = 0.021), cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) (p = 0.004), relative apparent diffusion (rADC) (p = 0.023), and venous anomalies (p = 0.000) were significantly related with HT in the univariate statistics. Multivariate analysis demonstrated that CMBs (odd ratio (OR) = 0.082; 95 % confidence interval (CI) = 0.011-0.597; p = 0.014), rADC (OR = 0.000; 95 % CI = 0.000-0.692; p = 0.041), and venous anomalies (OR = 0.066; 95 % CI = 0.011-0.403; p = 0.003) were independent risk factors for HT. The frequency of HT is 19.5 % in this study. CMBs, rADC, and venous anomalies are independent risk factors for HT of acute cerebral infarction. (orig.)

  14. Proximal Bright Vessel Sign on Arterial Spin Labeling Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Acute Cardioembolic Cerebral Infarction.

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    Kato, Ayumi; Shinohara, Yuki; Kuya, Keita; Sakamoto, Makoto; Kowa, Hisanori; Ogawa, Toshihide

    2017-07-01

    The congestion of spin-labeled blood at large-vessel occlusion can present as hyperintense signals on perfusion magnetic resonance imaging with 3-dimensional pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling (proximal bright vessel sign). The purpose of this study was to clarify the difference between proximal bright vessel sign and susceptibility vessel sign in acute cardioembolic cerebral infarction. Forty-two patients with cardioembolic cerebral infarction in the anterior circulation territory underwent magnetic resonance imaging including diffusion-weighted imaging, 3-dimensional pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling perfusion magnetic resonance imaging, T2*-weighted imaging, and 3-dimensional time-of-flight magnetic resonance angiography using a 3-T magnetic resonance scanner. Visual assessments of proximal bright vessel sign and the susceptibility vessel sign were performed by consensus of 2 experienced neuroradiologists. The relationship between these signs and the occlusion site of magnetic resonance angiography was also investigated. Among 42 patients with cardioembolic cerebral infarction, 24 patients showed proximal bright vessel sign (57.1%) and 25 showed susceptibility vessel sign (59.5%). There were 19 cases of proximal bright vessel sign and susceptibility vessel sign-clear, 12 cases of proximal bright vessel sign and susceptibility vessel sign-unclear, and 11 mismatched cases. Four out of 6 patients with proximal bright vessel sign-unclear and susceptibility vessel sign-clear showed distal middle cerebral artery occlusion, and 2 out of 5 patients with proximal bright vessel sign-clear and susceptibility vessel sign-unclear showed no occlusion on magnetic resonance angiography. Proximal bright vessel sign is almost compatible with susceptibility vessel sign in patients with cardioembolic cerebral infarction. Copyright © 2017 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Ultrasound-Mediated Kallidinogenase-Loaded Microbubble Targeted Therapy for Acute Cerebral Infarction.

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    Liang, Yanling; Chen, Jia; Zheng, Xuan; Chen, Zhiyi; Liu, Yuming; Li, Siying; Fang, Xiaobo

    2017-11-15

    The neuroprotective effects of kallidinogenase against acute cerebral infarction have been demonstrated, and the use of microbubbles has been suggested as a therapeutic mechanism for drug delivery. This study was designed to investigate the optimal parameters for preparing kallidinogenase-loaded microbubbles (KLMs) and to evaluate the effects of KLM-targeted therapy on neurogenesis and angiogenesis following experimental acute cerebral infarction in rats. KLMs were prepared by mechanical shaking. Male Wistar rats were randomly divided into an ultrasound-mediated KLM-treated group and 4 control groups. Treatments were administered via daily tail vein injection on 6 consecutive days, starting at 24 hours after middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). The ultrasound-treated groups were subjected to a 2-MHz pulse of ultrasonic irradiation on the lateral skull of the ischemic side for 10 minutes during injection. Cell proliferation was examined using a 5-bromo-2-deoxyuridine assay. Infarct volume and neurological function were evaluated on days 3 and 7 after MCAO. The ultrasound-mediated KLM and kallidinogenase treatments significantly increased the numbers of doublecortin-immunoreactive cells in the subventricular zone (SVZ) and laminin(+) cells in the peri-infarction region on day 7 after MCAO, compared with the other 3 groups (all P KLM-treated group were significantly better than those of rats treated with kallidinogenase alone or with the other treatments (all P <.05). Treatment with the ultrasound-mediated KLMs promoted the proliferation of SVZ neuroblasts and vascular regeneration, which contributed to functional improvement after stroke. These findings provide a novel therapy for ischemic stroke. Copyright © 2017 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Necrotizing mycotic vasculitis with cerebral infarction caused by Aspergillus niger in a horse with acute typholocolitis.

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    Tunev, S S; Ehrhart, E J; Jensen, H E; Foreman, J H; Richter, R A; Messick, J B

    1999-07-01

    An 18-year-old Morgan mare was presented to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, University of Illinois, with a 10-day history of watery diarrhea, depression, and dysphagia. On admission, the animal was severely dehydrated, depressed, and unable to swallow and had no clinical signs of diarrhea. The respiratory and heart rate and body temperature were within normal limits. Following fluid therapy, the mare developed severe watery diarrhea and continued to be depressed, incoordinated, and dysphagic. The animal died on the fourth day after admission and was sent to the Laboratories of Veterinary Diagnostic Medicine for necropsy. Gross postmortem findings were consistent with an acute cerebral infarction in the right cerebral hemisphere, an acute necrotizing typhlocolitis, multifocal petechial and ecchymotic hemorrhages, enlarged and congested pars intermedia of the pituitary gland, and marked bilateral adrenocortical hyperplasia with multifocal areas of necrosis and hemorrhage. Histologic evaluation of the affected brain demonstrated an area of coagulative necrosis of the gray matter, with hemorrhage, vasculitis, and thrombosis. There were many fungal hyphae 3.5-6.0 microm, pale basophilic, septate, and occasionally branching at 45 degrees present in the arterial walls and throughout the necrotic tissue. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed Aspergillus niger as the etiologic agent responsible for the mycotic vasculitis and infarction in the brain. Bacteria culture and immunohistochemical staining of the colon and cecum failed to demonstrate specific pathogens.

  17. Serum homocysteine level in patients with acute cerebral infarction and its correlation with inflammatory factors, nerve factors and NO metabolism

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    Zhi-Guo Li1

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To study the serum homocysteine (Hcy level in patients with acute cerebral infarction and its correlation with inflammatory factors, nerve factors and NO metabolism. Methods: A total of 118 patients with acute cerebral infarction were selected as observation group and 50 healthy volunteers who received physical examination in our hospital during the same period were selected as the normal control group. Serum levels of Hcy in two groups were detected, and the median of Hcy levels in observation group was referred to further divide them into high Hcy group and low Hcy group, 59 cases in each group. Serum contents of inflammatory factors, nerve factors and NO metabolism markers were compared between acute cerebral infarction patients with different levels of Hcy. Results: Serum Hcy level in observation group was higher than that in control group. Serum contents of inflammatory factors such as IL-1β, IL-6, IL-17 and hs-CRP in high Hcy group were higher than those in low Hcy group, contents of nerve factors such as Copeptin, NT-proBNP, NSE and S-100B in high Hcy group were higher than those in low Hcy group, and contents of NO metabolism indexes such as NO and NOS in high Hcy group were higher than those in low Hcy group. Conclusion: Serum Hcy level increases in patients with acute cerebral infarction, and the level of Hcy is directly related to inflammatory factors, nerve factors and NO metabolism.

  18. Serum Resistin Levels May Contribute to an Increased Risk of Acute Cerebral Infarction.

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    Dong, Xiao-Liu; Xu, Shi-Jun; Zhang, Li; Zhang, Xiu-Qing; Liu, Ting; Gao, Qiu-Yan; Qian, Qing-Qiang; Sun, Bao-Liang; Yang, Ming-Feng

    2017-04-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the association between serum resistin levels and acute cerebral infarction (ACI). PubMed, SpringerLink, Wiley, EBSCO, Ovid, Web of Science, Wanfang, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, and VIP databases (last updated search in October 2014) were exhaustively searched, and data from the eligible studies were extracted and analyzed to assess the association between serum resistin levels and ACI. STATA software (version 12.0, Stata Corporation, College Station, TX, USA) was utilized for data analysis. Ten studies including 1829 ACI patients and 1557 healthy controls were eligible for inclusion in the meta-analysis. Our major result revealed that ACI patients exhibited higher serum resistin levels compared with healthy controls. Asubgroup analysis based on ethnicity showed a significant association between serum resistin levels and ACI in Asians, but surprisingly not in Caucasians. The results of our meta-analysis suggest that serum resistin levels are associated with an increased risk of ACI.

  19. Dynamics of nutritional status in dying patients with acute cerebral infarction in central China: a preliminary study.

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    Zhang, Hong; Shu, Yi; Zhang, Junjian; Tong, Etang

    2011-06-01

    Stroke is the number one cause of death in China. Although the effective management has reduced the mortality and lengthened survival, little attention has been paid to nutritional issues in patients with stroke in China. This study aimed to assess the premorbid nutrition status in dying patients with acute cerebral infarction. In this study, a total of 185 acute ischemic stroke patients dying within 30 days were recruited from medical records. Characteristics of dying patients were assessed on admission, and serum biochemical parameters including serum total protein, serum albumin, and serum prealbumin were measured within 24 hours after stroke onset and every week routinely. Among 185 ischemic stroke patients, 86 dying patients experienced their first-ever acute cerebral infarction, while 99 dying patients were experiencing a recurrent cerebral infarction. The prevalence of dysphagia, post-stroke pneumonia, and gastrointestinal hemorrhage in recurrent stroke groups were higher than those in the first-ever stroke group (Pnutritional index for dying patients with ischemic infarction was: serum prealbumin>serum albumin>serum total protein. This study showed that hypoproteinemia and undernutrition were serious in dying patients with acute ischemic stroke, especially in patients with recurrent ischemic stroke. This study also confirmed that serum prealbumin is more sensitive than serum albumin to assess nutritional status. The strategies to improve malnutrition in stroke patients are urgently needed in China.

  20. Early magnetic resonance detection of cortical necrosis and acute network injury associated with neonatal and infantile cerebral infarction

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    Okabe, Tetsuhiko; Aida, Noriko; Nozawa, Kumiko [Kanagawa Children' s Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Yokohama (Japan); Niwa, Tetsu [Kanagawa Children' s Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Yokohama (Japan); Tokai University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Isehara (Japan); Shibasaki, Jun [Kanagawa Children' s Medical Center, Department of Neonatology, Yokohama (Japan); Osaka, Hitoshi [Kanagawa Children' s Medical Center, Department of Neurology, Yokohama (Japan)

    2014-05-15

    Knowledge of MRI findings in pediatric cerebral infarction is limited. To determine whether cortical necrosis and network injury appear in the acute phase in post-stroke children and to identify anatomical location of acute network injury and the ages at which these phenomena are seen. Images from 12 children (age range: 0-9 years; neonates [<1 month], n=5; infants [1 month-12 months], n=3; others [≥1 year], n=4) with acute middle cerebral artery (MCA) cortical infarction were retrospectively analyzed. Cortical necrosis was defined as hyperintense cortical lesions on T1-weighted imaging that lacked evidence of hemorrhage. Acute network injury was defined as hyperintense lesions on diffusion-weighted imaging that were not in the MCA territory and had fiber connections with the affected cerebral cortex. MRI was performed within the first week after disease onset. Cortical necrosis was only found in three neonates. Acute network injury was seen in the corticospinal tract (CST), thalamus and corpus callosum. Acute network injury along the CST was found in five neonates and one 7-month-old infant. Acute network injury was evident in the thalamus of four neonates and two infants (ages 4 and 7 months) and in the corpus callosum of five neonates and two infants (ages 4 and 7 months). The entire thalamus was involved in three children when infarction of MCA was complete. In acute MCA cortical infarction, MRI findings indicating cortical necrosis or acute network injury was frequently found in neonates and early infants. Response to injury in a developing brain may be faster than that in a mature one. (orig.)

  1. Mobilization of CD133+ progenitor cells in patients with acute cerebral infarction.

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    Dominik Sepp

    Full Text Available Progenitor cells (PCs contribute to the endogenous repair mechanism after ischemic events. Interleukin-8 (IL-8 as part of the acute inflammatory reaction may enhance PC mobilization. Also, statins are supposed to alter number and function of circulating PCs. We aimed to investigate PC mobilization after acute ischemic stroke as well as its association with inflammatory markers and statin therapy. Sixty-five patients with ischemic stroke were enrolled in the study. The number of CD133+ PCs was analyzed by flow cytometry. Blood samples were drawn within 24 hours after symptom onset and after 5 days. The number of CD133+ PCs increased significantly within 5 days (p<0.001. We found no correlation between CD133+ PCs and the serum levels of IL-8, IL-6, or C-reactive protein (CRP. Multivariate analysis revealed that preexisting statin therapy correlated independently with the increase of CD133+ PCs (p=0.001. This study showed a mobilization of CD133+ PCs in patients with acute cerebral infarction within 5 days after symptom onset. The early systemic inflammatory response did not seem to be a decisive factor in the mobilization of PCs. Preexisting statin therapy was associated with the increase in CD133+ PCs, suggesting a potentially beneficial effect of statin therapy in patients with stroke.

  2. Effect of adjuvant argatroban therapy on neurological function, endothelial injury and inflammation state in patient with acute cerebral infarction

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    Nan Che

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To analyze the effect of adjuvant argatroban therapy on neurological function, endothelial injury and inflammation state in patient with acute cerebral infarction. Methods: A total of 118 patients with acute cerebral infarction were divided into observation group and control group according to the random number table, control group received conventional treatment, observation group received argatroban + conventional treatment, and then differences in TCD cerebral blood flow, serum neurological function, endothelial injury and inflammatory marker levels were compared between two groups after treatment. Results: TCD MCA and ACA values of observation group after treatment were higher than those of control group (P<0.05; serum neurological function indexes copeptin, NT-proBNP, PAO and S-100B levels of observation group after treatment were lower than those of control group, endothelial injury index ET-1 level was lower than that of control group, NO and CGRP levels were higher than those of control group, and inflammatory markers hs-CRP, TNF-毩, IL-6, MMP-9 and Lp-PLA2 levels were lower than those of control group (P<0.05. Conclusions: Adjuvant argatroban therapy can optimize the overall condition in patients with acute cerebral infarction, and plays a positive role in improving the neurological function, reducing endothelial injury and inflammation state, etc.

  3. Acute Headache at Emergency Department: Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome Complicated by Subarachnoid Haemorrhage and Cerebral Infarction

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    M. Yger

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome is becoming widely accepted as a rare cause of both ischemic and haemorrhagic stroke and should be evocated in case of thunderclap headaches associated with stroke. We present the case of a patient with ischemic stroke associated with cortical subarachnoid haemorrhage (cSAH and reversible diffuse arteries narrowing, leading to the diagnosis of reversible vasoconstriction syndrome. Case Report. A 48-year-old woman came to the emergency department because of an unusual thunderclap headache. The computed tomography of the brain completed by CT-angiography was unremarkable. Eleven days later, she was readmitted because of a left hemianopsia. One day after her admission, she developed a sudden left hemiparesis. The brain MRI showed ischemic lesions in the right frontal and occipital lobe and diffuse cSAH. The angiography showed vasoconstriction of the right anterior cerebral artery and stenosis of both middle cerebral arteries. Nimodipine treatment was initiated and vasoconstriction completely regressed on day 16 after the first headache. Conclusion. Our case shows a severe reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome where both haemorrhagic and ischemic complications were present at the same time. The history we reported shows that reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome is still underrecognized, in particular in general emergency departments.

  4. Association of serum immunoglobulin-G to Porphyromonas gingivalis with acute cerebral infarction in the Chinese population

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    Zhang Zheng

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Purpose: There is evidence supporting an association between ischemic stroke and periodontitis in western countries. Differing genetic backgrounds and lifestyles among populations may affect this association. The aim of our study was to determine whether antibody titers to Porphyromonas gingivalis are associated with acute cerebral infarction in the Chinese population. Materials and Methods: This case-control study was conducted on 88 acute cerebral infarction patients and 40 healthy control subjects. Serum immunoglobulin-G (IgG antibody to P. gingivalis was analyzed by enzyme-linked immune sorbent assay. Serum lipids were determined with the automatic biochemical analyzer. Fibrinogen was measured using automated coagulation analyzer. High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP and interleukin-6 (IL-6 were quantified using commercial ELISA kits. The intima-media thickness of the common carotid arteries (IMT-CCA was measured by ultrasonography. Results: The results showed that P. gingivalis IgG antibody levels were significantly higher in acute cerebral infarction cases than in healthy controls (mean ± standard deviation, 11.06 ± 1.49 vs. 9.15 ± 1.70, P < 0.001. There were significant correlations of P. gingivalis IgG titer with total cholesterol (r = 0.34, P = 0.001, low-density lipoprotein (r = 0.39, P < 0.001, apolipoprotein-B (r = 0.30, P = 0.004, hs-CRP (r = 0.35, P = 0.001, IL-6 (r = 0.27, P = 0.011, and IMT-CCA (left: r = 0.306, P = 0.004; right: r = 0.241, P = 0.024. Conclusion: Antibody titers to P. gingivalis are associated with acute cerebral infarction in the Chinese population.

  5. Usefulness of 2D PC MRA of the circle of willis in the evaluation of acute cerebral infarction

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    Kwon, Oh Han; Lee, Jae Hee; Kim, Ki Ju; Lee, Sung Yong [Our Lady of Mercy Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Kyu Ho [The Catholic Univ. of Korea, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1999-11-01

    To evaluate the usefulness of axial 2-D PC MRA of the circle of Willis in the evaluation of acute cerebral infarction We evaluated 42 patients with acute cerebral infarction who had undergone T2-weighted and diffusion weighted MR imaging (T2WI, DWI) and 2-D PC MRA of the circle of Willis within 72 hours of the onset of symptoms. In conjunction with high-signal lesions on DWI, the findings of 2-D PC MRA were classified as normal, stenotic, or indicative of arterial occlusion;negative 2-D PC MRA was not considered useful. In addition, the signal intensity of T2WI and DWI was compared. (The findings of 2-D PC MRA showed that 15 cases(35.7%) were normal, 13(31%) were stenotic, and that in 14 (33.3%), occlusion was present). Thus, 2-D PC MRA detected vascular abnormality in 27 cases(64.3%). On T2WI, six cases (14.3%) showed no signal change and 36(85.7%) showed high signal change. In six cases without signal change, MR images were obtained within 12 hours of ictus;in one of these patients MRA findings were normal, one had stenosis, and in four, occlusion was noted. 2-D PC MRA is a useful modality for the detection of vascular abnormality in patients with acute cerebral infarct.

  6. Effect of probucol combined with atorvastatin adjuvant therapy on serum indexes of acute cerebral infarction patients during rehabilitation period

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    Li Zhang

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To analyze the effect of probucol combined with atorvastatin adjuvant therapy on serum indexes of acute cerebral infarction patients in rehabilitation period. Methods: A total of 102 patients with acute cerebral infarction were treated in our hospital from August 2011 to June 2015, were confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging and were randomly divided into observation group 51 cases and control group 51 cases according to the order of hospitalization. Control group received atorvastatin treatment alone, observation group received probucol combined with atorvastatin adjuvant therapy, and then differences in levels of serum CXCL16, HMGB1, CD40L and Fibulin-5, P-selectin, NPY, CGRP, visfatin and others, chemokines and inflammation-related factors, vascular endothelial cells and fibrinolytic function, etc were compared between two groups after treatment. Results: Serum CXCL16, HMGB1, CD40L and Fibulin-5 levels of observation group after treatment were lower than those of control group; serum P-selectin, NPY, visfatin, UCH-L1, sVCAM-1 and SAA levels of observation group after treatment were lower than those of control group while CGRP level was higher than that of control group; serum CCL-19, CCL-21, YKL-40, IL-33 and IL- 18 values of observation group after treatment were lower than those of control group; serum vWF, PAI-1 and plasminogen levels of observation group after treatment were lower than those of control group while 6-K-PGF1α and tPA levels were higher than those of control group. Conclusions: Probucol combined with atorvastatin adjuvant therapy for acute cerebral infarction patients in rehabilitation period can effectively optimize patients’ general status and avoid re-infarction in recovery period, and it has positive clinical significance.

  7. Hypereosinophilia with Multiple Thromboembolic Cerebral Infarcts and Focal Intracerebral Hemorrhage

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    Lee, Eun Ju; Lee, Young Jun; Lee, Seung Ro; Park, Dong Woo; Kim, Hyun Young [Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    We report a case of hypereosinophilia causing multiple areas of cerebral infarcts. A 52-year-old Korean man presented with dysarthria and weakness in both arms. A brain MRI revealed multiple acute infarcts in the distal border zone with focal intracerebral hemorrhage, whereas a cerebral angiogram was not remarkable. The eosinophil count was 5,500/{mu}L and was accompanied by elevated cardiac enzyme levels. The pattern of cerebral infarcts and laboratory results suggest a thromboembolic infarction associated with hypereosinophilia.

  8. Cerebral And Myocardial Infarction In A Patient With Uncorrected ...

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    embolism. Ischaemia from thrombotic occlusion of vessels supplying major organs may occur. The case is presented of a 17 year old boy with Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) who developed acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and cerebral infarction ...

  9. Comparisons of Predictive Equations for Resting Energy Expenditure in Patients with Cerebral Infarct during Acute Care.

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    Nagano, Ayano; Yamada, Yoshitaka; Miyake, Hiroji; Domen, Kazuhisa; Koyama, Tetsuo

    2015-08-01

    Estimation of resting energy expenditure (REE) is essential in planning nutrition support. Several equations are used for this estimation in the clinical setting. The purpose of this study was to compare the predictive accuracy of existing equations for REE in patients with cerebral infarct during acute care. We assessed the Harris-Benedict, Mifflin, Owen, Japanese simplified, Wang, and Cunningham equations. The Owen and Japanese simplified equations use sex and weight as explanatory variables, the Harris-Benedict and Mifflin equations include sex, weight, age, and height, and the Wang and Cunningham equations use fat-free mass (FFM) measured using bioelectrical impedance technology. Actual REE values were measured by indirect calorimetry on days 2 and 7 and were then averaged. Applying analysis of variance, predictive accuracy was assessed by comparing the predicted and actual values. A total of 30 patients were analyzed. Actual REE values ranged from 796 to 1637 kcal (mean, 1109). The standard deviation of these values was the smallest with the Harris-Benedict equation (99), followed by the Cunningham (165), and Wang (181) equations. The Mifflin equation underestimated REE in females, whereas the Owen and Japanese simplified equations tended to overestimate it. Based on our results, the Harris-Benedict equation provides the most accurate prediction of REE. In addition, the Cunningham and Wang equations may be useful in long-term care settings involving patients at risk of malnutrition resulting in uneven loss of FFM relative to weight. Copyright © 2015 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Topographic distribution of cerebral infarct probability in patients with acute ischemic stroke: mapping of intra-arterial treatment effect.

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    Boers, A M M; Berkhemer, O A; Slump, C H; van Zwam, W H; Roos, Y B W E M; van der Lugt, A; van Oostenbrugge, R J; Yoo, A J; Dippel, D W J; Marquering, H A; Majoie, C B L M

    2017-05-01

    Since proof emerged that IA treatment (IAT) is beneficial for patients with acute ischemic stroke, it has become the standard method of care. Despite these positive results, recovery to functional independence is established in only about one-third of treated patients. The effect of IAT is commonly assessed by functional outcome, whereas its effect on brain tissue salvage is considered a secondary outcome measure (at most). Because patient and treatment selection needs to be improved, understanding the treatment effect on brain tissue salvage is of utmost importance. To introduce infarct probability maps to estimate the location and extent of tissue damage based on patient baseline characteristics and treatment type. Cerebral infarct probability maps were created by combining automatically segmented infarct distributions using follow-up CT images of 281 patients from the MR CLEAN trial. Comparison of infarct probability maps allows visualization and quantification of probable treatment effects. Treatment impact was calculated for 10 Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score (ASPECTS) and 27 anatomical regions. The insular cortex had the highest infarct probability in both control and IAT populations (47.2% and 42.6%, respectively). Comparison showed significant lower infarct probability in 4 ASPECTS and 17 anatomical regions in favor of IAT. Most salvaged tissue was found within the ASPECTS M2 region, which was 8.5% less likely to infarct. Probability maps intuitively visualize the topographic distribution of infarct probability due to treatment, which makes it a promising tool for estimating the effect of treatment. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/.

  11. Assessment value of transcranial Doppler hemodynamic typing for prognosis of patients with acute middle cerebral artery infarction

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    Jing Xie

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To analyze the assessment value of transcranial Doppler hemodynamic typing for prognosis of patients with acute middle cerebral artery infarction. Methods: A total of 54 cases of patients with acute middle cerebral artery infarction who received treatment in our hospital from January 2014 to June 2015 were included for study, and according to different types, they were divided into total occlusion group 17 cases, partial occlusion group 28 cases and nonocclusion group 9 cases. Differences in levels of infarction-related proteins, coagulation-related indicators, illness-related factors, etc in circulating blood of three groups were compared, and the correlation of middle cerebral arterial systolic velocity (Vs and diastolic velocity (Vd with above indicators was further analyzed. Results: Vs and Vd values of non-occlusion group were higher than those of total occlusion group and partial occlusion group, and Vs and Vd values of partial occlusion group were higher than those of total occlusion group; serum Gelsolin, PT, APTT and TT values of non-occlusion group were higher, SAA, Apo- CⅡ, HbA1c, GSP, A毬, HSP70, FIB, D-D, Copeptin, P-selectin, PTX3, TPO and FFA values were lower, and compared with partial occlusion group and total occlusion group, differences were significant; Gelsolin, PT, APTT and TT values of partial occlusion group were higher than those of total occlusion group, and SAA, Apo- CⅡ, HbA1c, GSP, A毬, HSP70, FIB, D-D, Copeptin, P-selectin, PTX3, TPO and FFA values were lower than those of total occlusion group; middle cerebral arterial Vs and Vd values were directly proportional to Gelsolin, PT, APTT and TT values, and inversely proportional to SAA, Apo- CⅡ, HbA1c, GSP, A毬, HSP70, FIB, D-D, Copeptin, P-selectin, PTX3, TPO and FFA values. Conclusions: Transcranial Doppler hemodynamic typing can be the reliable way to judge the severity of acute middle cerebral artery infarction, and has great value in assessing

  12. The Application of Diffusion- and Perfusion-Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the Diagnosis and Therapy of Acute Cerebral Infarction

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Diffusion- and perfusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI and PWI was applied for stroke diagnose in 120 acute (<48 h ischemic stroke patients. At hyperacute (<6 h stage, it is difficult to find out the infarction zone in conventional T1 or T2 image, but it is easy in DWI, apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC map; when at 3–6-hour stage it is also easy in PWI, cerebral blood flow (CBF map, cerebral blood volume (CBV map, and mean transit time (MTT map; at acute (6–48 h stage, DWI or PWI is more sensitive than conventional T1 or T2 image too. Combining DWI with ADC, acute and chronic infarction can be distinguished. Besides, penumbra which should be developed in meaning was used as an indication or to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy. There were two cases (<1.5 h that broke the model of penumbra because abnormity was found in DWI but not that in PWI, finally they recovered without any sequela.

  13. Superselective intra-arterial fibrinolysis for acute cerebral ischemic infarct : usefulness of diffusion weighted MR imaging

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    Byun, Woo Mok; Lee, Se Jin [Yeungnam Univ. College of Medicine, Kyongnam (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Yong Sun [Kyungpook National Univ. School of Medicine, Taegu (Korea, Republic of); Han, Gun Soo; Bae, Won Kyong [Chunan Hospital, Soonchunhang Univ., Asan (Korea, Republic of)

    1999-12-01

    To evaluate the efficacy of superselective intra-arterial fibrinolysis for acute cerebral stroke and the usefulness of pre-and postfibrinolysis diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI). In 41 patients with acute ischemic stroke whose treatment involved intra-arterial fibrinolysis, the occlusion site, degree of recanalization, and clinical results were compared. In 12 patients, diffusion weighted MRI was performed before fibrinolysis, and eight of these also underwent diffusion-weighted MRI after fibrinolysis. Using diffusion-weighted MRI, neurological outcomes were compared with signal intensity ratio (SIR, or the average signal intensity within the region of interest divided by that in the contralateral, nonischemic, homologous region). Twenty patients showed complete recanalization, nine partial recanalization, and in twelve there was no recanalization. Fourteen patients (34%) improved neurologically. No relationship existed between occlusion sites, degree of recanalization, and clinical outcome. Among 12 patients who underwent DWI before fibrinolysis, complete recanalization was noted in eight. Neurological improvement was seen in four patients with low SIR(<1.55), while in four with high SIR(>1.7), neurological outcome was poor despite complete recanalization. Although superselective intra-arterial fibrinolysis for acute cerebral stroke is a good therapeutic method for recanalization, the clinical outcome can be disappointing. We therefore suggest that in cases of acute cerebral ischemic infaret, SIR-as seen on DWI-might be useful for predicting the benefits of recanalization. In such cases, further investigation of the use of DWI prior to fibrinolysis is therefore needed.

  14. The Effects of Modified Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy in Acute Subcortical Cerebral Infarction

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    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT promotes upper extremity recovery post stroke, however, it is difficult to implement clinically due to its high resource demand and safety of the restraint. Therefore, we propose that modified CIMT (mCIMT be used to treat individuals with acute subcortical infarction.Objective: To evaluate the therapeutic effects of mCIMT in patients with acute subcortical infarction, and investigate the possible mechanisms underlying the effect.Methods: The role of mCIMT was investigated in 26 individuals experiencing subcortical infarction in the preceding 14 days. Patients were randomly assigned to either mCIMT or standard therapy. mCIMT group was treated daily for 3 h over 10 consecutive working days, using a mitt on the unaffected arm for up to 30% of waking hours. The control group was treated with an equal dose of occupational therapy and physical therapy. During the 3-month follow-up, the motor functions of the affected limb were assessed by the Wolf Motor Function Test (WMFT and Motor Activity Log (MAL. Altered cortical excitability was assessed via transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS.Results: Treatment significantly improved the movement in the mCIMT group compared with the control group. The mean WMF score was significantly higher in the mCIMT group compared with the control group. Further, the appearance of motor-evoked potentials (MEPs were significantly higher in the mCIMT group compared with the baseline data. A significant change in ipsilesional silent period (SP occurred in the mCIMT group compared with the control group. However, we found no difference between two groups in motor function or electrophysiological parameters after 3 months of follow-up.Conclusions: mCIMT resulted in significant functional changes in timed movement immediately following treatment in patients with acute subcortical infarction. Further, early mCIMT improved ipsilesional cortical excitability. However, no long

  15. Bilateral cerebral hemispheric infarction associated with sildenafil citrate (Viagra) use.

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    Kim, K-K; Kim, D G; Ku, Y H; Lee, Y J; Kim, W-C; Kim, O J; Kim, H S

    2008-03-01

    Sildenafil citrate (Viagra) is one of the frequently prescribed drugs for men with erectile dysfunction. We describe a 52-year-old man with bilateral middle cerebral artery (MCA) territory infarction after sildenafil use. He ingested 100 mg of sildenafil and about 1 h later, he complained of chest discomfort, palpitation and dizziness followed by mental obtundation, global aphasia and left hemiparesis. Brain magnetic resonance imaging documented acute bilateral hemispheric infarction, and cerebral angiography showed occluded bilateral MCA. Despite significant bilateral MCA stenosis and cerebral infarction, systemic hypotension persisted for a day. We presume that cerebral infarction was caused by cardioembolism with sildenafil use.

  16. Diagnostic Utility of Contrast-enhanced 3D T1-weighted Imaging in Acute Cerebral Infarction Associated with Graves Disease.

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    Gon, Yasufumi; Sakaguchi, Manabu; Oyama, Naoki; Mochizuki, Hideki

    2017-02-01

    Graves disease is rarely complicated with cerebrovascular steno-occlusive diseases. Previous studies have suggested several hypotheses for this occurrence, including excess thyroid hormone, which stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, which in turn causes an abnormal hemodynamic response with consequent atherosclerotic changes, and antithyroid antibodies cause local vascular inflammation in patients with Graves disease. However, radiological findings of vasculitis in patients with Graves disease and cerebral infarction remain less known. We report the case of a 30-year-old Japanese woman with acute cerebral infarction due to vasculitis associated with Graves disease. She was admitted to our hospital with a 4-day history of intermittent transient dysarthria and limb shaking of the left leg when standing. Three weeks before admission, she went to a local hospital because of general malaise and was diagnosed with Graves disease. Neurological examination revealed paralytic dysarthria, left central facial nerve palsy, and left hemiparesis (manual muscle testing, 4 of 5). Blood examinations showed hyperthyroidism (thyroid-stimulating hormone ≤.010 µU/mL; free T3 ≥25.0 pg/mL; free T4 ≥8.0 ng/dL) and elevation of antithyroid antibody levels (thyroid peroxidase antibody, 87 IU/mL). The vessel wall of the right internal carotid artery was markedly enhanced on contrast-enhanced three-dimensional T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging, suggesting vasculitis. Magnetic resonance angiography revealed right internal carotid artery occlusion after the branching ophthalmic artery. Arterial stenosis due to vasculitis was considered the cause of hemodynamic ischemic stroke. Vessel wall imaging such as high-resolution contrast-enhanced T1-weighted imaging seems useful for assessing the underlying mechanism of stroke in patients with Graves disease. Copyright © 2017 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Treatment of fibrinolysis in cases of acute cerebral infarction; Fibrinolysebehandlung beim akuten Hirninfarkt

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    Freitag, H.J.; Kucinski, T. [Neuroradiologische Abt., Radiologische Universitaetsklinik, Universitaets-Krankenhaus Eppendorf, Hamburg (Germany)

    1997-11-01

    On the basis of our upon own results of local intra-arterial fibrinolysis (LIF), this article gives a short overview of recently established thrombolytic therapy in acute ischemic stroke. Fifty patients with acute occlusions of vertebrobasilar arteries and 118 patients showing occlusions of branches of the internal carotid artery were treated with LIF. The Occlusion type, occlusion site and successful recanalization were associated with a favorable outcome: 92% of embolic occlusions in the vertebrobasilar territory were recanalized and resulted in 50% in a favorable outcome. In the carotid territory, optimal outcome was achieved in main stem and branch occlusions of the middle cerebral artery, due to recanalization rates of 49%-64%. In contrast, occlusions of the intracranial bifurcation of the carotid artery (carotid-`T`) resulted in death in 59%. (orig./AJ) [Deutsch] Vor dem Hintergrund eigener Behandlungsergebnisse nach lokaler intraarterieller Fibrinolyse (LIF) soll dieser Artikel einen kurzen Ueberblick ueber den derzeitigen Stand der Fibrinolysetherapie beim akuten Hirninfarkt geben. 50 Patienten mit akuten Verschluessen im vertebrobasilaeren Territorium und 118 Patienten mit Verschluessen im Karotisterritorium wurden mittels LIF behandelt. Verschlusstyp, Verschlusslokalisation und erfolgreiche Rekanalisation waren jeweils assoziiert mit einem guenstigen klinischen Verlauf: Im vertebrobasilaeren Territorium resultierte bei einer Rekanalisationsrate von 92% bei rein embolischen Verschluessen in 50% ein guenstiges Outcome. Im Karotisterritorium waren Hauptstamm- und Astverschluesse der A.cerebri media mit Rekanalisationsraten von 49-64% optimal behandelbar, wohingegen Verschluesse der intrakraniellen Karotisbifurkation (Karotis-`T`) in 59% toedlich verliefen. (orig./AJ)

  18. Clinical Characteristics and Lesions Responsible for Swallowing Hesitation After Acute Cerebral Infarction.

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    Saito, Tsukasa; Hayashi, Keisuke; Nakazawa, Hajime; Ota, Tetsuo

    2016-08-01

    Some stroke patients with a unilateral lesion demonstrate acute dysphagia characterized by a markedly prolonged swallowing time, making us think they are reluctant to swallow. In order to clarify the clinical characteristics and causative lesions of delayed swallowing, we conducted a retrospective analysis of 20 right-handed patients without a history of swallowing dysfunction who underwent videofluorography on suspicion of dysphagia after a first ischemic stroke. The oral processing time plus the postfaucial aggregation time required to swallow jelly for patients classified as having delayed swallowing was over 10 s. The time required for swallowing jelly was significantly longer than that without the hesitation (median value, 24.1 vs. 8.9 s, P oral processing time plus the postfaucial aggregation time required for patients with delayed swallowing to swallow thickened water was largely over 5 s and significantly longer than that of patients without swallowing hesitation (median value, 10.2 vs. 3.3 s, P acute unilateral infarction could be separated into two different patterns. Because four of the five patients with a rippling tongue movement in the swallowing hesitation pattern had a lesion in the left primary motor cortex, which induces some kinds of apraxia, swallowing hesitation with a rippling tongue movement seems to be a representative characteristic of apraxia. The patients with swallowing hesitation with a temporary stasis of the tongue in this study tended to have broad lesions in the frontal lobe, especially in the middle frontal gyrus, which is thought to be involved in higher cognition.

  19. Acute myocardial infarction.

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    Reed, Grant W; Rossi, Jeffrey E; Cannon, Christopher P

    2017-01-14

    Acute myocardial infarction has traditionally been divided into ST elevation or non-ST elevation myocardial infarction; however, therapies are similar between the two, and the overall management of acute myocardial infarction can be reviewed for simplicity. Acute myocardial infarction remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, despite substantial improvements in prognosis over the past decade. The progress is a result of several major trends, including improvements in risk stratification, more widespread use of an invasive strategy, implementation of care delivery systems prioritising immediate revascularisation through percutaneous coronary intervention (or fibrinolysis), advances in antiplatelet agents and anticoagulants, and greater use of secondary prevention strategies such as statins. This seminar discusses the important topics of the pathophysiology, epidemiological trends, and modern management of acute myocardial infarction, focusing on the recent advances in reperfusion strategies and pharmacological treatment approaches. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Clinical value of detection on ser um monocyte chemotactant protein-1 and vascular endothelial cadher in levels in patients with acute cerebral infarction

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    Xia Zhou

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To study the correlation of serum monocyte chemotactant protein-1 (MCP-1 and vascular endothelia cadherin (VE-cadherin levels in patients with acute cerebral infarction, and nerve injury molecules, interleukins and matrix metalloproteinases. Methods: A total of 86 patients with acute cerebral infarction treated in our hospital from April 2012 to October 2015 were selected as the observation group and 50 healthy subjects in the same period treated in our hospital were selected as the control group. The serums were collected and the contents of MCP-1, VE-cadherin, heart-type fatty acid binding protein (H-FABP, S100 calcium binding protein B (S100B, neuron-specific enolase (NSE, interleukin-lb (IL-1b, IL-6, IL-17, IL-18, matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP2, MMP3 and MMP9 were measured. Results: The serum contents of MCP-1, VE-cadherin, H-FABP, S100B, NSE, IL-1b, IL- 6, IL-17, IL-18, MMP2, MMP3 and MMP9 in observation group were significantly higher than those of control group. Carotid artery plaque formation and unstable plaque properties will increase the serum contents of MCP-1, VE-cadherin, H-FABP, S100B, NSE, IL-1b, IL-6, IL-17, IL-18, MMP2, MMP3 and MMP9 in patients with cerebral infarction. The serum levels of MCP-1, VE-cadherin and the contents of H-FABP, S100B, NSE, IL-1b, IL-6, IL-17, IL-18, MMP2, MMP3 and MMP9 were positively correlated. Conclusions: The serum levels of VE-cadherin and MCP-1 were significantly increased in patients with acute cerebral infarction. MCP-1 and VE-cadherin can increase the secretion of interleukins and matrix metalloproteinases, which can result in the carotid artery plaque formation, unstable plaque properties and the injury of nerve function.

  1. Diffusion weighted EPI in early cerebral infarction and intracerebral hemorrhage

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    Okada, Susumu; Cho, Keiichi; Hosaka, Sumio; Ito, Koichiro; Tajima, Natsuki; Kobayashi, Shiro [Nippon Medical School (Japan). Chiba-Hokuso Hospital; Kumazaki, Tatsuo; Takahashi, Yoshiyuki

    1997-11-01

    Fifteen cases of early cerebral infarction and 14 cases of cerebral hemorrhage underwent diffusion weighted echo planar imaging. Increased intensity area was detected only 2 in 5 cases less than 3 hours from ictus, whereas infarction was correctly diagnosed in all cases over 3 hours. Infarcted area was increased on the follow-up study in 2 cases. Hematoma showed mixed intensity in hyper acute phase, very hypo in acute, mixed in subacute and very hyper in the chronic stage. High intensity area surrounded the hematoma. (author)

  2. Chronic and acute anemia and extracranial internal carotid stenosis are risk factors for silent cerebral infarcts in sickle cell anemia.

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    Bernaudin, Françoise; Verlhac, Suzanne; Arnaud, Cécile; Kamdem, Annie; Vasile, Manuela; Kasbi, Florence; Hau, Isabelle; Madhi, Fouad; Fourmaux, Christine; Biscardi, Sandra; Epaud, Ralph; Pondarré, Corinne

    2015-03-05

    Early transcranial Doppler (TCD) screening of the Créteil sickle cell anemia (SCA)-newborn cohort, and rapid initiation of transfusion programs, resulted in successful prevention of overt strokes, but a high cumulative risk of silent cerebral infarcts (SCI) remained, suggesting that TCD screening does not identify all patients with SCA at risk for SCI. We hypothesized that episodes of hypoperfusion/hypoxia, as observed during acute chest syndromes or acute anemic events (AAE), and extracranial internal carotid artery (eICA) stenoses, detectable via submandibular Doppler sonography and cervical magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), could also be risk factors for SCI. This study includes 189 stroke-free patients with SCA from the Créteil newborn cohort (1992-2010) followed longitudinally by magnetic resonance imaging/MRA, including cervical MRA at the last assessment. All patients with abnormal TCD and/or intracranial stenoses were placed on a transfusion program. Mean follow-up was 9.9 years (range, 2.2-19.9 years; 1844 patient-years). Annual rates of clinical events were calculated. The cumulative risk for SCI was 39.1% (95% confidence interval [CI], 23.5%-54.7%) by age 18 years, with no plateau. We confirm that baseline hemoglobin level lower than 7 g/dL before age 3 years is a highly significant predictive risk factor for SCI (hazard ratio, 2.97; 95% CI, 1.43-6.17; P = .004). Furthermore, we show that AAE rate (odds ratio, 2.64 per unit increase; 95% CI, 1.09-6.38; P = .031) and isolated eICA stenosis (odds ratio, 3.19; 95% CI, 1.18-8.70; P = .023) are significant and independent risk factors for SCI. © 2015 by The American Society of Hematology.

  3. [Cerebral infarctions in vertebrobasilar artery atherosclerosis].

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    Anufriev, P L; Evdokimenko, A N; Gulevskaya, T S

    2018-01-01

    to obtain more specific information on the morphology and pathogenesis of cerebral infarctions occurring in vertebrobasilar artery (VBA) atherosclerosis. Macro- and microscopic investigations of the brain, its arterial system, and heart were conducted in 69 autopsy cases with infarctions located in the vertebrobasilar system (VBS) in atherosclerosis. 69 cases were found to have 206 VBA infarctions of various extent and locations. The detected infarctions were single and multiple in 27 and 42 cases, respectively. The detected infarctions included extensive (n=7), large (n=9), medium (n=63), small deep (lacunar) (n=97), and small superficial (n=30). The brain stem showed lacunar infarctions most frequently (76% of the infarctions at this site). Medium and small infarctions were identified at the same frequency in the cerebral hemispheres and cerebellum. The occurrence of 94% of the extensive and large infarctions was ascertained to be pathogenetically associated with atherothrombotic occlusion of the intracranial arteries in the VBS. 76% of the small infarctions occurred through the mechanism of cerebral vascular insufficiency in tandem atherostenosis of VBAs in conjunction with an additional decrease in cerebral blood flow under the influence of an extracerebral factor (coronary heart disease). Medium infarctions were approximately equifrequently due to the two aforementioned causes and, in some cases, to cardiogenic thromboembolism of VBAs. Infarctions were multiple in most cases; while recent large atherothrombotic infarctions were frequently concurrent with small organized infarctions resulting from tandem atherostenosis of VBAs. This investigation could establish the relationship between the site, extent, and pathogenetic factors of infarctions in the VBA bed in atherosclerosis, as well as the prognostic value of small infarctions as predictors for severe ischemic stroke.

  4. Isolated Striatocapsular Infarcts after Endovascular Treatment of Acute Proximal Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusions: Prevalence, Enabling Factors, and Clinical Outcome.

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    Kaesmacher, Johannes; Huber, Thomas; Lehm, Manuel; Zimmer, Claus; Bernkopf, Kathleen; Wunderlich, Silke; Boeckh-Behrens, Tobias; Manning, Nathan W; Kleine, Justus F

    2017-01-01

    Striatocapsular infarcts (SCIs) are defined as large subcortical infarcts involving the territory of more than one lenticulostriate artery. SCI without concomitant ischemia in the more distal middle cerebral artery (MCA) territory [isolated SCI (iSCI)] has been described as a rare infarct pattern. The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence of iSCI in patients treated with endovascular thrombectomy (ET), to evaluate baseline and procedural parameters associated with this condition, and to describe the clinical course of iSCI patients. A retrospective analysis of 206 consecutive patients with an isolated MCA occlusion involving the lenticulostriate arteries and treated with ET was performed. Baseline patient and procedural characteristics and ischemic involvement of the striatocapsular and distal MCA territory [iSCI, as opposed to non-isolated SCI (niSCI)] were analyzed using multivariate logistic regression models. Prevalence of iSCI was assessed, and clinical course was determined with the rates of substantial neurological improvement and good functional short- and mid-term outcome (discharge/day 90 Modified Rankin Scale ≤2). iSCI was detected in 53 patients (25.7%), and niSCI was detected in 153 patients (74.3%). Successful reperfusion [thrombolysis in cerebral infarction (TICI) 2b/3] [adjusted odds ration (aOR) 8.730, 95% confidence interval (95% CI) 1.069-71.308] and good collaterals (aOR 2.100, 95% CI 1.119-3.944) were associated with iSCI. In successfully reperfused patients, TICI 3 was found to be an additional factor associated with iSCI (aOR 5.282, 1.759-15.859). Patients with iSCI had higher rates of substantial neurological improvement (71.7 vs. 37.9%, p < 0.001) and higher rates of good functional short- and mid-term outcome (58.3 vs. 23.7%, p < 0.001 and 71.4 vs. 41.7%, p < 0.001). However, while iSCI patients, in general, had a more favorable outcome, considerable heterogeneity in outcome was observed. High rates of successful

  5. Myocardial infarction and cerebral infarction in a Danish suburban community

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    Lyngborg, K; Marquardsen, J; Trautner, F

    1985-01-01

    A comparison was made of 485 cases of cerebral infarction (CI), registered prospectively in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, with 495 cases of myocardial infarction (AMI), recorded retrospectively in the same population. The overall annual incidence of AMI was 6.5 per 1,000 population for males, 3...

  6. Digital subtraction angiography in cerebral infarction

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    Cho, Sin Young; Kim, Ji Hun; Suh, Hong Kil; Kim, Hyo Heon; Kwack, Eun Young; Lee, Il Seong [College of Medicine Hallym University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1995-01-15

    The usefulness and radiographic findings of the angiography in cerebral infarction are well known. We attempted to evaluate the angiographic causes, findings, and the usefulness of DSA in cerebral infarction. The authors reviewed retrospectively DSA images of 51 patients who were diagnosed as having cerebral infarction by brain CT and/or MRI and clinical settings. DSA was performed in all 51 patients, and in 3 patients, conventional angiogram was also done. Both carotid DSA images were obtained in AP, lateral, oblique projections, and one or both vertebral DSA images in AP and lateral. The authors reviewed the patient's charts for symptoms, operative findings and final diagnosis, and analysed DSA findings of cerebral atherosclerosis with focus on 6 major cerebral arteries. Among the 51 patients of cerebral infarction 43 patients (84.3%) had cerebral atherosclerosis, 1 dissecting aneurysm, 1 moyamoya disease and 6 negative in angiogram. DSA findings of cerebral atherosclerosis were multiple narrowing in 42 patients (97.7%), tortuosity in 22 (51.2%), dilatation in 14, occlusion in 12, avascular region in 8, collaterals in 7, ulcer in 6, and delayed washout of contrast media in 3. In cerebral atherosclerosis, internal carotid artery was involved in 37 patients (86.0%), middle cerebral artery in 29 (67.4%) posterior cerebral artery in 28, anterior cerebral artery in 26, vertebral artery in 22, and basilar artery in 15. Intracranial involvement of cerebral atherosclerosis (64.9%) was more common than extracranial involvement (16.2%). In cerebral infarction MRA may be the screening test, but for more precise evaluation of vascular abnormality and its extent, DSA should be considered.

  7. Isolated Striatocapsular Infarcts after Endovascular Treatment of Acute Proximal Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusions: Prevalence, Enabling Factors, and Clinical Outcome

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    Johannes Kaesmacher

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available BackgroundStriatocapsular infarcts (SCIs are defined as large subcortical infarcts involving the territory of more than one lenticulostriate artery. SCI without concomitant ischemia in the more distal middle cerebral artery (MCA territory [isolated SCI (iSCI] has been described as a rare infarct pattern. The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence of iSCI in patients treated with endovascular thrombectomy (ET, to evaluate baseline and procedural parameters associated with this condition, and to describe the clinical course of iSCI patients.MethodsA retrospective analysis of 206 consecutive patients with an isolated MCA occlusion involving the lenticulostriate arteries and treated with ET was performed. Baseline patient and procedural characteristics and ischemic involvement of the striatocapsular and distal MCA territory [iSCI, as opposed to non-isolated SCI (niSCI] were analyzed using multivariate logistic regression models. Prevalence of iSCI was assessed, and clinical course was determined with the rates of substantial neurological improvement and good functional short- and mid-term outcome (discharge/day 90 Modified Rankin Scale ≤2.ResultsiSCI was detected in 53 patients (25.7%, and niSCI was detected in 153 patients (74.3%. Successful reperfusion [thrombolysis in cerebral infarction (TICI 2b/3] [adjusted odds ration (aOR 8.730, 95% confidence interval (95% CI 1.069–71.308] and good collaterals (aOR 2.100, 95% CI 1.119–3.944 were associated with iSCI. In successfully reperfused patients, TICI 3 was found to be an additional factor associated with iSCI (aOR 5.282, 1.759–15.859. Patients with iSCI had higher rates of substantial neurological improvement (71.7 vs. 37.9%, p < 0.001 and higher rates of good functional short- and mid-term outcome (58.3 vs. 23.7%, p < 0.001 and 71.4 vs. 41.7%, p < 0.001. However, while iSCI patients, in general, had a more favorable outcome, considerable heterogeneity in outcome was

  8. Biomarkers in acute myocardial infarction

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    Chan, Daniel; Ng, Leong L

    2010-01-01

    .... Biomarkers have been used to assist with timely diagnosis, while an increasing number of novel markers have been identified to predict outcome following an acute myocardial infarction or acute coronary syndrome...

  9. Locations of cerebral infarctions in tuberculous meningitis

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    Hsieh, F.Y.; Chia, L.G. (Section of Neurology, Taichung Veterans General Hospital (Taiwan)); Shen, W.C. (Section of Neuroradiology, Taichung Veterans General Hospital (Taiwan))

    1992-06-01

    The locations of cerebral infarctions were studied in 14 patients with tuberculous meningitis (TBM) and 173 patients with noninflammatory ischemic stroke (IS). In patients with TBM, 75% of infarctions occurred in the 'TB zone' supplied by medial striate and thalamoperforating arteries; only 11% occurred in the 'IS zone' supplied by lateral striate, anterior choroidal and thalamogeniculate arteries. In patients with IS, 29% of infarctions occurred in the IS zone, 29% in the subcortical white matter, and 24% in (or involving) the cerebral cortex. Only 11% occurred in the TB zone. Bilaterally symmetrical infarctions of the TB zone were common with TBM (71%) but rare with IS (5%). (orig.).

  10. Subcortical cerebral infarctions in sickle cell trait.

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    Reyes, M G

    1989-01-01

    At necropsy, two patients with sickle cell trait and progressive motor and visual deficits, lethargy and coma showed infarctions of the deep cerebral white matter and brain stem. The findings in these patients and another reported in the literature suggest that subcortical infarctions may be more common in sickle cell trait than has been recognised and should be suspected in any patient with sickle cell trait who presents with an unusual neurological illness.

  11. [Bonsai induced acute myocardial infarction].

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    Ayhan, Hüseyin; Aslan, Abdullah Nabi; Süygün, Hakan; Durmaz, Tahir

    2014-09-01

    Incidences of drug abuse and cannabis have increased in young adults, recently. Cannabis induced myocardial infarction has rarely been reported in these people. There is no any literature about a synthetic cannabinoid, being recently most popular Bonsai, to cause myocardial infarction. In this case report we presented a 33-year-old male patient who developed acute myocardial infarction after taking high doses of Bonsai.

  12. [Effect of electro-needling at acupoints of the yangming meridian on the expression of PAC-1 and lower limb functions in acute cerebral infarction patients].

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    Zhang, Xin; Tan, Feng; Duan, Chuan-zhi

    2011-04-01

    To observe the effect of electro-needling at acupoints of the yangming meridian on the expression of platelet associated complement-1 (PAC-1) and lower limb functions in acute cerebral infarction (ACI) patients. 58 ACI patients were randomly assigned to the treatment group and the control group. Conventional therapies were given to all patients. Additionally, the electro-needling at acupoints of the yangming meridian was given to patients in the treatment group. Changes of PAC-1 were detected using flow cytometry. Effect of lower limbs functions of ACI patients before and after electro-needling was assessed using Fugl-Meyer Index. Meanwhile, 20 healthy subjects were selected for reference value. In the acute stage, the PAC-1 level in ACI patients were significantly higher than that in healthy subjects (PPAC-1 level in the electro-needling group was obviously lowered after treatment (PPAC-1 levels, could improve lower limbs functions of ACI patients. It was inferred that electro-needling at acupoints of the yangming meridian promoted the recovery of paralyzed lower limbs at the early stage mainly by regulating PAC-1 levels, thus postponing the progress of ACI.

  13. Acute ischemic cerebral attack

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    Franco-Garcia Samir; Barreiro-Pinto Belis

    2010-01-01

    The decrease of the cerebral blood flow below the threshold of autoregulation led to changes of cerebral ischemia and necrosis that traduce in signs and symtoms of focal neurologic dysfunction called acute cerebrovascular symdrome (ACS) or stroke. Two big groups according to its etiology are included in this category the hemorragic that constitue a 20% and the ischemic a 80% of cases. Great interest has wom the ischemic ACS because of its high social burden, being the third cause of no violen...

  14. SPECT analysis of recent cerebral infarction

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    Raynaud, C; Rancurel, G; Tzourio, N

    1989-01-01

    We measured regional cerebral blood flow and [123I]iodoamphetamine (IMP) uptake in 16 patients with unilateral brain infarcts during the subacute period (Day 3 to Day 50) and again after 3 months. Our results show that the central and peripheral areas described earlier in the chronic period were ...

  15. Patent Foramen Ovale and the Risk of Cerebral Infarcts in Acute Pulmonary Embolism-A Prospective Observational Study.

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    Vindiš, David; Hutyra, Martin; Šaňák, Daniel; Král, Michal; Čecháková, Eva; Littnerová, Simona; Adam, Tomáš; Přeček, Jan; Hudec, Štěpán; Ječmenová, Markéta; Táborský, Miloš

    2018-02-01

    Pulmonary embolism (PE) is associated with a risk of consecutive paradoxical embolism with brain infarction through a patent foramen ovale (PFO). The aims of this study were to assess the rate of new ischemic brain lesions (IBLs) using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) during a 12-month follow-up period with anticoagulation and to evaluate the potential relationship with the presence of PFO on transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Seventy-eight patients with acute PE underwent baseline contrast TEE with brain MRI. After the 12-month follow-up, 58 underwent brain MRI. The rates of MRI documenting new IBLs were measured based on the presence of PFO. PFO was detected in 31 patients (39.7%). At baseline MRI, IBL was present in 39 of 78 patients (50%). The presence of IBL was not significantly higher in patients with PFO than in patients without PFO (20 [64.5% patients with PFO] versus 19 [40.4% without PFO] of 39 patients with baseline IBL, P = .063). At the follow-up MRI, in the group with new IBL (9 of 58 patients, 15.5%), the number of patients with PFO was significantly higher than that without PFO (7 [33.3%] versus 2 [5.4%], P = .008). PFO was identified as an independent predictor of new IBL (odds ratio 4.6 [1.6-47.4], P = .008). The presence of PFO was associated with new IBL in patients with PE. These patients are at a higher risk of ischemic stroke despite effective anticoagulation therapy. Copyright © 2018 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. [Craniectomy in space-occupying middle cerebral artery infarcts].

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    Schwab, S; Rieke, K; Krieger, D; Hund, E; Aschoff, A; von Kummer, R; Hacke, W

    1995-06-01

    Space occupying supratentorial ischemic stroke has a high mortality. The benefit of decompressive surgery in these patients is still matter of debate. In a prospective study we performed craniectomy in 37 patients with acute middle cerebral artery infarction and progressive deterioration under conservative antiedematous therapy. Twenty-one patients treated conservatively during the same period served as control group. All survivors were reexamined between one to two years after surgical decompression. In addition, neuropsychological tests were performed, including an Aachener Aphasie Test (AAT) in those patients with infarction of speech-dominant hemisphere. Clinical evaluation was graded using the Barthel index (BI). Mortality rate in the operated group was 37%. Twenty-three patients survived acute stroke and were reexamined. Despite complete hemispheric infarction, no patient suffered from complete hemiplegia or was permanently wheel chair bound. In speech dominant hemispheric infarction (n = 8) only mild to moderate aphasia could be detected. Mean BI was 64. Mortality rate in the conservatively treated group was 76%. The clinical outcome following craniectomy for the treatment of severe ischemic hemispheric infarction is unexpectedly good. Therefore, decompressive surgery should be considered in cases of space-occupying hemispheric infarctions and conservatively uncontrollable intracranial pressure.

  17. [Cerebral infarction in human immunodeficiency virus infection].

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    Blanche, P; Toulon, P; de La Blanchardière, A; Sicard, D

    1995-06-03

    Patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) appear to have a high risk of ischaemic cerebral events. We observed two cases of cerebral infarction in patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). In the first case, a 38-year-old homosexual with no cardiovascular risk other than smoking presented with rapidly progressive hemiparesia. Brain CT-scan visualized two infarcts in the territory of the right sylvian artery and the arteriography an occlusion of the internal carotid artery. In the second, a 37-year-old homosexual, hospitalization was required for a left-sided pure sensitive epilepsy seizure. There was no cardiovascular risk other than smoking. Magnetic resonance imaging showed parietal ischaemia and thrombus in the left atrium without atrial hypertrophy was seen at transoesophageal echocardiography. In both cases, there was no evidence of endocarditis, dissection of the neck vessels or disseminated intravascular coagulation nor of associated viral or bacterial infectious complication of AIDS. Angiographic findings eliminated cerebral vascularitis. Among the perturbed haemostasis factors previously reported in HIV+ patients, we observed free proteins S deficiency (68 and 43%) and heparin cofactor II deficiency (54 and 40%). Serum albumin was 33 and 32 g/l respectively. Outcome was favourable in both cases with anticoagulant therapy. These coagulation anomalies would not appear sufficient to explain cerebral infarction. Other mechanisms including immune complexed deposition, direct HIV toxicity for endothelial cells or the effect of cytokines on smooth muscles fibres and fibroblasts are probably more important causal factors.

  18. Cerebral infarction and ventricular septal defect.

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    Shuiab, A

    1989-07-01

    With the availability of contrast echocardiography, patent foramen ovale is frequently detected in patients with stroke, especially in those with no clear etiology and/or the young patient with stroke. Before this report, an association of stroke with ventricular septal defect had not been reported. In this communication, we describe a 38-year-old patient who developed an occipital lobe infarction and who, on investigation, was found to have a ventricular septal defect. Other investigations, which included four-vessel cerebral angiography, collagen disease workup, and coagulation profile, were all normal. We believe this case further extends the spectrum of cerebral ischemic events that may occur with intracardiac shunts.

  19. Recirculation usually precedes malignant edema in middle cerebral artery infarcts

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    Nielsen, T H; Ståhl, N; Schalén, W

    2012-01-01

    In patients with large middle cerebral artery (MCA) infarcts, maximum brain swelling leading to cerebral herniation and death usually occurs 2-5 days after onset of stroke. The study aimed at exploring the pattern of compounds related to cerebral energy metabolism in infarcted brain tissue....

  20. A dynamic concept of middle cerebral artery occlusion and cerebral infarction in the acute state based on interpreting severe hyperemia as a sign of embolic migration

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    Olsen, T S; Lassen, N A

    1984-01-01

    The present study investigates the pathogenesis of focal cerebral hyperemia, its effect on brain tissue and discusses its pathophysiological and therapeutic importance in the light of interpreting severe hyperemia as a sign of arterial reopening probably due to embolic migration. Cerebral angiogr...

  1. [Repeated cerebral infarction in a patient with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy].

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    Díaz Buschmann, C; Ruiz Falcó, M L; Tamariz Martel Moreno, A; García Peñas, J J; Gutiérrez Solana, L G; Pérez Jiménez, A; Marín, C

    We describe a case of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) with multiple strokes related to dilated cardiomyopathy. A 13 year old boy, with advanced stage DMD was admitted to the hospital because of acute motor and sensory impairment in his right bodyside. Imaging study revealed lesions in basal ganglia and prerolandic cortex in the left hemisphere that were compatible with infarcts in the territory of the medial cerebral artery. Cardiologic evaluation revealed dilation of the left ventriculi and systolic dysfunction with ejection fraction of 35 40%. The symptoms evolved to a residual right hemiparesia. Five months later, the patient developed a transient episode of aphasia and the study performed in this case revealed lesions compatible with infarcts in basal ganglia and insular cortex of the right cerebral hemisphere. Cerebral infarction related to cardiomyopathy can worsen the clinical condition of patients with DMD. Early treatment of dilated cardiomyopathy with systolic dysfunction, including use of antithrombotic agents to prevent cerebrovascular complications, could help to improve the course of the disease.

  2. Biomarkers in acute myocardial infarction

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    Ng Leong L

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Myocardial infarction causes significant mortality and morbidity. Timely diagnosis allows clinicians to risk stratify their patients and select appropriate treatment. Biomarkers have been used to assist with timely diagnosis, while an increasing number of novel markers have been identified to predict outcome following an acute myocardial infarction or acute coronary syndrome. This may facilitate tailoring of appropriate therapy to high-risk patients. This review focuses on a variety of promising biomarkers which provide diagnostic and prognostic information. Heart-type Fatty Acid Binding Protein and copeptin in combination with cardiac troponin help diagnose myocardial infarction or acute coronary syndrome in the early hours following symptoms. An elevated N-Terminal Pro-B-type Natriuretic Peptide has been well validated to predict death and heart failure following a myocardial infarction. Similarly other biomarkers such as Mid-regional pro-Atrial Natriuretic Peptide, ST2, C-Terminal pro-endothelin 1, Mid-regional pro-Adrenomedullin and copeptin all provide incremental information in predicting death and heart failure. Growth differentiation factor-15 and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein predict death following an acute coronary syndrome. Pregnancy associated plasma protein A levels following chest pain predicts risk of myocardial infarction and revascularisation. Some biomarkers such as myeloperoxidase and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein in an apparently healthy population predicts risk of coronary disease and allows clinicians to initiate early preventative treatment. In addition to biomarkers, various well-validated scoring systems based on clinical characteristics are available to help clinicians predict mortality risk, such as the Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction score and Global Registry of Acute Coronary Events score. A multimarker approach incorporating biomarkers and clinical scores will increase the prognostic

  3. [The changes of vasoactive intestinal peptide somatostatin and pancreatic polypeptide in blood and CSF of acute cerebral infarction patients and the effect of acupuncture on them].

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    Zhang, X; Yuan, Y; Kuang, P; Wu, W; Zhang, F; Liu, J

    1996-01-01

    VIP, SS and PP which exist in gastrointestinal tract and CNS might be to play an important role in nervous system as neurotransmitters of neuromediaters. There have been a few of reports about their changes in plasma and CSF in ICVD. The effects of acupuncture, which was used in treatment of ICVD with good efficiency, on VIP, SS and PP have not been known. For researching their changes in ICVD and effects of electro-acupuncture on them, and finding the mechanism of acupuncture in treatment of ICVD, the study was performed. The levels of VIP, SS and PP in 64 patients with acute cerebral infarction were determined. The points of acupuncture were Quchi (LI 12), Waiguan (SJ 5), Huantiao (BG 30), and Zusanli (ST 36). The routine treatment included dextran, nicotinic acid, aspirin, dipyridamole and radix salviae miltiorrhizae composita. The CSF and blood were taken before the begining of treatments and after a course of treatment. The level of VIP, SS and PP were measured by radiommunoassay. Results showed the level of CSF VIP in the patients was significantly lower as compared with controls. The level of plasma SS in the patients was lower, but the difference was not significant as compared with controls, and level of plasma PP in the patients was significantly increased when it was compared with controls. After electro-acupuncture treatment, in patients with good efficiency, CSF VIP recovered to normal level and the levels of plasma and CSF SS were significantly increased, while the level of plasma PP had no significant change. The results suggest that acupuncture might regulate the disturbances of metabolism of VIP and SS in CNS.

  4. Diagnostic performance of CT cerebral blood volume colour maps for evaluation of acute infarcts; comparison with diffusion-weighted MRI within 12hours of major stroke onset.

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    Abdelgawad, Enas A; Higazi, Mahmoud M; Abdelbaky, Abdelraouf O; Abdelghany, Hosny S

    2017-02-01

    Recent developments in treatment of ischemic stroke increased importance of defining limits of ischemic insult by imaging. Some studies postulated that CTP is a promising technique, which can discriminate between ischemic core and penumbra. In this study, we sought to evaluate diagnostic performance of CTP-CBV colour maps, regarded as a marker of acute infarct; in comparison with DWI. We retrospectively analyzed 48 patients with CTA proved major ischemic stroke within 12hours of onset, they had DWI and CTP exams within 1hour of each other, regardless of order. DWI sizes were calculated. Sensitivity, specificity, PPV and NPV of CBV colour maps for identification of acute infarcts were calculated. ROC curve was constructed. CBV colour maps missed a lot of small infarcts that were identified by DWI with an overall diagnostic accuracy of (62.5%) and low sensitivity (38.5%) for patients whom DWI sizecolour maps (P=0.005). Assuming direct equivalence of DWI and CBV-based core might be unrealistic for individual patients in clinical practice. CBV colour maps are highly specific for acute infarcts, but with lack of sufficient sensitivity; particularly for small sized infarcts. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  5. Comparing patients with spinal cord infarction and cerebral infarction: clinical characteristics, and short-term outcome

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    Naess, Halvor; Romi, Fredrik

    2011-01-01

    Background: To compare the clinical characteristics, and short-term outcome of spinal cord infarction and cerebral infarction. Methods: Risk factors, concomitant diseases, neurological deficits on admission, and short-term outcome were registered among 28 patients with spinal cord infarction and 1075 patients with cerebral infarction admitted to the Department of Neurology, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway. Multivariate analyses were performed with location of stroke (cord or brain), neurological deficits on admission, and short-term outcome (both Barthel Index [BI] 1 week after symptom onset and discharge home or to other institution) as dependent variables. Results: Multivariate analysis showed that patients with spinal cord infarction were younger, more often female, and less afflicted by hypertension and cardiac disease than patients with cerebral infarction. Functional score (BI) was lower among patients with spinal cord infarctions 1 week after onset of symptoms (P infarction compared to cerebral infarction after adjusting for BI scored 1 week after onset (P = 0.019). Conclusion: Patients with spinal cord infarction have a risk factor profile that differs significantly from that of patients with cerebral infarction, although there are some parallels to cerebral infarction caused by atherosclerosis. Patients with spinal cord infarction were more likely to be discharged home when adjusting for early functional level on multivariate analysis. PMID:21915166

  6. Topographic distribution of cerebral infarct probability in patients with acute ischemic stroke : mapping of intra-arterial treatment effect

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    Boers, A M M; Berkhemer, O A; Slump, C H; van Zwam, W H; Roos, Y B W E M; van der Lugt, A; van Oostenbrugge, R J; Yoo, A J; Dippel, D W J; Marquering, H A; Majoie, C B L M; Vroomen, P. C.

    2017-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Since proof emerged that IA treatment (IAT) is beneficial for patients with acute ischemic stroke, it has become the standard method of care. Despite these positive results, recovery to functional independence is established in only about one-third of treated patients. The effect of IAT

  7. Comparing patients with spinal cord infarction and cerebral infarction: clinical characteristics, and short-term outcome

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    Naess H; Romi,

    2011-01-01

    Halvor Naess, Fredrik RomiDepartment of Neurology, Haukeland University Hospital, N-5021 Bergen, NorwayBackground: To compare the clinical characteristics, and short-term outcome of spinal cord infarction and cerebral infarction.Methods: Risk factors, concomitant diseases, neurological deficits on admission, and short-term outcome were registered among 28 patients with spinal cord infarction and 1075 patients with cerebral infarction admitted to the Department of Neurology, Haukeland Universi...

  8. Cerebral hemorrhagic infarction after radiation for pituitary adenoma

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    Ogaki, Satoko; Suzuki, Masatsune; Shimano, Hitoshi; Toyoshima, Hideo; Sone, Hirohito; Okuda, Yukichi; Yamada, Nobuhiro [Tsukuba Univ., Ibaraki (Japan). Inst. of Clinical Medicine; Suzuki, Seiji; Suzuki, Hiroaki [National Hospital Tokyo Disaster Medical Center, Tachikawa (Japan)

    2002-10-01

    We report a case of cerebral hemorrhagic infarction after radiation for pituitary adenoma. A 55-year-old woman was hospitalized to check for aldosteronism, post-operative pituitary function, and recurrence of thyroid cancer. She had short-term memory disturbance beginning two months prior to admission. Brain MRI showed a T1 and T2 high intensity lesion of her left anterolateral thalamus. Brain MRA revealed a narrowing in her left middle cerebral artery. The abnormal brain lesion was diagnosed as cerebral hemorrhagic infarction. She had received radiation therapy for pituitary adenoma 20 years earlier. It was considered that her cerebral hemorrhagic infarction was caused by radiation therapy. (author)

  9. Infarction in the territory of the anterior cerebral artery.

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    Klatka, L A; Depper, M H; Marini, A M

    1998-08-01

    Infarction in the anterior cerebral artery (ACA) territory is an uncommon cause of stroke. The clinical findings of ACA infarctions are not fully characterized but include contralateral hemiparesis, urinary incontinence, transcortical aphasia, agraphia, apraxia, and executive dysfunction. We report a patient with a large right ACA infarction, who in addition to previously reported findings also had a complete hemiplegia, profound sensory neglect, and micrographia.

  10. [Effect of Scalp-acupuncture Treatment on Levels of Serum High-sensitivity C-reactive Protein, and Pro-inflammatory Cytokines in Patients with Acute Cerebral Infarction].

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    Wang, Jin-hai; Zhao, Min; Bao, Ying-cun; Shang, Jun-fang; Yan, Qi; Zhang, Zhen-chang; Du, Xiao-zheng; Jiang, Hua; Zhang, Wu-de

    2016-02-01

    To observe the influence of scalp acupuncture on levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), TNF-α, IL-6, and IL-1β levels in patients with acute cerebral infarction (ACl), so as to investigate its mechanism underlying improvement of ACI. A total of 61 patients with ACI were randomly allocated to scalp acupuncture group (n = 31) and control (medication) group (n = 30). The patients of the control group were routinely treated by administration of Aspirin, Danhong injection, Cytidine Diphosphate for neurotrophy, blood pressure-control and blood-fat lowering medicines, etc., while those of the scalp acupuncture group were treated by routine treatment with the medicines mentioned above plus daily scalp acupuncture stimulation of bilateral Dingnieqianxiexian [MS 6, penetrative needling from Qianding (GV 21) to Xuanli (GB 6)] and Dingniehouxiexian [MS 7, from Baihui (GV 20) to Qubin (GB 7)]. The treatment was conducted once daily for 7 days. Serum hs-CRP, TNF-α, IL-6, and IL-1β contents were assayed by using enzyme linked immunosorbnent assay (ELISA). The therapeutic effects of scalp acupuncture were evaluated by using clinical neurological disfunction scale (NDS, 0-45 points for consciousness, gazing, facial palsy, speech, myodynamia, walking-ability). (1) Of the 30 and 31 cases in the control and scalp acupuncture groups, 5 (16.7%) and 8 (25.8%) were basically controlled, 9 (30.0%) and 16 (51.6%) experienced remarkable improvement in their symptoms, 12 (40.0%) and 6 (19.4%) were improved, 4 (13.3%) and 1(3.2%) failed, with the effective rates being 86.7% and 96.8%, respectively. The increased levels of serum hs-CRP, TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-1β in ACl patients were reversed on the 3rd and 7th day after scalp acupuncture treatment (P < 0.05, P < 0.01). (2) A positive correlation existed between the NDS score and the serum levels of hs-CRP (r = 0.497, P < 0.01). (3) NDS scores were obviously decreased in both groups on the 7th day after the treatment compared

  11. Study on the correlation between carotid artery lesion and fundus arteriosclerosis in patients with cerebral infarction

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    Wei-Qiong Song

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To investigate the correlation between carotid artery disease and fundus arteriosclerosis in patients with cerebral infarction. METHODS: Totally 120 patients with acute cerebral infarction were randomly divided into two groups. The patients were diagnosed with bilateral carotid artery and non-mydriatic fundus camera. Fouty-two patients transient ischaemic attack(TIAunderwent cerebral angiography. The data were recorded for analysis. RESULTS: The degree of fundus arteriosclerosis in patients with cerebral infarction was positively correlated with blood pressure(r=0.361, P=0.015. There was a significant correlation between retinal arteriosclerosis grade and carotid atherosclerosis(r=0.392, P=0.011. The degree of fundus arteriosclerosis was correlated with cerebral arteriolar lesion, higher than it with carotid artery disease(r=0.465, 0.392, P=0.037. CONCLUSION: Carotid arteriosclerosis, fundus arteriosclerosis and cerebral arteriolar lesions in patients with cerebral infarction have a significant correlation with hypertension, and fundus arterial examination has important clinical value in judging cerebral arteriosclerosis.

  12. Cerebral infarctions due to CNS infection with Enterobacter sakazakii

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    Gallagher, P.G. (Cincinnati Univ., OH (USA). Dept. of Pediatrics Children' s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH (USA)); Ball, W.S. (Cincinnati Univ., OH (USA). Dept. of Radiology Children' s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH (USA))

    1991-02-01

    Recent reports have implicated Enterobacter sakazakii, a gram-negative enteric bacillus, in neonatal sepsis and meningitis. Cases of severe central nervous system involvement, including ventriculitis, brain abscess, infarction, and cyst formation, have been described. We present serial head CT findings in a case of neonatal E. sakazakii meningitis complicated by a ring enhancing cerebral infarction which mimicked abscess formation. In meningitis secondary to this agent, a recognized pattern of cerebral hypodensity with or without cystic degeneration late in the course of the infection is likely to represent cerebral infarction rather than an abscess especially if there is a lack of culture evidence of a bacterial infection. (orig.).

  13. Diffusion-weighted MRI in acute cerebral stroke

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    Takayama, Hideichi; Kobayashi, Masahito; Suga, Sadao; Kawase, Takeshi; Nagasawa, Masakazu; Sadanaga, Humiko; Okamura, Miyuki; Kanai, Yoshihiro; Mihara, Ban [Mihara Memorial Hospital, Isezaki, Gunma (Japan)

    1999-03-01

    Diffusion-weighted MRI has been demonstrated to be valuable in the assessment of cerebral stroke. Recent advance in MR systems of hardware with larger maximum gradient amplitude and faster imaging strategies, such as EPI, has made it possible to acquire whole brain diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in less that one minute. The purposes of this study are to evaluate clinical usefulness of DWI and to clarify pitfalls in the diagnosis of acute cerebral stroke. Seventeen patients with 18 ischemic lesions were studied. DWI were taken with 1.5 Tesla MRI (Magnetom Vision, Siemens, Germany) using EPI sequence. Fifteen lesions out of them (3 in cerebral cortex, 9 in basal ganglia/deep white matter and 3 in cerebellum) were studied serially at various times up to 147 days. Acute cerebral infarction was seen clearly as an area of hyperintensity with DWI and as hypointensity in apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps which are indicative of decreased diffusion. DWI detected areas of hyperintense acute infarcts, as early as 2.5 hours after onset, which were not visualized on T{sub 2}-weighted image (T2WI). The lesion of cerebral infarction became isointense in ADC maps at 14-28 days after onset, whereas with DWI it became isointense at about 2 months. Because ADC changed earlier than DWI, ADC maps were useful for differentiate acute from nonacute lesion in cases of recurrent stroke within a short period. In a patient with transient global amnesia for 7 hours, DWI did not show any lesion at 8 hours. In terms of cerebral hemorrhage, lesions were seen as area of hyperintensity in DWI at 3 days and were not distinguishable from that of infarct. Despite limitations in the diagnosis of transient ischemia and cerebral hemorrhage, DWI is a useful technique for early detection of cerebral infarction, especially within the first 6 hours after stroke onset. (author)

  14. Superficial vein thrombosis with hemorrhagic cerebral infarction

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    Yu-wei CONG

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background Cerebral superficial vein thrombosis was rare and often misdiagnosed or missed for its various etiological factors, and complicated and nonspecific clinical manifestations. This paper reported one case of superficial vein thrombosis in right fronto-parietal lobe with hemorrhagic infarction. The anatomy of superficial vein, pathophysiological points, diagnosis and treatment of superficial vein thrombosis were reviewed to help to reduce missed diagnosis or misdiagnosis. Methods and Results A 18-year-old male patient had suffered from progressive headache for 4 years and weakness of left limbs for 2 d. Head MRI showed circular space-occupying lesion in right fronto-parietal lobe. Magnetic resonance venography (MRV examination showed the front two-thirds of the superior sagittal sinus was not clear. The lesions were removed and decompressive craniectomy was conducted, showing the brain tissue was pale, partly yellow or dark red, and superficial venous engorgement. Histological observation showed pial superficial vein thrombosis and subpial encephalomalacia, and multifocal hemorrhage of cerebral cortex and local parenchymal hemorrhage. A large number of "grid cells" and vascular "cuff" phenomenan were visible in surrounding tissue, and the parenchymal blood vessel proliferation was obvious. Left hand activity of the patient was obviously limited after the operation. Conclusions Clinical diagnosis of superficial vein thrombosis with hemorrhagic infarction is difficult, and brain imaging and serological examination can provide certain help. Much attention should be paid to the multidisciplinary diagnosis and treatment to reduce misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis, and gather clinical experience. DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1672-6731.2016.01.007

  15. Cerebral infarct eight months after primary Varicella-zoster virus infection

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    Bjerrum, Maja Carsting; Nielsen, Jens Erik Klint; Nordling, Mette Maria

    2013-01-01

    Ischemic stroke is a recognised complication of Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infections. We report on an otherwise healthy four-year-old boy who presented with acute neurological symptoms due to cerebral infarction eight months after primary VZV infection. Magnetic resonance imaging showed...

  16. Musical, visual and cognitive deficits after middle cerebral artery infarction

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    Rosemann, Stephanie; Brunner, Freimuth; Kastrup, Andreas; Fahle, Manfred

    2017-01-01

    .... Twenty stroke patients with small infarctions in the supply area of the middle cerebral artery were investigated with tests for music and visual perception, categorization, neglect, working memory and attention...

  17. Acute myocardial infarction with changing axis deviation.

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    Patanè, Salvatore; Marte, Filippo

    2011-07-01

    Changing axis deviation has been rarely reported also during atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter. Changing axis deviation has been rarely reported also during acute myocardial infarction associated with atrial fibrillation. Isolated left posterior hemiblock is a very rare finding but the evidence of transient right axis deviation with a left posterior hemiblock pattern has been reported during acute anterior myocardial infarction as related with significant right coronary artery obstruction and collateral circulation between the left coronary system and the posterior descending artery. Left anterior hemiblock development during acute inferior myocardial infarction can be an indicator of left anterior descending coronary artery lesions, multivessel coronary artery disease, and impaired left ventricular systolic function. We present a case of changing axis deviation in a 62-year-old Italian man with acute myocardial infarction. Also this case focuses attention on changing axis deviation during acute myocardial infarction. Copyright © 2009 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. A schizophrenic patient with cerebral infarctions after hemorrhagic shock

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    Youichi Yanagawa

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We herein report the fourth case of cerebral infarction, concomitant with hemorrhagic shock, in English literature. A 33-year-old male, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and given a prescription for Olanzapine, was discovered with multiple self-inflicted bleeding cuts on his wrist. On arrival, he was in hemorrhagic shock without verbal responsiveness, but his vital signs were normalized following infusion of Lactate Ringer′s solution. The neuroradiological studies revealed multiple cerebral ischemic lesions without any vascular abnormality. He was diagnosed with speech apraxia, motor aphasia, and dysgraphia, due to multiple cerebral infarctions. As there was no obvious causative factor with regard to the occurrence of cerebral infarction in the patient, the hypoperfusion due to hemorrhagic shock, and the thromboembolic tendency due to Olanzapine, might have acted together to lead to the patient′s cerebral ischemia.

  19. Acute myocardial infarction following a hornet sting

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    Cvetković-Matić Danica

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. The occurrence of an acute myocardial infarction following a hornet sting has been very rarely reported in the previous literature. Pathogenetic mechanisms include direct action of the venom components on the coronary endothelium and allergic reaction with mediators released from mast cells. The anaphylactic reaction and venom components can produce acute coronary artery thrombosis. Case report. We reported a 45-year-old man with acute myocardial infarction after a hornet sting in the presence of anaphylaxis. We also discussed clinical implications and pathophysiological mechanisms of acute myocardial infarction caused by hymenoptera sting. Conclusion. A case report of this unusual acute myocardial infarction highlights the potential acute myocardial ischemia associated with hymenoptera sting which requests early diagnosis, thorough cardiovascular evaluation and appropriate treatment.

  20. Research of expression quantity of serum miR-146a and miR-146b in patients with acute cerebral infarction before and after the intervention of rosuvastatin

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    Xiao-Yan Zhu

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To study the expression quantity of serum miR-146a and miR-146b in patients with acute cerebral infarction before and after the intervention of rosuvastatin and its correlation with toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2 and TLR4 signaling pathways. Methods: A total of 65 patients with acute cerebral infarction treated in our hospital from December 2015 to August 2016 were selected for prospective study. They were treated with lipid-lowering rosuvastatin, and peripheral blood samples were collected at 8th week before and after treatment, respectively. Serum was separated and expression quantity of miR-146a and miR-146b and contents of TNF-α, interleukin (IL-1β, IL-6 and IL-17 were determined. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were isolated and fluorescence intensities of TLR2, TLR4, myeloid differentiation primary response gene 88 (MyD88, interleukin-1 receptor-associated kinase 1 (IRAK-1 and nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-kB were measured. Results: At 8th week of intervention of rosuvastatin, expression quantity of serum miR-146a [(0.762 ± 0.092 vs. (0.346 ± 0.053] and miR-146b [(0.714 ± 0.088 vs. (0.317 ± 0.047] in patients with acute cerebral infarction was significantly higher than those before the intervention. Fluorescence intensities of peripheral blood mononuclear cells such as TLR2 [(10.34 ± 1.27 vs. (16.94 ± 1.94], TLR4 [(11.37 ± 1.54 vs. (24.35 ± 3.26], IRAK [(9.34 ± 0.92 vs. (15.32 ± 1.82], MyD88 [(4.42 ± 0.56 vs. (9.41 ± 1.03] and NF-kB [(6.65 ± 0.78 vs. (13.49 ± 1.76] and contents of inflammatory factors such as TNF-α [(64.26 ± 8.29 μg/L vs. (106.39 ± 13.84 μg/L], IL-1β [(37.91 ± 5.24 μg/L vs. (64.23 ± 8.33 μg/L], IL-6 [(34.28 ± 4.85 ng/L vs. (82.46 ± 11.97 ng/L] and IL-17 [(56.75 ± 7.49 ng/L vs. (98.31 ± 11.36 ng/ L] of serum were all significantly lower than those before the intervention. Expression quantity of serum miR-146a and miR-146b had a negative correlation

  1. Research article: clinical characteristics of isolated anterior cerebral artery territory infarction due to arterial dissection.

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    Nagamine, Yuito; Fukuoka, Takuya; Hayashi, Takeshi; Kato, Yuji; Deguchi, Ichiro; Maruyama, Hajime; Horiuchi, Yohsuke; Sano, Hiroyasu; Mizuno, Satoko; Tanahashi, Norio

    2014-01-01

    Isolated brain infarction in the anterior cerebral artery (ACA) territory is rare, and its etiology has not yet been fully elucidated. Thus, we aimed to determine the etiologic and clinical characteristics of patients with isolated ACA territory infarction due to arterial dissection. Of 2315 patients with acute cerebral infarction admitted to our hospital between April 2007 and September 2013, 34 patients (1.5%; 28 men, 6 women; mean age, 65 ± 15 years) suffered isolated ACA territory infarction. We performed cranial magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and MR angiography for all the patients. Whenever possible, we also performed 3-dimensional computed tomography angiography, digital subtraction angiography, and MR cisternography to diagnose the stroke subtype. The stroke subtypes of the 34 patients with isolated ACA territory infarction were atherothrombotic infarction, cardioembolic infarction, arterial dissection, and unclassified in 11 patients (32%), 11 patients (32%), 11 patients (32%), and 1 patient (3%), respectively. The mean ages at onset were 48 ± 9 and 72 ± 11 years in the dissection and nondissection groups, respectively (P territory infarction demonstrated a relatively high frequency of dissection (32%). Patients with dissection were younger, had a higher frequency of headaches, and demonstrated more favorable prognoses than patients without dissection. Copyright © 2014 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Changing axis deviation during acute myocardial infarction.

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    Patanè, Salvatore; Marte, Filippo

    2010-07-09

    Changing axis deviation has been reported during acute myocardial infarction also associated with atrial fibrillation. Isolated left posterior hemiblock is a very rare finding but the evidence of transient right axis deviation with a left posterior hemiblock pattern has been reported during acute anterior myocardial infarction as related with significant right coronary artery obstruction and collateral circulation between the left coronary system and the posterior descending artery. We present a case of changing axis deviation in a 70-year-old Italian man with acute myocardial infarction. Copyright (c) 2008 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Multiple small hemorrhagic infarcts in cerebral air embolism: a case report.

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    Togo, Masaya; Hoshi, Taku; Matsuoka, Ryosuke; Imai, Yukihiro; Kohara, Nobuo

    2017-11-16

    Cerebral air embolism is a rare cause of cerebral infarction. In cerebral air embolism, T2 star-weighted imaging shows numerous spotty hypointense signals. Previous reports have suggested that these signals represent air in the brain and are gradually diminished and absorbed. We experienced two cases of cerebral air embolism, and in one of them, we conducted an autopsy. Case 1 was a 76-year-old Japanese man with lung cancer and emphysema. A spasmodic cough induced massive cerebral and cardiac air embolisms and the patient died because of cerebral herniation. T2 star-weighted imaging of brain magnetic resonance imaging showed multiple spotty low signals. Brain autopsy showed numerous spotty hemorrhagic infarcts in the area of T2 star-weighted imaging signals. Case 2 was an 85-year-old Japanese man with emphysema who suffered from acute stroke. Similar spotty T2 star-weighted imaging signals were observed and remained unchanged 2 months after the onset. These findings indicate that T2 star-weighted imaging in cerebral air embolism partially represents micro-hemorrhagic infarction caused by air bubbles that have migrated into the brain.

  4. Correlation between aortic/carotid atherosclerotic plaques and cerebral infarction.

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    Wang, Baojun; Sun, Shaoli; Liu, Guorong; Li, Yuechun; Pang, Jiangxia; Zhang, Jingfen; Yang, Lijuan; Li, Ruiming; Zhang, Hui; Jiang, Changchun; Li, Xiue

    2013-08-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between aortic/carotid atherosclerotic plaques and cerebral infarction. We examined 116 cases of cerebral infarction using transcranial Doppler ultrasound in order to exclude cerebrovascular stenosis. Transesophageal echocardiography and color Doppler ultrasound were used to detect aortic atherosclerotic plaques (AAPs) and carotid atherosclerotic plaques (CAPs). AAPs were detected in a total of 70 of the 116 cases (60.3%), including 56 with moderate/severe atherosclerotic changes (48.3%). The difference in the incidence of various types of infarction between APP severity levels was significant (PCAPs (55.2%), including 46 with unstable plaque (39.7%). The difference in the incidence of various types of infarction between CAP stability levels was significant (PCAP are significant causes of embolic infarction without stenosis in the internal carotid arteries.

  5. Cerebral infarction presenting pure motor mono-paresis. Diagnosis by diffusion-weighted MR imaging

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    Oda, Masaya; Udaka, Fukashi; Nishinaka, Kazuto; Kubori, Tamotsu; Kameyama, Masakuni [Sumitomo Hospital, Osaka (Japan)

    2001-02-01

    We studied 10 patients with acute ischemic cerebrovascular disorders presenting paralysis confined to one limb, unaccompanied by sensory signs (pure motor monoparesis, PMM) on diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DWI). DWI revealed fresh ischemic lesions in all patients, except for 2 cases of transient ischemic attack. On DWI, acute infarction in multiple lesions was identified, and small superficial lesions were clearly described. Superficial lesions were seen in 4 patients, and deep lesions were also seen in 4 patients. DWI is useful for lesion analysis in cerebral infarction with PMM. (author)

  6. Acute Amnesia due to Isolated Mammillary Body Infarct.

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    Amuluru, Krishna; Filippi, Christopher G; Lignelli, Angela

    2015-10-01

    There are limited reports describing acute amnesia after mammillothalamic tract infarction. Furthermore, acute infarction isolated to the mammillary body has never been reported. We present the first case of anterograde amnesia after isolated acute infarction of the mammillary body in a patient without concurrent or prior thalamic or mammillothalamic tract injury. A retrospective review of the patient's electronic medical record including inpatient notes and all radiological examinations was performed. A 50-year-old woman presented with acute onset of confusion and constant repetition of the same questions. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the brain showed isolated acute infarct of the left mammillary body without concurrent abnormality of the thalamus or mammillothalamic tract. MR angiography showed severe stenosis of the proximal posterior cerebral artery at the origin of the perforating mammillary artery. Isolated injury to the mammillary body is rare. In addition to recognized memory-related structures such as the thalamus and mammillothalamic tract, mammillary body injury may also play a role in memory dysfunction. Knowledge of the vascular supply of memory-related structures is important in diagnosing and understanding memory dysfunction. Copyright © 2015 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Systemic inflammatory response following acute myocardial infarction

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    Lu FANG Xiao-Lei Moorea Anthony M Dart Le-Min WANG

    2015-01-01

    Acute cardiomyocyte necrosis in the infarcted heart generates damage-associated molecular patterns, activating complement and toll-like receptor/interleukin-1 signaling, and triggering an intense inflammatory response...

  8. Biventricular thrombi complicating acute myocardial infarction.

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    Sanghvi, Sanjeev; Baroopal, Anil; Sarda, Pawan

    2016-09-01

    A rare case of biventricular thrombi complicating acute myocardial infarction detected during echocardiography is described. Copyright © 2016 Cardiological Society of India. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. [Cerebral infarct and the immune response].

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    Bartko, D; Lesický, O; Buc, M

    1997-06-01

    There are only few data available regarding the immunological mechanisms for cerebral infarction. The aim of this study was to find out the humoral and cell-mediated immunity under the conditions of focal brain ischemia (CI). As a method for humoral immunity, the complement consumption test against a panel of 8 antigens, quantitative analysis of immunoglobins and fractionized sedimentation of erythrocytes were used in the group of pts with CI, and the group of atherosclerotics (AS) and hypertonics (VH), potential victims of focal brain ischemia. It was found that the occurrence of antibodies against the whole panel of antigens in the group of CI is significantly higher as compared with the healthy controls, but it is lower than that in the group of AS and VH. The occurrence of antibodies exclusively against only brain antigens and that in CSF is similar. No correlation to the location of ischemic lesion and the degree of neurological deficit score was found. These findings didn't change in 2 and 4 weeks as well as in 1 year after the onset of CI. The quantitative analysis of immunoglobins revealed statistically higher levels of IgA and lower levels of IgM in comparison with the controls. IgG were higher, but without statistical significance. Statistically significant higher levels of all immunoglobins in CSF were found. As similar trend of changes found also in the group of AS and VH. These results of humoral immunity confirmed by the results of fractionized sedimentation of erythrocytes with EP. The results can be interpreted as a possible change or disorder of central regulation of immunizing processes due to the latent (in AS and VH) of manifest (in CI) lesions of the brain. But the quality and quantity of this response might have been affected by the entire case history of the patients who survived cerebral infarction. The changes in immunity response of the organism in CI was shown also in cell-mediated immunity. The results a statistically significant

  10. 1H-NMR-based metabolomics study of cerebral infarction.

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    Jung, Jee Youn; Lee, Ho-Sub; Kang, Dae-Gill; Kim, No Soo; Cha, Min Ho; Bang, Ok-Sun; Ryu, Do Hyun; Hwang, Geum-Sook

    2011-05-01

    Stroke is one of the leading causes of adult disability and death in developing countries. However, early diagnosis is difficult and no reliable biomarker is currently available. Thus, we applied a 1H-NMR metabolomics approach to investigate the altered metabolic pattern in plasma and urine from patients with cerebral infarctions and sought to identify metabolic biomarkers associated with stroke. Metabolic profiles of plasma and urine from patients with cerebral infarctions, especially small vessel occlusion, were investigated using 1H-NMR spectroscopy coupled with multivariate statistical analysis, such as principal components analysis and orthogonal partial least-squares discriminant analysis. Multivariate statistical analysis showed a significant separation between patients and healthy individuals. The plasma of stroke patients was characterized by the increased excretion of lactate, pyruvate, glycolate, and formate, and by the decreased excretion of glutamine and methanol; the urine of stroke patients was characterized by decreased levels of citrate, hippurate, and glycine. These metabolites detected from plasma and urine of patients with cerebral infarctions were associated with anaerobic glycolysis, folic acid deficiency, and hyperhomocysteinemia. Furthermore, the presence of cerebral infarction in the external validation model was predicted with high accuracy. These data demonstrate that a metabolomics approach may be useful for the effective diagnosis of cerebral infarction and for the further understanding of stroke pathogenesis.

  11. Cilostazol decreases cerebral arterial pulsatility in patients with mild white matter hyperintensities: subgroup analysis from the Effect of Cilostazol in Acute Lacunar Infarction Based on Pulsatility Index of Transcranial Doppler (ECLIPse) study.

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    Han, Sang Won; Song, Tae Jin; Bushnell, Cheryl D; Lee, Sung-Soo; Kim, Seo Hyun; Lee, Jun Hong; Kim, Gyu Sik; Kim, Ok-Joon; Koh, Im-Seok; Lee, Jong Yun; Suk, Seung-Han; Lee, Sung Ik; Nam, Hyo Suk; Kim, Won-Joo; Lee, Kyung-Yul; Park, Joong Hyun; Kim, Jeong Yeon; Park, Jae Hyeon

    2014-01-01

    The Effect of Cilostazol in Acute Lacunar Infarction Based on Pulsatility Index of the Transcranial Doppler (ECLIPse) study showed a significant decrease in the transcranial Doppler (TCD) pulsatility index (PI) with cilostazol treatment at 90 days after acute lacunar infarction. The aim of the present study was to perform a subgroup analysis of the ECLIPse study in order to explore the effect of cilostazol in acute lacunar infarction based on cerebral white matter hyperintensities (WMH) volume. The ECLIPse study was a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that evaluated the difference between the efficacy of cilostazol and a placebo to reduce the PI in patients with acute lacunar infarction using serial TCD examinations. The primary outcome was changes in the PIs of the middle cerebral artery (MCA) and basilar artery at 14 and 90 days from the baseline TCD study. For this subgroup analysis, using semi-automated computerized software, the WMH volume was measured for those subjects for whom fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) images were available. Of the 203 patients in eight hospitals in the ECLIPse study, 130 participants from six hospitals were included in this subgroup analysis. Cilostazol was given to 63 patients (48.5%) and placebo to 67 patients (51.5%). All baseline characteristics were well balanced across the two groups, and there were no significant differences in these characteristics except in the changes of PI from the baseline to the 90-day point. There was a significant decrease of TCD PIs at 90-day study from baseline in the cilostazol group (p = 0.02). The mean WMH volume was 11.57 cm(3) (0.13-68.45, median 4.86) and the mean MCA PI was 0.95 (0.62-1.50). The changes in PIs from the baseline to 14 days and to 90 days were 0.09 (-0.21 to 0.33) and 0.10 (-0.22 to 0.36). While there were no significant correlations between WMH volume and the changes in PIs, a trend of inverse correlation was observed between the WMH

  12. Bedside Diagnosis of Mitochondrial Dysfunction After Malignant Middle Cerebral Artery Infarction

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    Nielsen, T H; Schalén, W; Ståhl, N

    2014-01-01

    The study explores whether the cerebral biochemical pattern in patients treated with hemicraniectomy after large middle cerebral artery infarcts reflects ongoing ischemia or non-ischemic mitochondrial dysfunction....

  13. Involuntary masturbation and hemiballismus after bilateral anterior cerebral artery infarction.

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    Bejot, Yannick; Caillier, Marie; Osseby, Guy-Victor; Didi, Roy; Ben Salem, Douraied; Moreau, Thibault; Giroud, Maurice

    2008-02-01

    Ischemia of the areas supplied by the anterior cerebral artery is relatively uncommon. In addition, combined hemiballismus and masturbation have rarely been reported in patients with cerebrovascular disease. We describe herein a 62-year-old right-handed man simultaneously exhibiting right side hemiballismus and involuntary masturbation with the left hand after bilateral infarction of the anterior cerebral artery territory. Right side hemiballismus was related to the disruption of afferent fibers from the left frontal lobe to the left subthalamic nucleus. Involuntary masturbation using the left hand was exclusively linked to a callosal type of alien hand syndrome secondary to infarction of the right side of the anterior corpus callosum. After 2 weeks, these abnormal behaviours were completely extinguished. This report stresses the wide diversity of clinical manifestations observed after infarction of the anterior cerebral artery territory.

  14. First-line use of contact aspiration for thrombectomy versus a stent retriever for recanalization in acute cerebral infarction: The randomized ASTER study protocol.

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    Lapergue, Bertrand; Labreuche, Julien; Blanc, Raphael; Barreau, Xavier; Berge, Jérome; Consoli, Arturo; Rodesch, Georges; Saleme, Susanna; Costalat, Vincent; Bracard, Serge; Desal, Hubert; Duhamel, Alain; Baffert, Sandrine; Mazighi, Mikael; Gory, Benjamin; Turjman, Francis; Piotin, Michel

    2018-01-01

    Rationale Mechanical thrombectomy with a stent retriever is now the standard of care in anterior circulation ischemic stroke caused by large vessel occlusion. New techniques for mechanical thrombectomy, such as contact aspiration, appear promising to increase reperfusion status and improve clinical outcome. Aim We aim at ascertaining whether contact aspiration is more efficient than the stent retriever as a first-line endovascular procedure. Sample size estimates With a two-sided test (alpha = 5%, power = 90%) and an anticipated rate of spontaneous recanalization and catheterization failures of 15%, we estimate that a sample size of 380 patients will be necessary to detect an absolute difference of 15% in primary outcome (superiority design). Methods and design The ASTER trial is a prospective, randomized, multicenter, controlled, open-label, blinded end-point clinical trial. Patients admitted with suspected ischemic anterior circulation stroke secondary to large vessel occlusion, with onset of symptoms contact aspiration or stent retriever in a 1:1 ratio; stratified by center and prior IV thrombolysis. If the assigned treatment technique is not successful after three attempts, another technique will be applied, at the operator's discretion. Study outcomes The primary outcome will be successful recanalization (modified Thrombolysis in Cerebral Infarction score 2b-3) at the end of the endovascular procedures. Secondary outcome will include successful recanalization after the assigned first-line treatment technique alone, procedural times, the need for a rescue technique, complications and modified Rankin Scale at three months. Discussion No previous head to head randomized trials have directly compared contact aspiration versus stent retriever reperfusion techniques. This prospective trial aims to provide further evidence of benefit of contact aspiration versus stent retriever techniques among patients with ischemic stroke.

  15. Cerebral infarction due to smoker’s polycythemia

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    Thakur, Kiran Teresa; Westover, M Brandon

    2011-01-01

    A 65-year-old man presented with fluctuating focal neurological deficits and neuroimaging findings of multiple small cerebral infarctions. His medical investigation revealed a >100 pack/year smoking history, and a haematocrit >60. Subsequent investigations led to a diagnosis of cerebral infarction due to smoker’s polycythemia, the third such case reported in the medical literature. The patient’s neurological deficits resolved completely with subsequent haematocrit reduction. This brief report reviews the differential diagnosis of polycythemia, current knowledge of the mechanisms by which smoker’s polycythemia may lead to ischemic stroke, and recommendations for management. PMID:22675101

  16. Acute arterial infarcts in patients with severe head injuries

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    Deepak Agrawal

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims and Objectives: To study the incidence, demographic profile, and outcome of patients with severe closed head injuries who develop acute arterial infarcts. Materials and Methods: Patients with severe head injury (Glasgow coma score (GCS ≤8 presenting within 8 h of injury in the Department of Neurosurgery over a period of 5 months were enrolled in the study. Patients with penetrating head injury, infarct due to herniation and iatrogenic arterial injuries were excluded from the study. Only arterial infarcts developing within 8 h of injury were included in the study. A computed tomography (CT head was done on all patients within 8 h of injury and repeated if necessary. Arterial infarct was defined as well-demarcated wedge-shaped hypodensity corresponding to an arterial territory on plain CT of the head. Outcome was assessed using Glasgow outcome score (GOS at 1 month post-injury or at death (whichever came earlier. Results: Forty-four patients of severe head injury were included in the study during the above period. Of these, four patients (9.1% had arterial infarcts on the initial CT scan. The male:female ratio was 1:3. The mean age was 54 years (range 3-85 years. Two patients had infarcts in the middle cerebral artery distribution and two in the superior cerebellar artery distribution. Poor outcome (GOS 1-3 was seen in 100% of the patients with arterial infarct compared to 52.5% (n=21 in patients with severe head injury without arterial infarct. Conclusions: A significant percentage of patients with severe head injury have arterial infarcts on admission, which may imply arterial injury. Our study shows that these patients have a poorer prognosis vis-a-vis patient without these findings.

  17. Hypertensive encephalopathy mimicking cerebral vasculitis with pontine oedema, cerebellar white matter lesions and multiple cerebral infarctions.

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    Ceccarelli, Daniela; Hargroves, David; Balogun, Ibrahim; Webb, Thomas

    2017-07-19

    A 47-year-old man with poorly controlled hypertension presented with headaches, right-sided weakness and dysarthria. CT and MRI scans of the brain showed widespread abnormalities including significant pontine oedema, basal ganglia and corona radiata infarctions and cerebellar white matter high signal. Imaging of the intracerebral vasculature also demonstrated wall irregularities. Initially a central nervous system inflammatory disorder was thought to be the most likely diagnosis, possibly acute demyelinating encephalomyelitis or cerebral vasculitis, and the patient was treated with high-dose intravenous steroids. The diagnosis of hypertensive encephalopathy was made because (1) the patient was hypertensive and (2) the patients MRI findings resolved with antihypertensive treatment.Blood pressure treatment was instigated from admission, and the patients symptoms improved with resolution of the radiological abnormalities. © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd (unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.

  18. Aphasia and infarction of the posterior cerebral artery territory.

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    Servan, J; Verstichel, P; Catala, M; Yakovleff, A; Rancurel, G

    1995-01-01

    Spoken language disorders are rarely mentioned in superficial infarction of the posterior cerebral (PCA) territory. Two clinical types have been reported: transcortical sensory and amnesic aphasia. Between 1979 and 1990, we studied retrospectively 76 patients suffering from an occipitotemporal infarction located in the superficial territory of the posterior cerebral artery, all well documented by CT. Aphasia was one of the first and prominent signs in 18 cases. Middle cerebral artery concomitant infarction could have been the cause of language impairment in 10. In 8 patients aphasia was only explained by a PCA territory infarct. Three patients showed features of transcortical sensory aphasia. CT localization showed internal lobe and thalamic involvement of the dominant hemisphere. Five patients exhibited word finding impairment with various degrees of amnestic syndrome. The dominant internal temporal lobe was always affected. Dominant thalamus involvement was found in one case only. Some correlations between clinical features and anatomical support (vascular supply and anatomical structure) might be suggested in our 8 cases of aphasic disorders due to PCA infarcts. They are discussed and compared with data in the literature.

  19. Thrombolytic therapy of acute myocardial infarction alters collagen metabolism

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    Høst, N B; Hansen, S S; Jensen, L T

    1994-01-01

    infarction and receiving thrombolytic therapy. Regardless of whether acute myocardial infarction was confirmed or not, S-PIIINP increased (94-120%) 4 h after streptokinase therapy (p ....02). With confirmed acute myocardial infarction, S-PIIINP increased from 24 h towards a plateau reached at day 2-3 (p acute myocardial infarction had S-PICP above baseline at 1, 2, and 6 months (p ....05). A less pronounced S-PIIINP increase was noted with tissue-plasminogen activator than with streptokinase. Thrombolytic therapy induces collagen breakdown regardless of whether acute myocardial infarction is confirmed or not. With confirmed acute myocardial infarction collagen metabolism is altered...

  20. Cerebral vasospasm in acute porphyria.

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    Olivier, P; Van Melkebeke, D; Honoré, P-J; Defreyne, L; Hemelsoet, D

    2017-09-01

    Porphyrias are a group of inherited metabolic disorders resulting from a specific deficiency along the pathway of haem biosynthesis. A clinical classification distinguishes acute from non-acute porphyrias considering the occurrence of life-threatening neurovisceral attacks, presenting with abdominal pain, neuropsychiatric disturbance and neuropathy. Vasospasm is a very rare complication that can occur in all major types of acute porphyria. We describe a porphyric crisis with vasospasm in a woman with previously undiagnosed acute porphyria. Furthermore we performed a systematic review by searching the electronic database Pubmed/MEDLINE for additional data in published studies of vasospasm in acute porphyria. Overall, 9 case reports reporting on 11 patients who suffered vasospasm during an exacerbation of acute porphyria were identified. All of the reported patients were women and the mean age was 29.4 years. When brain MRI was performed, T2-hyperintense lesions, consistent with ischaemic changes, were observed in most patients (10/11, 91%). Although the genetic pathogenesis of the disease is well understood, the precise mechanisms to explain neurologic involvement in acute porphyria remain unclear. Acute porphyria is an unusual and rare cause of vasospasm. However, considering porphyria in patients with unexplained cerebral vasospasm, especially in women of childbearing age, is crucial given the severity of possible complications and the available treatment options. © 2017 EAN.

  1. PREVALENCE AND RISK FACTORS OF ASYMPTOMATIC CEREBRAL INFARCTION

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    R. R. Zhetishev

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Acute stroke manifesting as focal neurological deficit is a leading cause of death and disability. Of interest is the problem of asymptomatic cerebral infarctions (AСI, in which there is focal medullary involvement unaccompanied by the development of focal symptoms. The role of AСI as a marker for the progression of vascular dementia and for the further development of symptomatic stroke has not been adequately explored. There are current instrumental (neuroimaging criteria for diagnosing AСI. An update on the risk factors of AСI and their association with the further course of cerebrovascular involvement is analyzed. The results of a number of prospective studies conducted in the countries of Asia and Europe to investigate risk factors for AСI and their prognostic value are considered in detail. There is a relationship between hypertension, blood pressure instability, type 2 diabetes mellitus, some other factors, and a significantly increased risk for AСI. Based on the results of analyzing the data available in the literature, the authors demonstrate the association of prior AСI with the higher rates of progressive vascular cognitive impairments. A correlation is shown between prior AСI and an increased risk for further development of ischemic stroke accompanied by its clinical symptoms, which leads to disability. It is suggested that it is advisable to implement measures for secondary cardiovascular disease prevention, including the administration of antiaggregatory and antihypertensive agents, in patients with AСI. 

  2. Serial CT and MRI of ischaemic cerebral infarcts: frequency and clinical impact of haemorrhagic transformation

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    Mayer, T.E.; Brueckmann, H. [Muenchen Univ. (Germany). Abt. fuer Neuroradiologie; Schulte-Altedorneburg, G. [Dept. of Radiology/Neuroradiology, University Medical School of Luebeck (Germany); Droste, D.W. [Dept. of Neurology, University Medical School of Luebeck (Germany)

    2000-04-01

    The frequency, predisposing factors and clinical consequences of haemorrhagic infarcts and damaged blood-brain barrier as shown by contrast enhancement (CE) in ischaemic cerebral infarcts are controversial. We prospectively compared the sensitivity of CT and MRI to haemorrhagic transformation (HT) and CE. We also wished to investigate the clinical significance of HT and factors possibly associated with it. We studied 36 patients with acute ischaemic infarcts in the middle cerebral artery territory during the first 2 weeks after the ictus. After CT and rating of the neurological deficit on admission, serial examinations with clinical neuromonitoring, contrast-enhanced CT and MRI were done on the same day. The occurrence and severity of HT were correlated with CE, stroke mechanism, infarct size, development of neurological deficits and antithrombotic treatment. The frequency of HT detected by MRI was 80 %. CE usually preceded HT or was seen simultaneously. MRI had a higher sensitivity than CT to HT and CE. Severity of HT was positively correlated with infarct size (P < 0.01). HT had no influence on patient's neurological status. Neither the type of antithrombotic treatment nor the stroke mechanism was associated with the severity of HT. No parenchymal haemorrhage occurred. (orig.)

  3. Cerebral infarction in autopsies of chagasic patients with heart failure

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    Roque Aras

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency of encephalic infarction and its contribution to lethality in patients with Chagas' disease and heart failure. METHODS: Medical records and autopsy reports of patients with Chagas' disease complicated by heart failure, who died at the Professor Edgar Santos Hospital of the Federal University of Bahia in the past 45 years were retrospectively analyzed. Data comprised information regarding the clinical history on hospital admission, complementary and anatomicopathological examinations, including the presence of encephalic infarction, the impaired region, and the cause of death. RESULTS: Of the 5,447 autopsies performed, 524 were in patients with heart failure due to Chagas' disease. The mean age was 45.7 years, and 51 (63% patients were of the male sex. The frequency of encephalic infarction was 17.5%, corresponding to 92 events in 92 individuals, 82 (15.8% of which involved the brain, 8 (1.5% involved the cerebellum, and 2 (0.4% involved the hypophysis. CONCLUSION: Cerebral infarction has been a frequent finding in autopsies of chagasic patients with heart failure, and it has been an important cause of death in our region. The presence of cerebral infarction and its complications have been associated with death in 52% of the cases studied.

  4. Acute Thrombo-embolic Renal Infarction

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    Haijiang Zhou

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available A 65-year-old woman was admitted for acute onset of right lower abdominal pain. She was taking anticoagulant medication regularly for rheumatic valvular disease and atrial fibrillation. Physical examination revealed no obvious abdominal or flank tenderness. Right thrombo-embolic renal infarction was diagnosed after performing computed tomography angiography (CTA.

  5. Aeromedical transport after acute myocardial infarction

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    Seidelin, Jakob B; Bruun, Niels Eske; Nielsen, Henrik

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: No guidelines exist for the planning of aeromedical repatriation after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). In 2004, we employed a risk evaluation-based decision-making system for repatriation of patients after AMI. The objective was to evaluate the safety of transports during 2005...

  6. A large left atrial myxoma causing multiple cerebral infarcts.

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    Kebede, Saba; Edmunds, Eiry; Raybould, Adrian

    2013-11-27

    A 52-year-old man presented with a history of sudden onset diplopia. On neurological examination, the only abnormality was a right-sided oculomotor (third nerve) palsy. A brain CT was performed and reported as showing no abnormality. He was discharged to be investigated as an outpatient. He presented 1 month later with a new expressive dysphasia and confusional state. MRI was performed which revealed multiple cerebral infarcts. He was discharged on secondary stroke prevention medication. Six months elapsed, before a transthoracic echocardiogram was performed. This showed a large left atrial myxoma. The patient underwent an emergency resection and made a good postoperative recovery. This case report showed the importance of considering a cardiogenic source of emboli in patients who present with cerebral infarcts. Performing echocardiography early will help to detect treatable conditions such as atrial myxoma, and prevent further complications.

  7. Intrauterine extremity gangrene and cerebral infarction at term

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    Tanvig, M; Jørgensen, J S; Nybo, M

    2011-01-01

    Intrauterine extremity gangrene in combination with cerebral infarction is a serious and rare event. We present a case with a healthy mother who gave birth to a child with this condition. At term, the mother presented at the antenatal clinic with decreased fetal movements. Cardiotocography (CTG) ...... resonance imaging (MRI). At one year of age the boy was doing well and had prosthesis as a left arm. He had no signs of further complications. Despite thorough examination of the parents and the child, the reason for the thrombosis is still unknown.......) showed signs of fetal distress and a caesarean section was performed. The left arm of the newborn was found gangrenous. Amputation of the arm was necessary and the child was subsequently treated with anticoagulant therapy due to thrombosis and cerebral infarction in the left hemisphere found by magnetic...

  8. Cerebral infarction presenting with unilateral isolated foot drop.

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    Kim, Ki-Wan; Park, Jung-Soo; Koh, Eun-Jeong; Lee, Jong-Myong

    2014-09-01

    Weakness of the dorsiflexor muscles of the ankle or toe, referred to as foot drop, is a relatively common presentation. In most cases, foot drop is caused by a lower motor neuron disease such as peroneal peripheral neuropathy, L4-5 radiculopathic sciatic neuropathy, or polyneuropathy. Although upper motor neuron lesions can present as foot drop, the incidence is very rare. Here, we report an extremely rare case in which foot drop was the only presenting symptom of cerebral infarction.

  9. Cerebral Infarction Presenting with Unilateral Isolated Foot Drop

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    2014-01-01

    Weakness of the dorsiflexor muscles of the ankle or toe, referred to as foot drop, is a relatively common presentation. In most cases, foot drop is caused by a lower motor neuron disease such as peroneal peripheral neuropathy, L4-5 radiculopathic sciatic neuropathy, or polyneuropathy. Although upper motor neuron lesions can present as foot drop, the incidence is very rare. Here, we report an extremely rare case in which foot drop was the only presenting symptom of cerebral infarction.

  10. Myocardial infarction with acute valvular regurgitation.

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    Murthy, Sandhya; Greenberg, Mark; Wharton, Ronald

    2012-08-01

    Left-sided valvular lesions are commonly associated with acute and chronic coronary syndromes. Ischemic mitral regurgitation is well described in the literature. We report a case of acute ischemic right-sided valvular disease in which the presenting symptom of an infarction was severe tricuspid regurgitation. This rare entity is usually caused by distortion of the valve apparatus due to underlying wall motion abnormalities. In conclusion, tricuspid regurgitation is an important yet uncommon presentation of acute ischemia that requires a high degree of suspicion for diagnosis.

  11. Acute myocardial infarction as a result of stress

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    2007-01-01

    This thesis aims to describe acute myocardial infarction as a psychosomatic disease. Represents acute myocardial infarction as a result of stress and type A behavior. Research part reveals number of respondents, affected by stresss at the time of myocardial infarction and respondents with type A behavior.

  12. The use of magnetic resonance and MR angiography in the detection of cerebral infarction: A complication of pediatric bacterial meningitis

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    Stošić-Opinćal Tatjana

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Bacground. Association of both cerebral infarction and acute bacterial meningitis is more common in younger patients than in the elderly. The rate of mortality and the frequency of sequel are very high inspite of the use of modern antibiotic therapy. In more than 30% of the cases of childhood bacterial meningitis, both arterial and venous infarctions can occur. The aim of this study was to present the role of the use of magnetic resonance (MRI, and MR angiography (MRA in the detection of bacterial meningitis in children complicated with cerebral infarctions. Method. In the Centre for MR, the Clinical Centre of Serbia, 25 patients with the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis, of which 9 children with cerebral infarction whose clinical conditon deteriorated acutely, despite the antibiotic therapy, underwent MRI and MR angiography examination on a 1T scanner. Examination included the conventional spin-echo techniques with T1-weighted saggital and coronal, and T2- weighted axial and coronal images. Coronal fluid attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR and the postcontrast T1-weighted images in three orthogonal planes were also used. The use MR angiography was accomplished by the three-dimensional time-of-flight (3D TOF technique. Results. The findings included: multiple hemorrhagic infarction in 4 patients, multiple infarctions in 3 patients, focal infarction in 1 patient and diffuse infarction (1 patient. Common sites of involvement were: the frontal lobes, temporal lobes and basal ganglia. The majority of infarctions were bilateral. In 3 of the patients empyema was found, and in 1 patient bitemporal abscess was detected. In 8 of the patients MR angiography confirmed inflammatory vasculitis. Conclusion. Infarction is the most common sequel of severe meningitis in children. Since the complication of cerebral infarction influences the prognosis of meningitis, repetitive MRI examinations are very significant for the evaluation of the time course of

  13. Heart failure-complicating acute myocardial infarction.

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    Aronow, Wilbert S

    2007-10-01

    This article addresses issues related to acute myocardial infarction (MI) complicated by heart failure, particularly in elderly patients. Findings have shown that acute MI complicated by congestive heart failure (CHF) is associated with a high mortality, and that women with acute MI are more likely to be older and to develop CHF than men with acute MI. In general, management of CHF complicating acute MI is similar in older and younger patients. Actions discussed include hemodynamic monitoring; the administration of oxygen; and the use of morphine, diuretics, nitroglycerin, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, spironolactone, beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, magnesium, digoxin, and positive inotropic drugs. The article also discusses measures for treating arrhythmias and for diagnosing mechanical complications.

  14. Heart-failure-complicating acute myocardial infarction.

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    Aronow, Wilbert S

    2007-02-01

    This article addresses issues related to acute myocardial infarction(MI) complicated by heart failure, particularly in elderly patients. Findings have shown that acute MI complicated by congestive heart failure (CHF) is associated with a high mortality, and that women with acute MI are more likely to be older and to develop CHF than men with acute MI. In general, management of CHF-complicating acute MI is similar in older and younger patients. Actions discussed include hemodynamic monitoring; the administration of oxygen; and the use of morphine, diuretics, nitroglycerin,angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, spironolactone, beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, magnesium, digoxin, and positive inotropic drugs. The article also discusses measures for treating arrhythmias and for diagnosing mechanical complications.

  15. Interventions for preventing silent cerebral infarcts in people with sickle cell disease

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    Estcourt, Lise J; Fortin, Patricia M; Hopewell, Sally; Trivella, Marialena; Doree, Carolyn; Abboud, Miguel R

    2017-01-01

    long-term transfusion. Two trials compared the drug hydroxyurea and phlebotomy to long-term transfusions and iron chelation therapy: one in primary prevention (children), and one in secondary prevention (children and adolescents). The quality of the evidence was moderate to very low across different outcomes according to GRADE methodology. This was due to trials being at high risk of bias because they were unblinded; indirectness (available evidence was only for children with HbSS); and imprecise outcome estimates. Long-term red blood cell transfusions versus standard care Children with no previous long-term transfusions and higher risk of stroke (abnormal TCD velocities or previous history of silent cerebral infarcts) Long-term red blood cell transfusions may reduce the incidence of silent cerebral infarcts in children with abnormal TCD velocities, risk ratio (RR) 0.11 (95% confidence interval (CI) 0.02 to 0.86) (one trial, 124 participants, low-quality evidence); but make little or no difference to the incidence of silent cerebral infarcts in children with previous silent cerebral infarcts on magnetic resonance imaging and normal or conditional TCDs, RR 0.70 (95% CI 0.23 to 2.13) (one trial, 196 participants, low-quality evidence). No deaths were reported in either trial. Long-term red blood cell transfusions may reduce the incidence of: acute chest syndrome, RR 0.24 (95% CI 0.12 to 0.49) (two trials, 326 participants, low-quality evidence); and painful crisis, RR 0.63 (95% CI 0.42 to 0.95) (two trials, 326 participants, low-quality evidence); and probably reduces the incidence of clinical stroke, RR 0.12 (95% CI 0.03 to 0.49) (two trials, 326 participants, moderate-quality evidence). Long-term red blood cell transfusions may improve quality of life in children with previous silent cerebral infarcts (difference estimate -0.54; 95% confidence interval -0.92 to -0.17; one trial; 166 participants), but may have no effect on cognitive function (least squares means: 1

  16. [A clinical study of single subcortical cerebral infarction of middle cerebral artery territory].

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    Yang, L; Yu, L; Qin, W; Zhang, X Y; Li, Y; Xu, J H; Hu, X Z; Yuan, J L; Gu, H; Hu, W L

    2016-10-01

    Objective: To explore the clinical characteristics of single subcortical cerebral infarction of middle cerebral artery (MCA) territory and the possible pathogenesis. Methods: A total of 344 cases diagnosed as single subcortical cerebral infarction of MCA territory were enrolled in the study and divided into the parent artery disease (PAD) group and the non-PAD group according to whether the MCA stenosis was presented or not. A total of 312 cases diagnosed as single subcortical cerebral infarction of MCA territory were divided into the BAD group and the SVD group according to the relationship between the lesion sites and MCA. Differences in the clinical and imaging feature were compared between different groups. Results: A total of 32 patients were in the PAD group. Compared with the non-PAD group, patients in the PAD group were found with higher prevalence of asymptomatic cerebral arterial atherosclerosis [93.8%(30/32) vs 57.1%(178/312), P territory has different etiology and pathogenesis. Evidence of systemic atherosclerosis should be carefully searched in patients with branch atheromatous disease.

  17. Spontaneous carotid artery dissection causing a juvenile cerebral infarction

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    Trattnig, S.; Huebsch, P.; Schindler, E.

    1988-11-01

    The case of a 19-year-old patient is presented who was admitted with aphasia and hemiparesis due to basal ganglia infarction as a result of spontaneous dissection of the internal carotid artery. The difficulties in diagnosing this disease with CT and MRI in the acute stage are demonstrated. Angiography is still imperative in order to ascertain that a carotid dissection has occurred.

  18. [Improved diagnosis of early cerebral infarct by the combined use of diffusion and perfusion].

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    Flacke, S; Keller, E; Hartmann, A; Mürtz, P; Textor, J; Urbach, H; Folkers, P; Träber, F; Gieseke, J; Block, W; Scheef, L; Leutner, C; Pauleit, D; Schild, H H

    1998-05-01

    To evaluate the feasibility and the diagnostic efficacy of multislice diffusion-weighted and perfusion imaging in addition to FLAIR-TSE, T2w-GraSE and MR-angiography in the diagnosis of acute stroke. 18 patients with acute stroke were examined at 1.5 Tesla (Gyroscan ACS-NT, Philips Medical Systems) within 6 (n = 9) and 6-48 (n = 9) hours, respectively, and followed at regular intervals. For diffusion imaging we used a multislice multishot EPI-SE sequence with navigator echo correction and cardiac gating. Perfusion imaging was done by means of a FFE-EPI sequence after bolus injection of Gd-DTPA. The diagnostic value of diffusion-weighted and perfusion imaging was significantly higher compared with FLAIR-TSE (p = 0.0023) and GraSE (p = 0.0012) during the first 6 hours. With FLAIR-TSE and GraSE first pathologic changes were seen after 4 hours. We detected perfusion deficit (rCBV < 10%) and a corresponding drop of the ADC in all infarcts larger than 1 cm in diameter. Within the area of low rCBV the combined analysis of diffusion and perfusion imaging allows to identify an infarct region with characteristics of a penumbra and one with characteristics of the infarct core. TTP was increased in the surrounding tissue. However, parts of this area were rarely included in the infarct. The final extension of the untreated infarct, as revealed by computed tomography, corresponded well to the perfusion deficit. Early ischaemic cerebral infarcts can be diagnosed with diffusion and perfusion imaging before pathological changes are visualized with other imaging modalities. The combined use may allow to distinguish the infarct core from surrounding, potentially salvageable tissue.

  19. Acute renal infarction: a single center experience.

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    Mesiano, Paola; Rollino, Cristiana; Beltrame, Giulietta; Ferro, Michela; Quattrocchio, Giacomo; Fenoglio, Roberta; Pozzato, Marco; Cecere, Pasqualina; Forneris, Giacomo; Bazzan, Mario; Macchia, Gianluca; Roccatello, Dario

    2017-02-01

    Acute renal infarction is a rare condition whose diagnosis is often delayed. Major risk factors include atrial fibrillation, valvular or ischemic heart disease, renal artery thrombosis/dissection and coagulopathy. We reviewed the medical records of 18 patients admitted to our Nephrology Department between 1999 and 2015 for acute renal infarction diagnosed by computed tomography. Tc-99m dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) scintigraphy was performed in some patients during follow-up to assess parenchymal lesions and estimate differential kidney function. Mean age was 59.8 years. Major associated risk factors included hypertension (44 %), obesity (33 %), atrial fibrillation (28 %), peripheral vascular disease (17 %), smoking (17 %), prior thromboembolic event (11 %), diabetes (11 %), estroprogestinic therapy (11 %). Seventy-two percent of patients presented with flank pain. Mean serum creatinine was 1.2 ± 0.6 mg/dl. Acute kidney injury occurred as the initial manifestation in two patients. Patients were managed conservatively, with low molecular weight heparin (83 %) or aspirin (11 %). At the end of follow-up serum creatinine was 1.1 ± 0.3 mg/dl; one patient remained on chronic hemodialysis. 58 % of patients who underwent renal scintigraphy after a median of 8 months had a reduced contribution of the previously affected kidney to total renal function. Risk factors associated with the development of chronic kidney disease following renal infarction are unknown. In our subjects, renal function remained stable in all but one patient who developed end stage renal disease. Further studies should focus on etiology and evolution of kidney function in patients with acute renal infarction.

  20. Acute myocardial infarction: 'telomerasing' for cardioprotection

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    Sanchís-Gomar, Fabián; Lucía Mulas, Alejandro

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    Reactivating the telomerase gene through gene therapy after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) has been recently reported to improve survival in mice. Given that regular physical exercise also activates this gene, therapeutic and lifestyle interventions targeting telomerase need to be explored as possible additions to the current armamentarium for myocardial regeneration. 9.292 JCR (2015) Q1, 17/289 Biochemistry & mollecular biology, 17/187 Cell biology, 8/124 Medicine, research & experimen...

  1. Heart Failure Complicating Acute Mtyocardial Infarction.

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    Aronow, Wilbert S

    2017-07-01

    Factors predisposing the older person with acute myocardial infarction (MI) to develop heart failure (HF) include an increased prevalence of MI, multivessel coronary artery disease, decreased left ventricular (LV) contractile reserve, impairment of LV diastolic relaxation, increased hypertension, LV hypertrophy, diabetes mellitus, valvular heart disease, and renal insufficiency. HF associated with acute MI should be treated with a loop diuretic. The use of nitrates, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, aldosterone antagonists, beta-blockers, digoxin, and positive inotropic drugs; treatment of arrhythmias and mechanical complications; and indications for use of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization is discussed. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Effect of acupuncture therapy for postponing Wallerian degeneration of cerebral infarction as shown by diffusion tensor imaging.

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    Shen, Yunxia; Li, Ming; Wei, Ruipeng; Lou, Mingwu

    2012-12-01

    One aim of this study was to investigate the effects of acupuncture on cerebral function of patients with acute cerebral infarction. Another goal was to evaluate the relationship between acupuncture treatment and motor recovery patients with stroke and to provide a foundation for using acupuncture therapy for such patients. Twenty (20) patients with recent cerebral infarction were divided randomly to an acupuncture group and a control group. The infarction area in each patient was in the basal ganglia or included the basal ganglia with an area size of > 1 cm(2). Serial diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR), and T2-weighted imaging (T(2)WI) scans were performed on all patients and the results were evaluated using the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale and the Barthel Index each week. DTI images were postprocessed and analyzed. Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and fractional anisotropy (FA) values of abnormal signals on DTI in the infarction areas and cerebral peduncles were calculated for both groups and compared with one another. (1) The ADC value of infarction lesions decreased at stroke onset; then, a significant elevation was observed after the acute stage, and a significant reduction in FA values was observed from stroke onset to the chronic stage. (2) The ADC of the bilateral cerebral peduncle was reduced on the infarction side. (3) There was a significant difference in ADC and FA values between the acupuncture and control groups. The FA value was higher in the acupuncture group than the control group. ADC and FA values might correlate to patient recovery and reveal the progress of secondary degeneration. Acupuncture treatment is effective for protecting neurons and facilitating recovery.

  3. Acute myocardial infarction in young adults with Antiphospholipid ...

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    Abstract Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is rarely associated with antiphospholipid syndrome. The treatment of these patients is a clinical challenge. We report the observations of 2 young adults (1 woman and 1 man), admitted in our acute care unit for acute myocardial infarction (AMI). A coagulopathy work-up concludes ...

  4. The value of exercise tests after acute myocardial infarction

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    Nielsen, F E; Nielsen, S L; Knudsen, F

    1992-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to relate the clinical course in patients after a first acute myocardial infarction with the response to exercise-tests performed one month after discharge. 90 consecutive patients who suffered an acute myocardial infarction for the first time were followed-up after...... (W) were predictive with respect to mortality, heart failure, and angina pectoris requiring drug treatment. Exercise tests following acute myocardial infarction could not predict the chances of returning to work....

  5. Nursing Care in Patient with Acute Myocardial Infarction

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    Němec, Pavel

    2016-01-01

    This thesis deals with the issue of acute myocardial infarction in context of prehospital, and hospital care. Specific clinical symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and treatment of acute myocardial infarction are described in the theoretical part. The part is also devoted to nursing care. Emphasis is put especially on prevention of cardiovascular diseases development. The goal is to evaluate nursing care of patients with acute myocardial infarction in prehospital, and later on, hospital care. Th...

  6. A case of Netherton's syndrome with cerebral infarction.

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    Calikoğlu, E; Anadolu, R; Sanli, H; Erdem, C

    2001-01-01

    Netherton's syndrome, a rare congenital disease of childhood, is characterized by variable cutaneous erythematous eruptions with different manifestations. A five-year-old boy, who presented with ichthyosis linearis circumflexa, atopic manifestations and pili torti, had spastic hemiparesia due to cerebral infarction. Netherton's syndrome can easily be misdiagnosed as Leiner's disease, generalized psoriasis or nonbullous congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma, especially in the neonatal period, because of its nonspecific clinical and histological features. Pediatricians should consider this syndrome in the differential diagnosis of the generalized erythematous skin disorders of childhood associated with various abnormalities.

  7. Cerebral Infarction after Traumatic Brain Injury: Incidence and Risk Factors

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    Bae, Dong-Hyeon; Choi, Kyu-Sun; Yi, Hyeong-Joong; Chun, Hyoung-Joon; Ko, Yong; Bak, Koang Hum

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    Objective Post-traumatic cerebral infarction (PTCI) is one of the most severe secondary insults after traumatic brain injury (TBI), and is known to be associated with poor outcome and high mortality rate. We assessed the practical incidence and risk factors for the development of PTCI. Methods We conducted retrospective study on 986 consecutive patients with TBI from the period May 2005 to November 2012 at our institution. The definition of PTCI was made on non-enhanced CT scan based on a wel...

  8. Midterm renal functions following acute renal infarction

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    Sakir Ongun

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to explore clinical features of renal infarction (RI that may have a role in diagnosis and treatment in our patient cohort and provide data on midterm renal functions. Medical records of patients with diagnosis of acute RI, established by contrast enhanced computed tomography (CT and at least 1 year follow-up data, who were hospitalized in our clinic between 1998 and 2012 were retrospectively reviewed; including descriptive data, clinical signs and symptoms, etiologic factors, laboratory findings, and prescribed treatments. Patients with solitary infarct were treated with acetylsalicylic acid (ASA only, whereas patients with atrial fibrillation (AF or multiple or global infarct were treated with anticoagulants. Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR referring to renal functions was determined by the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD formula. Twenty-seven renal units of 23 patients with acute RI were identified. The mean age was 59.7 ± 15.7 years. Fourteen patients (60.8% with RI had atrial fibrillation (AF as an etiologic factor of which four had concomitant mesenteric ischemia at diagnosis. At presentation, 20 patients (86.9% had elevated serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH, 18 patients (78.2% had leukocytosis, and 16 patients (69.5% had microscopic hematuria. Two patients with concomitant mesenteric ischemia and AF passed away during follow up. Mean eGFR was 70.8 ± 23.2 mL/min/1.73 m2 at admission and increased to 82.3 ± 23.4 mL/min/1.73 m2 at 1 year follow up. RI should be considered in patients with persistent flank or abdominal pain, particularly if they are at high risk of thromboembolism. Antiplatelet and/or anticoagulant drugs are both effective treatment options according to the amplitude of the infarct for preserving kidney functions.

  9. Combined Ipsilateral Oculomotor Nerve Palsy and Contralateral Downbeat Nystagmus in a Case of Cerebral Infarction

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    Kosuke Matsuzono

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available We report a patient with acute cerebral infarction of the left paramedian thalamus, upper mesencephalon and cerebellum who exhibited ipsilateral oculomotor nerve palsy and contralateral downbeat nystagmus. The site of the infarction was considered to be the paramedian thalamopeduncular and cerebellar regions, which are supplied by the superior cerebellar artery containing direct perforating branches or both the superior cerebellar artery and the superior mesencephalic and posterior thalamosubthalamic arteries. Contralateral and monocular downbeat nystagmus is very rare. Our case suggests that the present downbeat nystagmus was due to dysfunction of cerebellar-modulated crossed oculovestibular fibers of the superior cerebellar peduncle or bilateral downbeat nystagmus with one-sided oculomotor nerve palsy.

  10. Acute Anterior Myocardial Infarction Accompanied by Acute Inferior Myocardial Infarction: A Very Rare Coronary Artery Anomaly

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    Y. Alsancak

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    Full Text Available Coronary artery anomalies are rare and mostly silent in clinical practice. First manifestation of this congenital abnormality can be devastating as syncope, acute coronary syndrome, and sudden cardiac death. Herein we report a case with coronary artery anomaly complicated with ST segment myocardial infarction in both inferior and anterior walls simultaneously diagnosed during primary percutaneous coronary intervention.

  11. Correlating interleukin-10 promoter gene polymorphisms with human cerebral infarction onset

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    Xin-hong Jiang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Evidence suggests that interleukin-10 (IL-10 deficiency exacerbates inflammation and worsens the outcome of brain ischemia. In view of the critical role of the single nucleotide polymorphic sites -1082 (A/G and -819 (C/T in the promoter region of the IL-10 gene, we hypothesized that they are associated with cerebral infarction morbidity in the Chinese Han population. We genotyped these allelic gene polymorphisms by amplification refractory mutation system-polymerase chain reaction methods in 181 patients with cerebral infarction (cerebral infarction group and 115 healthy subjects (control group. We identified significant differences in genotype distribution and allele frequency of the IL-10-1082 A/G allele between cerebral infarction and control groups (χ2 = 6.643, P = 0.010. The IL-10-1082 A allele frequency was significantly higher in the cerebral infarction group (92.3% than in the control group (86.1% (P = 0.015. Moreover, cerebral infarction risk of the AA genotype was 2-fold higher than with the AG genotype (OR = 2.031, 95%CI: 1.134-3.637. In addition, AA genotype together with hypertension was the independent risk factor of cerebral infarction (OR = 2.073, 95%CI: 1.278-3.364. No statistical difference in genotype distribution or allele frequency of IL-10-819 C/T was found between cerebral infarction and control groups (P > 0.05. These findings suggest that the IL-10-1082 A/G gene polymorphism is involved in cerebral infarction, and increased A allele frequency is closely associated with occurrence of cerebral infarction.

  12. Splenic Infarction in Acute Infectious Mononucleosis.

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    Naviglio, Samuele; Abate, Maria Valentina; Chinello, Matteo; Ventura, Alessandro

    2016-01-01

    The evaluation of a febrile patient with acute abdominal pain represents a frequent yet possibly challenging situation in the emergency department (ED). Splenic infarction is an uncommon complication of infectious mononucleosis, and may have a wide range of clinical presentations, from dramatic to more subtle. Its pathogenesis is still incompletely understood, yet it may be associated with the occurrence of transient prothrombotic factors. We report the case of a 14-year-old boy who presented with fever, sore throat, left upper quadrant abdominal pain, and splenomegaly, with no history of recent trauma. Laboratory tests revealed a markedly prolonged activated partial thromboplastin time and positive lupus anticoagulant. Abdominal ultrasonography showed several hypoechoic areas in the spleen consistent with multiple infarctions. Magnetic resonance imaging eventually confirmed the diagnosis. He was admitted for observation and supportive treatment, and was discharged in good condition after 7 days. WHY SHOULD AN EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN BE AWARE OF THIS?: Spontaneous splenic infarction should be considered in the differential list of patients presenting with left upper quadrant abdominal pain and features of infectious mononucleosis; the diagnosis, however, may not be straightforward, as clinical presentation may also be subtle, and abdominal ultrasonography, which is often used as a first-line imaging modality in pediatric EDs, has low sensitivity in this scenario and may easily miss it. Furthermore, although treatment is mainly supportive, close observation for possible complications is necessary. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Justification for intravenous magnesium therapy in acute myocardial infarction

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    Rasmussen, H S

    1988-01-01

    Recent studies have shown that patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) are magnesium-deficient and develop an additional transient decrease in serum magnesium concentrations (S-Mg c) during the acute phase of the infarct. Animal experiments, as well as studies on humans, have indicated...... of routine practice for patients with acute myocardial infarction....... that the acute decrease in S-Mg c as well as a more chronic magnesium (Mg) deficiency state are harmful to the myocardium in the setting of acute ischaemia. This knowledge has led during the last couple of years to the performance of four double-blind placebo controlled studies in which the effect of i...

  14. The prognostic importance of creatinine clearance after acute myocardial infarction

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    Sørensen, C R; Brendorp, B; Rask-Madsen, C

    2002-01-01

    AIMS: The purpose of this study was to assess renal dysfunction as an independent predictor of mortality after acute myocardial infarction. METHODS: The study population was 6252 patients with a myocardial infarction admitted alive from 1990 to 1992. The mortality status was obtained after at least.......9-1.3) respectively. CONCLUSION: Renal dysfunction is an important risk factor after acute myocardial infarction. When the risk is adjusted for available competing risk factors only severely reduced renal function is associated with an important and independent risk of mortality after acute myocardial infarction...

  15. Benefits and risks of thrombolysis for acute myocardial infarction

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    A.E.R. Arnold (Alfred); M.L. Simoons (Maarten)

    1990-01-01

    textabstractThrombolytic therapy is a major step forward in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction and may result in up to 50% mortality reduction, provided that it is administered early (chapter 1). In 80 to 85% of patients with suspected acute myocardial infarction, a coronary artery is

  16. Review Paper: Myocardial Rupture After Acute Myocardial Infarction ...

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    Myocardial rupture complications after acute myocardial infarction are infrequent but lethal. They mainly involve rupture of the ventricular free wall, ventricular septum, papillary muscle, or combined. We compare features of different kinds of myocardial ruptures after acute myocardial infarction by reviewing the clinical ...

  17. Prognostic importance of complete atrioventricular block complicating acute myocardial infarction

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    Aplin, Mark; Engstrøm, Thomas; Vejlstrup, Niels G

    2003-01-01

    Third-degree atrioventricular block after acute myocardial infarction is considered to have prognostic importance. However, its importance in conjunction with thrombolytic therapy and its relation to left ventricular function remains uncertain. This report also outlines an important distinction...... between atrioventricular block in the setting of anterior and inferior wall acute myocardial infarction, with profound clinical and prognostic implications....

  18. Neonatal cerebral infarction; Symptoms, CT findings and prognosis

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    Fujimoto, Shinji; Togari, Hajime; Sobajima, Hisanori; Suzuki, Shigesumi; Wada, Yoshiro (Nagoya City Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Medicine); Yokochi, Kenji; Nishimura, Yutaka; Inukai, Kazuhisa; Futamura, Masahide

    1992-01-01

    In a retrospective multi-center study, we investigated eighteen infants with unilateral cerebral infarctions confirmed by computed tomography (CT) scans. The initial symptoms were observed in all the patients between 0 and 3 days of age. Convulsions or apneic attacks were the initial symptoms in all but one. Only 4 patients had complicated obstetric histories and none showed polycythemia or electrolyte abnormalities. All of the initial CT scans revealed unilaterally localized hypodense areas. In 10, the initial CT scans were performed within 24 hours after the clinical onset. In 16, the lesions were within the territory of the middle cerebral artery, 9 of which also involved the cortico-spinal tract (CST). In the remaining 2 patients, the lesions were located whithin the territory of the posterior cerebral artery. None of the 9 patients without CST involvement developed hemiplegia, whereas 5 (56%) of the 9 with CST involvement had hemiplegia, which is a fairly low incidence compared with that in adult cases. This difference was thought to be related to neonatal brain plasticity. (author).

  19. Cerebral blood flow in acute and chronic ischemic stroke using xenon-133 inhalation tomography

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    Vorstrup, S; Paulson, O B; Lassen, N A

    1986-01-01

    Serial measurements of cerebral blood flow (CBF) were performed in 12 patients with acute symptoms of ischemic cerebrovascular disease. CBF was measured by xenon-133 inhalation and single photon emission computer tomography. Six patients had severe strokes and large infarcts on the CT scan...

  20. Acute parietal lobe infarction presenting as Gerstmann's syndrome and cognitive decline mimicking senile dementia.

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    Chen, Tien-Yu; Chen, Chun-Yen; Yen, Che-Hung; Kuo, Shin-Chang; Yeh, Yi-Wei; Chang, Serena; Huang, San-Yuan

    2013-01-01

    Gerstmann's syndrome encompasses the tetrad of finger agnosia, agraphia, acalculia, and right-left confusion. An elderly man with a history of several cardiovascular diseases was initially brought to the psychiatric outpatient department by his family because of worsening of recent memory, executive function, and mixed anxious-depressive mood. Gerstmann's syndrome without obvious motor function impairment and dementia-like features could be observed at first. Emergent brain computed tomography scan revealed new left-middle cerebral artery infarction over the left posterior parietal lobe. This case reminds us that acute cerebral infarction involving the parietal lobe may present as Gerstmann's syndrome accompanied by cognitive decline mimicking dementia. As a result, emergent organic workups should be arranged, especially for elderly patients at high risk for cerebral vascular accident.

  1. Distinct inflammatory responses differentiate cerebral infarct from transient ischaemic attack.

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    Armstrong, Christopher W L; Bosio, Erika; Neil, Claire; Brown, Simon G A; Hankey, Graeme J; Fatovich, Daniel M

    2017-01-01

    We previously reported on a 26-year-old patient who presented early during a large and eventually fatal cerebral infarct. Microarray analysis of blood samples from this patient demonstrated initially up-regulated and subsequently down-regulated Granzyme B (GzmB) expression, along with progressive up-regulation of genes for S100 calcium binding protein A12 (S100A12) and matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9). To confirm these findings, we investigated these parameters in patients with suspected stroke presenting within 6h of symptom onset to a single centre. Blood samples were taken at enrolment, then 1h, 3h and 24h post-enrolment for the examination of cellular, protein and genetic changes. Patients with subsequently confirmed ischaemic (n=18) or haemorrhagic stroke (n=11) showed increased intracellular concentrations of GzmB in all cell populations investigated (CD8+, CD8- and Natural Killer [NK] cells). Infarct patients, however, demonstrated significantly reduced GzmB gene expression and increased circulating MMP-9 and S100A12 levels in contrast to transient ischaemic attack (TIA) patients or healthy controls. Furthermore, a pronounced neutrophilia was noted in the infarct and haemorrhage groups, while TIA patients (n=9) reflected healthy controls (n=10). These findings suggest a spectrum of immune response during stroke. TIA showed few immunological changes in comparison to infarct and haemorrhage, which demonstrated inhibition of GzmB production and a rise in neutrophil numbers and neutrophil-associated mediators. This implies a greater role of the innate immune system. These markers may provide novel targets for inhibition and reduction of secondary injury. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Volumetric Integral Phase-shift Spectroscopy for Noninvasive Detection of Hemispheric Bioimpedance Asymmetry in Acute Brain Pathology

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    Stroke; Stroke, Acute; Ischemic Stroke; Hemorrhage; Clot (Blood); Brain; Subarachnoid Hemorrhage; Cerebral Infarction; Cerebral Hemorrhage; Cerebral Stroke; Intracerebral Hemorrhage; Intracerebral Injury

  3. Current trend of acute myocardial infarction in Korea (from the Korea Acute Myocardial Infarction Registry from 2006 to 2013).

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    Kook, Hyun Yi; Jeong, Myung Ho; Oh, Sangeun; Yoo, Sung-Hee; Kim, Eun Jung; Ahn, Youngkeun; Kim, Ju Han; Chai, Leem Soon; Kim, Young Jo; Kim, Chong Jin; Chan Cho, Myeong

    2014-12-15

    Although the incidence of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in Korea has been rapidly changed because of westernization of diet, lifestyle, and aging of the population, the recent trend of the myocardial infarction have not been reported by classification. We investigated recent trends in the incidence and mortality associated with the 2 major types of AMI. We reviewed 39,978 patients registered in the Korea Acute Myocardial Infarction Registry for either ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI) or non-ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) from 2006 to 2013. When the rate for AMI were investigated according to each year, the incidence rates of STEMI decreased markedly from 60.5% in 2006 to 48.1% in 2013 (p myocardial infarction has been changed rapidly in the aspect of risk factors, ratio of STEMI versus NSTEMI, and therapeutic strategies during the recent 8 years in Korea. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Midterm renal functions following acute renal infarction.

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    Ongun, Sakir; Bozkurt, Ozan; Demir, Omer; Cimen, Sertac; Aslan, Guven

    2015-10-01

    The aim of this study was to explore clinical features of renal infarction (RI) that may have a role in diagnosis and treatment in our patient cohort and provide data on midterm renal functions. Medical records of patients with diagnosis of acute RI, established by contrast enhanced computed tomography (CT) and at least 1 year follow-up data, who were hospitalized in our clinic between 1998 and 2012 were retrospectively reviewed; including descriptive data, clinical signs and symptoms, etiologic factors, laboratory findings, and prescribed treatments. Patients with solitary infarct were treated with acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) only, whereas patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) or multiple or global infarct were treated with anticoagulants. Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR) referring to renal functions was determined by the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) formula. Twenty-seven renal units of 23 patients with acute RI were identified. The mean age was 59.7 ± 15.7 years. Fourteen patients (60.8%) with RI had atrial fibrillation (AF) as an etiologic factor of which four had concomitant mesenteric ischemia at diagnosis. At presentation, 20 patients (86.9%) had elevated serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), 18 patients (78.2%) had leukocytosis, and 16 patients (69.5%) had microscopic hematuria. Two patients with concomitant mesenteric ischemia and AF passed away during follow up. Mean eGFR was 70.8 ± 23.2 mL/min/1.73 m(2) at admission and increased to 82.3 ± 23.4 mL/min/1.73 m(2) at 1 year follow up. RI should be considered in patients with persistent flank or abdominal pain, particularly if they are at high risk of thromboembolism. Antiplatelet and/or anticoagulant drugs are both effective treatment options according to the amplitude of the infarct for preserving kidney functions. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Taiwan.

  5. Influence of smoking on the location of acute myocardial infarctions.

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    Alemu, Rahel; Fuller, Eileen E; Harper, John F; Feldman, Mark

    2011-01-01

    Objective. To determine whether there is an association between smoking and the location of acute myocardial infarctions. Methods. Using a cohort from our hospital and published cohorts from Ireland, Uruguay, and Israel, we calculated odds of having an inferior wall as opposed to an anterior wall acute myocardial infarction among smokers and nonsmokers. Results. In our cohort, there was a higher proportion of smokers than nonsmokers in patients with inferior acute myocardial infarctions than in patients with anterior infarctions. This difference was also present in each of the other cohorts. Odds ratios for an inferior versus an anterior acute myocardial infarction among smokers ranged from 1.15 to 2.00 (median odds ratio, 1.32). When the cohorts were combined (n = 3, 160), the pooled odds ratio for an inferior as opposed to an anterior acute myocardial infarction among smokers was 1.38 (95% confidence interval, 1.20 to 1.58) (P < .002). Conclusions. Cigarette smoking increases the risk of inferior wall acute myocardial infarction more than the risk of anterior wall infarction. Smoking thus appears to adversely affect the right coronary arterial circulation to a greater extent than the left coronary arterial circulation by a mechanism not yet understood.

  6. Copeptin Levels in Cerebral Infarction, Intracranial Hemorrhage and Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.

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    Aksu, Feyza; Gurger, Mehtap; Yilmaz, Mustafa; Atescelik, Metin; Yildiz, Mustafa; Ilhan, Nevin; Ilhan, Selcuk; Goktekin, Mehmet C

    2016-12-01

    To determine copeptin levels in patients with suspected intracranial events and to determine whether copeptin levels could be used in the discrimination of cerebral infarction, intracranial hemorrhage, and subarachnoid hemorrhage in the emergency room. Blood samples were obtained from the patients prior to imaging to determine the levels of copeptin. Patients were divided into diagnostic groups after the imaging. One hundred and seventy-six participants, who were enrolled in the study, were as follows: 50 cerebral infarction (CI) patients (M/F: 24/26), 47 intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) patients (M/F: 27/20), 29 subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) patients (M/F: 17/12) and 50 healthy controls. Differences and correlations between groups were analyzed. Plasma levels of copeptin in patients with CI, ICH, and SAH were 5.49 ng/dL (IQR 4.73 to 6.96), 4.50 ng/dL (IQR 3.04 to 9.77), and 5.90 ng/dL (IQR 3.11 to 13.26), respectively. It was found to be 2.0 ng/dL (IQR 1.57 to 2.5) in healthy volunteers. There was no significant correlation between copeptin levels and Intracerebral Hemorrhage Score (ICHS) (r = 0.231, p = 0.118). However, significant positive correlation was found between copeptin levels with the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) (r = 0.365, p = 0.009) and the BotterelHunt and Hess Scale (BHHS) (r = 0.590, p = 0.001). The copeptin levels of 41 (32.5%) patients who died were found to be significantly higher than those 85 (67.5%) patients who were discharged (p Copeptin levels in patients with CI, ICH, and SAH are significantly higher than healthy volunteers, but the plasma level of copeptin is not decisive in the discrimination of CI, ICH, and SAH.

  7. Vitamin D and acute myocardial infarction.

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    Milazzo, Valentina; De Metrio, Monica; Cosentino, Nicola; Marenzi, Giancarlo; Tremoli, Elena

    2017-01-26

    Vitamin D deficiency is a prevalent condition, cutting across all ethnicities and among all age groups, and occurring in about 30%-50% of the population. Besides vitamin D established role in calcium homeostasis, its deficiency is emerging as a new risk factor for coronary artery disease. Notably, clinical investigations have suggested that there is an association between hypovitaminosis D and acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Not only has it been linked to incident AMI, but also to increased morbidity and mortality in this clinical setting. Moreover, vitamin D deficiency seems to predispose to recurrent adverse cardiovascular events, as it is associated with post-infarction complications and cardiac remodeling in patients with AMI. Several mechanisms underlying the association between vitamin D and AMI risk can be involved. Despite these observational and mechanistic data, interventional trials with supplementation of vitamin D are controversial. In this review, we will discuss the evidence on the association between vitamin D deficiency and AMI, in terms of prevalence and prognostic impact, and the possible mechanisms mediating it. Further research in this direction is warranted and it is likely to open up new avenues for reducing the risk of AMI.

  8. Quality of health information on acute myocardial infarction and stroke in the world wide web.

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    Bastos, Ana; Paiva, Dagmara; Azevedo, Ana

    2014-01-01

    The quality of health information in the Internet may be low. This is a concerning issue in cardiovascular diseases which warrant patient self-management. We aimed to assess the quality of Portuguese websites as a source of health information on acute myocardial infarction and stroke. We used the search terms 'enfarte miocardio' and 'acidente vascular cerebral' (Portuguese terms for myocardial infarction and stroke) on Google(®), on April 5th and 7th 2011, respectively, using Internet Explorer(®). The first 200 URL retrieved in each search were independently visited and Portuguese websites in Portuguese language were selected. We analysed and classified 121 websites for structural characteristics, information coverage and accuracy of the web pages with items defined a priori, trustworthiness in general according to the Health on the Net Foundation and regarding treatments using the DISCERN instrument (48 websites). Websites were most frequently commercial (49.5%), not exclusively dedicated to acute myocardial infarction/ stroke (94.2%), and with information on medical facts (59.5%), using images, video or animation (60.3%). Websites' trustworthiness was low. None of the websites displayed the Health on the Net Foundation seal. Acute myocardial infarction/ stroke websites differed in information coverage but the accuracy of the information was acceptable, although often incomplete. The quality of information on acute myocardial infarction/ stroke in Portuguese websites was acceptable. Trustworthiness was low, impairing users' capability of identifying potentially more reliable content.

  9. Frequency and clinical significance of acute bilateral cerebellar infarcts.

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    Hong, Ji Man; Bang, Oh Young; Chung, Chin-Sang; Joo, In Soo; Huh, Kyoon

    2008-01-01

    Unlike acute unilateral cerebellar infarct (UCI), acute bilateral cerebellar infarcts (BCI) have attracted little attention. To evaluate the clinical significance of BCI, we compared UCI and BCI and analyzed potentially prognostic factors. Patients who were consecutively admitted at a university hospital over a 4-year period with acute cerebellar infarcts, proven by diffusion-weighted imaging, were studied. Cerebellar infarcts were topographically classified, and divided into 2 groups: UCI and BCI. The demographics, involved territories, concomitant lesions outside the cerebellum (CLOC), bilateral involvement, infarct volume, hospital courses, and mechanisms were analyzed. We performed multiple regression analysis to predict the poor outcome at discharge [> or =3 on the modified Rankin Scale (mRS)]. Among 162 patients with acute cerebellar infarcts, 31% (n = 50) were BCI. Territorial infarcts were 74% (n = 120) and non-territorial infarcts 26% (n = 42) of the total. Posterior inferior cerebellar artery infarcts were the most common, and combined-territorial infarcts were the rarest. Baseline demographics were not significantly different between UCI and BCI, except for initial stroke severity (modified NIH Stroke Scale and infarct volume) and diabetes. Large-artery atherosclerosis was significantly higher in BCI, whereas undetermined causes were higher in UCI (p = 0.028). By multiple regression analysis, BCI was the only independent radiological factor for poor prognosis (odds ratio, 6.96; 95% CI, 1.80-26.92), and represented a significantly more unstable hospital course, longer hospital stay, worse mRS at discharge, and higher mortality. In acute cerebellar infarcts, bilateral involvement is common and appears to be a superior determinant for early prognosis rather than territories involved or CLOC. 2008 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  10. [Silent cerebral infarct in patients with sickle cell anemia].

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    Ferrer O, O; Plumacher-Rincón, Z; Arteaga-Vizcaíno, M; Weir-Medina, J; Hernández-Pernía, A

    Ictus is a complication in patients with Sickle Cell Anemia (SCA), in these is of importance the precocious diagnosis of Silent Cerebral Infarcts (SCI). To determine the incidence of ICS in patients with SCA without neurological symptoms but with images in Cerebral Magnetic Resonance (RMC). A total of 18 patients (13 males, 5 females) with ages between 5 and 24 years (11.5 4,9), without history of neurological alterations, taken care at the Instituto Hematol gico de Occidente Banco de Sangre, Estado Zulia Venezuela. Methods. A clinical history was made to each patient in addition to detailed physical and neurological examinations that included the state of mind, conscience, language, sensitivity, cranial pairs, muscular force, reflexes, cerebella tests, neck and march. Later, RMC studies were carried out. It was found that 2/18 (11,1%) patients without neurological manifestations showed alterations in the RMC and they were diagnosed as ICS. The findings by images showed asymmetry of lateral ventricles and one of them showed gliosis as well. 11,1% of the all the studied cases (2/18) showed SCI, for what is suggested to carry out neurological evaluation and images, once a year, and to offer opportune therapies, for their impact in the function neurocognitive

  11. Oxygen therapy for acute myocardial infarction

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    Juan B. Cabello

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Oxygen (O2 is widely recommended for patients with myocardial infarction yet a narrative review has suggested it may do more harm than good. Systematic reviews have concluded that there was insufficient evidence to know whether oxygen reduced, increased or had no effect on the heart ischaemia or infarct size. OBJECTIVE: To review the evidence from randomized controlled trials to establish whether routine use of inhaled oxygen in acute myocardial infarction (AMI improves patient-centered outcomes, in particular pain and death. CRITERIA FOR CONSIDERING STUDIES FOR THIS REVIEW: The following bibliographic databases were searched (to the end of February 2010: Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL (The Cochrane Library, Medline, Medline In-Process, Embase, CINAHL, Lilacs and PASCAL, British Library ZETOC, Web of Science ISI Proceedings. Experts were also contacted to identify any studies. No language restrictions were applied. SELECTION CRITERIA: Randomized controlled trials of people with suspected or proven AMI, less than 24 hours after onset, in which the intervention was inhaled oxygen (at normal pressure compared to air and regardless of co-therapies provided these were the same in both arms of the trial. DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: Two review authors independently reviewed the titles and abstracts of identified studies to see if they met the inclusion criteria and independently undertook the data extraction. The quality of studies and the risk of bias were assessed according to guidance in the Cochrane Handbook. The primary outcomes were death, pain and complications. The measure of effect used was the relative risk (RR. MAIN RESULTS: Three trials involving 387 patients were included and 14 deaths occurred. The pooled RR of death was 2.88 (95% CI 0.88 to 9.39 in an intention-to-treat analysis and 3.03 (95% CI 0.93 to 9.83 in patients with confirmed AMI. While suggestive of harm, the small number of deaths

  12. SMALL CEREBRAL INFARCTS IN CÔTE D\\'IVOIRE: A ...

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    SMALL CEREBRAL INFARCTS IN CÔTE D\\'IVOIRE: A RETROSPECTIVE CLINICAL AND CTSCAN STUDY OF 113 CASES LES INFARCTUS CEREBRAUX DE PETITE TAILLE EN COTE D\\'IVOIRE : ETUDE RETROSPECTIVE CLINIQUE ET SCANNOGRAPHIQUE DE 113 CAS (Francais)

  13. Cerebral hemodynamics and metabolism in patients with moyamoya disease not demonstrating either cerebral infarct or hemorrhage on MRI

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    Kuwabara, Yasuo; Ichiya, Yuichi; Sasaki, Masayuki; Akashi, Yuko; Yoshida, Tsuyoshi; Fukumura, Toshimitsu; Masuda, Kouji; Matsushima, Toshio; Fukui, Masashi [Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan). Faculty of Medicine

    1995-12-01

    We evaluated the cerebral hemodynamics and metabolism in moyamoya patients who did not demonstrate either cerebral infarct or hemorrhage on MRI. The subjects consisted of 5 patients with moyamoya disease (4 females and one male, aged from 15 to 40 ears). The CBF, OEF and CMRO{sub 2} of the moyamoya patients did not differ from those of the normal control subjects. The CBV did increase significantly in the cerebral cortices and striatum, but not in the cerebellum. The TT was also significantly prolonged in the frontal and parietal regions. The cerebrovascular CO{sub 2} response was markedly impaired in the frontal, temporal and parietal cortices. However, it was relatively preserved in the occipital cortex, thalamus and cerebellum. Thus, the cerebral hemodynamic reserve capacity decreased even in the moyamoya patients not demonstrating either cerebral infarct or hemorrhage on MRI, and it should be considered in the management of these patients. (author).

  14. Health service organization for patients with cerebral infarction: current status and specifics of outpatient medical care

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    Parkhomenko A.A.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Stroke and cerebral infarction in particularly are important medical and social problems. The article describes the historical changes of legal acts regulating medical care for patients with stroke and observes recent researches dealing with the law enforcement in this sphere. Content analysis revealed the lack of correspondence between the legal framework and clinical guidelines for cerebral infarction. Particular attention is paid to the low level of scientific research results concerned with the stroke outpatient medical care.

  15. Cerebral blood flow in acute mountain sickness

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    Jensen, J B; Wright, Anne; Lassen, N A

    1990-01-01

    Changes in cerebral blood flow (CBF) were measured using the radioactive xenon technique and were related to the development of acute mountain sickness (AMS). In 12 subjects, ascending from 150 to 3,475 m, CBF was 24% increased at 24 h [45.1 to 55.9 initial slope index (ISI) units] and 4% increased...

  16. Prevalence and Risk Factors of Acute Incidental Infarcts.

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    Saini, Monica; Suministrado, Ma Serrie P; Hilal, Saima; Dong, Yan Hong; Venketasubramanian, Narayanaswamy; Ikram, Mohammad K; Chen, Christopher

    2015-10-01

    The study of silent stroke has been limited to imaging of chronic infarcts; acute incidental infarcts (AII) detected on brain magnetic resonance imaging have been less investigated. This study aims to describe prevalence and risk factors of AII in a community and a clinic-based population. Subjects were drawn from 2 ongoing studies: Epidemiology of Dementia in Singapore study, which is a subsample from a population-based study, and a clinic-based case-control study. Subjects from both studies underwent similar clinical and neuropsychological assessments and brain magnetic resonance imaging. Prevalence of AII from these studies was determined. Subsequently, risk factors of AII were examined using multivariable logistic regression models. AII were seen in 7 of 623 (1.2%) subjects in Epidemiology of Dementia in Singapore (mean age, 70.9±6.8 years; 45% men) and in 12 of 389 (3.2%) subjects (mean age, 72.1±8.3 years; 46% men) in the clinic-based study. AII were present in 0.8% of subjects with no cognitive impairment, 1.9% of those with cognitive impairment not dementia, and 4.2% of subjects with dementia. Significant association of AII was found with cerebral microbleeds (≥5) in the Epidemiology of Dementia in Singapore (odds ratio, 6.76; 95% confidence interval, 1.28-35.65; P=0.02) and in the clinic-based cohort (odds ratio, 4.65; 95% confidence interval, 1.39-15.53; P=0.01). There was no association of AII with hypertension, diabetes mellitus, or hyperlipidemia. AII are more likely to be present in those with cognitive impairment. Although a cause-effect relationship between the presence of AII and cognitive impairment is plausible, the association may be because of under-reporting of symptoms by individuals with cognitive impairment. The association between AII and cerebral microbleeds may indicate cerebral vasculopathy, independent of traditional vascular risk factors. © 2015 American Heart Association, Inc.

  17. Giant biventricular thrombi presenting with acute myocardial infarction.

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    Kaya, Adnan; Hayıroğlu, Mert İlker; Keskin, Muhammed; Öz, Ahmet; Aydın, Berat Arıkan

    2016-09-01

    Biventricular thrombi secondary to anterior myocardial infarction is very rare. We present a patient with giant biventricular thrombi subsequent to an old anterior wall myocardial infarction, and devastating consequences, including acute pulmonary artery and femoral artery embolism. We introduce a unique case report with demonstrative and illustrative images. Copyright © 2016 Cardiological Society of India. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Asian dust exposure triggers acute myocardial infarction.

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    Kojima, Sunao; Michikawa, Takehiro; Ueda, Kayo; Sakamoto, Tetsuo; Matsui, Kunihiko; Kojima, Tomoko; Tsujita, Kenichi; Ogawa, Hisao; Nitta, Hiroshi; Takami, Akinori

    2017-08-29

    To elucidate whether Asian dust is associated with the incidence of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and to clarify whether patients who are highly sensitive to Asian dust will develop AMI. Twenty-one participating institutions located throughout Kumamoto Prefecture and capable of performing coronary intervention were included in the study. Data for ground-level observations of Asian dust events were measured at the Kumamoto Local Meteorological Observatory. Data collected between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2015 were analysed, and 3713 consecutive AMI patients were included. A time-stratified case-crossover design was applied to examine the association between Asian dust exposure and AMI. The occurrence of Asian dust events at 1 day before the onset of AMI was associated with the incidence of AMI [odds ratio (OR), 1.46; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.09-1.95] and especially, non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction was significant (OR 2.03; 95% CI, 1.30-3.15). A significant association between AMI and Asian dust was observed in patients with age ≥75 years, male sex, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, never-smoking status, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, Asian dust events had a great impact on AMI onset in patients with CKD (P Asian dust events was found to be significantly associated with AMI incidence among patients with a risk score of 5-6 (OR 2.45; 95% CI: 1.14-5.27). Asian dust events may lead to AMI and have a great impact on its onset in patients with CKD.

  19. Arrhythmia in Acute Right Ventricular Infarction

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    Azin Alizadeh Asl

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Acute inferior myocardial infarction (MI frequently involves the right ventricle (RV.1-3 We assessed the prognostic impact of RV myocardial involvement in patients with inferior MI. One hundred seventy patients were admitted to the cardiac care unit of Madani Heart Hospital (Tabriz-Iran with the diagnosis of inferior MI with (group1 or without (group2 the simultaneous involvement of RV during the study period (from 2005 to 2006. Patients presenting within 12h of symptom onset were eligible for inclusion. Patients with simultaneous anterior wall MI or renal impairment (creatinine > 2 mg/dl, as well as those undergoing primary percutaneous translational coronary angioplasty, were excluded. Eighty eight percent of the patients with RVMI and 75% of those with isolated inferior MI had some type of arrhythmia. Atrioventricular (AV block occurred in 42% of the infarctions with RV involvement and only in 29% of the control group. Intra-ventricular conduction disturbance (IVCD was also more frequent in RVMI (29.4% vs. 13.1%, p=0.021, especially right bundle branch block (RBBB (20% vs. 7.4%, P=0.003. There was, however, no meaningful difference in the incidence of left bundle branch block (LBBB between the two groups (3.5% vs. 2.35%, P=0.95. Ventricular fibrillation (VF was observed in 5.2% and 1.2% and ventricular tachycardia in 26% and 12.2% of the patients in groups 1 and 2, respectively. In 27% of patients with RVMI, it was necessary to implant a pacemaker as compared to 10% of those in the control group. Mortality was higher in the patients with inferior infarction extended to the RV (15.3% vs. 3.5%, P= 0.0001. Thus, the differences between the findings in the two groups in terms of the occurrence of post-MI arrhythmias and conduction disorders were quite significant, but there was no meaningful difference with respect to the incidence of LBBB between the two groups. Additionally, patients with inferior MI who also had RV myocardial involvement were

  20. Outcomes of acute myocardial infarction in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

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    Gupta, Tanush; Harikrishnan, Prakash; Kolte, Dhaval; Khera, Sahil; Aronow, Wilbert S; Mujib, Marjan; Palaniswamy, Chandrasekar; Sule, Sachin; Jain, Diwakar; Ahmed, Ali; Lanier, Gregg M; Cooper, Howard A; Frishman, William H; Fonarow, Gregg C; Panza, Julio A

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    Acute myocardial infarction is a recognized complication in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. However, limited data are available on outcomes of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and acute myocardial infarction. We analyzed the 2003-2011 Nationwide Inpatient Sample databases to identify all patients aged ≥18 years with a principal diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction. Patients with a concomitant diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy were then identified and analyzed as a separate cohort. Multivariate logistic regression was used to compare outcomes in patients with acute myocardial infarction with and without hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Of 5,901,827 patients with acute myocardial infarction, 5688 (0.1%) had a diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy were older, more likely to be female, and less likely to have traditional cardiovascular risk factors. Compared with patients without hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy were less likely to present with ST-elevation myocardial infarction and more likely to present with non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction. Patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with ST-elevation myocardial infarction or non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction were less likely to receive revascularization. In the overall population with acute myocardial infarction, there was no difference in risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality between patients with and without hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (odds ratio [OR], 0.96; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.84-1.11; P = .59). In the population with ST-elevation myocardial infarction, patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy had lower risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality than those without hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (OR, 0.75; 95% CI, 0.63-0.91; P = .003), whereas in the population with non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction, there was no difference in risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality between patients with

  1. Terson Syndrome from a Significant Cerebral Infarct Occurring During the Peripartum Period.

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    Chu, Edward Rickie L; Sandinha, Teresa; Lake, Stewart; Pater, John

    2009-11-02

    This case report describes a 23-day-old infant with significant infarct in the right middle cerebral artery territory associated with intraparenchymal hemorrhage within the infarct, subdural hygroma, and bilateral intraocular hemorrhage. The features, severity, and timing of the pathology are suggestive of Terson syndrome that has occurred during the peripartum period. Copyright 2009, SLACK Incorporated.

  2. Secondary prevention with calcium antagonists after acute myocardial infarction

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    Hansen, J F

    1992-01-01

    Experimental studies have demonstrated that the 3 calcium antagonists nifedipine, diltiazem, and verapamil have a comparable effect in the prevention of myocardial damage during ischaemia. Secondary prevention trials after acute myocardial infarction, which aimed at improving survival...

  3. Intracoronary and systemic melatonin to patients with acute myocardial infarction

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    Løvland Halladin, Natalie; Busch, Sarah Ekeløf; Jensen, Svend Eggert

    2014-01-01

    Ischaemia-reperfusion injury following acute myocardial infarctions (AMI) is an unavoidable consequence of the primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI) procedure. A pivotal mechanism in ischaemia-reperfusion injury is the production of reactive oxygen species following reperfusion...

  4. Acute myocardial infarction with angiographically normal coronary arteries.

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    Gama, Pedro; Ferreira, Pedro; Correia, Emanuel; dos Santos, Luís Ferreira; Nunes, Luis; Pipa, João; Dionísio, Odete; Santos, Jorge Oliveira

    2008-04-01

    The authors present the case of a 51-year-old woman, with no known cardiovascular risk factors, admitted with anterior acute myocardial infarction complicated by primary ventricular fibrillation, who underwent reperfusion therapy with tenecteplase. Left heart catheterization on the sixth day showed left ventricular anteroapical akinesia and normal coronary arteries. The causes of acute myocardial infarction with normal coronary arteries and its differential diagnosis are discussed.

  5. Sleep impairment and prognosis of acute myocardial infarction

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    Clark, Alice; Lange, Theis; Hallqvist, Johan

    2014-01-01

    fatality and subsequent cardiovascular events following first-time acute myocardial infarction (AMI). DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: The Stockholm Heart Epidemiology Program, Sweden. PARTICIPANTS: There were 2,246 first-time AMI cases. MEASUREMENTS AND RESULTS: SLEEP IMPAIRMENT WAS ASSESSED...... assessment that could benefit secondary cardiovascular prevention. CITATION: Clark A, Lange T, Hallqvist J, Jennum P, Rod NH. Sleep impairment and prognosis of acute myocardial infarction: a prospective cohort study. SLEEP 2014;37(5):851-858....

  6. Decompressive craniectomy in massive cerebral infarction Craniectomia descompressiva no infarto cerebral extenso

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    João Paulo Mattos

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Twenty one patients were submitted to decompressive craniectomy for massive cerebral infarct. Ten patients (47.6% presented a good outcome at the 6 months evaluation, eight had a poor outcome (38% and three died (14.2%. There was no outcome statistical difference between surgery before and after 24 hours of ictus, dominant and non-dominant stroke groups. Patients older than 60 years and those who had a Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS8 at pre-surgical exam and decompressive craniectomy before signs of brain herniation represent the main factors related to a better outcome. Dominant hemispheric infarction does not represent exclusion criteria.Vinte e um pacientes foram submetidos a craniectomia descompressiva para o tratamento de infarto cerebral extenso. Dez pacientes (47,6% apresentaram boa evolução em avaliação após 6 meses, 8 apresentaram evolução desfavorável (38% e 3 faleceram (14,2%. Durante o seguimento, não se evidenciou diferença estatística na evolução entre pacientes operados antes e após 24 horas do ictus, nem entre lesões envolvendo o hemisfério dominante versus não dominante. Pacientes com mais de 60 anos e aqueles com Escala de Coma de Glasgow (ECG8 no exame pré-operatório e craniectomia descompressiva antes de sinais de herniação cerebral representam os principais fatores relacionados a uma melhor evolução clínica. Infarto hemisférico envolvendo o hemisfério dominante não representa um critério de exclusão.

  7. Purine Metabolism in Acute Cerebral Ischemia

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    Ye. V. Oreshnikov

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    Full Text Available Objective: to study the specific features of purine metabolism in clinically significant acute cerebral ischemia. Subjects and materials. Three hundred and fifty patients with the acutest cerebral ischemic stroke were examined. The parameters of gas and electrolyte composition, acid-base balance, the levels of malonic dialdehyde, adenine, guanine, hypox-anthine, xanthine, and uric acid, and the activity of xanthine oxidase were determined in arterial and venous bloods and spinal fluid. Results. In ischemic stroke, hyperuricemia reflects the severity of cerebral metabolic disturbances, hemodynamic instability, hypercoagulation susceptiility, and the extent of neurological deficit. In ischemic stroke, hyperuri-corachia is accompanied by the higher spinal fluid levels of adenine, guanine, hypoxanthine, and xanthine and it is an indirect indicator of respiratory disorders of central genesis, systemic acidosis, hypercoagulation susceptibility, free radical oxidation activation, the intensity of a stressor response to cerebral ischemia, cerebral metabolic disturbances, the depth of reduced consciousness, and the severity of neurological deficit. Conclusion. The high venous blood activity of xanthine oxidase in ischemic stroke is associated with the better neurological parameters in all follow-up periods, the better early functional outcome, and lower mortality rates. Key words: hyperuricemia, stroke, xanthine oxidase, uric acid, cerebral ischemia.

  8. D-dimer levels and cerebral infarction in critically ill cancer patients.

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    Ryu, Jeong-Am; Bang, Oh Young; Lee, Geun-Ho

    2017-08-30

    D-dimer levels have been used in the diagnosis of a variety of thrombosis-related diseases. In this study, we evaluated whether measuring D-dimer levels can help to diagnose cerebral infarction (CI) in critically ill cancer patients. We retrospectively evaluated all cancer patients who underwent brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) between March 2010 and February 2014 at the medical oncology intensive care unit (ICU) of Samsung Medical Center. Brain MRI scanning was performed when CI was suspected due to acute neurological deficits. We compared D-dimer levels between patients ultimately diagnosed as having or not having CI and analyzed diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) lesion patterns. A total of 88 patients underwent brain MRI scanning due to clinical suspicion of CI; altered mental status and unilateral hemiparesis were the most common neurological deficits. CI was ultimately diagnosed in 43 (49%) patients. According to the DWI patterns, multiple arterial infarctions (40%) were more common than single arterial infarctions (9%). Cryptogenic stroke etiologies were more common (63%) than determined etiologies. There was no significant difference in D-dimer levels between patients with and without CI (P = 0.319). Although D-dimer levels were not helpful in diagnosing CI, D-dimer levels were associated with cryptogenic etiologies in critically ill cancer patients; D-dimer levels were higher in the cryptogenic etiology group than in the determined etiology group or the non-infarction group (P = 0.001). In multivariate analysis, elevated D-dimer levels (> 8.89 μg/mL) were only associated with cryptogenic stroke (adjusted OR 5.46; 95% confidence interval, 1.876-15.857). Abnormal D-dimer levels may support the diagnosis of cryptogenic stroke in critically ill cancer patients.

  9. Purpose in Life and Cerebral Infarcts in Community Dwelling Older Persons

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    Yu, Lei; Boyle, Patricia A.; Wilson, Robert S.; Levine, Steven R.; Schneider, Julie A.; Bennett, David A.

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    Background and Purpose Purpose in life, the sense that life has meaning and direction, is associated with reduced risks of adverse health outcomes. However, it remains unknown whether purpose in life protects against the risk of cerebral infarcts among community-dwelling older persons. We tested the hypothesis that greater purpose in life is associated with lower risk of cerebral infarcts. Methods Participants came from the Rush Memory and Aging Project. Each participant completed a standard measure of purpose in life. Uniform neuropathologic examination identified macroscopic infarcts and microinfarcts, blinded to clinical information. Association of purpose in life with cerebral infarcts was examined in ordinal logistic regression models using a semiquantitative outcome. Results 453 participants were included in the analyses. The mean score on the measure of purpose was 3.5 (Standard Deviation=0.47, range=2.1-5.0). Macroscopic infarcts were found in 154 (34.0 %) persons, and microinfarcts were found in 128 (28.3%) persons. Greater purpose in life was associated with a lower odds of having one or more macroscopic infarcts (Odds Ratio=0.535, 95% Confidence Interval=0.346-0.826, p=.005), but we did not find association with microinfarcts (Odds Ratio=0.780, 95% Confidence Interval=0.495-1.229, p=.283). These results persisted after adjusting for vascular risk factors of body mass index, history of smoking, diabetes, and blood pressure, as well as measures of negative affect, physical activity, and clinical stroke. The association with macroscopic infarcts was driven by lacunar infarcts, and was independent of cerebral atherosclerosis and arteriolosclerosis. Conclusions Purpose in life may affect risk for cerebral infarcts, specifically macroscopic lacunar infarcts. PMID:25791714

  10. Purpose in life and cerebral infarcts in community-dwelling older people.

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    Yu, Lei; Boyle, Patricia A; Wilson, Robert S; Levine, Steven R; Schneider, Julie A; Bennett, David A

    2015-04-01

    Purpose in life, the sense that life has meaning and direction, is associated with reduced risks of adverse health outcomes. However, it remains unknown whether purpose in life protects against the risk of cerebral infarcts among community-dwelling older people. We tested the hypothesis that greater purpose in life is associated with lower risk of cerebral infarcts. Participants came from the Rush Memory and Aging Project. Each participant completed a standard measure of purpose in life. Uniform neuropathologic examination identified macroscopic infarcts and microinfarcts, blinded to clinical information. Association of purpose in life with cerebral infarcts was examined in ordinal logistic regression models using a semiquantitative outcome. Four hundred fifty-three participants were included in the analyses. The mean score on the measure of purpose was 3.5 (SD, 0.5; range, 2.1-5.0). Macroscopic infarcts were found in 154 (34.0%) people, and microinfarcts were found in 128 (28.3%) people. Greater purpose in life was associated with a lower odds of having more macroscopic infarcts (odds ratio, 0.535; 95% confidence interval, 0.346-0.826; P=0.005), but we did not find association with microinfarcts (odds ratio, 0.780; 95% confidence interval, 0.495-1.229; P=0.283). These results persisted after adjusting for vascular risk factors of body mass index, history of smoking, diabetes mellitus, and blood pressure, as well as measures of negative affect, physical activity, and clinical stroke. The association with macroscopic infarcts was driven by lacunar infarcts, and was independent of cerebral atherosclerosis and arteriolosclerosis. Purpose in life may affect risk for cerebral infarcts, specifically macroscopic lacunar infarcts. © 2015 American Heart Association, Inc.

  11. Visual and somatosensory phenomena following cerebral venous infarction.

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    Loster-Niewińska, Aleksandra; Dziadkowiak, Edyta; Chojdak-Łukasiewicz, Justyna; Zimny, Anna; Paradowski, Bogusław

    2017-07-14

    The most frequent clinical presentation of occipital or visual tract lesion is hemianopsia or quadrantanopsia. However, damage to the primary or secondary visual cortex can also manifest as visual hallucinations (photopsiae or complex phenomena). We report visual and somatosensory phenomena following cerebral venous infarction based on a study of a patient with a history of recent head injury. We report a 61-year-old man with a history of recent head injury presented with a headache of two weeks duration. He was complaining of transient visual abnormalities, which he described as impaired ability to recognize faces, dark spots moving in the visual field and distorted contours of an objects. Clinical examination showed a balance disorder with no evidence of visual deficit. During further observation the patient started to experience more complex visual and sensory phenomena of: waving of the ceiling, clouds that he could form and feel, he had an impression of incorrect sizes of given objects, he could see a nonexistent pack of cigarettes and the character from the arcade game Pac-Man "eating" an existing drip stand. The patient mentioned above possessing simple and complex visual and somatosensory hallucinations and illusions in the course of venous stroke. A possible mechanism involves irritation of cortical centers responsible for visual processing. Copyright © 2017 Polish Neurological Society. Published by Elsevier Urban & Partner Sp. z o.o. All rights reserved.

  12. Serum leptin levels may be correlated with cerebral infarction

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    Kun-Bin Li

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: To investigate the relation between serum leptin levels and cerebral infarction (CI by meta-analysis. Materials and Methods: Scientific literature databases were searched for studies published in Chinese and English. After retrieving relevant articles through database searches and screening using predefined selection criteria, high-quality studies related to our research topic were selected for inclusion in this meta-analysis. All statistical analyses were conducted using Comprehensive Meta-Analysis 2.0 (CMA 2.0, Biostat Inc., Englewood, New Jersey, USA. Results: The study results revealed that serum leptin levels were significantly higher in CI patients as compared to normal controls. The outcomes of subgroup analysis by ethnicity suggested that the serum leptin levels in CI patients were significantly higher than normal controls in both Asian and Caucasian populations. Further, subgroup analysis based on the detection method indicated that the serum leptin levels in CI patients were significantly higher compared with normal controls when measured by radioimmunoassay (RIA but enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA-based measurements did not show such statistically significant differences. Conclusion: Our meta-analysis results suggest that serum leptin levels in CI patients may be closely correlated with CI risks.

  13. Cerebral Infarction after Traumatic Brain Injury: Incidence and Risk Factors.

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    Bae, Dong-Hyeon; Choi, Kyu-Sun; Yi, Hyeong-Joong; Chun, Hyoung-Joon; Ko, Yong; Bak, Koang Hum

    2014-10-01

    Post-traumatic cerebral infarction (PTCI) is one of the most severe secondary insults after traumatic brain injury (TBI), and is known to be associated with poor outcome and high mortality rate. We assessed the practical incidence and risk factors for the development of PTCI. We conducted retrospective study on 986 consecutive patients with TBI from the period May 2005 to November 2012 at our institution. The definition of PTCI was made on non-enhanced CT scan based on a well-demarcated or fairly discernible region of low attenuation following specific vascular territory with normal initial CT. Clinical and radiological findings that related to patients' outcome were reviewed and statistically compared. PTCI was observed in 21 (2.1%) patients. Of various parameters, age (p=0.037), initial Glasgow coma scale score (paccident and PTCI, patterns of TBI and vascular territory of PTCI were not specific. The mortality rates were significantly higher in patients with PTCI than without PTCI. The development of PTCI is rare after TBI, but it usually results in serious outcome and high mortality. Early recognition for risks and aggressive managements is mandatory to prevent PTCI.

  14. Posttraumatic cerebral infarction: incidence, outcome, and risk factors.

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    Tawil, Isaac; Stein, Deborah M; Mirvis, Stuart E; Scalea, Thomas M

    2008-04-01

    Outcome in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) is often affected by secondary insults including posttraumatic cerebral infarction (PTCI). The incidence of PTCI after TBI was previously reported to be 2% with no mortality impact. We suspected that recent advances in imaging modalities and treatment might affect incidence and outcome. We sought to define the incidence and mortality impact of PTCI. We also identified risk factors associated with PTCI. We retrospectively reviewed all patients admitted between 2004 and 2006 with severe TBI (brain Abbreviated Injury Scale [AIS] score >2, Glasgow Coma Scale score [GCS] men. Mortality was 21%, and 48% had a brain AIS score of 5. Mean age was 36 years (11-90 years), admission GCS score was 5 (3-8), and Injury Severity Score was 32 (9-75). Thirty-one (8%) had a confirmed PTCI. The PTCI group had a significantly increased mortality (45% vs. 19%, p insult and the associated risk factors may help identify the group at risk and tailor management of patients with severe TBI.

  15. Musical, visual and cognitive deficits after middle cerebral artery infarction

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    Stephanie Rosemann

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available The perception of music can be impaired after a stroke. This dysfunction is called amusia and amusia patients often also show deficits in visual abilities, language, memory, learning, and attention. The current study investigated whether deficits in music perception are selective for musical input or generalize to other perceptual abilities. Additionally, we tested the hypothesis that deficits in working memory or attention account for impairments in music perception. Twenty stroke patients with small infarctions in the supply area of the middle cerebral artery were investigated with tests for music and visual perception, categorization, neglect, working memory and attention. Two amusia patients with selective deficits in music perception and pronounced lesions were identified. Working memory and attention deficits were highly correlated across the patient group but no correlation with musical abilities was obtained. Lesion analysis revealed that lesions in small areas of the putamen and globus pallidus were connected to a rhythm perception deficit. We conclude that neither a general perceptual deficit nor a minor domain general deficit can account for impairments in the music perception task. But we find support for the modular organization of the music perception network with brain areas specialized for musical functions as musical deficits were not correlated to any other impairment.

  16. Cerebral collateral therapeutics in acute ischemic stroke: A randomized preclinical trial of four modulation strategies.

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    Beretta, Simone; Versace, Alessandro; Carone, Davide; Riva, Matteo; Dell'Era, Valentina; Cuccione, Elisa; Cai, Ruiyao; Monza, Laura; Pirovano, Silvia; Padovano, Giada; Stiro, Fabio; Presotto, Luca; Paternò, Giovanni; Rossi, Emanuela; Giussani, Carlo; Sganzerla, Erik P; Ferrarese, Carlo

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    Cerebral collaterals are dynamically recruited after arterial occlusion and highly affect tissue outcome in acute ischemic stroke. We investigated the efficacy and safety of four pathophysiologically distinct strategies for acute modulation of collateral flow (collateral therapeutics) in the rat stroke model of transient middle cerebral artery (MCA) occlusion. A composed randomization design was used to assign rats (n = 118) to receive phenylephrine (induced hypertension), polygeline (intravascular volume load), acetazolamide (cerebral arteriolar vasodilation), head down tilt (HDT) 15° (cerebral blood flow diversion), or no treatment, starting 30 min after MCA occlusion. Compared to untreated animals, treatment with collateral therapeutics was associated with lower infarct volumes (62% relative mean difference; 51.57 mm3 absolute mean difference; p therapy.

  17. Copeptin Testing in Acute Myocardial Infarction: Ready for Routine Use?

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    Reinstadler, Sebastian Johannes; Klug, Gert; Metzler, Bernhard; Mair, Johannes

    2015-01-01

    Suspected acute myocardial infarction is one of the leading causes of admission to emergency departments. In the last decade, biomarkers revolutionized the management of patients with suspected acute coronary syndromes. Besides their pivotal assistance in timely diagnosis, biomarkers provide additional information for risk stratification. Cardiac troponins I and T are the most sensitive and specific markers of acute myocardial injury. Nonetheless, in order to overcome the remaining limitations of these markers, novel candidate biomarkers sensitive to early stage of disease are being extensively investigated. Among them, copeptin, a stable peptide derived from the precursor of vasopressin, emerged as a promising biomarker for the evaluation of suspected acute myocardial infarction. In this review, we summarize the currently available evidence for the usefulness of copeptin in the diagnosis and risk stratification of patients with suspected acute myocardial infarction in comparison with routine biomarkers. PMID:25960596

  18. Copeptin Testing in Acute Myocardial Infarction: Ready for Routine Use?

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    Sebastian Johannes Reinstadler

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Suspected acute myocardial infarction is one of the leading causes of admission to emergency departments. In the last decade, biomarkers revolutionized the management of patients with suspected acute coronary syndromes. Besides their pivotal assistance in timely diagnosis, biomarkers provide additional information for risk stratification. Cardiac troponins I and T are the most sensitive and specific markers of acute myocardial injury. Nonetheless, in order to overcome the remaining limitations of these markers, novel candidate biomarkers sensitive to early stage of disease are being extensively investigated. Among them, copeptin, a stable peptide derived from the precursor of vasopressin, emerged as a promising biomarker for the evaluation of suspected acute myocardial infarction. In this review, we summarize the currently available evidence for the usefulness of copeptin in the diagnosis and risk stratification of patients with suspected acute myocardial infarction in comparison with routine biomarkers.

  19. [Cerebral infarction after pituitary apoplexy: Description of a case and review of the literature].

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    Serramito García, Ramón; Santín Amo, José María; Román Pena, Paula; Pita Buezas, Lara; González Gómez, Lara; García Allut, Alfredo

    Pituitary apoplexy is usually the result of hemorrhagic infarction in a pituitary adenoma. The clinical presentation varies widely and includes asymptomatic cases, classical pituitary apoplexy and even sudden death. Cerebral ischemia due to pituitary apoplexy is very rare. It may be caused by vasospasm or direct compression of cerebral vessels by the tumor. We report a case of pituitary apoplexy associated with cerebral infarction and discuss the relationship between the two events. Copyright © 2016 Sociedad Española de Neurocirugía. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  20. Computational modeling of acute myocardial infarction.

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    Sáez, P; Kuhl, E

    2016-01-01

    Myocardial infarction, commonly known as heart attack, is caused by reduced blood supply and damages the heart muscle because of a lack of oxygen. Myocardial infarction initiates a cascade of biochemical and mechanical events. In the early stages, cardiomyocytes death, wall thinning, collagen degradation, and ventricular dilation are the immediate consequences of myocardial infarction. In the later stages, collagenous scar formation in the infarcted zone and hypertrophy of the non-infarcted zone are auto-regulatory mechanisms to partly correct for these events. Here we propose a computational model for the short-term adaptation after myocardial infarction using the continuum theory of multiplicative growth. Our model captures the effects of cell death initiating wall thinning, and collagen degradation initiating ventricular dilation. Our simulations agree well with clinical observations in early myocardial infarction. They represent a first step toward simulating the progression of myocardial infarction with the ultimate goal to predict the propensity toward heart failure as a function of infarct intensity, location, and size.

  1. Serial MRI of cerebral infarcts before and after removal of an atrial myxoma

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    Kawamura, T.; Muratani, H.; Inamura, T.; Fukui, M. [Department of Neurosurgery, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka (Japan); Horiuchi, I. [Department of Neurology, Neurological Institute, Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Japan); Oe, M. [Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Research Institute of Angiocardiology, Faculty of Medicine, Kyushu University (Japan)

    1999-08-01

    We describe a cerebral infarct caused by atrial myxoma. A 30-year-old woman with an atrial myxoma presented with a right hemisensory deficit. MRI carried out before and after removal of the myxoma, showed multiple small bilateral white-matter infarcts which increased in number up to the surgery. A lesion in the left thalamus, which enlarged and showed contrast enhancement 4 months before surgery, resembled an old cerebral infarct by the time the myxoma was removed. The number of lesions stopped increasing after surgery. We suggest that atrial myxomas should be removed even in asymptomatic patients, to prevent cerebral infarcts due to embolism of tumour or thrombus. (orig.) With 4 figs., 8 refs.

  2. [Acute myocardial infarction in patients under 45 years].

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    Morillas, Pedro J; Cabadés, Adolfo; Bertomeu, Vicente; Echanove, Ildefonso; Colomina, Francisco; Cebrián, Javier; Pérez, Gloria; Mota, Angel; Sánchez, Francisco Javier; Sanz, Juan Carlos

    2002-11-01

    To evaluate the differential features of acute myocardial infarction in patients younger than 45 years old compared to older patients. From 1995 to 1999, delays in the assistance, evaluation, and therapeutic strategies as well as complications in patients hospitalized with a diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction, have been registered in the intensive care units of the 17 hospitals participating in the PRIMVAC Register. During the study, 10,213 patients were registered, 6.8% younger than 45 years old (691 patients). Young patients show a greater prevalence of cigarette smoking (80.9 vs 34.1%; p digoxin, and inotropic drugs. Younger patients had a better prognosis and a lower mortality rate (3.5 vs 14%; p myocardial infarction in patients younger than 45 years had different clinical features and responded to different therapeutic and diagnostic approaches than acute myocardial infarction in patients over 45 years, as well as a better short-term prognosis.

  3. Restraining infarct expansion preserves left ventricular geometry and function after acute anteroapical infarction.

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    Kelley, S T; Malekan, R; Gorman, J H; Jackson, B M; Gorman, R C; Suzuki, Y; Plappert, T; Bogen, D K; Sutton, M G; Edmunds, L H

    Expansion of an acute myocardial infarction predicts progressive left ventricular (LV) dilatation, functional deterioration, and early death. This study tests the hypothesis that restraining expansion of an acute infarction preserves LV geometry and resting function. In 23 sheep, snares were placed around the distal left anterior descending and second diagonal coronary arteries. In 12 sheep, infarct deformation was prevented by Marlex mesh placed over the anticipated myocardial infarct. Snared arteries were occluded 10 to 14 days later. Serial hemodynamic measurements and transdiaphragmatic quantitative echocardiograms were obtained up to 8 weeks after anteroapical infarction of 0.23 of LV mass. In sheep with mesh, circulatory hemodynamics, stroke work, and end-systolic elastance return to preinfarction values 1 week after infarction and do not change subsequently. Ventricular volumes and ejection fraction do not change after the first week postinfarction. Control animals develop large anteroapical ventricular aneurysms, increasing LV dilatation, and progressive deterioration in circulatory hemodynamics and ventricular function. At week 8, differences in LV end-diastolic pressure, cardiac output, end-diastolic and end-systolic volumes, ejection fraction, stroke work, and end-systolic elastance are significant (P<0.01) between groups. Preventing expansion of acute myocardial infarctions preserves LV geometry and function.

  4. Relationship of serum soluble CD40 ligand and interleukin-18 levels in patients with cerebral infarction

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    Qing Zou

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To study the relationship of serum soluble CD40 ligand (sCD40L and interleukin- 18 (IL-18 levels in patients with cerebral infarction. Methods: A total of 70 patients with cerebral infarction treated in our hospital from May 2012 to December 2014 were selected as the cerebral infarction group of the research, 70 cases of healthy volunteers receiving physical examination in Physical Examination Center of our hospital during the same period were included in the health group of the research. Serum was separated to detect sCD40L, IL- 18, ICAM-1, VCAM-1, CD11b, CD18, MMP10, ADAM17 and ADAMTS12 contents, and peripheral blood mononuclear cells were separated to detect CD40, CD40L, NLRP3, ASC and Caspase-1 contents. Results: sCD40L, IL-18, ICAM-1, VCAM-1, CD11b, CD18, MMP10, ADAM17 and ADAMTS12 contents in serum as well as CD40, CD40L, NLRP3, ASC and Caspase-1 expression levels in peripheral blood of cerebral infarction group were significantly higher than those of health group; the more severe the neurologic impairment in patients with cerebral infarction, the higher the sCD40L and IL-18 contents in serum as well as the CD40, CD40L, NLRP3, ASC and Caspase-1 expression levels in peripheral blood; serum ICAM-1, VCAM-1, CD11b, CD18, MMP10, ADAM17 and ADAMTS-12 contents in cerebral infarction patients with high levels of sCD40L and IL-18 were significantly higher than those in low level group. Conclusions: Increased serum soluble CD40 ligand and interleukin-18 levels are related to the occurrence of cerebral infarction and disease severity.

  5. New Horizons of Acute Myocardial Infarction: From the Korea Acute Myocardial Infarction Registry

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    Lee, Ki Hong; Ahn, Youngkeun; Cho, Myeong Chan; Kim, Chong Jin; Kim, Young Jo

    2013-01-01

    As the first nationwide Korean prospective multicenter data collection registry, the Korea Acute Myocardial Infarction Registry (KAMIR) launched in November 2005. Through a number of innovative approaches, KAMIR suggested new horizons about acute myocardial infarction (AMI) which contains unique features of Asian patients from baseline characteristics to treatment strategy. Obesity paradox was existed in Korean AMI patients, whereas no gender differences among them. KAMIR score suggested new risk stratifying method with increased convenience and an enhanced accuracy for the prediction of adverse outcomes. Standard loading dose of clopidogrel was enough for Asian AMI patients. Triple antiplatelet therapy with aspirin, clopidogrel and cilostazol could improve clinical outcomes than dual antiplatelet therapy with aspirin and clopidogrel. Statin improved clinical outcomes even in AMI patients with very low LDL-C levels. The rate of percutaneous coronary intervention was higher and door-to-balloon time was shorter than the previous reports. Zotarolimus eluting stents as the 2nd generation drug-eluting stent (DES) was not superior to the 1st generation DES, in contrast to the western AMI studies. KAMIR made a cornerstone in the study of Korean AMI and expected to be new standards of care for AMI with the renewal of KAMIR design to overcome its pitfalls. PMID:23399991

  6. Experimental Approaches to Acute Myocardial Infarction

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    D.B. Uitterdijk (André)

    2015-01-01

    markdownabstractAbstract This thesis is dedicated to i) novel methods and optimization studies to improve the diagnosis of myocardial ischemia and myocardial infarction as well as fundamental studies that precede novel therapies for myocardial infarction. In part ii) 2 novel, adjunctive therapies

  7. Left ventricular global longitudinal strain in acute myocardial infarction

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    Ersbøll, Mads

    Systolic dysfunction, clinical heart failure and elevated levels of neurohormonal peptides are major predictors of adverse outcome after acute myocardial infarction (MI). In the present thesis we evaluated global longitudinal strain (GLS) in patients with acute MI in relation to neurohormonal...

  8. Acute parietal lobe infarction presenting as Gerstmann’s syndrome and cognitive decline mimicking senile dementia

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    Chen TY

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Tien-Yu Chen,1 Chun-Yen Chen,1,3 Che-Hung Yen,2,3 Shin-Chang Kuo,1,3 Yi-Wei Yeh,1,3 Serena Chang,1 San-Yuan Huang1,31Department of Psychiatry, 2Department of Neurology, Tri-Service General Hospital, School of Medicine, National Defense Medical Center, 3Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of ChinaAbstract: Gerstmann’s syndrome encompasses the tetrad of finger agnosia, agraphia, acalculia, and right-left confusion. An elderly man with a history of several cardiovascular diseases was initially brought to the psychiatric outpatient department by his family because of worsening of recent memory, executive function, and mixed anxious-depressive mood. Gerstmann’s syndrome without obvious motor function impairment and dementia-like features could be observed at first. Emergent brain computed tomography scan revealed new left-middle cerebral artery infarction over the left posterior parietal lobe. This case reminds us that acute cerebral infarction involving the parietal lobe may present as Gerstmann’s syndrome accompanied by cognitive decline mimicking dementia. As a result, emergent organic workups should be arranged, especially for elderly patients at high risk for cerebral vascular accident.Keywords: Gerstmann’s syndrome, dementia, parietal lobe infarction

  9. Assessment of cerebral hemodynamics to acetazolamide using brain perfusion SPECT in cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy.

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    Park, Soon-Ah; Yang, Chung-Yong; Choi, See-Sung; Kim, Woo Hyoung

    2011-02-01

    Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) is a hereditary microangiopathy caused by mutations in the Notch3 gene located on chromosome 19, leading to 4 cardinal features with aura, cerebrovascular ischemic events, mood disturbances, and dementia. Acetazolamide (ACZ) has been promoted as a drug to determine cerebral hemodynamics, including cerebral blood flow (CBF) and cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) in patients with cerebrovascular disease. In CADASIL patients with small-vessel disease, ACZ may be possible to increase CBF. We present that reduced CBF was dramatically improved after administration of ACZ on Tc-99m ECD brain perfusion SPECT in a CADASIL patient.

  10. Acute renal infarction: a case series.

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    Bourgault, Marie; Grimbert, Philippe; Verret, Catherine; Pourrat, Jacques; Herody, Michel; Halimi, Jean Michel; Karras, Alexandre; Amoura, Zahir; Jourde-Chiche, Noémie; Izzedine, Hassan; François, Hélène; Boffa, Jean-Jacques; Hummel, Aurélie; Bernadet-Monrozies, Pauline; Fouque, Denis; Canouï-Poitrine, Florence; Lang, Philippe; Daugas, Eric; Audard, Vincent

    2013-03-01

    Renal infarction is an arterial vascular event that may cause irreversible damage to kidney tissues. This study describes the clinical characteristics of patients with renal infarction according to underlying mechanism of vascular injury. This study retrospectively identified 94 patients with renal infarction diagnosed between 1989 and 2011 with the aim of highlighting potential correlations between demographic, clinical, and biologic characteristics and the etiology of renal infarction. Four groups were identified: renal infarction of cardiac origin (cardiac group, n=23), renal infarction associated with renal artery injury (renal injury group, n=29), renal infarction associated with hypercoagulability disorders (hypercoagulable group, n=15), and apparently idiopathic renal infarction (idiopathic group, n=27). Clinical symptoms included abdominal and/or flank pain in 96.8% of cases; 46 patients had uncontrolled hypertension at diagnosis. Laboratory findings included increase of lactate dehydrogenase level (90.5%), increase in C-reactive protein level (77.6%), and renal impairment (40.4%). Compared with renal injury group patients, this study found that cardiac group patients were older (relative risk for 1 year increase=1.21, P=0.001) and displayed a lower diastolic BP (relative risk per 1 mmHg=0.94, P=0.05). Patients in the hypercoagulable group had a significantly lower diastolic BP (relative risk=0.86, P=0.005). Patients in the idiopathic group were older (relative risk=1.13, P=0.01) and less frequently men (relative risk=0.11, P=0.02). Seven patients required hemodialysis at the first evaluation, and zero patients died during the first 30 days. This study suggests that the clinical and biologic characteristics of patients can provide valuable information about the causal mechanism involved in renal infarction occurrence.

  11. Identification of cytokines for early prediction of malignant middle cerebral artery infarction.

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    Xia, Cheng; Li, Xiao-Qiu; Zhou, Zhong-He; Chen, Hui-Sheng

    2017-01-01

    We aimed to profile cytokines in patients with malignant middle cerebral artery infarction (MMI) and non-acute cerebral infarction (NACI), and identify potential cytokines for early prediction of MMI. A total of 16 subjects were recruited, including 8 patients with MMI and 8 patients with NACI. Cytokine profiles and levels in serums were analyzed by Quantibody ® Human Cytokine Antibody Array700. The two-tailed Student t-test and Fisher's Exact Test were respectively conducted for continuous variables and categorical variables to evaluate their differences between patients with MMI and those with NACI. Binary logistic regression was further conducted to verify the association of differentially expressed cytokines with MMI. The concentrations of 320 unique inflammatory cytokines in serums were measured. Ten cytokines were discovered to be differentially expressed between patients with MMI and patients with NACI, including transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGFB1), matrix metallopeptidase 10 (MMP10), neural cell adhesion molecule 1 (NCAM1), interleukin-27 (IL27), epidermal growth factor (EGF), insulin-like growth factor-binding protein 6 (IGFBP6), platelet-derived growth factor subunit A (PDGFA), C-C motif chemokine 2 (C-C CCL2), neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (Lipocalin 2) and lymphatic vessel endothelial hyaluronic acid receptor 1 (LYVE1). Among these cytokines, the concentrations of NCAM1, IGFBP6, Lipocalin2 and LYVE1 were significantly higher while the concentrations of the other six cytokines were significantly lower in patients with MMI compared with those in patients with NACI. Multivariate logistic regression analysis verified the association of these 10 cytokines with MMI except for IL-27 (p = 0.5422). Nine cytokines, including NCAM1, IGFBP6, Lipocalin2, LYVE1, TGFB1, MMP10, EGF, PDGFA and CCL2, might act as potential markers for early prediction of MMI and involve in the progression from NACI to MMI. Further studies with a better control group

  12. Correlations of cerebral blood flow with language function in aphasic patients following cerebral infarction

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    Yokoyama, Eriko; Nagata, Ken; Uemura, Kazuo [Research Inst. for Brain and Blood Vessels, Akita (Japan)

    1997-04-01

    To elucidate the participation of the brain regions in language function, cerebral blood flow (CBF) which were measured with positron emission tomography (PET) were compared with the language scores based on the standard language test for aphasics in 97 right-handed patients with aphasia due to cerebral infarction. PET studies were performed on 71.4{+-}107.3 days after onset. By the linear regression analysis, the aphasic scores were correlated with the regional CBF from 55 brain regions. CBF from the left frontal, left temporal, and left parietal lobes significantly correlated with language scores of auditory comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, calculation, and repetition. Highly significant correlation was obtained from the left posterior inferior frontal, superior temporal, supramarginal and angular gyri. CBF from the right inferior frontal, right superior temporal, right parahippocampal and right anterior cingulate gyri also correlated with the auditory comprehension, speaking and reading. Accordingly, in addition to the classical language areas which play an essential roles in language function, the extensive areas in the left hemisphere and some part of the right hemisphere may be related to the language processing and recovery from aphasia. (author)

  13. Association rules to identify complications of cerebral infarction in patients with atrial fibrillation.

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    Jung, Sun-Ju; Son, Chang-Sik; Kim, Min-Soo; Kim, Dae-Joon; Park, Hyoung-Seob; Kim, Yoon-Nyun

    2013-03-01

    The purpose of this study was to find risk factors that are associated with complications of cerebral infarction in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and to discover useful association rules among these factors. The risk factors with respect to cerebral infarction were selected using logistic regression analysis with the Wald's forward selection approach. The rules to identify the complications of cerebral infarction were obtained by using the association rule mining (ARM) approach. We observed that 4 independent factors, namely, age, hypertension, initial electrocardiographic rhythm, and initial echocardiographic left atrial dimension (LAD), were strong predictors of cerebral infarction in patients with AF. After the application of ARM, we obtained 4 useful rules to identify complications of cerebral infarction: age (>63 years) and hypertension (Yes) and initial ECG rhythm (AF) and initial Echo LAD (>4.06 cm); age (>63 years) and hypertension (Yes) and initial Echo LAD (>4.06 cm); hypertension (Yes) and initial ECG rhythm (AF) and initial Echo LAD (>4.06 cm); age (>63 years) and hypertension (Yes) and initial ECG rhythm (AF). Among the induced rules, 3 factors (the initial ECG rhythm [i.e., AF], initial Echo LAD, and age) were strongly associated with each other.

  14. Recurrence after first cerebral infarction in young adults.

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    Camerlingo, M; Casto, L; Censori, B; Ferraro, B; Caverni, L; Manara, O; Finazzi, G; Radice, E; Drago, G; De Tommasi, S M; Gotti, E; Barbui, T; Mamoli, A

    2000-08-01

    We have investigated recurrence of stroke in a consecutive series of young adults, aged 16 to 45 years, after a first cerebral infarction. From January 1, 1988 to December 31, 1996 we submitted those patients to a diagnostic protocol including angiographic, cardiological, and haematological investigations. The patients were followed at 6 month intervals up to December 31, 1998. We have evaluated and followed-up 135 patients, 71 men and 64 women, who were 3.99% of all the admitted stroke patients. At 12 months after stroke, 83 patients had returned to work, 40 patients were mildly to moderately handicapped, 4 were using a wheel-chair, and 8 had died. Follow-up was 26 to 123 months (mean 68.8). Recurrence of stroke, always of ischaemic nature, was seen in 15 patients (11.1%), 3 to 76 months after the first stroke (mean 27.4), for an annual incidence of 2.26%. Recurrence was significantly associated with Partial Anterior Circulation Syndrome and Haematological subtype of first stroke (respectively, P = 0.0209 and P = 0.0135, chi2 test), but not with age ( 35 years) or risk factors. Repetition of stroke was never fatal, but it caused heavy disability in 13 patients, 8 of whom had completely or nearly completely recovered after the first event. Our data suggest that recurrence of stroke is a major clinical problem also for the patients aged less than 45 years and that it might be more frequent with specific clinical syndromes and etiologic subtypes of first stroke.

  15. Clinical Manifestation of Acute Myocardial Infarction in the Elderly

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    Miftah Suryadipradja

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available A retrospective study were performed in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI that hospitalized in ICCU Cipto Mangunkusumo hospital, Jakarta during the period of January 1994 until Decmber 1999. There were 513 patients hospitalized with MCI, 227 patients (44.2% were classified as elderly, and 35.2% of them were female. Most of the elderly AMI patients reported typical chest pain just like their younger counterparts. Elderly AMI patients tend to come later to the hospital, and more Q-wave myocardial infarction were identified compared to non- Q-wave myocardial infarction. Risk factors of diabetes mellitus and hypertension were more common among the elderly. The prevalence of atrial fibrillation and the mortality rate were higher among elderly AMI patients. (Med J Indones 2003; 12: 229-35 Keywords: clinical manifestation, acute myocardial infarction, elderly

  16. [Acute myocardial infarction in Morocco: FES-AMI registry data].

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    Akoudad, H; El Khorb, N; Sekkali, N; Mechrafi, A; Zakari, N; Ouaha, L; Lahlou, I

    2015-12-01

    Acute myocardial infarction is the most dangerous complication of coronary atherothrombosis. There are several disparities in regard to its management around the world. The aim of this study is to analyze the specificities of management of acute myocardial infarction in Morocco. FES-AMI (Fès Acute Myocardial Infarction) is a prospective monocentric registry conducted in cardiology department of Hassan II university hospital in Fès. In this registry, we enrolled patients with acute myocardial infarction who presented within 5 days after symptom onset. From January 2005 to August 2015, we enrolled 1835 patients. Seventy-five percent of patients were males and mean age was 60 years old. Fifty-one percent of patients were smokers, 27% were hypertensives and 14% were diabetics. Sixty-six percent of patients had more than 2 risk factors. Time from symptom onset to hospital admission was less than six hours for 40% of the patients. Thirty-six percent of patients were admitted more than twelve hours after the onset of chest pain. Only 37% of patients received reperfusion therapy, 31% with in-hospital thrombolysis and 6% with primary angioplasty. In-hospital mortality was 7.6%. The patients enrolled in our registry have late presentation of acute myocardial infarction and less rate of reperfusion therapy. Furthermore, the majority of our patients have multiple risk factors and this result underlines the failure of preventive interventions. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  17. FLAIR-hyperintense vessel sign, diffusion-perfusion mismatch and infarct growth in acute ischemic stroke without vascular recanalisation therapy.

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    Gawlitza, Matthias; Gragert, Jasmin; Quäschling, Ulf; Hoffmann, Karl Titus

    2014-10-01

    To investigate the relation between DWI-PWI mismatch and FLAIR-hyperintense vessel (FHV) sign and their influence on the prediction of the infarct growth in stroke patients without vessel recanalising therapy. Thirty-three patients with non-lacunar acute stroke and not eligible for recanalisation therapy received cerebral MRI at the day of admission and after 7±1 days. DWI and PWI lesion volumes, DWI-PWI mismatch volumes, infarct growth, relative mismatch and relative infarct growth were assessed. FHV sign was subdivided into (i) proximal or (ii) distal, the latter graded as either (i) prominent or (ii) subtle. FHV sign did not predict absolute or relative infarct growth. Significantly larger DWI lesions, PWI lesions and mismatch volumes were observed in FHV-positive infarcts. There were significant correlations between the degree of FHV sign and PWI lesion volume (r=0.52; PPWI mismatch and relative infarct growth (r=0.91; PPWI lesion volumes and DWI-to-PWI mismatch volumes in acute stroke and thus seems to be an indicator of collateral flow. However, it is unsuitable to predict infarct growth. The latter occurred when DWI-to-PWI mismatches were present with bigger relative mismatch volumes making subsequent infarct growth more likely. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  18. IDIOPATHIC OMENTAL INFARCTION : A RARE CAUSE OF ACUTE PAIN ABDOMEN

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    Narendra Nath

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Omental torsion leading on to omental infarction is an unusual cause of acute abdominal pain in adults. Often the condition mimics common causes of acute abdomen like acute cholecystitis, acute appendicitis or acute pancreatitis. A review of literature reveals that this enigmatic condition has been managed both non - operatively and by surgery in the past. We report the case of a 46 - year - old man who presented with a 4 - day history of severe right - sided abdominal pain mimicking acute cholecystitis. Abdominal CT scan revealed a right upper quadrant mass with a whirl - like appearance, suspicious for omental infarction. He was started on conservative management with analgesics and antibiotics. He improved symptomatically and was discharged

  19. Cardiac biomarkers in acute myocardial infarction

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    Aldous, Sally J

    2013-01-01

    ... (established and novel) assays. Cardiac troponin, our current "gold standard" biomarker criterion for the diagnosis of myocardial infarction has high sensitivity and specificity for this diagnosis and therapies instituted...

  20. [Real world study of Dengzhan xixin injection in treatment of cerebral infarction with medication].

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    Li, Yuan-Yuan; Cheng, Hao; Xie, Yan-Ming

    2014-09-01

    To analysis of Dengzhan Xixin injection (DZI) in treatment of cerebral infarction (EBHM) in the real world population characteristics and concomitant medication. By selecting the 20 hospital information system (HIS) used in the database of DZI and primary diagnosis of 2 484 cases of cerebral infarction patients information, use the Apriori algorithm to construct the model, using Clementine 12.0 analysis, cerebral infarction complicating diseases, commonly used drug combination analysis of DZI. The results showed that patients with more males than females (1.63: 1); age > 46 in older persons, treatment 7-14 days accounted for the majority of patients with hypertension, cerebral infarction, diabetes, coronary heart disease and other diseases; common drug combination can be divided into seven categories: medicine of antiplatelet therapy (aspirin, clopidogrel hydrogen), hypolipidemic drugs (atorvastatin, probucol), calcium channel blockers (cinepazide), cerebral protection drugs (laci staw), to improve cerebral circulation drugs (alprostadil), other traditional Chinese medicine injection (Shuxuetong injection, Xueshuantong), treatment with underlying disease: nifedipine, metoprolol, isosorbide dinitrate etc. The clinical cure rate and improvement rate of 97.60%. The next step needs to be combined with clinical practice, carry out analysis of effectiveness and safety of the combination scheme, and provide reference for clinical rational drug use.

  1. Acute myocardial infarction in a young woman on isotretinoin treatment.

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    Lorenzo, Natalia; Antuña, Paula; Dominguez, Lourdes; Rivero, Fernando; Bastante, Teresa; Alfonso, Fernando

    2015-02-15

    The use of isotretinoin has been associated with mild changes in the metabolic profile of adolescents. In very rare cases, a possible association with myocardial infarction, stroke and thromboembolic events has been reported. In this report we describe the potential association of isotretinoin with the occurrence of an acute myocardial infarction in a very young girl. OCT provided unique visualization of the culprit lesion. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Acute myocarditis mimicking myocardial infarction can misdirect the diagnostic approach

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    Erkan Yildirim

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Acute myocarditis is a well-recognized but rare manifestation of mostly viral infections. It can present with various clinical manifestations and may mimic myocardial infarction (MI since patients usually present with chest pain, and the electrocardiographic changes similar to those observed in acute ST-elevation MI. We, herein, present such an extreme case of acute myocarditis characterized by dynamic ST segment elevation with reciprocal changes in the electrocardiogram.

  3. Sequential thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy after acute infarction in man

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    Fletcher, J.W.; Mueller, H.S.; Rao, P.S.

    1980-07-01

    Three sequential Tl-201 myocardial perfusion studies were performed in 21 patients (18 men, 3 women) with first acute transmural myocardia infarction. The Tl-201 image defect size was determined with a semiquantitative visual scoring method and temporal changes in image defect size were compared to CK-MB infarct size and enzymatic evidence of progressive myocardial necrosis and infarct extension. Progressive decreases in Tl-201 image defect size were observed and the visual score in all 21 patients decreased significantly from 6.5 +- 3.7 (mean +- SD) on day 1 to 4.9 +- 3.5 on day 12. Eleven patients without evidence of infarct extension had significantly lower infarct size, a significant decrease in visual score by the 12th day and had significantly smaller Tl-201 defects at all three study times compared to 10 patients with infarct extension. Seven of 10 (70%) with extension had an initial visual score greater than or equal to 7 compared to only 2/11 (18%) without extension. The temporal behavior of Tl-201 image defects is related to the size of the infarction and presence or absence of extension. Sequential studies comparing early initial and subsequent defect size may assist in evaluating the behavior of ischemic and infarcted myocardium in the postinfarction period.

  4. Cancer risk of patients discharged with acute myocardial infarct

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    Dreyer, L; Olsen, J H

    1998-01-01

    We studied whether common shared environmental or behavioral risk factors, other than tobacco smoking, underlie both atherosclerotic diseases and cancer. We identified a group of 96,891 one-year survivors of acute myocardial infarct through the Danish Hospital Discharge Register between 1977...... and 1989. We calculated the incidence of cancer in this group by linking it to the Danish Cancer Registry for the period 1978-1993. There was no consistent excess over the expected figures for any of the categories of cancer not related to tobacco smoking. Specifically, the rates of colorectal cancer...... onset of acute myocardial infarct and for female patients. Overall, there do not seem to be major shared environmental or behavioral risk factors for acute myocardial infarct and cancers, except for smoking, and there seems to be no common inherited susceptibility to the development of these diseases....

  5. A Multidisciplinary Health Care Team's Efforts to Improve Educational Attainment in Children with Sickle-Cell Anemia and Cerebral Infarcts

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    King, Allison; Herron, Sonya; McKinstry, Robert; Bacak, Stephen; Armstrong, Melissa; White, Desiree; DeBaun, Michael

    2006-01-01

    The primary objective of this study was to improve the educational success of children with sickle-cell disease (SCD) and cerebral infarcts. A prospective intervention trial was conducted; a multidisciplinary team was created to maximize educational resources for children with SCD and cerebral infarcts. Students were evaluated systematically…

  6. Hyperintense Acute Reperfusion Marker on FLAIR in Posterior Circulation Infarction.

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    Alex Förster

    Full Text Available In the present study, we aimed to investigate the frequency of blood brain barrier injury in posterior circulation infarction as demonstrated by the hyperintense acute reperfusion marker (HARM on fluid attenuated inversion recovery images (FLAIR.From a MRI report database we identified patients with posterior circulation infarction who underwent MRI, including perfusion-weighted images (PWI, within 12 hours after onset and follow-up MRI within 24 hours and analyzed diffusion-weighted images (DWI, PWI, FLAIR, and MR angiography (MRA. On FLAIR images, the presence of HARM was noted by using pre-specified criteria (focal enhancement in the subarachnoid space and/or the ventricles.Overall 16 patients (median age of patients 68.5 (IQR 55.5-82.75 years with posterior circulation infarction were included. Of these, 13 (81.3% demonstrated PCA occlusion, and 3 (18.7% patients BA occlusion on MRA. Initial DWI demonstrated ischemic lesions in the thalamus (68.8%, splenium (18.8%, hippocampus (75%, occipital lobe (81.3%, mesencephalon (18.8%, pons (18.8%, and cerebellum (50%. On follow-up MRA recanalization was noted in 10 (62.5% patients. On follow-up FLAIR images, HARM was observed in 8 (50% patients. In all of these, HARM was detected remote from the acute ischemic lesion. HARM was more frequently observed in patients with vessel recanalization (p = 0.04, minor infarction growth (p = 0.01, and smaller ischemic lesions on follow-up DWI (p = 0.05.HARM is a frequent finding in posterior circulation infarction and associated with vessel recanalization, minor infarction growth as well as smaller infarction volumes in the course. Neuroradiologists should be cognizant of the fact that HARM may be present on short interval follow-up FLAIR images in patients with acute ischemic infarction who initially underwent MRI and received intravenous gadolinium-based contrast agents.

  7. Silent ischemia and severity of pain in acute myocardial infarction

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    Nielsen, F E; Nielsen, S L; Knudsen, F

    1991-01-01

    An overall low tendency to complain of pain, due to a low perception of pain, has been suggested in the pathogenesis of silent ischemia, independent of the extent of the diseased coronaries and a history of previous acute myocardial infarction. This hypothesis has been tested indirectly...... in this retrospective study by comparison of the use of analgesics during admission for a first acute myocardial infarction with the occurrence of silent ischemia at exertion tests four weeks after discharge from hospital. The study did not show a lower use of analgesics in patients with silent ischemia, but this may...

  8. Injury of the corticobulbar tract in patients with dysarthria following cerebral infarct: diffusion tensor tractography study.

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    Kwon, Hyeok Gyu; Lee, Jun; Jang, Sung Ho

    2016-01-01

    Little is known about injury of the corticobulbar tract (CBT) in stroke patients. We attempted to investigate injury of the CBT in patients with dysarthria following cerebral infarct, using diffusion tensor tractography (DTT). Eight patients with dysarthria following a corona radiata infarct and 12 control subjects were recruited for this study. Diffusion tensor imaging was performed at 14.3 days after onset and reconstruction of the CBT was performed using the probabilistic tractography method. Fractional anisotropy, mean diffusivity, and tract volume of the CBT were measured. Reconstructed CBTs in the affected hemisphere of the patient group were thinner than those of the unaffected hemisphere of the patient group and the control group. Regarding the DTT parameters of the CBTs, fractional anisotropy and tract volume were significantly lower in the affected hemisphere of the patient group than in the unaffected hemisphere of the patient group and the control group (p  0.05). We demonstrated injury of the CBT in patients with dysarthria following cerebral infarct in the corona radiata using DTT. This result indicates the importance of CBT evaluation for dysarthria in patients with cerebral infarct. Therefore, we suggest that evaluations of the CBT using DTT would be useful for patients with dysarthria following cerebral infarct.

  9. A Case Associated with Comorbidities Among Cerebral Infarction, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, and Triple X Syndrome

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    Hanjun Kim

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available A 46-year-old female presented to the emergency room due to the chief complaint of left-sided weakness. By imaging study, she was diagnosed with cerebral infarction. Thrombolytic and antiplatelet agents were not considered due to the “golden hour” for treatment having passed and a low platelet count. The peripheral blood smear, bone marrow biopsy, and aspirate findings were consistent with immune thrombocytopenic purpura. The chromosome analysis revealed the 47,XXX karyotype. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report associated with the comorbidities of cerebral infarction, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, and triple X syndrome.

  10. Malignant Hemispheric Cerebral Infarction Associated with Idiopathic Systemic Capillary Leak Syndrome

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    Kei Miyata

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Idiopathic systemic capillary leak syndrome (ISCLS is a rare condition that is characterized by unexplained episodic capillary hyperpermeability due to a shift of fluid and protein from the intravascular to the interstitial space. This results in diffuse general swelling, fetal hypovolemic shock, hypoalbuminemia, and hemoconcentration. Although ISCLS rarely induces cerebral infarction, we experienced a patient who deteriorated and was comatose as a result of massive cerebral infarction associated with ISCLS. In this case, severe hypotensive shock, general edema, hemiparesis, and aphasia appeared after serious antecedent gastrointestinal symptoms. Progressive life-threatening ischemic cerebral edema required decompressive hemicraniectomy. The patient experienced another episode of severe hypotension and limb edema that resulted in multiple extremity compartment syndrome. Treatment entailed forearm and calf fasciotomies. Cerebral edema in the ischemic brain progresses rapidly in patients suffering from ISCLS. Strict control of fluid volume resuscitation and aggressive diuretic therapy may be needed during the post-leak phase of fluid remobilization.

  11. Radiologic manifestations of focal cerebral hyperemia in acute stroke

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    Olsen, Tom Skyhøj; Skriver, E B; Herning, M

    1991-01-01

    In 16 acute stroke patients with focal cerebral hyperemia angiography and regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) were studied 1 to 4 days post stroke. CT was performed twice with and without contrast enhancement 3 +/- 1 days and 16 +/- 4 days post stroke. Angiographic evidence of focal cerebral hype...

  12. [Associative visual agnosia. The less visible consequences of a cerebral infarction].

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    Diesfeldt, H F A

    2011-02-01

    After a cerebral infarction, some patients acutely demonstrate contralateral hemiplegia, or aphasia. Those are the obvious symptoms of a cerebral infarction. However, less visible but burdensome consequences may go unnoticed without closer investigation. The importance of a thorough clinical examination is exemplified by a single case study of a 72-year-old, right-handed male. Two years before he had suffered from an ischemic stroke in the territory of the left posterior cerebral artery, with right homonymous hemianopia and global alexia (i.e., impairment in letter recognition and profound impairment of reading) without agraphia. Naming was impaired on visual presentation (20%-39% correct), but improved significantly after tactile presentation (87% correct) or verbal definition (89%). Pre-semantic visual processing was normal (correct matching of different views of the same object), as was his access to structural knowledge from vision (he reliably distinguished real objects from non-objects). On a colour decision task he reliably indicated which of two items was coloured correctly. Though he was unable to mime how visually presented objects were used, he more reliably matched pictures of objects with pictures of a mime artist gesturing the use of the object. He obtained normal scores on word definition (WAIS-III), synonym judgment and word-picture matching tasks with perceptual and semantic distractors. He however failed when he had to match physically dissimilar specimens of the same object or when he had to decide which two of five objects were related associatively (Pyramids and Palm Trees Test). The patient thus showed a striking contrast in his intact ability to access knowledge of object shape or colour from vision and impaired functional and associative knowledge. As a result, he could not access a complete semantic representation, required for activating phonological representations to name visually presented objects. The pattern of impairments and

  13. Metabolic interventions in acute myocardial infarction

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    Horst, Johannes Cornelis Clemens van der

    2005-01-01

    This thesis is a new branch on the large tree of studies on optimal therapeutic strategy for and understanding of ST segment elevation MI. In 1989, the Zwolle Myocardial Infarction Study Group performed its first study of comparing PCI with streptokinase. Thereafter studies on the effect of primary

  14. Absolute Cerebral Blood Flow Infarction Threshold for 3-Hour Ischemia Time Determined with CT Perfusion and 18F-FFMZ-PET Imaging in a Porcine Model of Cerebral Ischemia.

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    Eric A Wright

    Full Text Available CT Perfusion (CTP derived cerebral blood flow (CBF thresholds have been proposed as the optimal parameter for distinguishing the infarct core prior to reperfusion. Previous threshold-derivation studies have been limited by uncertainties introduced by infarct expansion between the acute phase of stroke and follow-up imaging, or DWI lesion reversibility. In this study a model is proposed for determining infarction CBF thresholds at 3hr ischemia time by comparing contemporaneously acquired CTP derived CBF maps to 18F-FFMZ-PET imaging, with the objective of deriving a CBF threshold for infarction after 3 hours of ischemia. Endothelin-1 (ET-1 was injected into the brain of Duroc-Cross pigs (n = 11 through a burr hole in the skull. CTP images were acquired 10 and 30 minutes post ET-1 injection and then every 30 minutes for 150 minutes. 370 MBq of 18F-FFMZ was injected ~120 minutes post ET-1 injection and PET images were acquired for 25 minutes starting ~155-180 minutes post ET-1 injection. CBF maps from each CTP acquisition were co-registered and converted into a median CBF map. The median CBF map was co-registered to blood volume maps for vessel exclusion, an average CT image for grey/white matter segmentation, and 18F-FFMZ-PET images for infarct delineation. Logistic regression and ROC analysis were performed on infarcted and non-infarcted pixel CBF values for each animal that developed infarct. Six of the eleven animals developed infarction. The mean CBF value corresponding to the optimal operating point of the ROC curves for the 6 animals was 12.6 ± 2.8 mL·min-1·100g-1 for infarction after 3 hours of ischemia. The porcine ET-1 model of cerebral ischemia is easier to implement then other large animal models of stroke, and performs similarly as long as CBF is monitored using CTP to prevent reperfusion.

  15. Absolute Cerebral Blood Flow Infarction Threshold for 3-Hour Ischemia Time Determined with CT Perfusion and 18F-FFMZ-PET Imaging in a Porcine Model of Cerebral Ischemia.

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    Wright, Eric A; d'Esterre, Christopher D; Morrison, Laura B; Cockburn, Neil; Kovacs, Michael; Lee, Ting-Yim

    2016-01-01

    CT Perfusion (CTP) derived cerebral blood flow (CBF) thresholds have been proposed as the optimal parameter for distinguishing the infarct core prior to reperfusion. Previous threshold-derivation studies have been limited by uncertainties introduced by infarct expansion between the acute phase of stroke and follow-up imaging, or DWI lesion reversibility. In this study a model is proposed for determining infarction CBF thresholds at 3hr ischemia time by comparing contemporaneously acquired CTP derived CBF maps to 18F-FFMZ-PET imaging, with the objective of deriving a CBF threshold for infarction after 3 hours of ischemia. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) was injected into the brain of Duroc-Cross pigs (n = 11) through a burr hole in the skull. CTP images were acquired 10 and 30 minutes post ET-1 injection and then every 30 minutes for 150 minutes. 370 MBq of 18F-FFMZ was injected ~120 minutes post ET-1 injection and PET images were acquired for 25 minutes starting ~155-180 minutes post ET-1 injection. CBF maps from each CTP acquisition were co-registered and converted into a median CBF map. The median CBF map was co-registered to blood volume maps for vessel exclusion, an average CT image for grey/white matter segmentation, and 18F-FFMZ-PET images for infarct delineation. Logistic regression and ROC analysis were performed on infarcted and non-infarcted pixel CBF values for each animal that developed infarct. Six of the eleven animals developed infarction. The mean CBF value corresponding to the optimal operating point of the ROC curves for the 6 animals was 12.6 ± 2.8 mL·min-1·100g-1 for infarction after 3 hours of ischemia. The porcine ET-1 model of cerebral ischemia is easier to implement then other large animal models of stroke, and performs similarly as long as CBF is monitored using CTP to prevent reperfusion.

  16. [Changes after dynamic observation of ultrastructural cerebral infarction in renovascular hypertensive rats].

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    Fang, Y; Huang, R; Su, Z; Lin, J; Li, J

    2000-06-01

    To study the ultrastructural damages of brain tissues dynamically after middle cerebral artery obstruction (MCAO). A middle cerebral artery obstruction (MCAO) model was reproduced in renal vascular hypertensive rats (RHR). Brain tissues in different locations were collected for eight times in row, from two hours to seven days after establishment of the animal model. The changes occurred in the whole brain after focal cerebral ischemia. The severity of impairment and time of emergence differed with the location sampled. The earliest in the infarcted region with necrosis was considered the major change and completely irreversible damage. The next was seen in marginal regions, mainly with microvascular collapse, formation of microthrombi, and partial necrosis of brain cells and was considered partially reversible damage. The last was in distant and contralateral hemisphere, mainly with reversible swelling of endothelial cells and astrocytes. Changes in the MCAO models reproduced by RHR models were much similar to the clinical pathological changes in cerebral infarction based on the hypertensive cerebrovascular impairment, and it was regarded as a relatively ideal model for studying focal ischemic cerebral impairment. Dynamic changes of cerebral ultrastructure in which microvascular impairment plays an important role suggest that clinical therapy cannot only be focused on infarction foci, but also on the whole brain with comprehensively effective measurements.

  17. A Case of Apoplexy of Rathke’s Cleft Cyst Followed by Cerebral Infarction

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    Yu-ichiro Ohnishi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Rathke’s cleft cyst (RCC apoplexy is a rare clinical entity. We report a case of apoplexy of an RCC followed by cerebral infarction. A 67-year-old woman was found lying on the street unconscious. She had fallen from her motorbike. On referral to our hospital she gradually regained consciousness and presented with no neurological deficits. CT showed a round and slightly hyperdense area in the suprasellar region. However, the attending physician did not find this abnormal finding on CT and the patient was discharged the same day. Thirteen days after the first emergency visit she developed left hemiparesis and dysarthria. CT showed a round hypodense area in the suprasellar region. The change of the density in the suprasellar region on CT suggested the pituitary apoplexy. CT also showed a low density area in the territory of the right middle cerebral artery, which indicated the cerebral infarction. MR angiography revealed poor visibility and stenotic changes of right middle cerebral arteries. Transsphenoidal surgery was performed. Histopathological findings confirmed a hemorrhagic RCC. Postoperative MR angiography showed that the visibility and stenosis of right middle cerebral arteries were recovered. This is the rare case of apoplexy of an RCC followed by cerebral infarction.

  18. [Bradyarrhythmias in the acute phase of myocardial infarct].

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    Maroto Montero, J M; Lemus, J M; Marín-Huerta, E; Gorodezky, M; Cárdenas, M

    1975-01-01

    The functioning of the Intensive Care Units has permitted a better study and treatment of the arrhythmias which complicate the acute phase of myocardial infarction. 1,100 charts of patients admitted to the Coronary Unit of the National Institute of Cardiology of Mexico were reviewed. Acute myocardial infarction was demonstrated in 819 of them by the usual methods. The frequency and characteristics of the following bradiarrhythmias were studied: sinus bradicardia, sinus stoppage, seno-atrial block, migration of the atrial pacing, union rhythm and slow ventricular tachycardia. Sinus bradicardia was presented in 23.7% of the infarctions, sinus stoppage in 2.4%, migration of the atrial pacing in 9.4%, nodal rhythm in 7.2% and slow ventricular tachycardia in 7.8%. Bradiarrhythmias, generally considered as "lesser" arrhythmias, favor the appearance of lethal arrhythmias, regardless of the degree of mechanical failure, and thus should be treated actively.

  19. [Acute pain in myocardial infarction: analysis of concept].

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    dos Santos, Sônia Maria Josino; de Araújo, Thelma Leite; Cavalcante, Tahissa Frota; Galindo Neto, Nelson Miguel

    2015-09-01

    To analyze the concept "sharp pain" in the context of acute myocardial infarction. Conceptual analysis method proposed by Walker and Avant. This makes it possible to clarify the concept of attributes. We conducted an integrative review to assist the search of studies published in 2006 and 2012, using the descriptors 'Acute Pain' and 'myocardial infarction', through consultation to Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), Scopus and Public/Publish Medline (PubMed) data. A sample of 29 studies was selected in which the background identified was: reduction of myocardial perfusion and/or death of myocardial tissue; attributes: quality, location, time, duration and irradiation; and consequent: report of pain, dyspnea, high heart rate, nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, high respiratory rate, sleep disturbance, diaphoresis, fatigue, paleness, weakness, anxiety and fear. The findings have clarified the attributes of the concept sharp pain in myocardial infarction.

  20. Discharge Policy and Reperfusion Therapy in Acute Myocardial Infarction

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    M.J. van der Vlugt (Maureen)

    2007-01-01

    textabstractTreatment of patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI) has improved over time and the duration of hospital stay has considerably decreased. Early hospital discharge after MI has been promoted for over 25 years. However, the meaning of “early” evolved over time. In the early

  1. Acute myocardial infarction treatment : from prehospital care to secondary prevention

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    Atary, Jael Z.

    2011-01-01

    Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of mortality in the western World, but significant improvements have been made in its treatment and prevention. This thesis shows that consistent implementation of a structured regional treatment and prevention program for acute myocardial infarction

  2. Prehospital thrombolysis for acute st-segment elevation myocardial infarction

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    Lamfers, Evert Jan Pieter

    2003-01-01

    Early treatment of acute ST elevation myocardial infarction is associated with a good prognosis and a low incidence of complications. Prehospital administration of thrombolytic treatment is one of the ways of starting treatment early after onset of symptoms. Fifteen years of experience in

  3. The inflammatory response in myocarditis and acute myocardial infarction

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    Emmens, R.W.

    2016-01-01

    This thesis is about myocarditis and acute myocardial infarction (AMI). These are two cardiac diseases in which inflammation of the cardiac muscle occurs. In myocarditis, inflammation results in the elimination of a viral infection of the heart. During AMI, one of the coronary arteries is occluded,

  4. Acute myocardial infarction in middle-aged male Nigerian with ...

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    We report the case of an acute myocardial infarction in a 64-year-old man with background pemphigus vulgaris and long term dapsone and oral corticosteroid therapy. Pemphigus is an uncommon autoimmune blistering disease, mediated by antibodies directed against desmosomal adhesion proteins that are responsible ...

  5. Thrombolysis in acute myocardial infarction : factors determining its efficacy

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    Brügemann, Johannes

    1994-01-01

    Insight in the mechanisms leading to acute myocardial infarction (MI) has resulted in the administration of exogenous plasminogen activator, later called thrombolytic therapy. This treatment was associated with a significant reduction in mortality and morbidity. However, success has not always been

  6. Clinical features of acute myocardial infarction: A report from Halibet ...

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    Introduction. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) still remains a major reason for ICU admission although mortality from Coronary heart disease (CHD) has declined steadily in the western world 1. The average incidence of AMI in these societies is 3.5 per 1000 for males and. 1 per 1000 for females aged 20 to 64 years 2.

  7. Depressed natural killer cell activity in acute myocardial infarction

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    Klarlund, K; Pedersen, B K; Theander, T G

    1987-01-01

    Natural killer (NK) cell activity against K562 target cells was measured in patients within 24 h of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and regularly thereafter for 6 weeks. NK cell activity was suppressed on days 1, 3, and 7 (P less than 0.01), day 14 (P less than 0.05) and at 6 weeks (P = 0...

  8. Thrombolytic therapy preserves vagal activity early after acute myocardial infarction

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    Lind, P; Hintze, U; Møller, M

    2001-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of thrombolytic therapy on vagal tone after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). DESIGN: Holter monitoring for 24 h was performed at hospital discharge and 6 weeks after AMI in 74 consecutive male survivors of a first AMI, who fulfilled...

  9. Frequency and Pattern of Acute Myocardial Infarction in the ...

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    Acute myocardial infarction has been regarded as one of the rarest cardiovascular diseases in the African continent. Recent findings have shown that the incidence is on the increase. To provide more information on the burden of this deadly disease in Nigeria and in the West African sub –region. This study is a 10 - year ...

  10. Mortality after acute myocardial infarction according to income and education

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    Rasmussen, Jeppe Nørgaard; Rasmussen, Søren; Gislason, Gunnar H

    2006-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To study how income and educational level influence mortality after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). DESIGN AND SETTING: Prospective analysis using individual level linkage of registries in Denmark. PARTICIPANTS: All patients 30-74 years old hospitalised for the first time with AMI...

  11. Acute myocardial infarction mortality in Cuba, 1999-2008.

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    Armas, Nurys B; Ortega, Yanela Y; de la Noval, Reinaldo; Suárez, Ramón; Llerena, Lorenzo; Dueñas, Alfredo F

    2012-10-01

    Acute myocardial infarction is one of the leading causes of death in the world. This is also true in Cuba, where no national-level epidemiologic studies of related mortality have been published in recent years. Describe acute myocardial infarction mortality in Cuba from 1999 through 2008. A descriptive study was conducted of persons aged ≥25 years with a diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction from 1999 through 2008. Data were obtained from the Ministry of Public Health's National Statistics Division database for variables: age; sex; site (out of hospital, in hospital or in hospital emergency room) and location (jurisdiction) of death. Proportions, age- and sex-specific rates and age-standardized overall rates per 100,000 population were calculated and compared over time, using the two five-year time frames within the study period. A total of 145,808 persons who had suffered acute myocardial infarction were recorded, 75,512 of whom died, for a case-fatality rate of 51.8% (55.1% in 1999-2003 and 49.7% in 2004-2008). In the first five-year period, mortality was 98.9 per 100,000 population, falling to 81.8 per 100,000 in the second; most affected were people aged ≥75 years and men. Of Cuba's 14 provinces and special municipality, Havana, Havana City and Camagüey provinces, and the Isle of Youth Special Municipality showed the highest mortality; Holguín, Ciego de Ávila and Granma provinces the lowest. Out-of-hospital deaths accounted for the greatest proportion of deaths in both five-year periods (54.8% and 59.2% in 1999-2003 and 2004-2008, respectively). Although risk of death from acute myocardial infarction decreased through the study period, it remains a major health problem in Cuba. A national acute myocardial infarction case registry is needed. Also required is further research to help elucidate possible causes of Cuba's high acute myocardial infarction mortality: cardiovascular risk studies, studies of out-of-hospital mortality and quality of care

  12. Reduction of cerebral infarction in rats by biliverdin associated with amelioration of oxidative stress.

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    Deguchi, Kentaro; Hayashi, Takeshi; Nagotani, Shoko; Sehara, Yoshihide; Zhang, Hanzhe; Tsuchiya, Atsushi; Ohta, Yasuyuki; Tomiyama, Koji; Morimoto, Nobutoshi; Miyazaki, Masahiro; Huh, Nam-Ho; Nakao, Atsunori; Kamiya, Tatsushi; Abe, Koji

    2008-01-10

    Biliverdin (BV), one of the byproducts of heme catalysis through heme oxygenase (HO) system, is a scavenger of reactive oxygen species (ROS). We hypothesized that BV treatment could protect rat brain cells from oxidative injuries via its anti-oxidant efficacies. Cerebral infarction was induced by transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) for 90 min, followed by reperfusion. BV or vehicle was administered intraperitoneally immediately after reperfusion. The size of the cerebral infarction 2 days after tMCAO was evaluated by 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride (TTC) stain. Superoxide generation 4 h after tMCAO was determined by detection of oxidized hydroethidine. In addition, the oxidative impairment of neurons were immunohistochemically assessed by stain for lipid peroxidation with 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal (4-HNE) and damaged DNA with 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG). BV treatment significantly reduced infarct volume of the cerebral cortices associated with less superoxide production and decreased oxidative injuries of brain cells. The present study demonstrated that treatment with BV ameliorated the oxidative injuries on neurons and decreased brain infarct size in rat tMCAO model.

  13. Therapeutic hypothermia to protect the heart against acute myocardial infarction.

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    Kohlhauer, Matthias; Berdeaux, Alain; Ghaleh, Bijan; Tissier, Renaud

    2016-12-01

    The cardioprotective effect of therapeutic hypothermia (32-34°C) has been well demonstrated in animal models of acute myocardial infarction. Beyond infarct size reduction, this protection was associated with prevention of the no-reflow phenomenon and long-term improvement in terms of left ventricular remodelling and performance. However, all these events were observed when hypothermia was induced during the ischaemic episode, and most benefits virtually vanished after reperfusion. This is consistent with clinical findings showing a lack of benefit from hypothermia in patients presenting acute myocardial infarction in most trials. In these studies, hypothermia was most often achieved too far into the reperfusion phase (i.e. possibly too late to reduce infarct size); this is supported by meta-analyses and subgroup analyses suggesting that the benefits of hypothermia could still be observed in patients with a large infarction and more rapid cooling before reperfusion. Novel strategies for ultra-fast induction of hypothermia and/or prehospital cooling might therefore be more beneficial. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  14. Pharmacokinetics of digoxin in patients with acute myocardial infarction.

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    Korhonen, U R; Jounela, A J; Pakarinen, A J; Pentikäinen, P J; Takkunen, J T

    1979-11-01

    The effects of acute myocardial infarction on the pharmacokinetics of digoxin were studied. Digoxin, 0.75 mg, was given orally to 12 patients with left-sided cardiac failure due to acute myocardial infarction and to 9 healthy control subjects. Serum concentration of digoxin in the first 4 hours and the area under the serum concentration-time curve in the first 12 hours after administration of the drug were lower in patients with infarction than in control subjects (P less than 0.01). The 24 hour area under the concentration curve, the amount excreted in urine and the renal clearance did not differ between the groups. The 24 hour area under the concentration curve correlated with the predigoxin pulmonary capillary wedge pressure and with heart rate (P less than 0.01). The decrease of renal clearance of digoxin was related to the serum activity of MB isoenzyme of creatine kinase (P less than 0.001). Morphine reduced and delayed the peak serum concentrations of digoxin (P less than 0.001). Thus, the absorption of oral digoxin was slower and the peak concentrations remained lower in patients with acute myocardial infarction than in healthy control subjects. However, the total amount of digoxin absorbed was unchanged.

  15. Cerebral Infarction Associated With Thrombosed Developmental Venous Anomaly: A Case Report

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    Mehdi karimian

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Developmental venous anomaly (DVA, venous angioma is a congenital vascular variant of cerebral venous drainage, which consists of several radial veins draining into an enlarged central vein (caput medusa appearance. This anatomical variations are usually followed by benign and asymptomatic clinical course, so it is incidentally detected at MRI, MRA, CT, angiography or autopsy performed for unrelated problems. Rarely DVAs become symptomatic and present with headache, seizures, numbness, diplopia, paresthesia, syncope and focal neurologic deficit secondary to thrombosis in drainage veins. Hemorrhagic complications occur more often than isolated ischemic events. Also, non-hemorrhagic brain infarction is a rare complication in these patients. We describe a patient with non-hemorrhagic venous infarction associated with DVA. Case report: A 57-year- old female patient was admitted to Namazi hospital with complaints of acute severe headache in the right temporo-occipital region, vertigo, left sided paresthesia and weakness. She was in good health a week prior to admission when the blurred vision appeared in her right eye. The patient had previous history of recurrent episodes of migraine-like headache that controlled by medical therapy. The family history was unremarkable. Her only medications were various oral contraceptives and propranolol. On examination, she was afebrile and alert with stable vital signs. Her pupils were equal and reactive to light. Neurological examination was normal and the cranial nerves were intact. The deep tendon reflexes were brisk and symmetric and bilateral Babinski and Hoffmann’s signs were present. On admission, her speech, memory, and intellectual performance were normal. She had weakness of the upper and lower extremities (especially on the left side and her knees were unstable while walking. Hematology and coagulation tests (protein C, activated protein C resistance, protein S, homocysteine

  16. [Incomplete Gerstmann syndrome with a cerebral infarct in the left middle frontal gyrus].

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    Ando, Yoshihito; Sawada, Mikio; Morita, Mitsuya; Kawamura, Mitsuru; Nakano, Imaharu

    2009-09-01

    A 65-year-old right-handed man noted a sudden onset of numbness and weakness of the right hand. On the initial visit to our hospital, he showed severe acalculia, and transient agraphia (so called incomplete Gerstmann syndrome) and transcortical sensory aphasia. Brain MRI revealed a fresh infarct in the left middle frontal gyrus. The paragraphia and aphasia improved within 14 days after onset, but the acalculia persisted even at seven months after onset In an 123I-IMP SPECT study, the cerebral blood flow (CBF) was found to be decreased in the infarction lesion and its adjacent wide area, the ipsilateral angular and supramarginal gyri, and contralateral cerebellar hemisphere. We speculate that inactivation in the infarction lesion caused the CBF decrease in the non-infarcted areas due to diaschisis. This case indicates that Gerstmann syndrome can be caused by not only dysfunction of the angular gyrus but also of the left middle frontal gyrus in the dominant hemisphere.

  17. Benzodiazepine receptor imaging with iomazenil SPECT in aphasic patients with cerebral infarction

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    Koshi, Yasuhiko; Kitamura, Shin; Ohyama, Masashi [Nippon Medical School, Tokyo (Japan)] (and others)

    1999-08-01

    To investigate the relationship between prognosis of aphasia and neuronal damage in the cerebral cortex, we evaluated the distribution of central-type benzodiazepine receptor (BZR) binding in post-stroke aphasics with [{sup 123}I]iomazenil and SPECT. We performed iomazenil SPECT in six aphasic patients (aged from 45 to 75 years; all right-handed) with unilateral left cerebral infarction. Three patients showed signs of Broca's aphasia and the other three Wernicke's aphasia. Cerebral blood flow (CBF) imaging was performed with [{sup 123}I]iodoamphetamine (IMP). The regions of interest (ROIs) on both images were set in the cerebral cortex, cerebellar cortex and language relevant area in both hemispheres. Three patients were classified in the mild prognosis group and the other three in the moderate prognosis group. The left language-relevant area was more closely concerned with the difference in aphasic symptoms than the right one in both BZR and CBF distribution, but the ipsilateral to the contralateral ratio (I/C ratio) in the language-relevant areas in the BZR distribution was significantly lower in the moderate prognosis group than in the mild prognosis group, although no difference was seen for these values between the two groups in the CBF distribution. These results suggest that BZR imaging, which makes possible an increase in neuronal cell viability in the cerebral cortex, is useful not only for clarifying the aphasic symptoms but also for evaluating the prognosis of aphasia in patients with cerebral infarction. (author)

  18. Combination of dura turning-over and decompressive craniectomy: a new pattern of surgery for cerebral infarction caused by craniocerebral gunshot injury.

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    Mei, Qi-Yong; Li, Yao; He, Chao; Shan, Hong-Wei; Wang, Yun-Kun; Dong, Yan; Yu, Ming-Kun; Hou, Li-Jun

    2017-01-01

    Craniocerebral gunshot injury refers to a wound caused by a bullet passing through or lodged in brain tissue, resulting in the loss of function of a certain area or other fatal damage to the human brain. Craniocerebral gunshot injury is usually life-threatening and is very common in modern warfare, accounting for the majority of battle casualties. Most of the patients suffer from acute cerebral infarction caused by vascular injury. Lack of early and solid battlefield emergency medical interference adds to the risk of death among the wounded. We present a 24-year-old man who was shot with a shotgun from a distance of 15 m in an accidental injury. Forty-seven grapeshots were found on his body surface by physical examination. A computed tomography (CT) scan demonstrated large areas of low-density shadows in his right parietal lobe and right temporal lobe with the midline shifting to the left side 2 days later. Afterwards, the patient was transferred to our emergency medical center at Changzheng Hospital in Shanghai. Cranial computed tomography angiography (CTA) showed a high-density shadow in the initial part of the right middle cerebral artery. The branches after the initial part were obliterated. Prompt medical attention and decompressive craniotomy (DC) surgery contributed to the final recovery from cerebral infarction of this patient. Bullets can penetrate or be lodged in the brain, causing intracranial hypertension. The bullets lodged in the brain can result in stenosis and embolism of a cerebral artery, causing acute cerebral infarction. Combining dura turning-over surgery with DC surgery can not only decrease intracranial pressure, which can increase the blood supply for hypertension-induced vessel stenosis, but also help vessels outside the dura mater grow into ischemic areas of the cerebral cortex. However, this new pattern of surgery needs further support from evidence-based medicine.

  19. Imaging of cerebral infarction caused by atrial myxoma

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    Gee, G.T. (Neuroradology Section, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX (United States)); Bazan, C. III (Neuroradology Section, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX (United States)); Jinkins, J.R. (Neuroradology Section, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX (United States))

    1994-05-01

    We describe the radiologic investigation of two patients with primary left atrial myxoma who presented with embolic manifestations in the brain. MRI and CT showed multiple infarcts, while the cardiac atrial mass was demonstrated in one of the patients by MRI and in both by echocardiography. (orig.)

  20. Predictors of fatal outcome in acute myocardial infarction.

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    Shabbir, Muhammad; Kayani, Azhar M; Qureshi, Omarah; Mughal, Muhammad Mujahid

    2008-01-01

    Myocardial infarction is one of the most common life threatening diagnoses in emergency hospital admissions. Most of the complications occur during the first few hours while the patients are likely to be in the hospital. Although the mortality rate after admission for myocardial infarction has declined significantly over the last two decades but it still remains high. Survival is markedly influenced by age of the patient, presence of different risk factors and complications that patients develop after myocardial infarction. We conducted a study at Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology/National Institute of Heart Diseases (AFIC/NIHD) to document the predictors of mortality in patients with acute myocardial infarction. Patients with first acute myocardial infarction admitted to the hospital from Feb. 2007 to June 2007 were included in the study. It was a descriptive case series study and data was collected on a pre-designed proforma with convenient sampling technique. Patients were assessed clinically with special emphasis on history of typical chest pain and physical examination. Relevant investigations were carried out to establish the diagnosis. Two hundred and fifty cases were assessed. Mean age was 57.94-14.00 years. Males were 74.4% and Females were 25.6%. Overall in-hospital mortality was 9.2%. Females had a higher mortality (14.06%) as compared to males (7.52%). Mortality was also related with age of the patient and Diabetes Mellitus. Other features adversely affecting the in-hospital mortality included higher Killip class, anterior wall myocardial infarction and higher peak Creatine Kinase (CK) levels. Mortality was also higher in patients who did not receive thrombolytic therapy for different reasons. Patients with certain risk factors are more prone to develop complications and have a higher mortality rate. Identification of some of these risk factors and timely management of complications may reduce mortality.

  1. Use of copeptin for rapid rule-out of acute myocardial infarction

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    Mueller, Christian; Möckel, Martin; Giannitsis, Evangelos

    2017-01-01

    Copeptin is currently understood as a quantitative marker of endogenous stress. It rises rapidly in multiple acute disorders including acute myocardial infarction. As a single variable, it has only modest diagnostic accuracy for acute myocardial infarction. However, the use of copeptin within...... a dual-marker strategy together with conventional cardiac troponin increases the diagnostic accuracy and particularly the negative predictive value of cardiac troponin alone for acute myocardial infarction. The rapid rule-out of acute myocardial infarction is the only application in acute cardiac care...

  2. Prominent hypointense veins on susceptibility weighted image in the cat brain with acute infarction: DWI, SWI, and PWI.

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    Kim, Yong-Woo; Kim, Hak Jin; Choi, Seon Hee; Kim, Dong Chan

    2014-10-01

    The multiple prominent hypointense veins on susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) have been found in the ischemic territory of patients with acute ischemic stroke. Venous side is the unknown area in the hemodynamics of brain infarction. To evaluate the venous aspect in acute brain infarction through an animal study. The acute infarction in cat brains was induced with a bolus infusion of 0.25 mL of triolein through one side of the common carotid artery. The magnetic resonance (MR) images, including diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) map, SW, and perfusion-weighted (PWI) images, were obtained serially at 2 h (n = 17), 1 day (n = 11), and 4 days (n = 4) after triolein infusion. The obtained MR images were evaluated qualitatively and quantitatively. For qualitative assessment, the signal intensity of the serial MR images was evaluated. The presence or absence and the location with serial changes of infarction were identified on DWI and ADC map images. The presence or absence of prominent hypointense veins and the serial changes of cortical veins were also evaluated on SWI. Quantitative assessment was performed by comparing the relative cerebral blood volume (rCBV), cerebral blood flow (rCBF), and mean transit times (MTT) of the lesions with those of the contralateral normal side calculated on PWI. The serial changes of rCBV, rCBF, and MTT ratio were also evaluated. Acute infarction in the first and second medial gyrus of lesion hemisphere was found by qualitative evaluation of DWI and ADC map images. On the serial evaluation of SWI, the cortical veins of cat brain with infarction were obscured at 2 h and then re-appeared at 1 day. The hemorrhage transformation and prominent hypointense veins were seen at 4 days on SWI. The quantitative evaluation revealed increased MTT ratios and decreased rCBV and rCBF ratios on PWIs in the acute infarction of cat brain. The prominent hypointense veins on SWI were seen in the half of the acute

  3. 3D cardiac wall thickening assessment for acute myocardial infarction

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    Khalid, A.; Chan, B. T.; Lim, E.; Liew, Y. M.

    2017-06-01

    Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is the most severe form of coronary artery disease leading to localized myocardial injury and therefore irregularities in the cardiac wall contractility. Studies have found very limited differences in global indices (such as ejection fraction, myocardial mass and volume) between healthy subjects and AMI patients, and therefore suggested regional assessment. Regional index, specifically cardiac wall thickness (WT) and thickening is closely related to cardiac function and could reveal regional abnormality due to AMI. In this study, we developed a 3D wall thickening assessment method to identify regional wall contractility dysfunction due to localized myocardial injury from infarction. Wall thickness and thickening were assessed from 3D personalized cardiac models reconstructed from cine MRI images by fitting inscribed sphere between endocardial and epicardial wall. The thickening analysis was performed in 5 patients and 3 healthy subjects and the results were compared against the gold standard 2D late-gadolinium-enhanced (LGE) images for infarct localization. The notable finding of this study is the highly accurate estimation and visual representation of the infarct size and location in 3D. This study provides clinicians with an intuitive way to visually and qualitatively assess regional cardiac wall dysfunction due to infarction in AMI patients.

  4. Association between chronic dental infection and acute myocardial infarction.

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    Willershausen, Brita; Kasaj, Adrian; Willershausen, Ines; Zahorka, Denisa; Briseño, Benjamin; Blettner, Maria; Genth-Zotz, Sabine; Münzel, Thomas

    2009-05-01

    In patients with cardiovascular diseases several risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and drinking habits, genetic disposition, and chronic inflammation must be considered. The aim of this study was to investigate whether there is a correlation between dental origin infections and the presence of an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). A total of 125 patients who had experienced a myocardial infarction and 125 healthy individuals were included in this study. The oral examination was carried out following the consent of the ethics committee and the National Board for Radiation Protection and included the number of teeth, endodontically treated teeth, periodontal screening index (PSI), clinical attachment level, and radiographic apical lesions (radiograph examination). The medical examination included, among others, blood glucose level, C-reactive protein (CRP) serum levels, and leukocyte number. The study demonstrated that patients with AMI exhibited an unfavorable dental state of health. After statistical adjustment for age, gender, and smoking, they exhibited a significantly higher number of missing teeth (P = .001), less teeth with root canal fillings (P = .0015), a higher number of radiologic apical lesions (P = .001), and a higher PSI value (P = .001) compared with individuals without myocardial infarction. The medical data showed a nonsignificant correlation between CRP and the number of radiologic apical lesions. This study presents evidence that patients who have experienced myocardial infarction also exhibit an unfavorable dental state of health in comparison to healthy patients and suggests an association between chronic oral infections and myocardial infarction.

  5. Rat Models of Ventricular Fibrillation Following Acute Myocardial Infarction

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    Hundahl, Laura A.; Tfelt-Hansen, Jacob; Jespersen, Thomas

    2017-01-01

    A number of animal models have been designed in order to unravel the underlying mechanisms of acute ischemia-induced arrhythmias and to test compounds and interventions for antiarrhythmic therapy. This is important as acute myocardial infarction (AMI) continues to be the major cause of sudden...... cardiac death, and we are yet to discover safe and effective treatments of the lethal arrhythmias occurring in the acute setting. Animal models therefore continue to be relevant for our understanding and treatment of acute ischemic arrhythmias. This review discusses the applicability of the rat as a model...... for ventricular arrhythmias occurring during the acute phase of AMI. It provides a description of models developed, advantages and disadvantages of rats, as well as an overview of the most important interventions investigated and the relevance for human pathophysiology....

  6. [Hemiplegia in posterior cerebral artery infarctions: analysis of various responsible mechanisms].

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    Ortiz, N; Barraquer Bordas, L; Dourado, M; Rey, A; Avila, A

    1993-01-01

    When cerebral infarction determines hemiplegia or hemiparesia which accompany a hemilateral sensitive deficit and hemianopsia and even neuropsychologic symptoms (aphasic alterations in the case of injury to the left hemisphere, heminegligence and anosognosy in the case of injury to the right hemisphere) the involvement of a sylvian artery syndrome is usually considered. Nonetheless, recent contributions have reported that such symptoms may appear in infarctions of the territory of the posterior cerebral artery. Two clinical-radiologic observations in this line are presented. Nuclear magnetic resonance demonstrated injury to the posterior arm of the internal capsule in one case and in the other the lesion developed over three times, in the latter of which injury to the cerebral peduncle was produced causing hemiparesia. The authors emphasize that hemiplegia or hemiparesia in some infarctions of the posterior cerebral artery may be due to 1) mesencephalic infarction in the posterior plane of the retromamillar Foix and Hillemand pediculum (or G. Lazorthes interpedunculum), 2) infarction or "ischemic penumbra" in the internal capsule by involvement of any of the perforating branches of the posterior cerebrum irrigating the thalamus, except for the medial posterior choroid artery or even of the Foix and Hillemand thalamus-tuberian pediculum (or Lazorthes inferior and anterior) which principally initiates at the posterior communicating branch with a fragment of the posterior branch of the internal capsule perhaps not always being under its control. In this case, the thrombus occupying the posterior cerebrum may extend to the cited communicating branch or a hemodynamic deficit may be produced in the territory of the same.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  7. Effect of alteplase thrombolysis sequenced by low molecular heparin calcium antithrombosis on the neurological function and serum cytokines in patients with cerebral infarction

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    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To study the effect of alteplase thrombolysis sequenced by low molecular heparin calcium antithrombosis on the neurological function and serum cytokines in patients with cerebral infarction. Methods: Patients with acute cerebral infarction who received alteplase thrombolysis in Zigong Fourth People's Hospital between June 2014 and October 2016 were retrospectively analyzed and divided into the intervention group who received low molecular heparin calcium treatment and the control group who did not receive low molecular heparin calcium treatment. The serum was collected before and after treatment to determine the contents of platelet activation factors, nerve injury molecules, soluble apoptotic molecules and growth factors. Results: Serum CD62p, CD63, PAF, GMP-140, NSE, S100B, GFAP, sFas, sFasL, sTRAIL, IGF-1, VEGF, BDNF and bFGF levels of both groups of patients after treatment were lower than those before treatment, serum CD62p, CD63, PAF, GMP-140, NSE, S100B, GFAP, sFas, sFasL and sTRAIL levels of intervention group after treatment were lower than those of control group while IGF-1, VEGF, BDNF and bFGF levels were higher than those of control group. Conclusion: Alteplase thrombolysis sequenced by low molecular heparin calcium antithrombosis for acute cerebral infarction can inhibit platelet activation and cell apoptosis, alleviate nerve injury and improve neurotrophy status.

  8. System delay and timing of intervention in acute myocardial infarction (from the Danish Acute Myocardial Infarction-2 [DANAMI-2] trial)

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    Nielsen, Peter Haubjerg; Terkelsen, Christian Juhl; Nielsen, Torsten Toftegård

    2011-01-01

    The interval from the first alert of the healthcare system to the initiation of reperfusion therapy (system delay) is associated with mortality in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI). The importance of system delay...... in patients treated with fibrinolysis versus pPCI has not been assessed. We obtained data on system delay from the Danish Acute Myocardial Infarction-2 study, which randomized 1,572 patients to fibrinolysis or pPCI. The study end points were 30-day and 8-year mortality. The short system delays were associated...... 30-day and 8-year mortality as fibrinolysis within 1 to 2 hours. In conclusion, short system delays are associated with reduced mortality in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction treated with fibrinolysis as well as pPCI. pPCI performed with a system delay of...

  9. Diabetes mellitus and cardiogenic shock in acute myocardial infarction

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    Lindholm, M G; Boesgaard, S; Torp-Pedersen, C

    2005-01-01

    AIMS: Cardiogenic shock is the leading cause of in-hospital mortality after acute myocardial infarction (MI). This study investigates the importance of age and preexisting diabetes mellitus on the incidence and prognosis of cardiogenic shock in a large group of consecutive patients with MI. METHODS...... AND RESULTS: Baseline characteristics and in-hospital complications to the infarction were prospectively recorded in 6676 patients with MI. Ten-year mortality was collected. Diabetes was present in 10.8% of the total population. A total of 443 developed cardiogenic shock with an incidence of 6.2% among...... nondiabetic patients with acute MI. The prognosis of diabetics with cardiogenic shock is similar to the prognosis of nondiabetic patients with cardiogenic shock....

  10. Cerebral microbleeds and white matter changes in patients hospitalized with lacunar infarcts.

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    Fan, Yu Hua; Mok, Vincent C T; Lam, Wynnie W M; Hui, Andrew C F; Wong, Ka Sing

    2004-05-01

    Microbleeds (MBs) detected by gradient-echo T2*-weighted MRI (GRE-T2*),white matter changes and lacunar infarcts may be regarded as manifestations of microangiopathy. The establishment of a quantitative relationship among them would further strengthen this hypothesis. We aimed to investigate the frequency and the number of MBs in patients hospitalized with lacunar infarcts and their quantitative relationship with the severity of white matter changes (WMC) and the number of old lacunar infarcts. We performed a hospital-based survey of patients with acute lacunar infarct. Eighty-two consecutive Chinese patients with acute lacunar infarcts on diffusion-weighted imaging were recruited in 2002. The number of MBs, number of old lacunar infarcts on T2-weighted imaging and the severity of WMC on MRI on admission were recorded. MBs were detected in 22 (27%) patients. The number of MBs ranged from 1 to 42 (mean 6.59, median 3). Advancing age and previous transient ischemic attacks or cerebrovascular accidents (TIA/CVA) were more common in patients with MBs than those without. There were significant correlations among the number of MBs, extent of WMC and number of lacunar infarcts: lacunar infarcts and MBs (r = 0.297, p = 0.007); lacunar infarct and WMC (r = 0.331, p = 0.002); WMC and MBs (r = 0.522, p < 0.0001). In conclusion, linear associations exist among MBs, WMC and lacunar infarcts. Our results suggest that all three may have a shared pathogenesis such as advanced microangiopathy.

  11. Risk factors for rehospitalization for acute coronary syndromes and unplanned revascularization following acute myocardial infarction

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    Arnold, Suzanne V.; Smolderen, Kim G.; Kennedy, Kevin F.; Li, Yan; Shore, Supriya; Stolker, Joshua M.; Wang, Tracy Y.; Jones, Philip G.; Zhao, Zhenxiang; Spertus, John A.

    2015-01-01

    Background Rehospitalizations for acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and coronary revascularization after an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) are not only common and costly but can also impact patients’ quality of life. In contrast to mortality and all‐cause readmissions, little insight is available

  12. An unusual presentation of mad honey poisoning: acute myocardial infarction.

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    Akinci, Sinan; Arslan, Uğur; Karakurt, Kamber; Cengel, Atiye

    2008-09-26

    An unusual type of food poisoning is commonly seen in the Black Sea coast of Turkey due to grayanotoxin containing toxic honey so called "mad honey" ingestion. In cases of toxication bradycardia and rhythm disturbances are commonly observed. Herein, we present a case of a patient who was admitted to the hospital because of acute myocardial infarction with normal coronary arteries after "mad honey" ingestion.

  13. Discharge Policy and Reperfusion Therapy in Acute Myocardial Infarction

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    Vlugt, Maureen

    2007-01-01

    textabstractTreatment of patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI) has improved over time and the duration of hospital stay has considerably decreased. Early hospital discharge after MI has been promoted for over 25 years. However, the meaning of “early” evolved over time. In the early eighties, before the widespread introduction of reperfusion therapy, patients were hospitalised for approximately 3 weeks and early discharge implemented a reduction to 7 days. Nowadays, the average hospit...

  14. Acute myocardial infarction in a teenager due to Adderall XR.

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    Sylvester, Angela L; Agarwala, Brojendra

    2012-01-01

    Adderall XR is commonly prescribed for children and adolescents with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. We present a case of a 15-year-old male who suffered a myocardial infarction after starting Adderall XR. Patient was otherwise in good health with no previous cardiac abnormalities. Cardiac catheterization was normal, and etiology was presumed to be secondary to acute vasospasm. The patient improved with cessation of medication. Physicians need to carefully screen patients for cardiac abnormalities prior to starting amphetamine-based medications.

  15. Improving the Acute Myocardial Infarction Rapid Rule Out process.

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    Hyden, Rachel; Fields, Willa

    2010-01-01

    Bedside staff nurses are in a unique position to identify implementation problems and ways to improve compliance with evidence-based practice guidelines. The goal of this performance improvement project was to improve compliance with an evidence-based Acute Myocardial Infarction Rapid Rule Out pathway. The purpose of the article is to demonstrate how a bedside staff nurse was able to decrease wait times and length of stay for patients with low-risk chest pain while applying evidence-based practice.

  16. Early changes in left atrial volume after acute myocardial infarction

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    Bakkestrom, R.; Andersen, Mads J; Ersboll, M.

    2016-01-01

    Background: Dilatation of left atrium (LA) reflects chronic LA pressure or volume overload that possesses considerable prognostic information. Little is known regarding the interaction between LA remodeling after acute myocardial infarction (MI) and left atrial pressure at rest and during exercise...... hypothesis early LA dilatation after MI was weakly associated with resting and exercise induced changes in LA pressure overload. The dilatation was however associated with lower e' and higher MR-proANP. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved....

  17. Acute myocardial infarction and infarct size: do circadian variations play a role?

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    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Aída Suárez-Barrientos,1 Borja Ibáñez1,21Cardiovascular Institute, Hospital Clínico San Carlos, 2Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares, Madrid, SpainAbstract: The circadian rhythm influences cardiovascular system physiology, inducing diurnal variations in blood pressure, heart rate, cardiac output, endothelial functions, platelet aggregation, and coronary arterial flow, among other physiological parameters. Indeed, an internal circadian network modulates cardiovascular physiology by regulating heart rate, metabolism, and even myocyte growth and repair ability. Consequently, cardiovascular pathology is also controlled by circadian oscillations, with increased morning incidence of cardiovascular events. The potential circadian influence on the human tolerance to ischemia/reperfusion has not been systematically scrutinized until recently. It has since been proven, in both animals and humans, that infarct size varies during the day depending on the symptom onset time, while circadian fluctuations in spontaneous cardioprotection in humans with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI have also been demonstrated. Furthermore, several studies have proposed that the time of day at which revascularization occurs in patients with STEMI may also influence infarct size and reperfusion outcomes. The potential association of the circadian clock with infarct size advocates the acknowledgment of time of day as a new prognostic factor in patients suffering acute myocardial infarction, which would open up a new field for chronotherapeutic targets and lead to the inclusion of time of day as a variable in clinical trials that test novel cardioprotective strategies.Keywords: cardioprotection, circadian rhythm, reperfusion injury, ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction

  18. Effect of dehydration on the development of collaterals in acute middle cerebral artery occlusion.

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    Chang, S-W; Huang, Y-C; Lin, L-C; Yang, J-T; Weng, H-H; Tsai, Y-H; Lee, T-H

    2016-03-01

    Recent large series studies have demonstrated that dehydration is common amongst stroke subjects and is associated with poor outcome. However, the effects of hydration status on the development of collaterals have never been discussed. In this study, the hypothesis that hydration status is an important factor for developing collaterals after acute middle cerebral artery (MCA) infarction was tested. Eighty-seven patients with acute infarction due to occlusion of the MCA were enrolled. Two collateral markers, posterior cerebral artery (PCA) laterality and fluid-attenuated inversion recovery hyperintense vessels (HVs) were assessed from magnetic resonance imaging. Dehydration status was defined by a nitrogen to creatinine ratio ≧ of 15. The associations between dehydration status and the development of collaterals were estimated. Sixty-one of 87 patients (70.1%) were identified as dehydrated. The development of PCA laterality and HVs shows a significant difference between dehydrated and euhydrated patients. A serum nitrogen to creatinine ratio Dehydration remained an independent negative predictor for the development of PCA laterality and HVs in the multivariate analysis. Hydration status is associated with the development of collateral flow after acute MCA occlusion. This preliminary study provides an imaging clue that hydration status and early hydration therapy could be important for acute stroke management. © 2016 EAN.

  19. Holmium:YAG laser angioplasty: treatment of acute myocardial infarction

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    Topaz, On

    1993-06-01

    We report our clinical experience with a group of 14 patients who presented with acute myocardial infarction. A holmium:YAG laser was applied to the infarct-related artery. This laser emits 250 - 600 mJ per pulse, with a pulse length of 250 microseconds and repetition rate of 5 Hz. Potential benefits of acute thrombolysis by lasers include the absence of systemic lytic state; a shortened thrombus clearing time relative to using thrombolytics; safe removal of the intracoronary thrombus and facilitation of adjunct balloon angioplasty. Potential clinical difficulties include targeting the obstructive clot and plaque, creation of debris and distal emboli and laser-tissue damage. It is conceivable that holmium:YAG laser can be a successful thrombolytic device as its wave length (2.1 microns) coincides with strong water absorption peaks. Since it is common to find an atherosclerotic plaque located under or distal to the thrombotic occlusion, this laser can also be applied for plaque ablation, and the patient presenting with acute myocardial infarction can clearly benefit from the combined function of this laser system.

  20. Amphetamine Containing Dietary Supplements and Acute Myocardial Infarction

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    Julio Perez-Downes

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Weight loss is one of the most researched and marketed topics in American society. Dietary regimens, medications that claim to boost the metabolism, and the constant pressure to fit into society all play a role in our patient’s choices regarding new dietary products. One of the products that are well known to suppress appetite and cause weight loss is amphetamines. While these medications suppress appetite, most people are not aware of the detrimental side effects of amphetamines, including hypertension, tachycardia, arrhythmias, and in certain instances acute myocardial infarction. Here we present the uncommon entity of an acute myocardial infarction due to chronic use of an amphetamine containing dietary supplement in conjunction with an exercise regimen. Our case brings to light further awareness regarding use of amphetamines. Clinicians should have a high index of suspicion of use of these substances when young patients with no risk factors for coronary artery disease present with acute arrhythmias, heart failure, and myocardial infarctions.

  1. Suspected acute myocardial infarction in a dystrophin-deficient dog.

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    Schneider, Sarah Morar; Coleman, Amanda Erickson; Guo, Lee-Jae; Tou, Sandra; Keene, Bruce W; Kornegay, Joe N

    2016-06-01

    Golden retriever muscular dystrophy (GRMD) is a model for the genetically homologous human disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Unlike the mildly affected mdx mouse, GRMD recapitulates the severe DMD phenotype. In addition to skeletal muscle involvement, DMD boys develop cardiomyopathy. While the cardiomyopathy of DMD is typically slowly progressive, rare early episodes of acute cardiac decompensation, compatible with myocardial infarction, have been described. We report here a 7-month-old GRMD dog with an apparent analogous episode of myocardial infarction. The dog presented with acute signs of cardiac disease, including tachyarrhythmia, supraventricular premature complexes, and femoral pulse deficits. Serum cardiac biomarkers, cardiac-specific troponin I (cTnI) and N-terminal prohormone of B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), were markedly increased. Echocardiography showed areas of hyperechoic myocardial enhancement, typical of GRMD cardiomyopathy. Left ventricular dyskinesis and elevated cTnI were suggestive of acute myocardial damage/infarction. Over a 3-year period, progression to a severe dilated phenotype was observed. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Acute myocardial infarction and stress cardiomyopathy following the Christchurch earthquakes.

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    Chan, Christina; Elliott, John; Troughton, Richard; Frampton, Christopher; Smyth, David; Crozier, Ian; Bridgman, Paul

    2013-01-01

    Christchurch, New Zealand, was struck by 2 major earthquakes at 4:36 am on 4 September 2010, magnitude 7.1 and at 12:51 pm on 22 February 2011, magnitude 6.3. Both events caused widespread destruction. Christchurch Hospital was the region's only acute care hospital. It remained functional following both earthquakes. We were able to examine the effects of the 2 earthquakes on acute cardiac presentations. Patients admitted under Cardiology in Christchurch Hospital 3 week prior to and 5 weeks following both earthquakes were analysed, with corresponding control periods in September 2009 and February 2010. Patients were categorised based on diagnosis: ST elevation myocardial infarction, Non ST elevation myocardial infarction, stress cardiomyopathy, unstable angina, stable angina, non cardiac chest pain, arrhythmia and others. There was a significant increase in overall admissions (pearthquake. This pattern was not seen after the early afternoon February earthquake. Instead, there was a very large number of stress cardiomyopathy admissions with 21 cases (95% CI 2.6-6.4) in 4 days. There had been 6 stress cardiomyopathy cases after the first earthquake (95% CI 0.44-2.62). Statistical analysis showed this to be a significant difference between the earthquakes (pearthquake triggered a large increase in ST elevation myocardial infarction and a few stress cardiomyopathy cases. The early afternoon February earthquake caused significantly more stress cardiomyopathy. Two major earthquakes occurring at different times of day differed in their effect on acute cardiac events.

  3. Surgical decompression for space-occupying cerebral infarction (the Hemicraniectomy After Middle Cerebral Artery infarction with Life-threatening Edema Trial [HAMLET]): a multicentre, open, randomised trial.

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    Hofmeijer, Jeannette; Kappelle, L Jaap; Algra, Ale; Amelink, G Johan; van Gijn, Jan; van der Worp, H Bart

    2009-04-01

    Patients with space-occupying hemispheric infarctions have a poor prognosis, with case fatality rates of up to 80%. In a pooled analysis of randomised trials, surgical decompression within 48 h of stroke onset reduced case fatality and improved functional outcome; however, the effect of surgery after longer intervals is unknown. The aim of HAMLET was to assess the effect of decompressive surgery within 4 days of the onset of symptoms in patients with space-occupying hemispheric infarction. Patients with space-occupying hemispheric infarction were randomly assigned within 4 days of stroke onset to surgical decompression or best medical treatment. The primary outcome measure was the modified Rankin scale (mRS) score at 1 year, which was dichotomised between good (0-3) and poor (4-6) outcome. Other outcome measures were the dichotomy of mRS score between 4 and 5, case fatality, quality of life, and symptoms of depression. Analysis was by intention to treat. This trial is registered, ISRCTN94237756. Between November, 2002, and October, 2007, 64 patients were included; 32 were randomly assigned to surgical decompression and 32 to best medical treatment. Surgical decompression had no effect on the primary outcome measure (absolute risk reduction [ARR] 0%, 95% CI -21 to 21) but did reduce case fatality (ARR 38%, 15 to 60). In a meta-analysis of patients in DECIMAL (DEcompressive Craniectomy In MALignant middle cerebral artery infarction), DESTINY (DEcompressive Surgery for the Treatment of malignant INfarction of the middle cerebral arterY), and HAMLET who were randomised within 48 h of stroke onset, surgical decompression reduced poor outcome (ARR 16%, -0.1 to 33) and case fatality (ARR 50%, 34 to 66). Surgical decompression reduces case fatality and poor outcome in patients with space-occupying infarctions who are treated within 48 h of stroke onset. There is no evidence that this operation improves functional outcome when it is delayed for up to 96 h after stroke onset

  4. Acute myocardial infarction and renal failure following naphtha ingestion.

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    Roberge, R J; Crippen, D R; Jayadevappa, D; Kosek, T L

    2001-10-01

    We present a case of a non-Q wave myocardial infarction and acute renal failure following an ingestion of naphtha, a petroleum distillate composed primarily of hydrocarbons. The patient's renal, metabolic, and cardiac status improved over several days with aggressive volume replacement and bicarbonate therapy. Acute cardiotoxic effects of hydrocarbon exposure generally manifest as dysrhythmias, secondary to myocardial sensitization to circulating catecholamines, or, possibly, coronary vasospasm. Ischemia from associated hypotension or direct myocardial toxicity are other potential causes of naphtha-related cardiac injury.

  5. Acute Neurological Symptoms During Hypobaric Exposure: Consider Cerebral Air Embolism

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    Weenink, Robert P.; Hollmann, Markus W.; van Hulst, Robert A.

    2012-01-01

    WEENINK RP, HOLLMANN MW, VAN HULST RA. Acute neurological symptoms during hypobaric exposure: consider cerebral air embolism. Aviat Space Environ Med 2012; 83:1084-91. Cerebral arterial gas embolism (CAGE) is well known as a complication of invasive medical procedures and as a risk in diving and

  6. Cerebral infarction related to cryptococcal meningitis in an HIV-infected patient: case report and literature review

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    Andréa Gurgel Batista Leite; Vidal, José E.; Francisco Bonasser Filho; Roberta Schiavon Nogueira; Augusto César Penalva de Oliveira

    2004-01-01

    Neurological dysfunction as the first manifestation of AIDS has been found in 10 to 20% of symptomatic human immunodeficiency virus infections. However, stroke has rarely been reported in AIDS patients. The most common causes of cerebral infarction in AIDS are central nervous system infections: toxoplasmosis, cryptococcal meningitis and tuberculosis. Potential vascular mechanisms for cerebral infarction and transient neurological deficits among AIDS patients include deposition of antigen-anti...

  7. Electroacupuncture acutely improves cerebral blood flow and attenuates moderate ischemic injury via an endothelial mechanism in mice.

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    Full Text Available Electroacupuncture (EA is a novel therapy based on traditional acupuncture combined with modern eletrotherapy that is currently being investigated as a treatment for acute ischemic stroke. Here, we studied whether acute EA stimulation improves tissue and functional outcome following experimentally induced cerebral ischemia in mice. We hypothesized that endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS-mediated perfusion augmentation was related to the beneficial effects of EA by interventions in acute ischemic injury. EA stimulation at Baihui (GV20 and Dazhui (GV14 increased cerebral perfusion in the cerebral cortex, which was suppressed in eNOS KO, but there was no mean arterial blood pressure (MABP response. The increased perfusion elicited by EA were completely abolished by a muscarinic acetylcholine receptor (mAChR blocker (atropine, but not a β-adrenergic receptor blocker (propranolol, an α-adrenergic receptor blocker (phentolamine, or a nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR blocker (mecamylamine. In addition, EA increased acetylcholine (ACh release and mAChR M3 expression in the cerebral cortex. Acute EA stimulation after occlusion significantly reduced infarct volume by 34.5% when compared to a control group of mice at 24 h after 60 min-middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO (moderate ischemic injury, but not 90-min MCAO (severe ischemic injury. Furthermore, the impact of EA on moderate ischemic injury was totally abolished in eNOS KO. Consistent with a smaller infarct size, acute EA stimulation led to prominent improvement of neurological function and vestibule-motor function. Our results suggest that acute EA stimulation after moderate focal cerebral ischemia, but not severe ischemia improves tissue and functional recovery and ACh/eNOS-mediated perfusion augmentation might be related to these beneficial effects of EA by interventions in acute ischemic injury.

  8. Effects of Lacunar Infarctions on Cognitive Impairment in Patients with Cerebral Autosomal-Dominant Arteriopathy with Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy

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    Choi, Jay Chol; Kang, Sa-Yoon; Kang, Ji-Hoon; Na, Hae Ri; Park, Ji-Kang

    2011-01-01

    Background and Purpose Cerebral autosomal-dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) is an inherited microangiopathy caused by mutations in the Notch3 gene. Although previous studies have shown an association between lacunar infarction and cognitive impairment, the relationship between MRI parameters and cognition remains unclear. In this study we investigated the influence of MRI parameters on cognitive impairment in CADASIL. Methods We applied a prospective protocol to 40 patients. MRI analysis included the normalized volume of white-matter hyperintensities (nWMHs), number of lacunes, and number of cerebral microbleeds. Cognition was assessed with the aid of psychometric tests [Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale-cognition (ADAS-cog), Trail-Making Test, and Stroop interference (Stroop IF)]. Results A multivariate regression analysis revealed that the total number of lacunes influenced the performance in the MMSE, ADAS-cog, and Stroop IF, while nWMHs had a strong univariate association with ADAS-cog and Stroop IF scores. However, this association disappeared in the multivariate analysis. Conclusions These findings demonstrate that the number of lacunes is the main predictive factor of cognitive impairment in CADASIL. PMID:22259617

  9. Cells involved in extracellular matrix remodeling after acute myocardial infarction

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    Garcia, Larissa Ferraz [Faculdade de Medicina do ABC, Santo André, SP (Brazil); Mataveli, Fábio D’Aguiar [Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Mader, Ana Maria Amaral Antônio; Theodoro, Thérèse Rachell [Faculdade de Medicina do ABC, Santo André, SP (Brazil); Justo, Giselle Zenker; Pinhal, Maria Aparecida da Silva [Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2015-07-01

    Evaluate the effects of VEGF{sub 165} gene transfer in the process of remodeling of the extracellular matrix after an acute myocardial infarct. Wistar rats were submitted to myocardial infarction, after the ligation of the left descending artery, and the left ventricle ejection fraction was used to classify the infarcts into large and small. The animals were divided into groups of ten, according to the size of infarcted area (large or small), and received or not VEGF{sub 165} treatment. Evaluation of different markers was performed using immunohistochemistry and digital quantification. The primary antibodies used in the analysis were anti-fibronectin, anti-vimentin, anti-CD44, anti-E-cadherin, anti-CD24, anti-alpha-1-actin, and anti-PCNA. The results were expressed as mean and standard error, and analyzed by ANOVA, considering statistically significant if p≤0.05. There was a significant increase in the expression of undifferentiated cell markers, such as fibronectin (protein present in the extracellular matrix) and CD44 (glycoprotein present in the endothelial cells). However, there was decreased expression of vimentin and PCNA, indicating a possible decrease in the process of cell proliferation after treatment with VEGF{sub 165}. Markers of differentiated cells, E-cadherin (adhesion protein between myocardial cells), CD24 (protein present in the blood vessels), and alpha-1-actin (specific myocyte marker), showed higher expression in the groups submitted to gene therapy, compared to non-treated group. The value obtained by the relation between alpha-1-actin and vimentin was approximately three times higher in the groups treated with VEGF{sub 165}, suggesting greater tissue differentiation. The results demonstrated the important role of myocytes in the process of tissue remodeling, confirming that VEGF{sub 165} seems to provide a protective effect in the treatment of acute myocardial infarct.

  10. Higher Serum Uric Acid May Contribute to Cerebral Infarction in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: a Meta-Analysis.

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    Du, Lei; Ma, Jianhua; Zhang, Xiaoning

    2017-01-01

    Higher levels of serum uric acid tend to increase the diabetes-related complications. We performed a meta-analysis to investigate whether the higher serum uric acid levels were associated with cerebral infarction in type 2 diabetes patients. We searched for relevant studies in the PubMed, Embase, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, China BioMedicine, and VIP database until August 2015. All observational studies comparing serum uric acid levels in type 2 diabetic patients with and without cerebral infarction were included. We calculated the ratio of means (RoM) of serum uric acid by mean cerebral infarction /mean diabetic control from the individual studies and then pooled RoM and its 95 % confidence intervals (CI). A total of 23 eligible studies were identified. Pooled estimates indicated that type 2 diabetes patients with cerebral infarction were associated with 29 % (RoM 1.29; 95 % CI 1.26-1.31) higher serum uric acid levels than those without cerebral infarction in a random effect model. Subgroup analyses based on gender indicated that RoM was 1.23 (95 % CI 1.09-1.38) for men and 1.12 (95 % CI 0.98-1.27) for women. This meta-analysis suggests that higher serum uric acid levels may contribute to cerebral infarction in patients with type 2 diabetes.

  11. Silent Cerebral Infarction in East Asian vs. Non-Asian Atrial Fibrillation Patients

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    Senoo, Keitaro; Kondo, Yusuke; Kobayashi, Yoshio

    2018-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia in the ageing population in East Asia. Silent cerebral infarction (SCI) is defined as cerebral infarction in the absence of corresponding clinical symptoms, and is a highly prevalent and morbid condition in AF. SCI is increasingly...... being recognized as a risk factor for future stroke, which can lead to cognitive decline or dementia. The latter is an increasingly common health problem in East Asia.Methods and Results:We conducted a meta-analysis to compare the association of AF and SCI between East Asian and non-Asian patients. AF...... was associated with SCI in patients with no symptomatic stroke history (relative risk [RR], 2.24; 95% CI: 1.26-3.99, I2=83%; P=0.006) although the prevalence varied widely between studies (P for heterogeneitycontrols (RR, 1.85; 95...

  12. Cerebral infarctions after intravenous immunoglobulin therapy for ITP in a child.

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    Lorenzana, Adonis; Armin, Samira; Sharma, Animesh; Allarakhia, Iqbal; Witkowski, Alina

    2014-02-01

    Intravenous immunoglobulin is the favored therapy in childhood immune thrombocytopenic purpura. It is usually well tolerated with manageable side effects, but venous and arterial thrombosis following its administration have been described, mostly in adults. We describe a 3-year-old girl with immune thrombocytopenic purpura and intracranial hemorrhage who received intravenous immunoglobulin therapy and subsequently developed multifocal cerebral infarctions. Product specific as well as other factors may play a role in the development of this complication of intravenous immunoglobulin therapy. This is the only reported case of intravenous immunoglobulin-related thrombosis in a child with immune thrombocytopenic purpura and intracranial hemorrhage. Thrombotic complications are associated with intravenous immunoglobulin administration and this includes cerebral infarcts. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. [Perioperative treatment of a pregnant woman with recent cerebral infarction secondary to noncompaction cardiomyopathy].

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    Fernández Sánchez, L J; Pérez González, R; Guasch Arévalo, E; Martín Reyes, R; Gilsanz Rodríguez, F

    2006-12-01

    Recent-onset noncompaction of the myocardium is a rare but serious entity with uncertain prognosis. Cerebral infarction is among the forms of presentation, and pregnancy and hypercoagulability increase risk. We report the case of a pregnant woman brought to the emergency department with ischemic cerebral infarction. Investigation demonstrated the cause to be cardiac embolism, and noncompaction of the myocardium was diagnosed. She was stabilized and a few days later underwent elective cesarean section under general anesthesia. Surgery and postoperative recovery were uneventful, and she was transferred for rehabilitation. Myocardial injury and progression to cerebrovascular accident must be prevented in such cases; the patient must be stabilized and antiplatelet and/or anticoagulant therapy initiated before surgery. Hemodynamic stability must be maintained throughout the perioperative period and neonatal depression avoided after delivery. Various approaches are available to be adapted to the patient's situation.

  14. Intrauterine Extremity Gangrene and Cerebral Infarction at Term: A Case Report

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    M. Tanvig

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Intrauterine extremity gangrene in combination with cerebral infarction is a serious and rare event. We present a case with a healthy mother who gave birth to a child with this condition. At term, the mother presented at the antenatal clinic with decreased fetal movements. Cardiotocography (CTG showed signs of fetal distress and a caesarean section was performed. The left arm of the newborn was found gangrenous. Amputation of the arm was necessary and the child was subsequently treated with anticoagulant therapy due to thrombosis and cerebral infarction in the left hemisphere found by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI. At one year of age the boy was doing well and had prosthesis as a left arm. He had no signs of further complications. Despite thorough examination of the parents and the child, the reason for the thrombosis is still unknown.

  15. Cerebral Infarct due to Fibromuscular Dysplasia: A Case Report

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    Arzu Tay

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The course of cervicocephalic fibromuscular dysplasia is mainly asymptomatic. It is often found as an incidental finding on autopsy or angiography mostly in women and is commonly located in extracranial region of carotid artery. In the present article, we reported a 21 year-old man who has been initially accepted to our intensive care with a tentative diagnosis of cerebrovascular infarct after having symptoms of loss of consciousness and right hemiparesis. He later received a certain diagnosis of fibromuscular dysplasia after neuroimaging findings. This disorder should be considered in differential diagnosis of young stroke patients. [Cukurova Med J 2013; 38(2.000: 305-307

  16. Malignant infarction of the middle cerebral artery in a porcine model. A pilot study.

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    Fuat Arikan

    Full Text Available Interspecies variability and poor clinical translation from rodent studies indicate that large gyrencephalic animal stroke models are urgently needed. We present a proof-of-principle study describing an alternative animal model of malignant infarction of the middle cerebral artery (MCA in the common pig and illustrate some of its potential applications. We report on metabolic patterns, ionic profile, brain partial pressure of oxygen (PtiO2, expression of sulfonylurea receptor 1 (SUR1, and the transient receptor potential melastatin 4 (TRPM4.A 5-hour ischemic infarct of the MCA territory was performed in 5 2.5-to-3-month-old female hybrid pigs (Large White x Landrace using a frontotemporal approach. The core and penumbra areas were intraoperatively monitored to determine the metabolic and ionic profiles. To determine the infarct volume, 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining and immunohistochemistry analysis was performed to determine SUR1 and TRPM4 expression.PtiO2 monitoring showed an abrupt reduction in values close to 0 mmHg after MCA occlusion in the core area. Hourly cerebral microdialysis showed that the infarcted tissue was characterized by reduced concentrations of glucose (0.03 mM and pyruvate (0.003 mM and increases in lactate levels (8.87mM, lactate-pyruvate ratio (4202, glycerol levels (588 μM, and potassium concentration (27.9 mmol/L. Immunohistochemical analysis showed increased expression of SUR1-TRPM4 channels.The aim of the present proof-of-principle study was to document the feasibility of a large animal model of malignant MCA infarction by performing transcranial occlusion of the MCA in the common pig, as an alternative to lisencephalic animals. This model may be useful for detailed studies of cerebral ischemia mechanisms and the development of neuroprotective strategies.

  17. Malignant infarction of the middle cerebral artery in a porcine model. A pilot study.

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    Arikan, Fuat; Martínez-Valverde, Tamara; Sánchez-Guerrero, Ángela; Campos, Mireia; Esteves, Marielle; Gandara, Dario; Torné, Ramon; Castro, Lidia; Dalmau, Antoni; Tibau, Joan; Sahuquillo, Juan

    2017-01-01

    Interspecies variability and poor clinical translation from rodent studies indicate that large gyrencephalic animal stroke models are urgently needed. We present a proof-of-principle study describing an alternative animal model of malignant infarction of the middle cerebral artery (MCA) in the common pig and illustrate some of its potential applications. We report on metabolic patterns, ionic profile, brain partial pressure of oxygen (PtiO2), expression of sulfonylurea receptor 1 (SUR1), and the transient receptor potential melastatin 4 (TRPM4). A 5-hour ischemic infarct of the MCA territory was performed in 5 2.5-to-3-month-old female hybrid pigs (Large White x Landrace) using a frontotemporal approach. The core and penumbra areas were intraoperatively monitored to determine the metabolic and ionic profiles. To determine the infarct volume, 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining and immunohistochemistry analysis was performed to determine SUR1 and TRPM4 expression. PtiO2 monitoring showed an abrupt reduction in values close to 0 mmHg after MCA occlusion in the core area. Hourly cerebral microdialysis showed that the infarcted tissue was characterized by reduced concentrations of glucose (0.03 mM) and pyruvate (0.003 mM) and increases in lactate levels (8.87mM), lactate-pyruvate ratio (4202), glycerol levels (588 μM), and potassium concentration (27.9 mmol/L). Immunohistochemical analysis showed increased expression of SUR1-TRPM4 channels. The aim of the present proof-of-principle study was to document the feasibility of a large animal model of malignant MCA infarction by performing transcranial occlusion of the MCA in the common pig, as an alternative to lisencephalic animals. This model may be useful for detailed studies of cerebral ischemia mechanisms and the development of neuroprotective strategies.

  18. The effect of interleukin and matrix metalloproteinase on the vulnerability of carotid atherosclerotic plaque and cerebral infarction

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    HUANG Yan

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective To investigate the relationship of IL-17, IL-10 and MMP-12 with the vulnerability of carotid atherosclerotic plaque and cerebral infarction. Methods According to clinical stroke event 70 carotid atherosclersis patients were divided into asymptomatic carotid atherosclerosis (ACAS group (n = 35 and acute atherosclerotic cerebral infarction (AACI group (n = 35. The patients were also divided into vulnerable plague (VP group (n = 38 and unvulnerable plague (UVP group (n = 32 by color ultrasonic technique. Normal control group (n = 35 was established. The plasma levels of cytokines were tested by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA. Results Compared with the control group, the concentrations of IL-17, IL-10 and MMP-12 in ACAS group and AACI group were significantly elevated (P = 0.000; P = 0.000, moreover, the concentrations of IL-17 and MMP-12 in AACI group were higher than those in ACAS group (P = 0.000; P = 0.002, respectively. In AACI group, the level of IL-10 was lower than the ACAS group and control group (P = 0.000, for all, whereas, no significant difference of IL-10 level was seen between ACAS group and control group (P = 0.275. In VP group, the concentrations of IL-17 and MMP-12 were higher than those in UVP group (P = 0.000 and 0.014, respectively. In VP group, the level of IL-10 was lower than that in UVP group and control group (P = 0.000, for all, but no significant difference of IL-10 level was seen between UVP group and control group (P = 0.742. Correlation analysis showed, the level of IL-17 was positively correlated with the level of MMP-12 (r = 0.640, P = 0.000, and was negatively correlated with the level of IL-10 (r =-0.430, P = 0.000. The level of MMP-12 was weakly negatively correlated with the level of IL-10 (r =-0.242, P = 0.013. Conclusion IL-17, IL-10 and MMP-12 all participate the pathological process of atherosclerosis and cerebral infarction. The elevated IL-17 and MMP-12 levels and decreased IL-10 level

  19. Magnetic resonance imaging of human cerebral infarction: Enhancement with Gd-DTPA

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    Imakita, S.; Nishimura, T.; Naito, H.; Yamada, N.; Yamamoto, K.; Takamiya, M.; Yamada, Y.; Sakashita, Y.; Minamikawa, J.; Kikuchi, H.

    1987-09-01

    Five patients (1 female and 4 males) with cerebral infarction of 4 h to 27 months duration were studied 9 times with magnetic resonance (MR) using Gd-DTPA. Spinecho (SE) MR images (MRI) were obtained before and after the administration of Gd-DTPA, and correlative CT scans were performed on the same day. In 2 cases, 4 h and 27 months after the ictus, there was no enhancement with Gd-DTPA. There was faint enhancement in 2 cases with cerebral infarction of about 24 h duration and obvious enhancement in all cases in the subacute stage. Compared with enhanced CT, MR using Gd-DTPA demonstrated more obvious enhancement of infarcted areas. MR enhancement using Gd-DTPA showed a gradual increase and the accumulated Gd-DTPA in infarcted areas slowly diffused to the periphery. MR enhancement with Gd-DTPA is similar to that of enhanced CT, but may be more sensitive in the detection of blood brain barrier breakdown.

  20. Electrocardiographic infarct size assessment after thrombolysis: insights from the Acute Myocardial Infarction STudy ADenosine (AMISTAD) trial.

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    Barbagelata, Alejandro; Di Carli, Marcelo F; Califf, Robert M; Garg, Jyotsna; Birnbaum, Yochai; Grinfeld, Liliana; Gibbons, Raymond J; Granger, Christopher B; Goodman, Shaun G; Wagner, Galen S; Mahaffey, Kenneth W

    2005-10-01

    Noninvasive methods are needed to evaluate reperfusion success in patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI). The AMISTAD trial was analyzed to compare MI size and myocardial salvage determined by electrocardiogram (ECG) with technetium Tc 99m sestamibi single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) imaging. Of 236 patients enrolled in AMISTAD, 166 (70 %) with no ECG confounding factors and no prior MI were included in this analysis. Of these, group 1 (126 patients, 53%) had final infarct size (FIS) available by both ECG and SPECT. Group 2 (56 patients, 24%) had myocardium at risk, FIS, and salvage index (SI) assessed by both SPECT and ECG techniques. Aldrich/Clemmensen scores for myocardium at risk and the Selvester QRS score for final MI size were used. Salvage index was calculated as follows: SI = (myocardium at risk-FIS)/(myocardium at risk). In group 1, FIS was 15% (6, 24) as measured by ECG and 11% (2, 27) as measured by SPECT. In the adenosine group, FIS was 12% (6, 21) and 11% (2, 22). In the placebo group, FIS was 16.5% (7.5, 24) and 11.5% (3.0, 38.5) by ECG and SPECT, respectively. The overall correlation between SPECT and ECG for FIS was 0.58 (P = .0001): 0.60 in the placebo group (P = .0001) and 0.54 (P = .0001) in the adenosine group. In group 2, myocardium at risk was 23% (17, 30) and 26% (10, 50) with ECG and SPECT, respectively (P = .0066). Final infarct size was 17% (6, 21) and 12% (1, 24) (P < .0001). The SI was 29% (-7, 57) and 46% (15, 79) with ECG and SPECT, respectively (P = .0510). The ECG measurement of infarct size has a moderate relationship with SPECT infarct size measurements in the population with available assessments. This ECG algorithm must further be validated on clinical outcomes.

  1. Acute cervical cord infarction in anterior spinal artery territory with acute swelling mimicking myelitis.

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    Abou Al-Shaar, Hussam; AbouAl-Shaar, Iyad; Al-Kawi, Mohammed Z

    2015-10-01

    Acute infarction of the cervical segment of the spinal cord is extremely uncommon. Patients may present with signs and symptoms mimicking that of acute myelitis. On imaging, both conditions may present as a hyperintense area on T-2 weighted MRI. History of sudden onset is essential in establishing the diagnosis. We report a case of cervical spinal cord infarction in a 40-year-old man who was diagnosed with acute transverse myelitis, and was treated with high dose intravenous corticosteroids followed by 5 sessions of plasma exchange. An MRI of the spine revealed abnormal high T2 signal intensity extending from the C2 to C7 level involving the anterior two-thirds of the cord with more central involvement. The findings were consistent with anterior spinal artery territory cervical cord infarction.

  2. Acute infarction of corpus callosum due to transient obstructive hydrocephalus.

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    Kaymakamzade, Bahar; Eker, Amber

    2016-01-01

    Acute ischemia of the corpus callosum (CC) is not a well-known feature in patients with acute hydrocephalus. Herein, we describe a case with acute CC infarction due to another rare entity; transient obstructive hydrocephalus. A 66-year-old male was admitted with sudden onset right-sided hemiparesia. CT demonstrated a hematoma on the left basal ganglia with extension to all ventricles. The following day, the patient's neurological status progressed to coma and developed bilateral pyramidal signs. MRI demonstrated obstructive hydrocephalus and acute diffuse infarction accompanied by elevation of the CC. On the same day there was improvement in his neurological status with significant decrease in ventricular size and complete resolution of the clot in the third ventricle. The mechanism of signal abnormalities is probably related with the neural compression of the CC against the falx. Presumably, the clot causing obstruction in the third ventricle dissolved or decayed by the help of fibrinolytic activity of CSF, which was raised after IVH and caused spontaneous improvement of hydrocephalus. Bilateral neurological symptoms suggest diffuse axonal damage and normalization of the intracranial pressure should be performed on the early onset of clinical detorioration in order to prevent axonal injury. Copyright © 2016 Polish Neurological Society. Published by Elsevier Urban & Partner Sp. z o.o. All rights reserved.

  3. Comparative effects of acute vs. chronic oral amiodarone treatment during acute myocardial infarction in rats.

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    Kolettis, Theofilos M; Agelaki, Maria G; Baltogiannis, Giannis G; Vlahos, Antonios P; Mourouzis, Iordanis; Fotopoulos, Andreas; Pantos, Constantinos

    2007-11-01

    This study investigated whether chronic and acute amiodarone treatment has differential effects on ventricular arrhythmogenesis during acute myocardial infarction in rats. Forty-six rats were randomly allocated into vehicle, chronic oral amiodarone (30 mg/kg daily for 2 weeks), or acute amiodarone (a single dose, 100 mg/kg). Five additional rats were sham-operated. Myocardial infarction was generated by left coronary artery ligation 2 weeks after chronic treatment. Amiodarone was administered acutely 5 min post-ligation. The electrocardiogram was recorded for 24 h, using an implanted telemetry transmitter. Episodes of ventricular tachyarrhythmias and mortality rates were analysed. Serum catecholamines and infarct size were measured 24 h post-ligation. No differences were found in infarct size. Compared with controls (22.7 +/- 10.9), there was a similar reduction in the number of tachyarrhythmia episodes after either chronic (2.6 +/- 1.6, P = 0.0011) or acute (3.6 +/- 1.7, P = 0.031) amiodarone administration. Norepinephrine levels were lower only after chronic treatment. Mortality in both amiodarone treatment arms was exclusively due to bradyarrhythmia secondary to cardiac failure, whereas mortality in controls was mainly attributed to tachyarrhythmic death. A rapid antiarrhythmic effect was observed after acute amiodarone administration in the rat. Norepinephrine levels decreased after chronic treatment and may be associated with bradyarrhythmic mortality.

  4. Macrophages mediate cardioprotective cellular postconditioning in acute myocardial infarction.

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    de Couto, Geoffrey; Liu, Weixin; Tseliou, Eleni; Sun, Baiming; Makkar, Nupur; Kanazawa, Hideaki; Arditi, Moshe; Marbán, Eduardo

    2015-08-03

    Ischemic injury in the heart induces an inflammatory cascade that both repairs damage and exacerbates scar tissue formation. Cardiosphere-derived cells (CDCs) are a stem-like population that is derived ex vivo from cardiac biopsies; they confer both cardioprotection and regeneration in acute myocardial infarction (MI). While the regenerative effects of CDCs in chronic settings have been studied extensively, little is known about how CDCs confer the cardioprotective process known as cellular postconditioning. Here, we used an in vivo rat model of ischemia/reperfusion (IR) injury-induced MI and in vitro coculture assays to investigate how CDCs protect stressed cardiomyocytes. Compared with control animals, animals that received CDCs 20 minutes after IR had reduced infarct size when measured at 48 hours. CDCs modified the myocardial leukocyte population after ischemic injury. Specifically, introduction of CDCs reduced the number of CD68+ macrophages, and these CDCs secreted factors that polarized macrophages toward a distinctive cardioprotective phenotype that was not M1 or M2. Systemic depletion of macrophages with clodronate abolished CDC-mediated cardioprotection. Using both in vitro coculture assays and a rat model of adoptive transfer after IR, we determined that CDC-conditioned macrophages attenuated cardiomyocyte apoptosis and reduced infarct size, thereby recapitulating the beneficial effects of CDC therapy. Together, our data indicate that CDCs limit acute injury by polarizing an effector macrophage population within the heart.

  5. Estimation of Subjective Stress in Acute Myocardial Infarction

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    Chockalingam A

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND and AIMS: Mental stress is considered to be a precipitating factor in acute coronary events. We aimed to assess the association of subjective or 'perceived' mental stress with the occurrence of acute coronary events. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: Prospective case-control survey was carried out in a referral teaching hospital. subjects & METHODS: Consecutive patients with acute myocardial infarction and ST elevation on electrocardiogram who were admitted to the Coronary Care Unit of a referral teaching hospital were enrolled in the study as cases. Controls were unmatched and were enrolled from amongst patients with coronary artery disease who did not have recent acute coronary events. Subjective Stress Functional Classification (SS-FC for the preceding 2-4 weeks was assessed and assigned four grades from I to IV as follows: I - baseline, II - more than usual but not affecting daily routine, III - significantly high stress affecting daily routine and IV - worst stress in life. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: Proportions of different characteristics were compared using chi-square test with Yates continuity correction. Student's unpaired t test was applied for mean age. 'p' value of < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. RESULTS: SS-FC could be reliably (99% and easily assessed. Eighty (53% of the total 150 patients with acute MI reported 'high' levels of stress (stress class III and IV. This is in contrast to only 30 (20% of 150 healthy controls reporting high stress for the same period (p value < 0.001. CONCLUSION: Patients with acute myocardial infarction report a higher subjective mental stress during 2 to 4 weeks preceding the acute coronary event.

  6. PSYCHOLOGICAL REACTIONS AND HEALTH BEHAVIOR FOLLOWING ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION

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    Tatjana Milenković

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Psychological reactions, risk health behavior and cardiac parameters can influence rehospitalization after acute myocardial infarction.The aim of the paper was to determine the presence of psychological reactions and risk health behavior in patients with acute myocardial infarction on admission as well as the differences after six months.The research included thirty-trhee patients of both sexes, who were consecutively hospitalized due to acute myocardial infarction. A prospective clinical investigation involved the following: semi-structured interview, Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (M.I.N.I for pcychiatric disorders, Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI for measuring the severity of anxiety, Beck Depression Inventory (BDI for measuring the severity of depression, KON-6 sigma test for aggression, Holms-Rahe Scale (H-R for exposure to stressful events, and Health Behavior Questionnaire: alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, lack of physical activity. Measurement of the same parameters was done on admission and after six months. The differences were assessed using the t-test and chi-square test for p<0.05.On admission, anxiety (BAI=8.15±4.37 and depression (BDI=8.67±3.94 were mild without significant difference after six months in the group of examinees. Aggression was elevated and significantly lowered after six monts (KON-6 sigma =53,26±9, 58:41,42±7.67, t=2,13 for p<0.05. Exposure to stressful events in this period decreased (H-R=113.19±67.37:91,65±63,81, t=3,14 for p<0.05; distribution of physical activity was significantly higher compared to admission values (54.83%: 84.84%. χ2=5.07 for p<0.01.In the group of examinees with acute myocardial infarction in the period of six months, anxiety and depression remained mildly icreased, while the levels of aggression and exposure to stressful events were lowered. Risk health behavior was maintained, except for the improvement in physical activity. In the integrative therapy and

  7. Coronary Emboli in a Young Patient with Mechanical Aortic Valve: A Rare Cause of Acute Myocardial Infarction

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    Arash Gholoobi

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Coronary artery embolism is an uncommon cause of Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI. Herein, we reported a 24-year-old male who was admitted with acute infero-posterior myocardial infarction and cerebral Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA. He had undergone mechanical Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR surgery 6 years ago. Surprisingly, the patient had decided to stop taking his medication (warfarin 20 days earlier without any medical advice. Coronary angiography revealed a thrombus located at the distal part of the left circumflex artery. Discontinuation of anticoagulant therapy in the presence of mechanical valve prosthesis, clinical evidence of coincidental TIA, and lack of atherosclerotic risk factors were highly suggestive of coronary thromboembolism as the cause of AMI. Overall, this case report emphasized the necessity of continuous education in patients with mechanical heart valves to prevent such undesired events.

  8. Myocardial infarction, acute ischemic stroke, and hyperglycemia triggered by acute chlorine gas inhalation.

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    Kose, Ataman; Kose, Beril; Açikalin, Ayça; Gunay, Nurullah; Yildirim, Cuma

    2009-10-01

    Chlorine is one of the most common substances involved in toxic inhalation. Until now, several accidental exposures have been reported. The damage to the respiratory tract in the immediate phase after exposure to chlorine is well defined. Death occurs particularly due to pulmonary edema with respiratory failure and circulatory collapse. On the other hand, no association with myocardial infarction, acute stroke, severe hyperglycemia, and acute chlorine inhalation has been reported in literature. In the present study, an elderly (74-year-old) and diabetic case with myocardial infarction, acute stroke, hyperglycemia, and respiratory failure associated with acute chlorine intoxication after a diagnosis of acute chlorine poisoning and treatment in the emergency department is reported and the literature is revisited. Physicians should know that in elderly patients with a systemic disease who apply with chlorine gas inhalation, more serious complications along with damage in respiratory tract might be observed.

  9. ST segment elevations: Always a marker of acute myocardial infarction?

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    G. Coppola

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Chest pain is one of the chief presenting complaints among patients attending Emergency department. The diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction may be a challenge. Various tools such as anamnesis, blood sample (with evaluation of markers of myocardial necrosis, ultrasound techniques and coronary computed tomography could be useful. However, the interpretation of electrocardiograms of these patients may be a real concern. The earliest manifestations of myocardial ischemia typically interest T waves and ST segment. Despite the high sensitivity, ST segment deviation has however poor specificity since it may be observed in many other cardiac and non-cardiac conditions. Therefore, when ST–T abnormalities are detected the physicians should take into account many other parameters (such as risk factors, symptoms and anamnesis and all the other differential diagnoses. The aim of our review is to overview of the main conditions that may mimic a ST segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI.

  10. Single coronary artery presenting as acute myocardial infarction.

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    Jurado-Román, Alfonso; Sánchez-Pérez, Ignacio; Lozano-Ruíz-Poveda, Fernando; Pinilla-Echeverri, Natalia; López-Lluva, María T; Moreno-Arciniegas, Andrea; Marina-Breysse, Manuel; Piqueras-Flores, Jesús

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    A single coronary artery is one of the most rarely seen coronary artery anomalies. In addition, the specific subtype (Lipton RII-A) that our patient presented is one of the least common, and its clinical presentation as myocardial infarction and cardiac arrest has not been described in the literature. The case shows that although it is essential to exclude a malignant interarterial course of the vessel, cardiac arrest is a possible clinical presentation produced by myocardial ischemia in the context of acute myocardial infarction and should be managed according to clinical practice guidelines. Copyright © 2016 Sociedade Portuguesa de Cardiologia. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  11. Protein C deficiency in a patient of acute myocardial infarction

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    Tamzeed Ahmed

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available A 42-year old male presented with acute myocardial infarction with no discernable risk factors; he never smoked; did not suffer from diabetes and had a well controlled blood pressure with single medication; plasma concentration of total cholesterol was on the upper normal limit, high and low density lipoprotein, cholesterol and triglyceride being normal. In addition to a single antihypertensive he received Allupurinol(Xanthine Oxidase inhibitorfor hyperuricaemia. Coronary angiogram revealed ectatic epicardial coronary arteries. The patient developed deep vein thrombosis of right leg after four days of the coronary angiogram. Coagulation analysis revealed protein C deficiency. The recognition of protein C deficiency as a risk factor for myocardial infarction is important as anticoagulators prevent further thrombotic events whereas inhibitors of platelet aggregation are ineffective. Ibrahim Med. Coll. J. 2009; 3(1: 34-35

  12. Intracoronary and systemic melatonin to patients with acute myocardial infarction

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    Halladin, Natalie L; Busch, Sarah Ekeløf; Jensen, Svend Eggert

    2014-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Ischaemia-reperfusion injury following acute myocardial infarctions (AMI) is an unavoidable consequence of the primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI) procedure. A pivotal mechanism in ischaemia-reperfusion injury is the production of reactive oxygen species following...... following pPCI in patients with AMI. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The IMPACT trial is a multicentre, randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study. We wish to include 2 × 20 patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarctions undergoing pPCI within six hours from symptom onset. The primary end......-point is the Myocardial Salvage Index assessed by cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging on day 4 (± 1) after pPCI. The secondary end-points are high-sensitivity troponin, creatinekinase myocardial band and clinical events. CONCLUSION: The aim of the IMPACT trial is to evaluate the effect of melatonin on reperfusion...

  13. Epidemiology and genetics of ventricular fibrillation during acute myocardial infarction

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    Glinge, Charlotte; Sattler, Stefan; Jabbari, Reza

    2016-01-01

    of a family member is a risk factor for SCD and VF during acute myocardial infarction (MI), independent of traditional risk factors including family history of MI, suggesting a genetic component in the susceptibility to VF. To prevent SCD and VF due to MI, we need a better understanding of the genetic...... infarction, myocardial ischemia", "coronary artery disease", and "genetics". This review describes the epidemiology and evidence for genetic susceptibility to VF due to MI....... several genetic variants, both common and rare variants, have been associated to either VF or SCD. For this review, we searched PubMed for potentially relevant articles, using the following MeSH-terms: "sudden cardiac death", "ventricular fibrillation", "out-of-hospital cardiac arrest", "myocardial...

  14. Hemodynamic effects of acute digitalization several months after acute myocardial infarction.

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    Ressl, J; Jandová, R; Jebavý, P; Kasalický, J; Widimský, J

    1975-01-01

    Left ventricular function was investigated at rest and during exercise by heart catheterization in 15 patients 3-5 months after acute myocardial infarction. The effect of 1 mg digoxin i.v. in ten patients was correlated to placebo (saline solution) in five patients. A significant decrease of the left ventricular enddiastolic pressure, increase of left ventricular systolic ejection fraction and a shift of the left ventricular function curve to left upwards was found after digoxin with no changes in the placebo group. This beneficial effect of acute digitalization in patients convalescing from uncomplicated myocardial infarction without clinical signs of manifest heart failure could have therapeutic implication.

  15. Diffusion-weighted MRI and selection of patients for fibrinolytic therapy of acute cerebral ischaemia

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    Ezura, M. [Department of Neuroendovascular Therapy, Kohnan Hospital, Sendai (Japan); Takahashi, A. [Department of Neuroendovascular Therapy, Kohnan Hospital, Sendai (Japan); Division of Neuroendovascular Therapy, Department of Neuroscience, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Tohoku (Japan); Shimizu, H. [Department of Neurosurgery, Kohnan Hospital, Sendai (Japan); Yoshimoto, T. [Department of Neurosurgery, Tohoku University School of Medicine, Tohoku (Japan)

    2000-05-01

    Treatment of patients with acute cerebral ischaemic events remains controversial. We investigated the reversibility of high signal intensity on diffusion-weighted (DW) MRI after acute local intra-arterial fibrinolysis (LIF) and the feasibility of DW MRI for selecting patients for acute LIF. Nine patients with acute middle cerebral artery embolic occlusion underwent single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and DW MRI followed by acute LIF using tissue plasminogen activator. Recanalisation was observed in all patients, and eight improved clinically. The area of high signal intensity on pretreatment DW MRI was smaller than the low-uptake area on SPECT in all patients, and went on to infarction, as detected by MRI or CT 3 days after onset in all patients. It appears to correlate, at least clinically, with irreversible brain damage. Therefore, acute LIF should not be performed in patients with areas of high signal intensity in the cortex responsible for the symptoms. SPECT remains important, because areas normal on DW MRI with low uptake on SPECT often contribute to functional prognosis. (orig.)

  16. Acute hypoxia increases the cerebral metabolic rate

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    Vestergaard, Mark Bitsch; Lindberg, Ulrich; Aachmann-Andersen, Niels Jacob

    2016-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to examine changes in cerebral metabolism by magnetic resonance imaging of healthy subjects during inhalation of 10% O2 hypoxic air. Hypoxic exposure elevates cerebral perfusion, but its effect on energy metabolism has been less investigated. Magnetic resonance...... imaging techniques were used to measure global cerebral blood flow and the venous oxygen saturation in the sagittal sinus. Global cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen was quantified from cerebral blood flow and arteriovenous oxygen saturation difference. Concentrations of lactate, glutamate, N......-acetylaspartate, creatine and phosphocreatine were measured in the visual cortex by magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Twenty-three young healthy males were scanned for 60 min during normoxia, followed by 40 min of breathing hypoxic air. Inhalation of hypoxic air resulted in an increase in cerebral blood flow of 15.5% (p = 0...

  17. Sensitivity of {sup 99m}Tc-pyrophosphate scintigraphy in diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction

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    Kim, Seong Hee; Park, Tai Que; Chae, Yoo Soon; Kim, Yang Sook [Maryknoll Hospital, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    1991-01-15

    To assess the difference of the diagnostic sensitivity of {sup 99m}Tc-Pyrophosphate (PYP) myocardial scintigraphy in acute transmural infarction and acute subendocardial infarction, we analyzed 38 patients with a confirmed transmural infarct, 10 with a subendocardial infarct, 2 with old myocardial infarct, and 10 with other cardiovascular disease (2 unstable angina, 6 stable angina, 1 Prinzmetal angina, and 1 atrial fibrillation) according to Berman's criteria for scintigraphic assessment and then come to conclusion; When only focal myocardial uptake wa used as a criteria for positivity, the diagnostic sensitivity of {sup 99m}Tc-PYP scintigraphy in acute subendocardial myocardial infarction was only 40% (4/10) compared with 86.8% (33/38) of acute transmural myocardial infarction. There was no case that was interpreted as focal myocardial uptake in 2 old myocardial infarction and 10 other cardiovascular disease. The incidence of complication was higher in doughnut pattern of myocardial uptake 50% (3/6) than in non-doughnut focal patterns 19.4% (6/31). It is concluded that focal myocardial uptake is a sensitive indicator suggesting acute myocardial necrosis and that {sup 99m}Tc-PYP myocardial scintigraphy is a sensitive technique for diagnosing acute transmural myocardial infarction, but a insensitive method in acute subendocardial infarction, and that the doughnut pattern of myocardial uptake an provide clues to the patient's future course.

  18. Cerebral infarction related to cryptococcal meningitis in an HIV-infected patient: case report and literature review

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    Full Text Available Neurological dysfunction as the first manifestation of AIDS has been found in 10 to 20% of symptomatic human immunodeficiency virus infections. However, stroke has rarely been reported in AIDS patients. The most common causes of cerebral infarction in AIDS are central nervous system infections: toxoplasmosis, cryptococcal meningitis and tuberculosis. Potential vascular mechanisms for cerebral infarction and transient neurological deficits among AIDS patients include deposition of antigen-antibody complexes with vasculitis and infarction, and a direct toxic effect of a viral antigen or infectious agent on vascular endothelium. The role of cryptococcal meningitis in vasculopathy is still not clear. We report a case of cerebral infarction in an HIV-infected patient, with cryptococcal meningitis as the first manifestation of AIDS.

  19. The international normalized ratio (INR as seen in a population of patients with atrial fibrillation and cerebral infarction undergoing long-term treatment with vitamin K antagonists

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    Szczepańska-Szerej Anna

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available It is estimated that nearly 20% of all cerebral infarctions in the total population are the result of a complication of atrial fibrillation (AF. While oral anticoagulation with vitamin K antagonists (AVKs substantially reduces this risk, this requires regular monitoring of the international normalized ratio (INR in order to achieve therapeutic levels (2,0-3,0. The aim of this study was to evaluate a group at high risk of cerebral infarction, among patients with AF undergoing long-term treatment with VKAs, taking into account the significance of therapeutic INR values. The analysed group consisted of 90 acute ischaemic stroke patients with paroxysmal or chronic “non-valvular” AF, receiving treatment with VKAs. As a result of the study, therapeutic INR values (≥ 2 were seen in thirty-five of these individuals (38,8%, while 55 (61,2% showed non-therapeutic INR values. Moreover, there were no differences in demographics, vascular risk factors, biochemical and morphological blood parameters, mean CHA2DS2-VASc score and TOAST classification between either of the two groups. Furthermore, no additional factor that would increase their risk of cerebral infarction during the adequate treatment with VKAs was found. However, patients with non-therapeutic INR values had a statistically significantly higher frequency of concomitant moderate pathology of the bicuspid valve, p<0.05. Hence, a lack of proper control of INR can proved to be particularly dangerous for this subgroup of patients. Hence, this is a group with an elevated risk of cerebral infarction and therefore requires special oversight of VKA treatment or NOA treatment.

  20. "DETERMINANTS OF PREHOSPITAL DELAY IN PATIENTS WITH ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION"

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    2004-05-01

    Full Text Available Determination of pre-hospital delay time of patients with acute myocardial infarction and seeking ways of speeding up the time for reperfusion is an important factor to lower mortality in these patients. This is a cross-sectional study to determine pre-hospital delay time, its components, and related causes and conditions, obtained in 375 patients with prolonged chest pain referred to four hospitals of Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Means of transport to hospital, reasons of ambulance disuse, decision time by the patient and finally the entire time of pre-hospital delay were specified. Suspected factors related to delays of more than 2 and 6 h were scrutinized with chi-square test. Rate of ambulance utility (18.9% directly correlated with age of patients (P<0.05. Principal motives to disuse ambulance insuccession were unrememberance (33.7%, access to private vehicle (32.8% and supposition of sufficient speed of personal reference (18.9%. Pre-hospital delay time was 8.1 ± 9.1 h (mean ± SD in whole patients and 7.6 ± 9.1 h in those with acute myocardial infarction. Delays of more than 2 and 6 hoccurred in 67.5% and 33.6% of patients, respectively. Decision time constitute three fourth of whole pre-hospital delay and was correlated with female gender, older age, history of diabetes, lower level of literacy and nocturnal onset of symptoms. In conclusion, a significant number of patients with acute myocardial infarction have pre-hospital delay of more than 2 and even 6 h, when golden time for thrombolytic therapy has already been elapsed.

  1. Cerebral infarction 3 weeks after intravenous immunoglobulin for Miller Fisher syndrome: a case report.

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    Chang, Thashi; de Alwis, Johann Shenoj; Samarasekara, Neirosha; Rajapakse, Senaka

    2014-03-24

    Intravenous immunoglobulin is considered generally safe and is used widely as proven, and sometimes empiric, treatment for an expanding list of autoimmune diseases. Thromboembolic complications following intravenous immunoglobulin therapy are rare and there have been only five previous reports of stroke occurring within 2 to 10 days of infusion. This is the first report of cerebral infarction occurring after a longer latency of 3 weeks following intravenous immunoglobulin therapy in a patient presenting with Miller Fisher syndrome. A previously well, 44-year-old Sri Lankan man progressively developed ophthalmoplegia, facial paralysis, ataxia and areflexia with neurophysiological and cerebrospinal fluid evidence consistent with the Miller Fisher syndrome. He made an unremarkable recovery with intravenous immunoglobulin therapy (0.4 g/kg/day for 5 days, total 180 g), but developed a cerebral infarct with haemorrhagic transformation 25 days later. He was noted to have a low blood pressure. Extensive investigations ruled out vasculopathic, embolic, thrombophilic and inflammatory aetiologies. Circulating intravenous immunoglobulins combined with a low blood pressure was considered the most probable cause of his stroke. Cerebral infarction following intravenous immunoglobulin is thought to be secondary to hyperviscosity, thromboemboli, vasculitis, or cerebral vasospasm and reported to occur after a short latency when the immunoglobulin load is highest. Even though the immunoglobulin load is halved by 3 weeks, our case suggests that that the predisposition to thromboembolism persists over a longer period and may result in vascular complications if synergised with other vascular risk factors. It is recommended that intravenous immunoglobulin be infused at a rate of not less than 8 hours per day and that factors predisposing to thromboembolism such as dehydration, immobilisation and low blood pressure be avoided for the duration of at least two half-lives of immunoglobulin

  2. [Painless anterior acute myocardial infarction in a transplanted heart].

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    Poyet, R; Capilla, E; Tortat, A V; Brocq, F X; Pons, F; Kerebel, S; Jego, C; Cellarier, G R

    2015-11-01

    Cardiac allograft vasculopathy is the major determinant of long-term survival in patients after heart transplantation. Clinical presentations are congestive heart failure, ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. Acute coronary syndrome is a rare presentation of cardiac allograft vasculopathy due to myocardial denervation. We present the case of a 31-year-old patient, who had undergone heart transplantation 6 months earlier and who developed a painless anterior myocardial infarction revealed by syncope. He was successfully treated by percutaneous coronary intervention with drug eluting stent implantation. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  3. Significance of Cerebral Blood Flow Analysis in the Acute Stage after Revascularization Surgery for Moyamoya Disease

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    FUJIMURA, Miki; TOMINAGA, Teiji

    2015-01-01

    Moyamoya disease is a chronic, occlusive cerebrovascular disease with unknown etiology characterized by steno-occlusive changes at the terminal portion of the internal carotid artery, either bilaterally or unilaterally, and an abnormal vascular network at the base of the brain. Surgical revascularization such as extracranial-intracranial (EC-IC) bypass is the preferred procedure for moyamoya disease. Despite the favorable long-term outcome, cerebral infarction and hyperperfusion syndrome are potential complications of this procedure, which can lead to neurological deterioration in the acute stage. In light of the similar clinical presentations between perioperative ischemia and hyperperfusion, it is essential to attempt a prompt cerebral blood flow (CBF) measurement in the acute stage after EC-IC bypass for moyamoya disease to differentiate these distinct pathologies, because the management of cerebral ischemia and hyperperfusion is contradictory to each other. Routine CBF analysis by single-photon emission computed tomography and/or magnetic resonance imaging not only facilitated a safer perioperative management but also provided important information about dynamic pathology of the hemodynamic conversion in the acute stage after revascularization surgery for moyamoya disease. We represent the current status of CBF analysis during the perioperative period of revascularization surgery for moyamoya disease, and sought to discuss its significance and efficacy to avoid surgical complications. PMID:26369873

  4. [A case of acute aortic dissection presenting with cerebral ischemic symptoms: utility of 3D CT angiography and CT perfusion for the diagnosis of acute stroke].

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    Koseki, Hirokazu; Kuroi, Yasuhiro; Arai, Naoyuki; Ohbuchi, Hidenori; Hirota, Kengo; Hagiwara, Shinji; Tani, Shigeru; Sasahara, Atsushi; Kasuya, Hidetoshi

    2014-08-01

    A 76-year-old woman presented at our hospital complaining of loss of consciousness, dysarthria, and upper extremity paresis. Head CT showed no remarkable findings. 3D CT angiography (CTA) and CT perfusion (CTP) revealed acute aortic dissection (AAD) involving the innominate artery and decreased cerebral blood flow in the right cerebral hemisphere, although there were no clinical signs of AAD. The patient underwent emergency allograft replacement performed by cardiovascular surgeons. The symptoms disappeared within several days and no cerebral infarction developed. Although patients with AAD and neurological symptoms can show a fatal course when they receive tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), it is difficult to exclude patient with AAD as candidates for tPA treatment. Routine use of 3D CTA and CTP in the diagnosis of acute stroke may help overcome the above problem.

  5. Mortality and morbidity remain high despite captopril and/or valsartan therapy in elderly patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction, heart failure, or both after acute myocardial infarction - Results from the Valsartan in Acute Myocardial Infarction Trial (VALIANT)

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    White, HD; Aylward, PEG; Huang, Z; Dalby, AJ; Weaver, WD; Barvik, S; Marin-Neto, JA; Murin, J; Nordlander, RO; van Gilst, WH; Zannad, F; McMurray, JJV; Califf, RM; Pfeffer, MA

    2005-01-01

    Background - The elderly constitute an increasing proportion of acute myocardial infarction patients and have disproportionately high mortality and morbidity. Those with heart failure or impaired left ventricular left ventricular function after acute myocardial infarction have high complication and

  6. Cerebral infarction due to cardiac myxoma developed with the loss of consciousness immediately after defecation-a case report.

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    Ikeda, Toshimasa; Oomura, Masahiro; Sato, Chikako; Anan, Chise; Yamada, Kentaro; Kamimoto, Kaoru

    2016-05-31

    A 74-year-old man lost consciousness immediately after defecation. The loss of consciousness lasted for several minutes, and he experienced difficulty in walking when he regained consciousness. He was transferred to our hospital via an ambulance. Upon neurological examination, nystagmus and ataxia in the left arm and leg were noted. An MRI of the brain revealed multiple acute infarcts mainly in the bilateral cerebellum. Intravenous thrombolytic therapy with alteplase was initiated 3 h and 20 min after the onset of symptoms, and an improvement in neurological symptoms was observed. Echocardiography displayed a mobile mass in the left atrium, suggesting myxoma. After 14 days from the onset of symptoms, the tumor was surgically resected, and a pathological diagnosis of myxoma was established. Because of the unique event surrounding the onset in this case, we considered that there was a potential detachment of myxoma and/or thrombi fragments triggered by an increase in intrathoracic pressure induced by the action of defecation. This present case suggests that clinicians should consider cardiac myxoma in patients with cerebral infarction if the stroke is preceded by a Valsalva maneuver-like action and accompanied by the loss of consciousness.

  7. Silent cerebral infarction, income, and grade retention among students with sickle cell anemia

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    King, Allison A.; Rodeghier, Mark J.; Panepinto, Julie Ann; Strouse, John J.; Casella, James F.; Quinn, Charles T.; Dowling, Michael M.; Sarnaik, Sharada A.; Thompson, Alexis A.; Woods, Gerald M.; Minniti, Caterina P.; Redding-Lallinger, Rupa C.; Kirby-Allen, Melanie; Kirkham, Fenella J.; McKinstry, Robert; Noetzel, Michael J.; White, Desiree A.; Kwiatkowski, Janet K.; Howard, Thomas H.; Kalinyak, Karen A.; Inusa, Baba; Rhodes, Melissa M.; Heiny, Mark E.; Fuh, Ben; Fixler, Jason M.; Gordon, Mae O.; DeBaun, Michael R.

    2014-01-01

    Children with sickle cell anemia have a higher-than-expected prevalence of poor educational attainment. We test two key hypotheses about educational attainment among students with sickle cell anemia, as measured by grade retention and use of special education services: (1) lower household per capita income is associated with lower educational attainment; (2) the presence of a silent cerebral infarct is associated with lower educational attainment. We conducted a multicenter, cross-sectional study of cases from 22 U.S. sites included in the Silent Infarct Transfusion Trial. During screening, parents completed a questionnaire that included sociodemographic information and details of their child’s academic status. Of 835 students, 670 were evaluable; 536 had data on all covariates and were used for analysis. The students’ mean age was 9.4 years (range: 5–15) with 52.2% male; 17.5% of students were retained one grade level and 18.3% received special education services. A multiple variable logistic regression model identified that lower household per capita income (odds ratio [OR] of quartile 1 = 6.36, OR of quartile 2 = 4.7, OR of quartile 3 = 3.87; P = 0.001 for linear trend), age (OR = 1.3; P sickle cell anemia, household per capita income is associated with grade retention, whereas the presence of a silent cerebral infarct is not. Future educational interventions will need to address both the medical and socioeconomic issues that affect students with sickle cell anemia. PMID:25042018

  8. Circulating Biomarkers in Cerebral Autosomal Dominant Arteriopathy with Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy Patients.

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    Pescini, Francesca; Donnini, Ida; Cesari, Francesca; Nannucci, Serena; Valenti, Raffaella; Rinnoci, Valentina; Poggesi, Anna; Gori, Anna Maria; Giusti, Betti; Rogolino, Angela; Carluccio, Alessandra; Bianchi, Silvia; Dotti, Maria Teresa; Federico, Antonio; Balestrino, Maurizio; Adriano, Enrico; Abbate, Rosanna; Inzitari, Domenico; Pantoni, Leonardo

    2017-04-01

    Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) is an inherited cerebral microangiopathy presenting with variable features, including migraine, psychiatric disorders, stroke, and cognitive decline and variable disability. On neuroimaging, CADASIL is characterized by leukoencephalopathy, multiple lacunar infarcts, and microbleeds. Previous studies suggest a possible role of endothelial impairment in the pathogenesis of the disease. We assessed plasma levels of von Willebrand factor (vWF) and thrombomodulin (TM) and the blood levels of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) and circulating progenitor cells (CPCs) in 49 CADASIL patients and 49 age-matched controls and their association with clinical/functional and neuroimaging features. In multivariate analysis, CADASIL patients had significantly higher vWF and lower EPC levels. TM levels were similar in the 2 groups. CADASIL patients with a more severe clinical phenotype (history of stroke or dementia) presented lower CPC levels in comparison with patients with a milder phenotype. On correlation analysis, lower CPC levels were associated with worse performances on neuropsychological, motor and functional tests, and with higher lesion load on brain magnetic resonance imaging (degree of leukoencephalopathy and number of lacunar infarcts). This is the first CADASIL series in which multiple circulating biomarkers have been studied. Our findings support previous studies on the presence and the possible modulating effect of endothelial impairment in the disease. Furthermore, our research data suggest that blood CPCs may be markers of disease severity. Copyright © 2017 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Excess long-term mortality among hospital survivors of acute myocardial infarction. Soroka Acute Myocardial Infarction (SAMI) project.

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    Plakht, Y; Gilutz, H; Shiyovich, A

    2017-02-01

    We evaluated long-term survival after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in unselected 'real life' patients according to the various risk groups, and it's persistence with time after AMI as compared with the matched general population. Retrospective study. Data were collected from 2671 AMI hospital survivors (tertiary medical centre in Israel), which included demographics, clinical characteristics of AMI, comorbidities, interventions and test results. All-cause mortality during the 10-year follow-up period was compared with age-, sex- and ethnicity/religion-matched general population using standardized mortality ratios (SMRs). Overall mortality of AMI patients (48.6%) was higher than the general population (SMR, 2.2; P < 0.001). Mortality rates and SMRs tended to be greater in higher risk strata of patients, Jews vs Muslims, women vs men, non-ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) vs ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI), non-invasive treatment vs invasive treatment, and recurrent vs first AMI. Mortality rates increased with age, but SMRs were highest in the youngest group. Through the follow-up period, SMR was highest during the first year after discharge (SMR, 4.85; P < 0.001) and higher in 7th-10th years compared with 2nd-6th years. Patients who survived hospital admission with AMI continue to be at higher (approximately twice) risk of death compared with the general population for at least 10-year follow-up period and especially throughout the first and 7th-10th years after AMI, young women, high-risk patients, Jews, NSTEMI, non-invasively treated and recurrent AMI. These findings can assist healthcare providers and decision makers prioritizing targets of secondary prevention and allocation of resources. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  10. T1 mapping in patients with acute myocardial infarction.

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    Messroghli, Daniel R; Niendorf, Thoralf; Schulz-Menger, Jeanette; Dietz, Rainer; Friedrich, Matthias G

    2003-01-01

    Pixel-by-pixel calculation of T1 values (T1 mapping) has been used in different tissues to focus on T1 changes in a quantitative fashion. The aim of this study was to establish T1 mapping of human myocardium on a 1.5 Tesla system and to examine its diagnostic potential in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). 8 patients with reperfused AMI (day 3 +/- 1) underwent multi-breath-hold MRI in a 1.5 Tesla system. Sets of five images with varying T1 weighting were acquired prior to and after the administration of contrast agent to generate images from calculated T1 values (T1 mapping). Prior to the contrast agent administration, all patients showed T1 prolongation in the area of infarction, which was identified in separate measurements using the delayed enhancement approach. Compared to noninfarcted areas, T1 values in the infarcted areas were increased by 18 +/- 7% (SE, p T1 prolongation was larger than that of the hyper-enhanced areas in conventional contrast-enhanced images. T1 maps obtained after the application of Gadolinium-DTPA revealed a T1 reduction of 27 +/- 4% in infarcted tissue compared to noninfarcted areas (p T1 reduction were in agreement with the hyper-enhanced regions in conventional T1-weighted images. T1 mapping visualizes changes in the longitudinal relaxation time induced by AMI. T1 mapping can detect myocardial necrosis without the use of contrast media. Information that can be extracted from a combination of pre- and postcontrast T1 maps exceeds that from conventional contrast studies.

  11. The relationship between cerebral infarction on MR and angiographic findings in moyamoya disease: significance of the posterior circulation

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    Lee, Eun Ja; Song, Soon Young [College of Medicine, Kwangdong Univ., Koyang (Korea, Republic of); Yu, Won Jong; Jung, So Lyung; Chung, Bong Gak; Kag, Si Won [College of Medicine, The Catholic Univ. of Korea, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Man Deuk [College of Medicine, Pochon CHA Univ., Pochon (Korea, Republic of)

    2002-06-01

    To investigate the relationship between changes in the posterior and anterior circulation, as seen at angiography, and the frequency and extent of cerebral infarction revealed by MR imaging in moyamoya disease. This study involved 34 patients (22 females and 12 males, aged 2-52 years) in whom cerebral angiography revealed the presence of moyamoya disease (bilateral; unilateral= 24:10; total hemispheres=58) and who also underwent brain MR imaging. To evaluate the angiographic findings, we applied each angiographic staging system to the anterior and posterior circulation. Leptomeningeal collateral circulation from the cortical branches of the posterior cerebral artery (PCA) was also assigned one of four grades. At MR imaging, areas of cerebral cortical or subcortical infarction in the hemisphere were divided into six zones. White matter and basal ganglionic infarction, ventricular dilatation, cortical atrophy, and hemorrhagic lesions were also evaluated. To demonstrate the statistical significance of the relationship between the angiographic and the MR findings, both the Mantel-Haenszel chi-square test for trend and the chi-square test were used. The degree of steno-occlusive PCA change correlated significantly with the internal carotid artery (ICA) stage (p<0.0001). As PCA stages advanced, the degree of leptomeningeal collaterals from the PCA decreased significantly (P<0.0001), but ICA stages were not significant (p>0.05). The prevalence of infarction showed significant correlation with the degree of steno-occlusive change in both the ICA and PCA. The degree of cerebral ischemia in moyamoya patients increased proportionally with the severity of PCA stenosis rather than with that of steno-occlusive lesins of the anterior circulation. Infarctions tended to be distributed in the anterior part of the hemisphere at PCA state I or II, while in more advanced PCA lesions, they were also found posteriorly, especially in the territories of the posterior middle cerebral artery

  12. A quantitative histopathological study of right bundle branch block complicating acute anteroseptal myocardial infarction.

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    Okabe, M; Fukuda, K; Nakashima, Y; Hiroki, T; Arakawa, K; Kikuchi, M

    1991-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether necrosis of the right bundle branch is responsible for development of right bundle branch block in acute myocardial infarction. Twenty patients with acute anteroseptal myocardial infarction were studied--10 with right bundle branch block (group A) and 10 without (group B)--to evaluate by serial sectioning the pathological extent of myocardial infarction surrounding the right bundle branch and also that of right bundle branch necrosis. Myoca...

  13. Acute pulmonary embolism leading to cavitation and large pulmonary abscess: A rare complication of pulmonary infarction

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    Koroscil, Matthew T.; Hauser, Timothy R.

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    Pulmonary infarction is an infrequent complication of pulmonary embolism due to the dual blood supply of the lung. Autopsy studies have reported cavitation to occur in only 4–5% of all pulmonary infarctions with an even smaller proportion of these cases becoming secondarily infected. Patients with infected cavitating pulmonary infarction classically present with fever, positive sputum culture, and leukocytosis days to weeks following acute pulmonary embolism. We describe a rare case of acute ...

  14. Differences in the Korea Acute Myocardial Infarction Registry Compared with Western Registries

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    Sim, Doo Sun; Jeong, Myung Ho

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    The Korea Acute Myocardial Infarction Registry (KAMIR) is the first nationwide registry that reflects current therapeutic approaches and acute myocardial infarction (AMI) management in Korea. The results of the KAMIR demonstrated different risk factors and responses to medical and interventional treatments. The results indicated that the incidence of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) was relatively high, and that the prevalence of dyslipidemia was relatively low with higher triglycer...

  15. Comparison of multimodal intra-arterial treatment versus intravenous thrombolysis for hypertensive patients with severe large vessel cerebral infarction.

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    Tian, Zuojun; Liao, Geng; Li, Shaoming; Shen, Yuechun; Chen, Changbing; Liu, Lei; Li, Yiheng

    2017-10-01

    Since intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) is often associated with poor outcomes in hypertensive patients with severe acute cerebral infarction (ACI) due to occlusions of the internal carotid, basilar, or proximal middle cerebral artery, we evaluated whether multimodal intra-arterial treatment (IAT) might improve functional outcomes in this patient population. We retrospectively reviewed the charts of eligible patients who underwent multimodal IAT including intra-arterial thrombolysis, mechanical thrombectomy, balloon and/or stent angioplasty (IAT group) or IVT alone (IVT group). Outcomes included the revascularization rate 24 hours postprocedure, the frequency of survival at 7, 90, and 180 days postonset, and a measure of functional outcomes using the modified Rankin Scale (mRS). The IAT group included 62 patients and the IVT group included 31 patients. Multimodal IAT increased the revascularization rate at 24 hours (pmultimodal IAT (HR 0.1; 95% CI 0.0 to 0.4; pmultimodal IAT improved the outcomes, including early revascularization, survival, and functional outcome. © American Federation for Medical Research (unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.

  16. [Prognostic importance of cardiomegaly in patients with acute myocardial infarction].

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    Jaulent-Huertas, Leticia; Consuegra-Sánchez, Luciano; Vicente-Gilabert, Marta; Melgarejo-Moreno, Antonio; Alonso-Fernández, Nuria; Díaz-Pastor, Angela; Escudero-García, Germán; Galcerá-Tomás, José

    2015-10-01

    To assess the in-hospital and long-term prognostic importance of cardiomegaly demonstrated by a simple admission radiograph in patients hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction. Prospective study of 7644 patients admitted for acute myocardial infarction; 2 hospitals participated. We recorded detailed clinical data, especially noting the presence or absence of cardiomegaly in the chest radiograph. Adjusted predictive models for all-cause mortality in hospital or after discharge were constructed. The median followup was 6 years. Cardiomegaly was detected in 1351 (17.7%) of the patients. Hospital mortality was 11.2% overall; the incidence of long-term mortality was 5.7 per 100 patient-years. Patients with cardiomegaly were older and had more cardiovascular risk factors other than current smoking; they also had more concomitant conditions, had undergone fewer revascularization procedures, and received suboptimal care after discharge. Cardiomegaly was associated with higher in-hospital rates of adverse events, especially heart failure (70.8% in patients with cardiomegaly vs 21.4% in others, P<.001) and death (27.8% vs 7.7%, P<.001). Cardiomegaly was also an independent predictor of hospital mortality (odds ratio, 1.34; P=.02) as well as mortality after discharge (hazard ratio, 1.16; P<.01). Cardiomegaly was an independent predictor of both hospital mortality and long-term mortality after discharge in this series.

  17. Approach to chest pain and acute myocardial infarction.

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    Pandie, S; Hellenberg, D; Hellig, F; Ntsekhe, M

    2016-03-01

    Patient history, physical examination, 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) and cardiac biomarkers are key components of an effective chest pain assessment. The first priority is excluding serious chest pain syndromes, namely acute coronary syndromes (ACSs), aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism, cardiac tamponade and tension pneumothorax. On history, the mnemonic SOCRATES (Site Onset Character Radiation Association Time Exacerbating/relieving factor and Severity) helps differentiate cardiac from non-cardiac pain. On examination, evaluation of vital signs, evidence of murmurs, rubs, heart failure, tension pneumothoraces and chest infections are important. A 12-lead ECG should be interpreted within 10 minutes of first medical contact, specifically to identify ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). High-sensitivity troponins improve the rapid rule-out of myocardial infarction (MI) and confirmation of non-ST elevation MI (NSTEMI). ACS (STEMI and NSTEMI/unstable anginapectoris (UAP)) result from acute destabilisation of coronary atheroma with resultant complete (STEMI) or subtotal (NSTEMI/UAP) thrombotic coronary occlusion. The management of STEMI patients includes providing urgent reperfusion: primary percutaneous coronary intervention(PPCI) if available, deliverable within 60 - 120 minutes, and fibrinolysis if PPCI is not available. Essential adjunctive therapies include antiplatelet therapy (aspirin, P2Y12 inhibitors), anticoagulation (heparin or low-molecular-weight heparin) and cardiac monitoring.

  18. Significance of the invasive strategy after acute myocardial infarction on prognosis and secondary preventive medication

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    Hvelplund, Anders; Galatius, Søren; Madsen, Mette

    2012-01-01

    To describe gender-specific long-term outcome and initiation of secondary preventive medication among patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI).......To describe gender-specific long-term outcome and initiation of secondary preventive medication among patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI)....

  19. Aspirin ameliorates cerebral infarction through regulation of TLR4/NF‑κB‑mediated endoplasmic reticulum stress in mouse model.

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    Wang, Xin; Shen, Bin; Sun, Dezhou; Cui, Xiangyu

    2018-01-01

    Cerebral infarction is a cerebrovascular disease caused by local brain ischemic necrosis or softening, which is associated with diabetes, obesity, hypertension and rheumatic heart arrhythmia. Previous studies have indicated that aspirin is a potential oral anticoagulant in the treatment of cerebral ischemic stroke. However, the potential mechanism mediated by aspirin in cerebral infarction therapy is not well understood. The present study analyzed the therapeutic effects of aspirin on cerebral infarction and investigated the underlying molecular mechanism of aspirin‑ameliorated benefits for thrombolysis. The results demonstrated that aspirin inhibited inflammation and apoptosis of cerebrovascular endothelial cells in a mouse model of cerebral infarction. Aspirin treatment suppressed toll‑like receptor (TLR)4 and nuclear factor (NF)‑κB expression in cerebrovascular endothelial cells. Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress was suppressed by aspirin treatment through the downregulation of protein kinase R‑like endoplasmic reticulum kinase, eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2 subunit 1 and C/EBP homologous protein expression levels in cerebrovascular endothelial cells. It was identified that knockdown of TLR4 inhibited aspirin‑mediated downregulation of NF‑κB signaling pathway and ER stress in cerebrovascular endothelial cells. Expression levels of adenosine diphosphate plasminogen activator inhibitors, von Willebrand factor and thromboxane were downregulated in cerebrovascular endothelial cells and in serum in experimental mice. The results demonstrated that aspirin was beneficial forthrombolysis by decreasing thrombin‑activatable fibrinolysis inhibitor and plasminogen activator inhibitor‑1 expression in a mouse model of cerebral infarction. These results suggested that aspirin may improve cerebral infarction by downregulating TLR4/NF‑κB‑mediated ER stress in a mouse model.

  20. Clinical discriminators between acute brain hemorrhage and infarction: a practical score for early patient identification Características clínicas diferenciais entre hemorragia e infarto cerebral: uma escala prática para identificação precoce do paciente

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    Ayrton R. Massaro

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available New treatments for acute stroke require a rapid triage system, which minimizes treatment delays and maximizes selection of eligible patients. Our aim was to create a score for assessing the probability of brain hemorrhage among patients with acute stroke based upon clinical information. Of 1805 patients in the Stroke Data Bank, 1273 had infarction (INF and 237 had parenchymatous hemorrhage (HEM verified by CT. INF and HEM discriminators were determined by logistic regression and used to create a score. ROC curve was used to choose the cut-point for predicting HEM (score Novas perspectivas no tratamento do acidente vascular cerebral (AVC requerem um método de triagem rápido para seleção dos pacientes. Nosso objetivo foi criar uma escala com informações clínicas simples para diferenciar hematoma intra-parenquimatoso (HEM entre os pacientes com AVC. Estudamos 1.273 pacientes com AVC isquêmico (INF e 237 com HEM do Stroke Data Bank. Variáveis independentes para o diagnóstico de INF e HEM foram determinadas pela análise de regressão logística e utilizadas para criar uma escala. Através da curva ROC foi escolhido o nível de corte para discriminar HEM (<= 2 , com sensibilidade de 76%, especificidade de 83%. Foi realizada validação externa utilizando os pacientes do estudo NOMASS. Embora o uso de uma escala de fácil aplicação pelas equipes de emergência não possa substituir os métodos de imagem na diferenciação entre INF e HEM para a indicação de trombolítico, a escala proposta pode ser útil para selecionar pacientes para estudos clínicos e tratamento pré-hospitalar, alertar técnicos de tomografia e as equipes médicas sobre a chegada de pacientes, contribuindo para reduzir atrasos cruciais no tratamento.

  1. Decompressive craniotomy for the treatment of malignant infarction of the middle cerebral artery: mortality and outcome

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    Gianise Toboliski Bongiorni

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objective To assess, by Rankin scale, the functional disability of patients who had a malignant middle cerebral artery (MCA ischemic stroke, who underwent decompressive craniotomy (DC within the first 30 days. Methods A cross-sectional study in a University hospital. Between June 2007 and December 2014, we retrospectively analyzed the records of all patients submitted to DC due to a malignant MCA infarction. The mortality rate was defined during the hospitalization period. The modified outcome Rankin score (mRS was measured 30 days after the procedure, for stratification of the quality of life. Results The DC mortality rate was 30% (95% CI 14.5 to 51.9 for the 20 patients reported. The mRS 30 days postoperatively was ≥ 4 [3.3 to 6] for all patients thereafter. Conclusion DC is to be considered a real alternative for the treatment of patients with a malignant ischemic MCA infarction.

  2. B lymphocytes trigger monocyte mobilization and impair heart function after acute myocardial infarction

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    Zouggari, Yasmine; Ait-Oufella, Hafid; Bonnin, Philippe; Simon, Tabassome; Sage, Andrew P; Guérin, Coralie; Vilar, José; Caligiuri, Giuseppina; Tsiantoulas, Dimitrios; Laurans, Ludivine; Dumeau, Edouard; Kotti, Salma; Bruneval, Patrick; Charo, Israel F; Binder, Christoph J; Danchin, Nicolas; Tedgui, Alain; Tedder, Thomas F; Silvestre, Jean-Sébastien; Mallat, Ziad

    2014-01-01

    Acute myocardial infarction is a severe ischemic disease responsible for heart failure and sudden death. Here, we show that after acute myocardial infarction in mice, mature B lymphocytes selectively produce Ccl7 and induce Ly6Chi monocyte mobilization and recruitment to the heart, leading to enhanced tissue injury and deterioration of myocardial function. Genetic (Baff receptor deficiency) or antibody-mediated (CD20- or Baff-specific antibody) depletion of mature B lymphocytes impeded Ccl7 production and monocyte mobilization, limited myocardial injury and improved heart function. These effects were recapitulated in mice with B cell–selective Ccl7 deficiency. We also show that high circulating concentrations of CCL7 and BAFF in patients with acute myocardial infarction predict increased risk of death or recurrent myocardial infarction. This work identifies a crucial interaction between mature B lymphocytes and monocytes after acute myocardial ischemia and identifies new therapeutic targets for acute myocardial infarction. PMID:24037091

  3. A clinical case of a patient with probable cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL from Chuvashia

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    Tatiana Vladimirovna Mokina

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL syndrome is a congenital small-vessel disease running with recurrent lacunar infarcts and leading to gradually progressive subcortical, pseudobulbar, and cerebellar syndromes and dementia. Neuroimaging reveal multiple lacunar infarcts in the basal ganglia, thalamus, pons Varolii, and cerebral hemispheric white matter, as well as cerebral atrophy. The specific feature of the disease is white matter lesion adjacent to the temporal horns of the lateral ventricles and to the external capsules. The paper describes a patient with CADASIL syndrome. The latter runs a progressive course and includes the following neurological disorders: cognitive, pyramidal, extrapyramidal, and axial ones. This clinical case was differentially diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, including with consideration for neuroimaging findings. The CADASIL syndrome is a rare potentially menacing neurological condition that is observed in young patients and requires a detailed examination using current diagnostic techniques.

  4. [A case of cerebral infarction presenting as retrosplenial amnesia].

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    Katai, S; Maruyama, T; Hashimoto, T; Yanagisawa, N

    1992-11-01

    We report a 73-year-old right-handed female who presented with an acute amnesic syndrome. On November 18, 1991, she was admitted to a local hospital complaining of sudden-onset vertigo and nausea, but immediately after the admission she developed an amnesic syndrome. On November 27, she was transferred to our hospital for further assessment of her memory disturbance. Neurologically she was normal except for mild right hemianopsia and increased deep tendon reflexes in the extremities. Neuropsychological assessments were performed over 3 weeks. She was always alert, attentive, and cooperative. She had no confabulation. On the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale revised (WAIS-R), her total IQ was 110. Frontal, verbal, and perceptual functions and motor performance were normal. She had no signs of a callosal disconnection. Despite these preserved functions, her memory function was obviously disturbed. Several memory betteries showed that her recent memory for both verbal and visual modalities was impaired, while her immediate memory such as digit span was preserved. For remote memory her retrograde episodic memory concerning both personal and public events was almost intact, although she had a profound anterograde amnesia. In particular she recalled her personal information about just-premorbid events in detail. On the other hand, her semantic memory, for example understanding of proverbs, geography, and scientific law, was preserved. Taken together, her procedural memory on learning tasks, such as "Tower of Hanoi" and mirror drawing, was intact. Computed tomography demonstrated a low-density area medial to the trigon of the left ventricle.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  5. Obstructive sleep apnea and acute myocardial infarction severity: ischemic preconditioning?

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    Shah, Neomi; Redline, Susan; Yaggi, H Klar; Wu, Richard; Zhao, C George; Ostfeld, Robert; Menegus, Mark; Tracy, Daniel; Brush, Elizabeth; Appel, W David; Kaplan, Robert C

    2013-05-01

    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is characterized by intermittent hypoxia (IH). In animal models, IH has been shown to protect the myocardium during periods of ischemia by reducing infarct size. However, this phenomenon of "ischemic preconditioning" has not been investigated among OSA patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI). This study investigates the role of OSA on MI severity as measured by cardiac enzymes, specifically troponin-T, among patients with an acute MI. This is an observational cohort study of patients ≥18 years of age who were hospitalized with an acute MI. Each participant underwent portable sleep monitoring (Apnea Link Plus); OSA was defined as an apnea-hypopnea index ≥5/h. Multivariable regression analysis was conducted to assess the relationship between OSA and highly sensitive troponin-T levels. In our entire cohort of acute MI patients (n = 136), 77 % of the sample had evidence of sleep disordered breathing, with 35 % of the sample having OSA (i.e., an AHI >5). Higher AHI was associated with lower peak troponin-T levels in partially adjusted models (β = -0.0320, p = 0.0074, adjusted for age, gender, and race) and fully adjusted models (β = -0.0322, p = 0.0085) (additionally adjusted for smoking, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, body mass index, history of prior cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease, diabetes and baseline admission creatinine levels). The mean value of the log-transformed peak troponin-T variable was used to dichotomize the outcome variable. In both partially (OR 0.949, CI 0.905-0.995, p = 0.03) and fully adjusted (OR 0.918, CI 0.856-0.984, p = 0.0151) logistic regression models, the OR for AHI suggests a protective effect on high troponin-T level. Our study demonstrates that patients with OSA have less severe cardiac injury during an acute non-fatal MI when compared to patients without OSA. This may suggest a cardioprotective role of sleep apnea during acute MI via ischemic preconditioning.

  6. Diagnostic Accuracy of {sup 99m}Tc-Pyrophosphate Scan in Acute Myocardial Infarction

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    Koong, Sung Soo; Kim, Seung Taik [Chungpook National University College of Medicine, Cheongju (Korea, Republic of); Moon, Dae Hyuk; Chung, June Key; Lee, Myung Chul; Cho, Bo Youn; Koh, Chang Soon [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    To evaluate diagnostic accuracy of {sup 99m}Tc-pyrophosphate (PYP) myocardial scan, we analysed 160 {sup 99m}Tc-PYP scans (acute transmural myocardial infarction 87 cases, acute subendocardial infarction; 20 cases, unstable angina pectoris; 7 cases, other disease; 46 cases). These scans were requested by the physician in Seoul National University Hospital from Sep. 1982 to Oct. 1987. And the diagnosis was confirmed by clinical course and laboratory examinations. 1) The diagnostic sensitivity of {sup 99m}Tc-PYP scan in acute transmural myocardial infarction was 91.2% (62/68) if scintigraphy was performed within 7 days after infarction, 57.1% (8/14) between 8th and 14th day, 20% (1/5) and after 15 days. 2) The diagnostic sensitivity of {sup 99m}Tc-PYP scan in acute subendocardial infarction was 75% (12/16) if scintigraphy was performed within 7 days after infarction and 0% after 8 days. 3) The diagnostic specificity of {sup 99m}Tc-PYP scan in acute myocardial infarction was 94.3% (5/53). Among 5 cases of false positive scans, 1 case was unstable angina pectoris, 2 cases were old myocardial infarction with left ventricular aneurysm, 1 case was old myocardial infarction and the remaining 1 case was cardiomyopathy.

  7. Sleep disturbances after cerebral infarction: role of depression and fatigue.

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    Suh, Minhee; Choi-Kwon, Smi; Kim, Jong S

    2014-08-01

    Poststroke sleep disturbances (PSSDs) are frequent and reported to be associated with unfavorable clinical outcomes. PSSDs appear to be related to a multitude of factors including lesion location and environmental causes. Moreover, depression and fatigue, which frequently develop in stroke patients may also contribute to PSSD development. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence and characteristics of PSSDs and factors related to PSSDs including depression and fatigue in hospitalized stroke patients. Patients who were hospitalized with acute stroke at the Asan Medical Center were evaluated. The quality (Verran-Snyder-Halpern [VSH] Sleep Scale score), duration and latency of night-time sleep, the frequency of waking after sleep onset, and daytime sleepiness were evaluated during the hospitalization period. To validate the self-reported night-time sleep, an actigraphy was performed in a subset of patients. The location, circulation, and laterality of each lesion were determined from brain magnetic resonance images obtained within 7 days of stroke onset. Depression and fatigue were assessed using the Beck Depression Inventory and the Fatigue Severity Scale, respectively. For environmental factors, the duration of hospitalization and the number of other patients in the same room were recorded. Univariate, multiple regression, and multiple logistic regression analyses were used to evaluate predictors of PSSD development. A total of 282 patients completed the study. The mean age of the patients was 62.3 (±12.76) years and 58.9% of them were male. Sixty patients (21.3%) reported sleep duration less than 6 hours/night and 110 (39.0%) reported more daytime sleepiness than before the stroke. In 54 patients who agreed to wear an actigraph, self-reported sleep duration was significantly correlated with time in bed measured with an actigraph (r = .407, P = .002) and, VSH Sleep Scale score and sleep efficiency in actigraphy were also significantly

  8. Evaluation of pharmacological efficacy of anti-edema agents in a rat cerebral infarction model by MRI image analysis

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    Izumi, Yoshio; Haida, Munetaka; Kurita, Daisaku; Shinohara, Yukito [Tokai Univ., Isehara, Kanagawa (Japan). School of Medicine; Sugiura, Takeo

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    We investigated the efficacy of drugs used to treat brain edema in a rat acute cerebral infarction model by MRI image analysis. Twenty-six Sprague-Dawley rats were anesthetized with halothane, and the right middle cerebral artery was permanently occluded via a transvascular approach using a nylon 2-0 suture. At 24 hours after the occlusion, axial T{sub 2}-weighted MRI images were taken before and 2 hours after intraperitoneal administration of a test drug. After the administration of 1.7 g/kg glycerol (n=9), 3.3 g/kg mannitol (n=9) or 17 mg/kg furosemide (n=8), the high intensity area (HIA) in the whole brain amounted to 92% (p<0.01), 94% (p=0.07), or 95% (p=0.03), respectively as compared to the corresponding HIA before administration. The HIA in the cerebral cortex amounted to 87% (p<0.01), 89% (p=0.03), or 98% (p=0.47), and that in the striatum to 102%, 106%, or 87% (p<0.05), respectively. The signal intensity change (before{yields}after) was 54{yields}49 (p<0.01), 54{yields}50 (p<0.01), or 55{yields}54 in the left side normal cortex; 102{yields}97 (p<0.0l), 100{yields}98, or 98{yields}97 in the injured side cortex; and 100{yields}93 (p<0.0l), 94{yields}88 (p=0.03), or 94{yields}94 in the injured side striatum, respectively. Improvement of edema by the drugs was observed as a reduction in HIA and a decrease in signal intensity on MRI, and the changes were significant in the case of administration of each of glycerol, mannitol and furosemide. (author)

  9. Use of acupuncture to treat cerebral infarction in the last 10 years: A Scopus-based literature analysis.

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    Chen, Jiajun; Yao, Min; Zhao, Yunhua; Jin, Xiya; Li, Yuanbing; Huang, Lihong

    2012-12-25

    To identify global research trends in the use of acupuncture to treat cerebral infarction. We performed a bibliometric analysis of studies on the use of acupuncture to treat cerebral infarction published during 2002-2011, retrieved from Scopus, using the key words of acupuncture and cerebral infarction or ischemic stroke. peer-reviewed articles on the use of acupuncture to treat cerebral infarction indexed in Scopus and published between 2002 and 2011; types of publications were original research articles, reviews, meeting abstracts, proceedings papers, book chapters, editorial material, and news items. articles that required manual searching or telephone access; documents that were not published in the public domain; and corrected papers. (a) Annual publication output; (b) language of publication; (c) type of publication; (d) key words of publication; (e) publication by research field; (f) publication by journal; (g) publication by country and institution; (h) publication by author; (i) most-cited papers between 2002 and 2006; and (j) most-cited papers between 2007 and 2011. A total of 160 publications on the use of acupuncture to treat cerebral infarction from 2002-2011 were retrieved from Scopus. The number of publications increased gradually over the 10-year study period; most were written in Chinese or English. Articles and reviews constituted the major types. The most frequent key word used was acupuncture. The most prolific journals in this area were Zhongguo Zhen Jiu and the Chinese Journal of Clinical Rehabilitation. Of the 160 publications retrieved, half came from Chinese authors and institutions. Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine was the most prolific research institute. Two papers were cited 30 times; they were published in 2002 and 2009, respectively. In the field of neuroscience, there is little literature on acupuncture for cerebral infarction. The most-cited papers were cited 30 times in the past 3 years. We believe that, with

  10. CT perfusion during delayed cerebral ischemia after subarachnoid hemorrhage: distinction between reversible ischemia and ischemia progressing to infarction

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    Cremers, Charlotte H.P. [University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, PO Box 85500, Utrecht, Utrecht (Netherlands); University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Radiology, Utrecht (Netherlands); Vos, Pieter C. [University Medical Center Utrecht, Image Sciences Institute, Utrecht (Netherlands); Schaaf, Irene C. van der; Velthuis, Birgitta K.; Dankbaar, Jan Willem [University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Radiology, Utrecht (Netherlands); Vergouwen, Mervyn D.I.; Rinkel, Gabriel J.E. [University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, PO Box 85500, Utrecht, Utrecht (Netherlands)

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    Delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) can be reversible or progress to cerebral infarction. In patients with a deterioration clinically diagnosed as DCI, we investigated whether CT perfusion (CTP) can distinguish between reversible ischemia and ischemia progressing to cerebral infarction. From a prospectively collected series of aSAH patients, we included those with DCI, CTP on the day of clinical deterioration, and follow-up imaging. In qualitative CTP analyses (visual assessment), we calculated positive and negative predictive value (PPV and NPV) with 95 % confidence intervals (95%CI) of a perfusion deficit for infarction on follow-up imaging. In quantitative analyses, we compared perfusion values of the least perfused brain tissue between patients with and without infarction by using receiver-operator characteristic curves and calculated a threshold value with PPV and NPV for the perfusion parameter with the highest area under the curve. In qualitative analyses of 33 included patients, 15 of 17 patients (88 %) with and 6 of 16 patients (38 %) without infarction on follow-up imaging had a perfusion deficit during clinical deterioration (p = 0.002). Presence of a perfusion deficit had a PPV of 71 % (95%CI: 48-89 %) and NPV of 83 % (95%CI: 52-98 %) for infarction on follow-up. Quantitative analyses showed that an absolute minimal cerebral blood flow (CBF) threshold of 17.7 mL/100 g/min had a PPV of 63 % (95%CI: 41-81 %) and a NPV of 78 % (95%CI: 40-97 %) for infarction. CTP may differ between patients with DCI who develop infarction and those who do not. For this purpose, qualitative evaluation may perform marginally better than quantitative evaluation. (orig.)

  11. Elevated levels of adipokines predict outcome after acute myocardial infarction: A long-term follow-up of the Glucose Tolerance in Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction cohort.

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    Ritsinger, Viveca; Brismar, Kerstin; Malmberg, Klas; Mellbin, Linda; Näsman, Per; Rydén, Lars; Söderberg, Stefan; Tenerz, Åke; Norhammar, Anna

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    Adiponectin and leptin are associated with insulin resistance and cardiovascular disease. Information on the prognostic value after an acute myocardial infarction is still conflicting. Patients (n = 180) without known diabetes and with admission glucose of acute myocardial infarction in 1998-2000 were followed for mortality and cardiovascular events (first of cardiovascular mortality/acute myocardial infarction/stroke/heart failure) until the end of 2011 (median: 11.6 years). Plasma adiponectin and leptin were related to outcome in Cox proportional-hazard regression analyses. Median age was 64 years and 69% were male. Total mortality was 34% (n = 61) and 44% (n = 80) experienced a cardiovascular event. Adiponectin at discharge predicted cardiovascular events (hazard ratio; 95% confidence interval; 1.45; 1.02-2.07, p = 0.038), total mortality (2.53; 1.64-3.91, p myocardial infarction and heart failure, adiponectin predicted total mortality (1.79; 1.07-3.00, p = 0.027) but not cardiovascular events. High levels of leptin were associated with cardiovascular events during the first 7 years, after which the association was attenuated. Leptin did not predict total mortality. In patients with acute myocardial infarction but without previously known diabetes, high levels of adiponectin at discharge predicted total mortality. The present results support the hypothesis that high rather than low levels of adiponectin predict mortality after acute myocardial infarction.

  12. Assessment of arcuate fasciculus with diffusion-tensor tractography may predict the prognosis of aphasia in patients with left middle cerebral artery infarcts

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    Hosomi, Akiko; Nagakane, Yoshinari; Kuriyama, Nagato; Mizuno, Toshiki; Nakagawa, Masanori [Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Department of Neurology, Graduate School of Medical Science, Kyoto (Japan); Yamada, Kei; Nishimura, Tsunehiko [Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Graduate School of Medical Science, Kyoto (Japan)

    2009-09-15

    It is often clinically difficult to assess the severity of aphasia in the earliest stage of cerebral infarction. A method enabling objective assessment of verbal function is needed for this purpose. We examined whether diffusion tensor (DT) tractography is of clinical value in assessing aphasia. Thirteen right-handed patients with left middle cerebral artery infarcts who were scanned within 2 days after stroke onset were enrolled in this study. Magnetic resonance data of ten control subjects were also examined by DT tractography. Based on the severity of aphasia at discharge, patients were divided into two groups: six patients in the aphasic group and seven in the nonaphasic group. Fractional anisotropy (FA) and number of arcuate fasciculus fibers were evaluated. Asymmetry index was calculated for both FA and number of fibers. FA values for the arcuate fasciculus fibers did not differ between hemispheres in either the patient groups or the controls. Number of arcuate fasciculus fibers exhibited a significant leftward asymmetry in the controls and the nonaphasic group but not in the aphasic group. Asymmetry index of number of fibers was significantly lower (rightward) in the aphasic group than in the nonaphasic (P = 0.015) and control (P = 0.005) groups. Loss of leftward asymmetry in number of AF fibers predicted aphasia at discharge with a sensitivity of 0.83 and specificity of 0.86. Asymmetry of arcuate fasciculus fibers by DT tractography may deserve to be assessed in acute infarction for predicting the fate of vascular aphasia. (orig.)

  13. Cerebral infarct in children aged zero to fifteen years Infarto cerebral em crianças de zero a quinze anos de idade

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    Thelma Ribeiro Noce

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available Cerebral infarcts in children present peculiar characteristics either due to their diversity of causes or due to the unknown nature of the causes. The etiologies of cerebral infarct were reviewed in children from zero to 15 years old, attended at a tertiary hospital, in Ribeirão Preto (Brazil, from 1990 to 1997, adopting the modified Trial of ORG 10172 in Acute Stroke Treatment (TOAST criteria of classification; 1 - Atherosclerosis in large arteries; 2 - Cardioembolic; 3 - Occlusion of small vessels; 4 - Other etiologies; 5 - Undetermined cause. Thirty-nine children were included, 18 males and 21 females, aged 2 months to 15 years, mean age 5.67. The largest group, N=22 (56.4%, included children with ''other etiologies'', 7 of them aged under two years. The most common etiology was dehydration and septic shock leading to brain hypoperfusion and watershed infarcts. Nine (23% children had ''Undetermined etiology'', 7 (17,9% cardioembolic subtype and none had atherosclerosis. Laboratory improvement is needed for the large number of patients without a defined cause, and the high proportion of children with dehydration in the group with a determined cause emphasizes the need for preventive health actions among infants and children.Infartos cerebrais em crianças apresentam peculiaridades, como grande variedade de causas e alta freqüência sem etiologia definida. Foram revistos os diagnósticos etiológicos em crianças de zero a 15 anos, atendidas durante o ictus e com imagens cerebrais sugestivas de infarto, entre 1990 e 1997 em hospital terciário de Ribeirão Preto (SP. Adotou-se o critério de classificação modificado do Trial of ORG 10172 in Acute Stroke Treatment (TOAST: 1 - Arterioesclerose de grandes artérias, 2 - Cardioembólico, 3 - Oclusão de pequenos vasos, 4 - Outras etiologias, 5 - Não determinada. Trinta e nove crianças foram incluídas, 18 do sexo masculino e 21 do feminino, com idade variando entre 2 meses e 15 anos e m

  14. What drives progressive motor deficits in patients with acute pontine infarction?

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    Full Text Available Progressive motor deficits are relatively common in acute pontine infarction and frequently associated with increased functional disability. However, the factors that affect the progression of clinical motor weakness are largely unknown. Previous studies have suggested that pontine infarctions are caused mainly by basilar artery stenosis and penetrating artery disease. Recently, lower pons lesions in patients with acute pontine infarctions have been reported to be related to progressive motor deficits, and ensuing that damage to the corticospinal tracts may be responsible for the worsening of neurological symptoms. Here, we review studies on motor weakness progression in pontine infarction and discuss the mechanisms that may underlie the neurologic worsening.

  15. [Emergency Bypass Surgery for Progressive Cerebral Infarction Following Hemorrhagic Onset of Moyamoya Disease:A Case Report].

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    Hatakeyama, Junya; Yanagisawa, Toshiharu; Kudo, Erina; Togashi, Shuntaro; Shimizu, Hiroaki

    2016-10-01

    Progressive cerebral infarction in patients with hemorrhagic onset of moyamoya disease is rare, and a treatment strategy is not well established. Here, we report a case that was successfully treated with emergency bypass surgery. A 58-year-old woman presented with a sudden disturbance of consciousness and right-sided hemiparesis. Computed tomography(CT)showed intraventricular hemorrhage involving the head of the left caudate nucleus. Ventricular drainage was immediately performed, and the patient was treated conservatively. Magnetic resonance(MR)angiography revealed bilateral stenosis of the supraclinoid internal carotid artery(ICA), and arterial spin labeling(ASL)showed low signal intensity in the left cerebral hemisphere. The patient was diagnosed with hemorrhagic onset of moyamoya disease with cerebral infarction. Her neurological symptoms worsened on the 7th day after ictus despite medical treatment. MR imaging showed a new infarction in the left insular cortex. Based on the diagnosis of progressive stroke, emergency anastomoses between the superficial temporal artery and the middle and anterior cerebral arteries, along with encephalo-duro-myo-synangiosis, were performed. Her symptoms gradually improved following surgery, and 1 month later, she was able to regain independent function. Emergency bypass surgery may be the treatment of choice for patients with hemorrhagic onset of moyamoya disease presenting with progressive cerebral infarction, despite conservative treatments.

  16. Mechanism of Mitochondrial Connexin43′s Protection of the Neurovascular Unit under Acute Cerebral Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury

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    Shuai Hou

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    Full Text Available We observed mitochondrial connexin43 (mtCx43 expression under cerebral ischemia-reperfusion (I/R injury, analyzed its regulation, and explored its protective mechanisms. Wistar rats were divided into groups based on injections received before middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO. Cerebral infarction volume was detected by 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolim chloride staining, and cell apoptosis was observed by transferase dUTP nick end labeling. We used transmission electron microscopy to observe mitochondrial morphology and determined superoxide dismutase (SOD activity and malondialdehyde (MDA content. MtCx43, p-mtCx43, protein kinase C (PKC, and p-PKC expression were detected by Western blot. Compared with those in the IR group, cerebral infarction volumes in the carbenoxolone (CBX and diazoxide (DZX groups were obviously smaller, and the apoptosis indices were down-regulated. Mitochondrial morphology was damaged after I/R, especially in the IR and 5-hydroxydecanoic acid (5-HD groups. Similarly, decreased SOD activity and increased MDA were observed after MCAO; CBX, DZX, and phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate (PMA reduced mitochondrial functional injury. Expression of mtCx43 and p-mtCx43 and the p-Cx43/Cx43 ratio were significantly lower in the IR group than in the sham group. These abnormalities were ameliorated by CBX, DZX, and PMA. MtCx43 may protect the neurovascular unit from acute cerebral IR injury via PKC activation induced by mitoKATP channel agonists.

  17. Medication adherence among persons with post-acute myocardial infarction

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    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available This study was to test a model explaining the influence of financial status, education, social support, symptom severity, barriers, knowledge, depression, and self-efficacy on medication adherence among persons with post-acute myocardial infarction. The use of multi-stage cluster sampling method involved 348 patients from 9 regional hospitals in Thailand. The results revealed the hypothesized model fit to the empirical data and explained 20% of the variance of medication adherence (χ2 = 5.87, df = 5, p < .43, Chi-square/df = 0.97, GIF = 0.99, RMSEA = 0.065, AGFI = 0.97. Depression was the most influential factor affecting medication adherence, and had a negative direct effect (-.40, p < .05, followed by self-efficacy and barriers (.17 and .10, p < .05, respectively. These findings suggest that nurses should understand that depression, barrier, and selfefficacy are important factors to be considerate to improve medication adherence and improve the quality of life of Thai postmyocardial infarction patients.

  18. Acute cerebral paragonimiasis presenting as hemorrhagic stroke in a child.

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    Chen, Zhi; Zhu, Gang; Lin, Jiangkai; Wu, Nan; Feng, Hua

    2008-08-01

    A hemorrhagic stroke in children is rarely secondary to cerebral paragonimiasis. We describe a 9-year-old boy in whom an intracerebral hemorrhage was the leading clinical indication of acute cerebral paragonimiasis. He was hospitalized because of a sudden onset of headache, right hemiparesis, and dysarthria. A computed tomography scan revealed an intracerebral hemorrhage in the left parietal lobe. Magnetic resonance angiography did not confirm any vascular abnormalities at the location of the hematoma. Four weeks later, he presented with right hemiparesis again, and fever. A diagnosis of cerebral paragonimiasis was based on repeated magnetic resonance imaging of the brain and an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for paragonimiasis. The patient gradually recovered with praziquantel treatment. Cerebral paragonimiasis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of hemorrhagic strokes in children in areas where paragonimiasis is epidemic.

  19. Diffusion-and T2-weighted MR imaging of lipiodol induced cerebral infarcts in cat: early findings in the first 3 hours

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    Suh, Dae Chul [Seoul National Univ. Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Choe, Ghee Young [Seoul City Boramae Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Moon, Chi Woong [Samsung Biomedical Research Institute, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)] [and others

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    This study was designed to evaluate early parenchymal changes of acute cerebral is chemia/infarct by using T2-weighted, diffusion-weighted, and calculated apparent diffusion coefficient(ADC) MR imaging. The brain MR images were successfully obtained 30, 60, 90, 120, 150 and 180 minutes after intraarterial administration of Lipiodol (0.4-0.6ml) into the common carotid artery in 10 of 11 cats (91%). T2-and diffusion-weighted images and ADC were analyzed and compared with histopathologic findings. High signal intensity on T2-weighted and diffusion-weighted images was found in one cerebral hemisphere 30 minutes after Lipiodol injection, which tended to increase with time until 3 hours. Subcortical white matter showed higher signal intensity than cortical gray matter since 30 minutes after embolization. ADC images showed decreased signal intensity in the embolized hemisphere, which tended to decrease until 3 hours. Microscopic findings of the area corresponding to the abnormal signal intensity on MR images revealed varying degrees of edema in the gray and white matters involved. It is suggested that Lipiodol can be used as a good embolic agent causing early ischemic changes in experimental models. In addition to T2-weighted images, diffusion-weighted and ADC images can provide the further informations in the evaluation of the early parenchymal changes of cerebral infarct.

  20. New electrocardiographic criteria to differentiate acute pericarditis and myocardial infarction.

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    Rossello, Xavier; Wiegerinck, Rob F; Alguersuari, Joan; Bardají, Alfredo; Worner, Fernando; Sutil, Mario; Ferrero, Andreu; Cinca, Juan

    2014-03-01

    Transmural myocardial ischemia induces changes in QRS complex and QT interval duration but, theoretically, these changes might not occur in acute pericarditis provided that the injury is not transmural. This study aims to assess whether QRS and QT duration permit distinguishing acute pericarditis and acute transmural myocardial ischemia. Clinical records and 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) at ×2 magnification were analyzed in 79 patients with acute pericarditis and in 71 with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). ECG leads with maximal ST-segment elevation showed longer QRS complex and shorter QT interval than leads with isoelectric ST segment in patients with STEMI (QRS: 85.9 ± 13.6 ms vs 81.3 ± 10.4 ms, P = .01; QT: 364.4 ± 38.6 vs 370.9 ± 37.0 ms, P = .04), but not in patients with pericarditis (QRS: 81.5 ± 12.5 ms vs 81.0 ± 7.9 ms, P = .69; QT: 347.9 ± 32.4 vs 347.3 ± 35.1 ms, P = .83). QT interval dispersion among the 12-ECG leads was greater in STEMI than in patients with pericarditis (69.8 ± 20.8 ms vs 50.6 ± 20.2 ms, P pericarditis, show prolongation of QRS complex and shortening of QT interval in ECG leads with ST-segment elevation. These new findings may improve the differential diagnostic yield of the classical ECG criteria. Copyright © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Punding following posterior cerebral artery infarction: a case report and review of literature

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    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Cho-I Lin,1 Yu-Ching Lin,1–3 Wei-Chih Lien,1 Pei-Chun Hsieh,1 Sheng-Han Lin,1 Ta-Shen Kuan1,2 1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, National Cheng Kung University Hospital, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan; 2Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan; 3Medical Device Innovation Center, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan Introduction: Punding is a complex stereotyped behavior, characterized by excessiveness, non-goal orientation, and repetitiveness. It is mostly associated with Parkinson’s disease, and very few cases in non-Parkinson’s disease have been reported. We report a case of punding associated with supratentorial ischemic stroke.Case presentation: We present a 70-year-old man with left posterior cerebral artery infarction with quetiapine-induced punding manifesting as repetitive unidirectional body turning. Remission of punding behavior ensued after cessation of quetiapine and administration of clonazepam.Conclusion: This case describes the clinical course of quetiapine-induced punding in a patient with left posterior cerebral artery infarction. It suggests clonazepam may serve as a treatment option for poststroke punding. Keywords: punding, stereotyped behavior, stroke, quetiapine, clonazepam

  2. Diagnosing and treating acute myocardial infarction in pregnancy.

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    Merrigan, Orla

    2012-02-01

    Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in pregnancy is a very rare occurrence. However, statistics indicate high mortality rates, with a maternal death rate at 20-37%. Nursing and medical care of AMI in pregnancy is a very complex issue. Risk factors such as stress, smoking, obesity, high cholesterol and family history of heart disease may increase the risk of AMI in pregnancy. There are a variety of challenges for the nurse caring for this patient, as the presenting signs and symptoms of AMI in pregnancy can mimic regular pregnancy symptoms and therefore may be misdiagnosed. There is limited nursing literature on this topic to guide and educate nurses. Recommendations need to be implemented across multiple nursing settings. There is a need for both national and international guidelines on care of this type of patient. There is also a need for policies to be in place and links within the hospital setting and the community.

  3. Climate and environmental triggers of acute myocardial infarction.

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    Claeys, Marc J; Rajagopalan, Sanjay; Nawrot, Tim S; Brook, Robert D

    2017-04-01

    Over the past few decades, a growing body of epidemiological and clinical evidence has led to heightened concerns about the potential short- and long-term deleterious effects of the environment on cardiovascular health, including the risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI). This review highlights the increased risk of AMI caused by exposure to air pollution and cold temperatures. These factors should be considered modifiable risk factors in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. The current body of knowledge about the biological mechanisms linking environmental changes to atherothrombotic events and the impact of climate change on cardiovascular health are discussed. Finally, recommendations for prevention and public policy are presented. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2016. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  4. Recurrent Acute Myocardial Infarction in Patients with Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura

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    Fengyi Shen

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP, also known as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, is an acquired immune-mediated disease of adults and children characterized by a transient or persistent decrease of platelets and, depending upon the degree of thrombocytopenia, an increased risk of bleeding. The use of standard treatments for acute myocardial infarction (AMI, such as antiplatelet agents and anticoagulants, pose serious problems in patients with ITP due to the potential higher risk of bleeding complications. There are no current guidelines available for management of ITP patients with AMI. In this brief review of the limited available literature, we discuss the proposed pathophysiological link between ITP and arterial thrombosis and the challenging medical and interventional treatment of these patients.

  5. Raman spectroscopy of human saliva for acute myocardial infarction detection

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    Chen, Maowen; Chen, Yuanxiang; Wu, Shanshan; Huang, Wei; Lin, Jinyong; Weng, Guo-Xing; Chen, Rong

    2014-09-01

    Raman spectroscopy is a rapidly non-invasive technique with great potential for biomedical research. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of using Raman spectroscopy of human saliva for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) detection. Raman spectroscopy measurements were performed on two groups of saliva samples: one group from patients (n=30) with confirmed AMI and the other group from healthy controls (n=31). The diagnostic performance for differentiating AMI saliva from normal saliva was evaluated by multivariate statistical analysis. The combination of principal component analysis (PCA) and linear discriminate analysis (LDA) of the measured Raman spectra separated the spectral features of the two groups into two distinct clusters with little overlaps, rendering the sensitivity of 80.0% and specificity of 80.6%. The results from this exploratory study demonstrated that Raman spectroscopy of human saliva can serve as a potentially clinical tool for rapid AMI detection and screening.

  6. Carotid endarterectomy after intravenous thrombolysis for acute cerebral ischaemic attack

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    Rathenborg, Lisbet Knudsen; Jensen, L P; Baekgaard, N

    2013-01-01

    Intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) has proven effective in the treatment of acute cerebral ischaemic attack in selected cases. In the presence of a carotid artery stenosis, such patients may be candidates for carotid endarterectomy (CEA). Few studies have been made on the safety of CEA performed after...

  7. Serial cerebral CT abnormalities in relapsing acute disseminated encephalomyelitis.

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    Walker, R W; Gawler, J

    1989-01-01

    A 7 year old girl developed acute disseminated encephalomyelitis following a Mycoplasma pneumoniae respiratory infection. The illness followed a relapsing course during the first two months. Computed tomography (CT) showed cerebral lesions of a severity and extent out of proportion to the clinical manifestations. The CT abnormalities altered with changes in her clinical state. Images PMID:2795082

  8. Time elapsed after contrast injection is crucial to determine infarct transmurality and myocardial functional recovery after an acute myocardial infarction.

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    Rodríguez-Palomares, José F; Ortiz-Pérez, José T; Lee, Daniel C; Bucciarelli-Ducci, Chiara; Tejedor, Paula; Bonow, Robert O; Wu, Edwin

    2015-05-30

    In acute myocardial infarction (MI), late Gadolinium enhancement (LGE) has been proposed to include the infarcted myocardium and area at risk. However, little information is available on the optimal timing after contrast injection to differentiate these 2 areas. Our aim was to determine in acute and chronic MI whether imaging time after contrast injection influences the LGE size that better predicts infarct size and functional recovery. Subjects were evaluated by cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) the first week (n = 60) and 3 months (n = 47) after a percutaneously revascularized STEMI. Inversion-recovery single-shot (ss-IR) imaging was acquired at multiple time points following contrast administration and compared to segmented inversion-recovery (seg-IR) sequences. Inversion time was properly adjusted and images were blinded, randomized and measured for LGE volumes. In acute MI, LGE volume decreased over several minutes (p = 0.005) with the greatest volume occurring at 3 minutes and the smallest at 25 minutes post-contrast injection; however, LGE volume remained constant over time in chronic MI (p = 0.886). Depending on the imaging time, in acute phase, a change in the transmurality index was also observed. A transmural infarction (>75%) at 25 minutes better predicted the absence of improvement in the wall motion score index (WMSI), a higher increase in left ventricular volumes and a lower ejection fraction compared to 10 minutes. A change was observed in LGE volume in the minutes following contrast administration in acute but not in chronic MI. Infarct transmurality 25 minutes post-contrast injection better predicted infarct size and functional recovery at follow-up.

  9. Influence of acute glycaemic level on measures of myocardial infarction in non-diabetic pigs.

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    Diemar, Sarah S; Sejling, Anne-Sophie; Iversen, Kasper K; Engstrøm, Thomas; Honge, Jesper L; Tønder, Niels; Vejlstrup, Niels; Idorn, Manja; Ekström, Kathrine; Pedersen-Bjergaard, Ulrik; Thorsteinsson, Birger; Dalsgaard, Morten

    2015-01-01

    Patients with diabetes are at increased risk of experiencing myocardial infarction. The influence of the prevailing plasma glucose level on infarction and mortality after acute ischaemia is however unknown. The aim was to study the effect of the acute plasma glucose level on the myocardial infarction size in a closed-chest pig model. 38 non-diabetic pigs were randomised to hypoglycaemic (1.8-2.2 mmol/l; n = 15), normoglycaemic (5-7 mmol/l; n = 12) or hyperglycaemic glucose clamping (22-23 mmol/l; n = 11). After 30 min within glucose target myocardial infarction was induced for 30 min followed by reperfusion for 120 min. Hereafter the heart was double-stained to delineate infarction from viable tissue within the area at risk. Mean infarction size was 201 ± 35 mm(2) (mean ± SEM) in the hypoglycaemic group, 154 ± 40 mm(2) in the normoglycaemic group and 134 ± 40 mm(2) in the hyperglycaemic group, with no differences in infarction size, infarct/area at risk ratio or troponin T levels between the groups. There was no difference in incidence of ventricular fibrillation or mortality between the groups. No statistically significant associations were observed between the acute glycaemic level and measures of myocardial infarction, rates of ventricular fibrillation and subsequent premature death in the setting of acute ischaemia and reperfusion.

  10. Acute Myocardial Infarction: The First Manifestation of Ischemic Heart Disease and Relation to Risk Factors

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To assess the association between cardiovascular risk factors and acute myocardial infarction as the first manifestation of ischemic heart disease, correlating them with coronary angiographic findings. METHODS: We carried out a cross-sectional study of 104 patients with previous acute myocardial infarction, who were divided into 2 groups according to the presence or absence of angina prior to acute myocardial infarction. We assessed the presence of angina preceding acute myocardial infarction and risk factors, such as age >55 years, male sex, smoking, systemic arterial hypertension, lipid profile, diabetes mellitus, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and familial history of ischemic heart disease. On coronary angiography, the severity of coronary heart disease and presence of left ventricular hypertrophy were assessed. RESULTS: Of the 104 patients studied, 72.1% were males, 90.4% were white, 73.1% were older than 55 years, and 53.8% were hypertensive. Acute myocardial infarction was the first manifestation of ischemic heart disease in 49% of the patients. The associated risk factors were systemic arterial hypertension (RR=0.19; 95% CI=0.06-0.59; P=0.04 and left ventricular hypertrophy (RR=0.27; 95% CI=0,.8-0.88; P=0.03. The remaining risk factors were not statistically significant. CONCLUSION: Prevalence of acute myocardial infarction as the first manifestation of ischemic heart disease is high, approximately 50%. Hypertensive individuals more frequently have symptoms preceding acute myocardial infarction, probably due to ventricular hypertrophy associated with high blood pressure levels.

  11. [Development of Intracerebral Hemorrhage and Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Shortly after Cerebral Infarction Onset in an Adult Patient with Moyamoya Disease].

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    Yoshida, Jun; Kubo, Yoshitaka; Yoshida, Kenji; Chida, Kohei; Kobayashi, Masakazu; Ogasawara, Kuniaki

    2017-02-01

    Here we describe the case of a patient with moyamoya disease who developed cerebral infarction followed shortly by subarachnoid hemorrhage and intracerebral hemorrhage. A 50-year-old woman presenting with sudden and transient weakness of the left lower limb was transferred to a local hospital. Magnetic resonance imaging(MRI)revealed cerebral infarction in the corpus callosum and in the bilateral frontal lobes induced by moyamoya disease. Pyramidal tract was not affected. The patient was treated with an anti-platelet agent(ozagrel sodium 160mg/day)and did not undergo intentional antihypertensive therapy. The patient's averaged blood pressure was 150/90mmHg. Six days after symptom onset, the patient's orientation deteriorated. Head computed tomography scans revealed a subarachnoid hemorrhage in the right sylvian fissure and in the bilateral frontal lobes and an intracerebral hemorrhage adjacent to the left corona radiata. In addition, MRI revealed a significant expansion of the cerebral infarction in the bilateral frontal lobes. Angiography with arterial catheterization confirmed that the patient's symptoms met diagnostic criteria of stage III moyamoya disease. Positron emission tomography revealed hemodynamic compromise in the left cerebral hemisphere. The patient underwent a superficial temporal artery-middle cerebral artery anastomosis with encephalo-duro-myo-synangiosis. The patient's postoperative course was uneventful. Postoperative T2*-weighted MRI revealed multiple microbleeds in both cerebral hemispheres.

  12. The effects of early exercise on brain damage and recovery after focal cerebral infarction in rats.

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    Matsuda, F; Sakakima, H; Yoshida, Y

    2011-02-01

    Exercise can be used to enhance neuroplasticity and facilitate motor recovery after a stroke in rats. We investigated whether treadmill running could reduce brain damage and enhance the expression of midkine (MK) and nerve growth factor (NGF), increase angiogenesis and decrease the expression of caspase-3. Seventy-seven Wistar rats were split into three experimental groups (ischaemia-control: 36, ischaemia-exercise: 36, sham-exercise: 5). Stroke was induced by 90-min left middle cerebral artery occlusion using an intraluminal filament. Beginning on the following day, the rats were made to run on a treadmill for 20 min once a day for a maximum of 28 consecutive days. Functional recovery after ischaemia was assessed using the beamwalking test and a neurological evaluation scale in all rats. Infarct volume, and the expression of MK, NGF, anti-platelet-endothelial cell adhesion molecule (PECAM-1), and caspase-3 were evaluated at 1, 3, 5, 7, 14 and 28 days after the induction of ischaemia. Over time motor coordination and neurological deficits improved more in the exercised group than in the non-exercised group. The infarct volume in the exercised group (12.4 ± 0.8%) subjected to treadmill running for 28 days was significantly decreased compared with that in the control group (19.8 ± 4.2%, P exercised rats. Our findings show that treadmill exercise improves motor behaviour and reduces neurological deficits and infarct volume, suggesting that it may aid recovery from central nervous system injury.

  13. Vision Loss and RNFL Thinning after Internal Carotid Arter Occlusion and Middle Cerebral Artery Infarction.

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    Gunes, Alime; Demirci, Seden; Umul, Ayse

    2014-12-01

    Ischaemic, traumatic or neoplasmic damage to the optic chiasm, optic tract or lateral geniculate nucleus affects the retinal ganglion cell (RGC) axons, detected as reduced retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness around the optic nerve head. We report a case of vision loss and reduced RNFL thickness after internal carotid artery (ICA) occlusion and middle cerebral artery (MCA) infarction. A 33-year-old woman with a 3-month history of vision loss in right eye and left hemiplegia. The best corrected visual acuity was 1.0 in left eye and there was no light perception in the right eye. Ocular motility, intra-ocular pressure, anterior segments were normal in the both eyes. Her fundus examinations were normal except optic atrophy in the right eye. Visual field test was not performed because of cooperation difficulties. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed an infarction of the right MCA. Computed tomographic angiography showed right ICA occlusion. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) demonstrated 6 clock hours of RNFL thinning in the right eye. Average RNFL thickness of the right and left eyes were 53µm, 96 µm respectively. Our findings show that a relatively short period of ICA occlusion and MCA infarction can cause vision loss and thinning of the RNFL.

  14. The relationship between ECG signs of atrial infarction and the development of supraventricular arrhythmias in patients with acute myocardial infarction

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    Nielsen, F E; Andersen, H H; Gram-Hansen, P

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    ECGs obtained on arrival at the hospital from 277 patients with acute myocardial infarction were analyzed retrospectively for PR displacements, which were classified as major or minor criteria for atrial infarction and related to the later occurrence of supraventricular arrhythmia in the hospital....... Major criteria were (1) PR segment elevation greater than 0.5 mm in leads V5 and V6 with reciprocal PR segment depression in leads V1 and V2, (2) PR segment elevation greater than 0.5 mm in lead I with reciprocal PR segment depression in leads II and III, and (3) PR segment depression greater than 1...... arrhythmias, giving odds ratios of 9.9 and 3.7, respectively. Enzyme-estimated infarct size, the occurrence of heart failure, and mortality rates did not differ in patients with or without major criteria for atrial infarction. We conclude that the occurrence of PR segment displacements on the admission ECG...

  15. Radiological imaging features of the basal ganglia that may predict progression to hemicraniectomy in large territory middle cerebral artery infarct

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    Mian, Asim Z.; Edasery, David; Sakai, Osamu; Mustafa Qureshi, M. [Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA 02118 (United States); Holsapple, James [Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA (United States); Nguyen, Thanh [Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA (United States)

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    Predicting which patients are at risk for hemicraniectomy can be helpful for triage and can help preserve neurologic function if detected early. We evaluated basal ganglia imaging predictors for early hemicraniectomy in patients with large territory anterior circulation infarct. This retrospective study evaluated patients with ischemic infarct admitted from January 2005 to July 2011. Patients with malignant cerebral edema refractory to medical therapy or with herniating signs such as depressed level of consciousness, anisocoria, and contralateral leg weakness were triaged to hemicraniectomy. Admission images were reviewed for presence of caudate, lentiform nucleus (putamen and globus pallidus), or basal ganglia (caudate + lentiform nucleus) infarction. Thirty-one patients with large territory MCA infarct, 10 (32%), underwent hemicraniectomy. Infarction of the caudate nucleus (9/10 vs 6/21, p = 0.002) or basal ganglia (5/10 vs 2/21, p = 0.02) predicted progression to hemicraniectomy. Infarction of the lentiform nucleus only did not predict progression to hemicraniectomy. Sensitivity for patients who did and did not have hemicraniectomy were 50% (5/10) and 90.5% (19/21). For caudate nucleus and caudate plus lentiform nucleus infarcts, the crude- and age-adjusted odds of progression to hemicraniectomy were 9.5 (1.4-64.3) and 6.6 (0.78-55.4), respectively. Infarction of the caudate nucleus or basal ganglia correlated with patients progressing to hemicraniectomy. Infarction of the lentiform nucleus alone did not. (orig.)

  16. Perfusion Pressure Cerebral Infarct (PPCI) trial - the importance of mean arterial pressure during cardiopulmonary bypass to prevent cerebral complications after cardiac surgery

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    Vedel, Anne G.; Holmgaard, Frederik; Rasmussen, Lars Simon

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    Background: Debilitating brain injury occurs in 1.6–5 % of patients undergoing cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass. Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging studies have reported stroke-like lesions in up to 51 % of patients after cardiac surgery. The majority of the lesions seem...... to be caused by emboli, but inadequate blood flow caused by other mechanisms may increase ischaemia in the penumbra or cause watershed infarcts. During cardiopulmonary bypass, blood pressure can be below the lower limit of cerebral autoregulation. Although much debated, the constant blood flow provided...... by the cardiopulmonary bypass system is still considered by many as appropriate to avoid cerebral ischaemia despite the low blood pressure. Methods/design: The Perfusion Pressure Cerebral Infarct trial is a single-centre superiority trial with a blinded outcome assessment. The trial is randomising 210 patients...

  17. [Transcortical sensory aphasia due to extensive infarction of left cerebral hemisphere].

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    Warabi, Yoko; Bandoh, Mitsuaki; Kurisaki, Hiroshi; Nishio, Shinichi; Hayashi, Hideaki

    2006-05-01

    We report a case of transcortical sensory aphasia occurred after extensive infarction of left cerebral hemisphere. A 68-year-old, right-handed man with atrial fibrillation suddenly developed cerebral embolism of left middle cerebral artery. He was treated conservatively, and the right hemiplegia, aphasia, apraxia in a slight degree and right hemispatial neglect in a slight degree consequently existed. MRI showed a large cortical and subcortical infarct lesion including the left Broca's area, central region, perisylvian area with Wernicke's area and temporal lobe. In contrast, neuropsychological evaluation using the Western Aphasia Battery (WAB) demonstrated transcortical sensory aphasia, e.g., fluency 8, auditory comprehension 1. repetition 10 and object naming 2.4. In addition to preserved repetition, both linguistic prosody and affective prosody were well preserved. Most cases with transcortical sensory aphasia are known to occur with the lesion including temporo-parieto-occipital junction of dominant hemisphere. Our patient and a few other reported cases of transcortical sensory aphasia had a lesion in perisylvian area including Wernicke's area. Therefore, it is possible that their minor hemisphere worked selectively for repetition. Furthermore, we suggest that this patient presented dissociative aphasia that all the process of repetition and the function of linguistic and emotional prosody were represented in the right hemisphere and the other functions including comprehension of word meanings were existed in the left hemisphere. We believe that our case of transcortical sensory aphasia with dissociative aphasia gives a suggestion about the mechanism and localization of repetition and prosody in the whole system of language.

  18. Soluble epoxide hydrolase gene deletion improves blood flow and reduces infarct size after cerebral ischemia in reproductively senescent female mice

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    Kristen L Zuloaga

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    Full Text Available Soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH, a key enzyme in the metabolism of vasodilatory epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs, is sexually dimorphic, suppressed by estrogen, and contributes to underlying sex differences in cerebral blood flow and injury after cerebral ischemia. We tested the hypothesis that sEH inhibition or gene deletion in reproductively senescent (RS female mice would increase cerebral perfusion and decrease infarct size following stroke. RS (15-18 month old and young (3-4 month old female sEH knockout (sEHKO mice and wild type (WT mice were subjected to 45 min middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO with laser Doppler perfusion monitoring. WT mice were treated with vehicle or a sEH inhibitor t-AUCB at the time of reperfusion and every 24hrs thereafter for 3 days. Differences in regional cerebral blood flow were measured in vivo using optical microangiography. Infarct size was measured 3 days after reperfusion. Infarct size and cerebral perfusion 24h after MCAO were not altered by age. Both sEH gene deletion and sEH inhibition increased cortical perfusion 24h after MCAO. Neither sEH gene deletion nor sEH inhibition reduced infarct size in young mice. However, sEH gene deletion, but not sEH inhibition of the hydrolase domain of the enzyme, decreased infarct size in RS mice. Results of these studies show that sEH gene deletion and sEH inhibition enhance cortical perfusion following MCAO and sEH gene deletion reduces damage after ischemia in RS female mice; however this neuroprotection in absent is young mice.

  19. Chest pain characteristics and gender in the early diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction.

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    Arora, Garima; Bittner, Vera

    2015-02-01

    Acute myocardial infarction is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular disease mortality in both men and women. Chest pain, which is often described as chest pressure, tightness, or a squeezing sensation, is the most frequent symptom in patients presenting with acute myocardial infarction. Although the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction is often based on typical changes on a surface electrocardiogram and on changes in cardiac biomarkers, there is a need to better recognize and understand the impact of sex on symptoms among patients presenting with acute coronary syndrome or acute myocardial infarction. We briefly review the pathophysiology of ischemic symptoms, discuss potential mechanisms for variation in ischemic symptoms by sex, and summarize recent publications that have addressed sex differences in ischemic symptoms.

  20. Impact of obesity on long-term prognosis following acute myocardial infarction

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    Kragelund, Charlotte; Hassager, Christian; Hildebrandt, Per

    2005-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of obesity on mortality in patients with acute myocardial infarction. METHODS: This study comprises 6676 consecutive patients with acute myocardial infarction screened for entry into the Danish Trandolapril Cardiac Evaluation (TRACE) study. At baseline, body mass.......01)]. Increasing WHR in women showed a trend of increased mortality, although this was not significant [adjusted RR=1.13 (0.95-1.34, p=0.2)]. CONCLUSION: In patients with acute myocardial infarction overall obesity as assessed by body mass index is inversely related to mortality. However, abdominal obesity appears...

  1. Acute myocardial infarction as a finding of acute promyelocytic leukemia-related coagulation disorder.

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    Özkurt, Zübeyde N; Aypar, Eda; Sarifakiogullari, Serpil; Taçoy, Gülten; Özdag, Murat; Kahraman, Seda; Çengel, Atiye

    2015-12-01

    Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) has one of the most favorable prognoses among other leukemia subtypes. However, the major cause of mortality in APL is disseminated intravascular coagulation at the presentation. We present a case of acute myocardial infarction (MI) at the time of APL diagnosis before treatment. The patient suffered from chest pain, sweating and giddiness. He was hypoxic, hypotensive and bradycardic. ECG showed inferior MI. Unfractioned heparin infusion (850 U/h) was started and 5 min after the previous ECG showed total ST resolution. We suggest that in this case, MI was not related to atherosclerotic plaque rupture but related to DIC manifestation.

  2. Treatment of acute ischemic brain infarction with the assistance of local intraarterial thrombolysis with recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator.

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    Poncyljusz, W; Falkowski, A; Kojder, I; Cebula, E; Sagan, L; Czechowski, J; Walecka, A

    2007-09-01

    Cerebral infarction is usually due to arterial occlusion. Prompt treatment with thrombolytic drugs can restore blood flow and improve recovery from an infarct. To evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of local intraarterial thrombolysis with recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator (rtPA) in patients with acute middle cerebral artery (MCA) infarctions within 6 hours of the onset of symptoms. Sixteen patients (10 females and six males) aged from 42 to 61 years, with acute MCA territory infarcts were selected for treatment with local i.a. rtPA up to 6 hours after the onset of symptoms. Patient selection was based on clinical examination, computed tomography (CT), and digital subtraction angiography (DSA). A clinical evaluation was performed before treatment, at the time of discharge, and 90 days post-procedure on the basis of modified Rankin and NIHSS scores. Controls (n = 16, nine females and seven males) aged from 51 to 70 years were treated only with intravenous anticoagulation using i.v. heparin infusion. The control group was evaluated with multidetector CT (MDCT) angiography performed on entry to the study and at 2-4 hours afterwards. Eight patients (50%) achieved a modified Rankin score of 2 or less as the primary outcome after 90 days follow-up. The secondary clinical outcome at 90-day follow-up was as follows: NIHSS score or =50% decrease, nine (56%) of the patients. A recanalization rate of 75% was achieved in 12 of the 16 treated patients, but only 12.5% in two of the 16 patients in the control group. Intracerebral hemorrhage occurred in two (12.5%) of the patients in the treatment group, but in only one patient (6%) in the control group. There were no deaths in the treated group after thrombolysis up to the time of discharge; however, during the 90-day follow-up, two patients died compared to three patients in the control group (19% vs. 12.5% mortality rate). Patients with cerebral infarction who were treated within 6 hours of onset using

  3. Metabolism of biogenic amines in acute cerebral ischemia: Influence of systemic hyperglycemia

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    Milovanović Aleksandar

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin are biogenic amines which are transmitters of the central nervous system. The effects of ischemia on the brain parenchyma depends on many factors, such is the mechanism of blood flow interruption, velocity of the occurring blood flow interruption, duration of an ischemic episode, organization of anatomical structures of the brain blood vessels etc., which all influence the final outcome. During interruption of the brain circulation in experimental or clinical conditions, neurotransmitter metabolism, primarily of biogenic amines, is disturbed. Many researches with various experimental models of complete ischemia reported a decrease in the content of norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin in the CNS tissue. It was proven that hyperglycemia can drastically increase cerebral injury followed by short-term cerebral ischemia. Considering the fact that biogenic amines (dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin influence the size of neurologic damage, as well as the fact that in hyperglycemic conditions infarct size (from the morphological aspect is larger relative to normoglycemic status, the intention was to evaluate the role of biogenic amines in occurrence of damage in conditions of hyperglycemia, i.e. in the case of brain apoplexia in diabetics. Analysis of biogenic amines metabolism in states of acute hyperglycemia, as well as analysis of the effects of reversible and irreversible brain ischemia on metabolism of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, showed that acute hyperglycemia slows down serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine metabolism in the cerebral cortex and n. caudatus. Brain ischemia in normoglycemic animals by itself has no influence on biogenic amines metabolism, but the effect of ischemia becomes apparent during reperfusion. In recirculation, which corresponds to the occurrences in penumbra, release of biogenic amines is uncontrolled and increased. Brain ischemia in acute hyperglycemic animals

  4. Crossed cerebellar diaschisis in acute isolated thalamic infarction detected by dynamic susceptibility contrast perfusion MRI.

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    Alex Förster

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: Crossed cerebellar diaschisis (CCD is a state of neural depression caused by loss of connections to injured neural structures remote from the cerebellum usually evaluated by positron emission tomography. Recently it has been shown that dynamic susceptibility contrast perfusion weighted MRI (PWI may also be feasible to detect the phenomenon. In this study we aimed to assess the frequency of CCD on PWI in patients with acute thalamic infarction. METHODS: From a MRI report database we identified patients with acute isolated thalamic infarction. Contralateral cerebellar hypoperfusion was identified by inspection of time to peak (TTP maps and evaluated quantitatively on TTP, mean transit time (MTT, cerebral blood flow and volume (CBF, CBV maps. A competing cerebellar pathology or an underlying vascular pathology were excluded. RESULTS: A total of 39 patients was included. Common symptoms were hemiparesis (53.8%, hemihypaesthesia (38.5%, dysarthria (30.8%, aphasia (17.9%, and ataxia (15.4%. In 9 patients (23.1% PWI showed hypoperfusion in the contralateral cerebellar hemisphere. All of these had lesions in the territory of the tuberothalamic, paramedian, or inferolateral arteries. Dysarthria was observed more frequently in patients with CCD (6/9 vs. 6/30; OR 8.00; 95%CI 1.54-41.64, p = 0.01. In patients with CCD, the median ischemic lesion volume on DWI (0.91 cm³, IQR 0.49-1.54 cm³ was larger compared to patients with unremarkable PWI (0.51 cm³, IQR 0.32-0.74, p = 0.05. The most pronounced changes were found in CBF (0.94±0.11 and MTT (1.06±0.13 signal ratios, followed by TTP (1.05±0.02. CONCLUSIONS: Multimodal MRI demonstrates CCD in about 20% of acute isolated thalamic infarction patients. Lesion size seems to be a relevant factor in its pathophysiology.

  5. MRI findings of acute cerebral swelling and brain edema in the acute stage. A report of two cases

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    Oki, Hideo; Ueda, Shin; Matsumoto, Keizo; Kashihara, Michiharu; Furuichi, Masashi.

    1988-08-01

    We report two cases, one of acute cerebral swelling and the other with a major stroke, whose MRI has shown very interesting findings. Case 1, a 32-year-old male, was admitted to our service because of a lowering of his consciousness immediately after a head injury. On admission, the patient was semicomatous (E/sub 1/M/sub 2/V/sub 1/, with anisocoria (R > L). His plain skull X-ray was normal. A CT scan, however, demonstrated right isodensity hemispheric swelling associated with a subarachnoid hemorrhage in the right Sylvian fissure. A right carotid angiogram showed no vascular disorders. MR imaging of the spin density demonstrated a hyperintensitive thickening of the gray matter in the whole right hemisphere. Case 2, a 58-year-old female, was admitted because of a sudden onset of loss of consciousness, with right hemiparesis and dysarthria. On admission, her consciousness was semicomatous (E/sub 1/M/sub 3/V/sub 1/), and it deteriorated to a deep coma 1 hour later. A CT scan demonstrated a diffuse left hemispheric low density, with a finding of hemorrhagic infarction in the basal ganglia. MR imaging of the spin density showed a hyperintensitive thickening of the gray matter resembling that of Case 1. The findings of the spin-echo images of our two cases showed a hyperintensitive thickening of the gray matter in both. The hyperintensity and thickening of the gray matter apparently indicated a sort of hyperemia and brain edema. These findings led us to suspect that the hyperemia associated with acute cerebral swelling and ischemic brain edema of our two cases originated in the gray matter, although it has been considered that the pathogenesis of acute cerebral swelling is not known and that brain edema, especially vasogenic edema, will mostly develop in the white matter rather than in the gray matter.

  6. Clinical significance of post-interventional cerebral hyperdensities after endovascular mechanical thrombectomy in acute ischaemic stroke

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    Nikoubashman, Omid [Uniklinik Aachen, Klinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Neuroradiologie, Aachen (Germany); Uniklinik Aachen, Klinik fuer Neurologie, Aachen (Germany); Reich, Arno; Gindullis, Mirco; Schulz, Joerg B. [Uniklinik Aachen, Klinik fuer Neurologie, Aachen (Germany); Frohnhofen, Katharina; Pjontek, Rastislav; Brockmann, Marc-Alexander; Wiesmann, Martin [Uniklinik Aachen, Klinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Neuroradiologie, Aachen (Germany)

    2014-01-15

    This study aims to investigate the clinical significance of post-interventional cerebral hyperdensities (PCHD) after endovascular mechanical thrombectomy in acute ischaemic stroke. Data of 102 consecutive patients who received post-interventional CT scans within 4.5 h after mechanical thrombectomy were analysed retrospectively. Sixty-two of 102 patients (60.8 %) had PCHD on their post-interventional CT scans. The most common site of PCHD was the basal ganglia. PCHD were persisting in 13 of 62 patients (21.0 %), and transient in the remaining 49 patients (79.0 %) within 24 h. Four patients with PCHD and four patients without PCHD suffered from parenchymal haemorrhage. Neither ASA nor Clopidogrel, Tirofiban or rtPA were risk factors for PCHD. Final infarction size was congruent with or bigger than areas of PCHD in 93.3 % of cases in our series. PCHD was not a risk factor for parenchymal haemorrhage in our series. The occurrence of PCHD was strongly related to the prior presence of infarction. PCHD was also a strong predictor for final infarction size. (orig.)

  7. Susceptibility-diffusion mismatch in middle cerebral artery territory acute ischemic stroke: clinical and imaging implications.

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    Payabvash, Seyedmehid; Taleb, Shayandokht; Benson, John C; Hoffman, Benjamin; Oswood, Mark C; McKinney, Alexander M; Rykken, Jeffrey B

    2017-07-01

    Background Recent studies have suggested a correlation between susceptibility-diffusion mismatch and perfusion-diffusion mismatch in acute ischemic stroke patients. Purpose To determine the clinical and imaging associations of susceptibility-diffusion mismatch in patients with acute ischemic stroke in the middle cerebral artery (MCA) territory. Material and Methods Consecutive patients with MCA territory acute ischemic stroke, who had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) performed with susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) within 24 h of symptom onset or time last-seen-well, were included. Two neuroradiologists reviewed SWI scans for SWI-DWI mismatch defined by regionally increased vessel number or diameter on SWI extending beyond the DWI hyperintensity territory in the affected hemisphere. The stroke severity at admission was evaluated using the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score. Poor clinical outcome was defined by a 3-month modified Rankin Scale (mRS) score >2. Results The SWI-DWI mismatch was identified in 44 (29.3%) of 150 patients included in this study. Patients with SWI-DWI mismatch had smaller admission infarct volumes (31.2 ± 44.7 versus 55.9 ± 117.7 mL, P = 0.045) and were younger (60.4 ± 18.9 versus 67.1 ± 15.5, P = 0.026). After correction for age, admission NIHSS score, and infarct volume, the SWI-DWI mismatch was associated with a 22.6% lower rate of poor clinical outcome using propensity score matching ( P = 0.032). In our cohort, thrombolytic therapy showed no significant effect on outcome. Conclusion The presence of SWI-DWI mismatch in acute MCA territory ischemic infarct is associated with smaller infarct volume. Moreover, SWI-DWI mismatch was associated with better outcome after correction for infarct size, severity of admission symptoms, and age.

  8. Cerebral Taurine Levels are Associated with Brain Edema and Delayed Cerebral Infarction in Patients with Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.

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    Kofler, Mario; Schiefecker, Alois; Ferger, Boris; Beer, Ronny; Sohm, Florian; Broessner, Gregor; Hackl, Werner; Rhomberg, Paul; Lackner, Peter; Pfausler, Bettina; Thomé, Claudius; Schmutzhard, Erich; Helbok, Raimund

    2015-12-01

    Cerebral edema and delayed cerebral infarction (DCI) are common complications after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) and associated with poor functional outcome. Experimental data suggest that the amino acid taurine is released into the brain extracellular space secondary to cytotoxic edema and brain tissue hypoxia, and therefore may serve as a biomarker for secondary brain injury after aSAH. On the other hand, neuroprotective mechanisms of taurine treatment have been described in the experimental setting. We analyzed cerebral taurine levels using high-performance liquid chromatography in the brain extracellular fluid of 25 consecutive aSAH patients with multimodal neuromonitoring including cerebral microdialysis (CMD). Patient characteristics and clinical course were prospectively recorded. Associations with CMD-taurine levels were analyzed using generalized estimating equations with an autoregressive process to handle repeated observations within subjects. CMD-taurine levels were highest in the first days after aSAH (11.2 ± 3.2 µM/l) and significantly decreased over time (p < 0.001). Patients with brain edema on admission or during hospitalization (N = 20; 80 %) and patients developing DCI (N = 5; 20 %) had higher brain extracellular taurine levels compared to those without (Wald = 7.3, df = 1, p < 0.01; Wald = 10.1, df = 1, p = 0.001, respectively) even after adjusting for disease severity and CMD-probe location. There was no correlation between parenteral taurine supplementation and brain extracellular taurine (p = 0.6). Moreover, a significant correlation with brain extracellular glutamate (r = 0.82, p < 0.001), lactate (r = 0.56, p < 0.02), pyruvate (r = 0.39, p < 0.01), potassium (r = 0.37, p = 0.01), and lactate-to-pyruvate ratio (r = 0.24, p = 0.02) was found. Significantly higher CMD-taurine levels were found in patients with brain edema or DCI after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Its value as a

  9. Temporal profile of body temperature in acute ischemic stroke: Relation to infarct size and outcome

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    M. Geurts (Marjolein); Scheijmans, F.E.V. (Féline E.V.); T. van Seeters (Tom); G.J. Biessels; L.J. Kappelle (Jaap); B.K. Velthuis (Birgitta K.); H.B. van der Worp (Bart); C.B. Majoie (Charles); Y.B.W.E.M. Roos (Yvo); L.E.M. Duijm (Lucien); K. Keizer (Koos); A. van der Lugt (Aad); D.W.J. Dippel (Diederik); Greve, D. (Droogh-de); H.P. Bienfait; M.A. van Walderveen (M.); M.J.H. Wermer (Marieke); G.J. Lycklama à Nijeholt (Geert); J. Boiten (Jelis); A. Duyndam (Anita); V.I.H. Kwa; F.J. Meijer (F.); E.J. van Dijk (Ewoud); A.M. Kesselring (Anouk); J. Hofmeijer; J.A. Vos (Jan Albert); W.J. Schonewille (Wouter); W.J. van Rooij (W.); P.L.M. de Kort (Paul); C.C. Pleiter (C.); S.L.M. Bakker (Stef); Bot, J.; M.C. Visser (Marieke); B.K. Velthuis (Birgitta); I.C. van der Schaaf (Irene); J.W. Dankbaar (Jan); W.P. Mali (Willem); van Seeters, T.; A.D. Horsch (Alexander D.); J.M. Niesten (Joris); G.J. Biessels (Geert Jan); L.J. Kappelle (Jaap); J.S.K. Luitse; Y. van der Graaf (Yolanda)

    2016-01-01

    textabstractBackground: High body temperatures after ischemic stroke have been associated with larger infarct size, but the temporal profile of this relation is unknown. We assess the relation between temporal profile of body temperature and infarct size and functional outcome in patients with acute

  10. Effect of thrombolytic therapy on exercise response during early recovery from acute myocardial infarction

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    Svendsen, J H; Madsen, J K; Saunamäki, K I

    1992-01-01

    Several studies have shown that infarct size is reduced following thrombolytic treatment in patients with acute myocardial infarction. Exercise test variables, such as an impaired heart rate response during exercise, are known to be related to left ventricular function and patient prognosis follo...

  11. Value of admission electrocardiogram in predicting outcome of thrombolytic therapy in acute myocardial infarction

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    F.W.H.M. Bär (Frits); C. de Zwaan (Chris); S.H. Braat (Simon); M.L. Simoons (Maarten); W.T. Hermens (Wim); A. van der Laarse (Arnoud); W.T. Wellens; M. Ramentol; F.W.A. Verheugt (Freek); F. Vermeer (Frank); X.H. Krauss

    1987-01-01

    textabstractTo determine the value of the admission 12-lead electrocardiogram to predict infarct size limitation by thrombolytic therapy, data were analyzed in 488 of 533 patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) from a randomized multicenter study. All patients had typical

  12. Association of splenic and renal infarctions in acute abdominal emergencies

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    Romano, Stefania E-mail: stefromano@libero.it; Scaglione, Mariano; Gatta, Gianluca; Lombardo, Patrizia; Stavolo, Ciro; Romano, Luigia; Grassi, Roberto

    2004-04-01

    Introduction: Splenic and renal infarctions are usually related to vascular disease or haematologic abnormalities. Their association is infrequent and rarely observed in trauma. In this study, we analyze our data to look at the occurrence of renal and splenic infarctions based on CT findings in a period of 4 years. Materials and Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the imaging findings of 84 patients admitted to our Department of Diagnostic Imaging from June 1998 to December 2002, who underwent emergency abdominal spiral CT examination and in whom there was evidence of splenic and/or renal infarction. Results: We found 40 cases of splenic infarction and 54 cases of renal infarction, associated in 10 patients. In 26 patients, there was also evidence of intestinal infarction. A traumatic origin was found in 19 cases; non-traumatic causes were found in 65 patients. Association between renal and splenic infarction in the same patient was related to trauma in two cases. Conclusions: Although renal and splenic infarctions are a common manifestation of cardiac thromboembolism, other systemic pathologies, infections or trauma may lead to this occurrence. Renal infarction may be clinically and/or surgically managed with success in most cases. There are potential complications in splenic infarction, such as development of pseudocysts, abscesses, hemorrhage, subcapsular haematoma or splenic rupture; splenectomy in these cases may be necessary. Some patients with splenic and/or renal infarction may be clinically asymptomatic. The high accuracy of CT examination is needed to allow a correct evaluation of infarcted organs.

  13. Collaterals: an Important Determinant of Prolonged Ischemic Penumbra versus Rapid Cerebral Infarction?

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    Elisabeth Breese Marsh

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Intravenous tissue plasminogen activator is the mainstay for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke in patients presenting within 4.5 hours of symptom onset. Studies have demonstrated that treating patients early leads to improved long term outcomes. MR imaging currently allows quantification of the ischemic penumbra in order to better identify individuals most likely to benefit from intervention, irrespective of time last seen normal. Its increasing use in clinical practice has demonstrated individual differences in rate of infarction. One explanation for this variability is a difference in collateral blood flow. We report two cases that highlight the individual variability of infarction rate, and discuss potential underlying mechanisms that may influence treatment decisions and outcomes.

  14. Sex Differences in Mortality After Acute Myocardial Infarction

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    Vaccarino, Viola; Parsons, Lori; Peterson, Eric D.; Rogers, William J.; Kiefe, Catarina I.; Canto, John

    2011-01-01

    Background Previous studies have shown that women younger than 55 years have higher hospital mortality rates after acute myocardial infarction (MI) than age-matched men. We examined whether such mortality differences have decreased in recent years. Methods We investigated temporal trends in the hospital case-fatality rates of MI by sex and age from June 1, 1994, through December 31, 2006. The study population included 916 380 patients from the National Registry of Myocardial Infarction with a confirmed diagnosis of MI. Results In-hospital mortality decreased markedly between 1994 and 2006 in all patients but more so in women than men. The mortality reduction in 2006 relative to 1994 was largest in women younger than 55 years (52.9%) and lowest in men younger than 55 years (33.3%). In patients younger than 55 years, the absolute decrease in mortality was 3 times larger in women than men (2.7% vs 0.9%). As a result, the excess mortality in younger women (<55 years) compared with men was less pronounced in 2004-2006 (unadjusted odds ratio, 1.32; 95% confidence interval, 1.07-1.67) than it was in 1994-1995 (unadjusted odds ratio, 1.93; 95% confidence interval, 1.67-2.24). The sex difference in mortality decrease was lower in older patients (P=.004 for the interaction among sex, age, and year). Changes in comorbidity and clinical severity features at admission accounted for more than 90% of these mortality trends. Conclusions In recent years, women, particularly younger ones, experienced larger improvements in hospital mortality after MI than men. The narrowing of the mortality gap between younger women and men is largely attributable to temporal changes in risk profiles. PMID:19858434

  15. Clinical implications of sleep disordered breathing in acute myocardial infarction.

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    Doron Aronson

    Full Text Available Sleep disordered breathing (SDB, characterized by nightly intermittent hypoxia, is associated with multiple pathophysiologic alterations that may adversely affect patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI. This prospective study investigated whether the metabolic perturbations associated with SDB are present when these patients develop AMI and if they affect clinical outcomes.We prospectively enrolled 180 AMI patients. SDB was defined as oxygen desaturation index (ODI >5 events/hour based on a Watch Pat-100 sleep study. Blood samples were obtained for high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP and markers of oxidative stress (lipid peroxides [PD] and serum paraoxonase-1 [PON-1] (arylesterase activity. Echocardiography was performed to evaluate cardiac dimensions and pulmonary artery systolic pressure.SDB was present in 116 (64% patients. Hs-CRP levels, PD and PON-1 were similar in patients with and without SDB. Echocardiography revealed higher left atrial dimension (4.1 ± 0.5 vs 3.8 ± 0.5 cm; P = 0.003 and a significant positive correlation between ODI and pulmonary artery systolic pressure (r = 0.41, P<0.0001. After a median follow up of 68 months, no significant differences were observed between the study groups with regard to clinical outcomes, including death, heart failure, myocardial infarction and unstable angina.There is a high prevalence of previously undiagnosed SDB among patients with AMI. SDB in the setting of AMI is associated with higher pulmonary artery systolic pressure. SDB was not associated with adverse clinical outcomes.

  16. Electrocardiographic changes of acute lateral wall myocardial infarction: a reappraisal based on scintigraphic localization of the infarct

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    Movahed, A.; Becker, L.C.

    1984-10-01

    To determine how often acute lateral myocardial infarcts may be electrocardiographically silent, a new approach was utilized in which subjects were selected by admission thallium scintigraphy. Thirty-one patients with their first infarction were identified with moderate to severe perfusion defects of the lateral and posterolateral walls, persistent over 7 days and associated with severe wall motion abnormalities. Patients with involvement of the anterior, septal or inferior regions were not included. In nine patients, the perfusion defect extended to the anterolateral wall: all developed ST elevation and Q waves in at least one of the lateral leads (I, aVL or V6) but none showed changes in the inferior leads (II, III or aVF). In the other 22 patients, the perfusion defect was limited to the lateral and posterolateral walls: only 12 showed ST elevations (inferior leads only in 7, lateral leads only in 2, both leads in 3) and only 9 developed Q waves (inferior in all). In 8 of these 22 patients, the infarct was silent in the sense that no ST segment elevation or Q waves were seen, although ST depressions or T wave inversions, or both, in all but one patient were compatible with subendocardial infarction. The results indicate that the standard electrocardiogram is insensitive to changes in the lateral and posterolateral regions. Additional diagnostic studies are needed for proper localization and sizing of acute myocardial infarcts.

  17. Imaging of Integrin αvβ3 Expression Using 68Ga-RGD Positron Emission Tomography in Pediatric Cerebral Infarct

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    Hongyoon Choi

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Enhanced expression of integrin αvβ3 is commonly used as a biomarker for angiogenesis, which is one of the key pathophysiologic processes in cerebral infarct. Integrin αvβ3 can be imaged with arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD peptide agents. In this study, characteristics of positron emission tomography (PET using a 68Ga-labeled RGD were investigated in pediatric cerebral infarct. Pediatric patients with moyamoya disease underwent 68Ga-RGD PET in a research protocol for neovascularization evaluation. In these patients, 17 cerebral infarct lesions of 10 patients were included in the analysis. On 68Ga-RGD PET, the infarct lesion to contralateral brain ratio (LCR of the infarct lesion was measured and analyzed with regard to postinfarct time interval (PTI and perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT findings. An increase in 68Ga-RGD uptake was observed in cerebral infarct, particularly in recent lesions. The LCR was significantly higher in the recent than in the chronic lesions, and a significant correlation existed between the LCR and PTI. Additionally, the LCR was significantly higher in the lesions with hyperperfusion on SPECT. This study, as the first human study using an RGD agent for in vivo cerebral infarct imaging, demonstrated that 68Ga-RGD PET has a potential for molecular imaging of integrin αvβ3 expression in cerebral infarct as a biomarker of angiogenesis.

  18. Influence of prior ACE inhibitor therapy on morbidity and mortality following acute myocardial infarction.

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    Raggi, P; Dickson, N R; Boyne, M; Pereira, R; Cooil, B; Wattanasuwan, N; Russell, D C

    1998-11-01

    Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE-I) therapy reduces complications of acute myocardial infarction (MI) even when the therapy is started very early after an acute event. This study sought to determine whether administration of ACE-I therapy prior to acute MI is related to subsequent patient morbidity and mortality. Chart review of 318 consecutive patients admitted between September 1995 and December 1996 with a diagnosis of acute MI. Outcome data were compared between patient groups receiving ACE-I therapy prior to infarction and those who were not. Sixty-four patients (20%) were receiving prior ACE-I therapy. They experienced smaller MIs, as determined by peak creatine kinase elevation (1066 +/- 134 vs. 1510 +/- 95 IU; p infarctions (p digoxin prior to acute MI, and left ventricular ejection fraction after infarction, but not ACE-I therapy taken prior to infarction, as significant independent predictors of mortality and combined morbidity and mortality. In a group of patients experiencing an acute MI, those receiving prior ACE-I therapy were more likely to sustain fewer transmural MIs and smaller infarcts. Chronic ACE-I therapy may have cardioprotective effects during acute myocardial ischemia.

  19. Magnetic resonance imaging criteria for thrombolysis in acute cerebral infarct

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    Hjort, N; Butcher, K; Davis, SM; Kidwell, CS; Koroshetz, WJ; Rother, J; Schellinger, PD; Warach, S; Ostergaard, L

    Background and Purpose - Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) selection of stroke patients eligible for thrombolytic therapy is an emerging application. Although the efficacy of therapy within 3 hours after onset of symptoms with intravenous (IV) tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) has been proven for

  20. Extensive white matter hyperintensities may increase brain volume in cerebral autosomal-dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy.

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    Yao, Ming; Jouvent, Eric; During, Marco; Godin, Ophélia; Hervé, Dominique; Guichard, Jean Pierre; Zhu, Yi-Cheng; Gschwendtner, Andreas; Opherk, Christian; Dichgans, Martin; Chabriat, Hugues

    2012-12-01

    The extent of white matter hyperintensities (WMH) is associated with cerebral atrophy in elderly people. WMH is a radiological hallmark of cerebral autosomal-dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL), but their relationship with brain volume remains poorly understood. The association between WMH and brain volume was analyzed in a large population of patients with CADASIL. Demographic and MRI data of 278 patients recruited from a prospective cohort study were analyzed. Volumes of WMH and lacunar infarcts, number of cerebral microbleeds, and brain parenchymal fraction were measured. Multivariate analysis was used to study the impact of WMH on brain volume at baseline. In univariate analyses, brain parenchymal fraction was negatively associated with age, male sex, and all MRI markers. Multiple regression modeling showed that brain parenchymal fraction was inversely related to age, number of cerebral microbleeds, and normalized volume of lacunar infarcts but positively related to normalized volume of WMH (Pbrain parenchymal fraction ≥86.37% (median values, both P≤0.001). The results of the present study suggest that extensive WMH may be associated with increase of brain volume in CADASIL. In this disorder, WMH may be related not only to loss of white matter components, but also to a global increase of water content in the cerebral tissue.

  1. MANAGEMENT OF DIABETES IN ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION IN CELJE GENERAL HOSPITAL IN 1999

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    Gregor Veninšek

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available Background. DIGAMI study showed that intrahospital mortality and mortality at one year after myocardial infarction can be significantly reduced in diabetics treated in acute phase of myocardial infarction by GI infusion and afterwards for at least three months with intensive insulin treatment. Mortality can be reduced for more than 50% in a subgroup of patients younger than 70 years, without congestive heart failure, with first myocardial infarction, not treated with insulin or digitalis. In this perspective we reviewed treatment of diabetics with acute myocardial infarction in 1999 in Celje General Hospital.Methods. We reviewed documentation of treatment of all diabetics with acute myocardial infarction treated in Celje General Hospital in 1999. We collected data on number of newly discovered diabetes, on previous treatment of diabetes, on treatment of diabetes during hospitalization and at discharge, on drugs used for treatment of diabetes and on mortality during hospitalization.Results. Diabetics presented 20% of all patients with acute myocardial infarction treated in Celje General Hospital in 1999. None of patients received GI infusion, none had intensively managed blood sugar. 24% of patients were treated with sulfonylureas in acute phase of myocardial infarction. 33% of patients were discharged from hospital with insulin therapy. Intrahospital mortality was 9%, comparable with patients without diabetes.Conclusions. In 1999 was intrahospital treatment of diabetics with acute myocardial infarction in Celje General Hospital successful as their intrahospital mortality equaled non-diabetics. Treatment of diabetes itself, during hospitalization and after discharge, on the other hand, in 1999 had not been up to date according to results of recent studies. In our opinion, it is mandatory for diabetologist to make part of the team that treats diabetic with acute myocardial infarction

  2. Long-term recording of cardiac arrhythmias with an implantable cardiac monitor in patients with reduced ejection fraction after acute myocardial infarction: the Cardiac Arrhythmias and Risk Stratification After Acute Myocardial Infarction (CARISMA) study

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    Bloch Thomsen, Poul Erik; Jons, Christian; Raatikainen, M J Pekka

    2010-01-01

    Knowledge about the incidence of cardiac arrhythmias after acute myocardial infarction has been limited by the lack of traditional ECG recording systems to document and confirm asymptomatic and symptomatic arrhythmias. The Cardiac Arrhythmias and Risk Stratification After Myocardial Infarction...

  3. Management of acute perioperative myocardial infarction: a case report of concomitant acute myocardial infarction and tumor bleeding in the transverse colon

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    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Yu-Feng Li,1,* Wen-Qian Gao,2,* Yuan-Xin Li,3,* Quan-Zhou Feng,1,* Ping Zhu2 1The Department of Cardiology, Clinical Division of Medicine, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing, People’s Republic of China; 2The Department of Cardiology, Clinical Division of Nanlou, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing, People’s Republic of China; 3Navy Wangshoulu Clinics, Beijing, People’s Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: Acute myocardial infarction complicated by bleeding colon tumor is problematic with regard to management, and appropriate balance of antiplatelet or anticoagulation therapy and hemostasis or surgery is crucial for effective treatment. Here, we present a case of concomitant acute myocardial infarction and bleeding tumor in the transverse colon, and share our experience of successfully balancing anticoagulation therapy and hemostasis. Keywords: management, acute myocardial infarction, perioperative, antiplatelet, hemostasis

  4. Cerebral Microbleeds and the Risk of Incident Ischemic Stroke in CADASIL (Cerebral Autosomal Dominant Arteriopathy With Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy).

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    Puy, Laurent; De Guio, François; Godin, Ophélia; Duering, Marco; Dichgans, Martin; Chabriat, Hugues; Jouvent, Eric

    2017-10-01

    Cerebral microbleeds are associated with an increased risk of intracerebral hemorrhage. Recent data suggest that microbleeds may also predict the risk of incident ischemic stroke. However, these results were observed in elderly individuals undertaking various medications and for whom causes of microbleeds and ischemic stroke may differ. We aimed to test the relationship between the presence of microbleeds and incident stroke in CADASIL (Cerebral Autosomal Dominant Arteriopathy With Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy)-a severe monogenic small vessel disease known to be responsible for both highly prevalent microbleeds and a high incidence of ischemic stroke in young patients. We assessed microbleeds on baseline MRI in all 378 patients from the Paris-Munich cohort study. Incident ischemic strokes were recorded during 54 months. Survival analyses were used to test the relationship between microbleeds and incident ischemic stroke. Three hundred sixty-nine patients (mean age, 51.4±11.4 years) were followed-up during a median time of 39 months (interquartile range, 19 months). The risk of incident ischemic stroke was higher in patients with microbleeds than in patients without (35.8% versus 19.6%, hazard ratio, 1.87; 95% confidence interval, 1.16-3.01; P =0.009). These results persisted after adjustment for history of ischemic stroke, age, sex, vascular risk factors, and antiplatelet agents use (hazard ratio, 1.89; 95% confidence interval, 1.10-3.26; P =0.02). The presence of microbleeds is an independent risk marker of incident ischemic stroke in CADASIL, emphasizing the need to carefully interpret MRI data. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  5. Surgery-related thrombosis critically affects the brain infarct volume in mice following transient middle cerebral artery occlusion.

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    Xiaojie Lin

    Full Text Available Transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO model is widely used to mimic human focal ischemic stroke in order to study ischemia/reperfusion brain injury in rodents. In tMCAO model, intraluminal suture technique is widely used to achieve ischemia and reperfusion. However, variation of infarct volume in this model often requires large sample size, which hinders the progress of preclinical research. Our previous study demonstrated that infarct volume was related to the success of reperfusion although the reason remained unclear. The aim of present study is to explore the relationship between focal thrombus formation and model reproducibility with respect to infarct volume. We hypothesize that suture-induced thrombosis causes infarct volume variability due to insufficient reperfusion after suture withdrawal. Seventy-two adult male CD-1 mice underwent 90 minutes of tMCAO with or without intraperitoneal administration of heparin. Dynamic synchrotron radiation microangiography (SRA and laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI were performed before and after tMCAO to observe the cerebral vascular morphology and to measure the cerebral blood flow in vivo. Infarct volume and neurological score were examined to evaluate severity of ischemic brain injury. We found that the rate of successful reperfusion was much higher in heparin-treated mice compared to that in heparin-free mice according to the result of SRA and LSCI at 1 and 3 hours after suture withdrawal (p<0.05. Pathological features and SRA revealed that thrombus formed in the internal carotid artery, middle cerebral artery or anterior cerebral artery, which blocked reperfusion following tMCAO. LSCI showed that cortical collateral circulation could be disturbed by thrombi. Our results demonstrated that suture-induced thrombosis was a critical element, which affects the success of reperfusion. Appropriate heparin management provides a useful approach for improving reproducibility of reperfusion

  6. Secular trends and seasonality in first-time hospitalization for acute myocardial infarction

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    Fischer, Thomas; Lundbye-Christensen, Søren; Johnsen, Søren Paaske

    2004-01-01

    changes in seasonality. Methods: The study was based on 17,989 patients hospitalized with first-time acute myocardial infarction identified in the Hospital Discharge Registry of the County of North Jutland, Denmark, from 1 January 1983 to 31 December 1999. The seasonality of acute myocardial infarction...... of these seasonal patterns remained stable throughout the study period despite the decline in hospitalizations for acute myocardial infarction. Conclusion> Hospitalizations for first-time acute myocardial infarction decreased from 1983 to 1999, but the seasonal pattern remained stable over time....... was estimated using a Poisson regression model. Results: The incidence rate decreased by 3.2 % (95% confidence interval: 2.7-3.3%) annually. Hospitalizations followed different seasonal patterns depending on age, but not on gender. In the

  7. Geochemistry of ground water and the incidence of acute myocardial infarction in Finland

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    A. Kousa; Moltchanova, E.; Viik-Kajander, M; Rytkonen, M; Tuomilehto, J.; Tarvainen, T. (Timo); Karvonen, M.

    2004-01-01

    Study objective: To examine the association of spatial variation in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) incidence and its putative environmental determinants in ground water such as total water hardness, the concentration of calcium, magnesium, fluoride, iron, copper, zinc, nitrate, and aluminium.

  8. Thrombolysis with rt-PA in acute myocardial infarction: no additional benefit of immediate PTCA

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    M.L. Simoons (Maarten); A. Betriu; M. Bokslag; D.P. de Bono (David); R.W. Brower (Ronald); J.J. Col (Jacques); F.C. Dougherty; R. von Essen; H. Lambertz; J. Lubsen (Jacob); B. Meier (Bernard); P.L. Michel; P. Raynaud (Philippe); W.R. Rutsch (Wolfgang); G.A. Sanz; W. Schmidt; P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); C. Thery; R. Uebis; A. Vahanian (Alec); G.M. Willems (George); D. Wood; M. Verstraete (Marc); A.E.R. Arnold (Alfred); F.J.J. van de Werf (Frans)

    1988-01-01

    textabstractA randomised trial of 367 patients with acute myocardial infarction was performed to determine whether an invasive strategy combining thrombolysis with recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator (rTPA), heparin, and acetylsalicylic acid, and immediate percutaneous transluminal

  9. The impact of acute myocardial infarction on left ventricular systolic function.

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    Koçinaj, Dardan; Bakalli, Aurora; Gashi, Masar; Begolli, Luljeta; Berisha, Merita; Koçinaj, Allma; Berisha, Blerim; Krasniqi, Xhevdet

    2011-01-01

    During acute myocardial infarction left ventricular systolic function is an important prognostic factor whose worsening is still frequent despite the therapeutic approach. We aimed to estimate the incidence of left ventricular systolic dysfunction among patients experiencing acute myocardial infarction. The study involved 154 consecutive patients admitted at Coronary Care Unit. The study design was based upon the collection of patient histories, clinical examination and other complementary tests. In overall study population, predominantly with male gender, the incidence of left ventricle systolic dysfunction was 42.3%, which correlated with myocardial damage, electrocardiography changes, myocardial enzymes, and myocardial wall motion. Transthoracic Echocardiography represents a valuable tool and left ventricular ejection fraction should be evaluated in all patients experiencing acute myocardial infarction since the incidence of left ventricular dysfunction in patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction remains relatively high.

  10. Impact of pre-infarction angina on angiographic and echocardiographic outcomes in patients with acute ante

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    Ahmed El Missiri

    2016-09-01

    Conclusions: For patients suffering from a first attack of acute anterior wall STEMI, pre-infarction angina is associated with a better Killip class at presentation, better TIMI flow grade after PPCI, less incidence of TMP 0 flow grade.

  11. Association of elevated triglycerides and acute myocardial infarction in young Hispanics.

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    Essilfie, Gilbert; Shavelle, David M; Tun, Han; Platt, Kevin; Kobayashi, Ryan; Mehra, Anilkumar; Matthews, Ray V; Clavijo, Leonardo; Gaglia, Michael A

    2016-12-01

    Previous studies have demonstrated that acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in young patients (age lifestyle changes experienced by a young immigrant population transitioning to life in the United States. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Clinical relevance of rehospitalizations for unstable angina and unplanned revascularization following acute myocardial infarction

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    Shore, Supriya; Smolderen, K.G.E.; Spertus, John A.; Kennedy, Kevin F.; Jones, Philip G.; Zhao, Zhenxiang; Wang, Tracy Y.; Arnold, Suzanne V.

    2016-01-01

    Background Rehospitalizations following acute myocardial infarction for unplanned coronary revascularization and unstable angina (UA) are often included as parts of composite end points in clinical trials. Although clearly costly, the clinical relevance of these individual components has not been

  13. Alterations in plasma lecithin : cholesterol acyltransferase and myeloperoxidase in acute myocardial infarction: Implications for cardiac outcome

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    Dullaart, Robin P. F.; Tietge, Uwe J. F.; Kwakernaak, Arjan J.; Dikkeschei, Bert D.; Perton, Frank; Tio, Rene A.

    Background: The cholesterol esterifying enzyme, lecithin: cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT), plays a key role in HDL maturation and remodeling. Myeloperoxidase (MPO) may compromise LCAT enzymatic activity. We tested the extent to which plasma LCAT activity is altered in acute myocardial infarction

  14. HDL function is impaired in acute myocardial infarction independent of plasma HDL cholesterol levels

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    Annema, Wijtske; Willemsen, Hendrik M.; de Boer, Jan Freark; Dikkers, Arne; van der Giet, Markus; Nieuwland, Wybe; Muller Kobold, Anna; van Pelt, L. Joost; Slart, Riemer H. J. A.; van der Horst, Iwan C. C.; Dullaart, Robin P. F.; Tio, Rene A.; Tietge, Uwe J. F.

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: High-density lipoproteins (HDLs) protect against the development of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. HDL function represents an emerging concept in cardiovascular research. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the association between HDL functionality and acute myocardial infarction

  15. Mortality after acute primary mesenteric infarction: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies.

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    Adaba, F; Askari, A; Dastur, J; Patel, A; Gabe, S M; Vaizey, C J; Faiz, O; Nightingale, J M D; Warusavitarne, J

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    The primary aim of this study was to determine whether the in-hospital mortality for acute mesenteric infarction has reduced in the last decade. The secondary aim was to determine if there was a statistical difference in mortality between patients having acute primary mesenteric infarction due to different causes. A literature search was performed of PubMed, Ovid (Embase) and Google Scholar databases. Studies on acute mesenteric infarction of primary vascular pathology were included for pooled analyses while studies that had reported comparative mortality between arterial, venous and non-occlusive mesenteric infarction (NOMI) were included in meta-analyses. Their quality was assessed using the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence assessment scale. Odds ratios (ORs) of mortality were calculated using a Mantel-Haenszel random effect model. The total number of patients was 4527 and the male/female ratio was 1912/2247. The pooled in-hospital mortality was 63%. There was no significant reduction of in-hospital mortality rate in the last decade (P = 0.78). There was a significant difference in in-hospital mortality between acute arterial mesenteric infarction (73.9%) compared with acute venous mesenteric infarction (41.7%) [OR 3.47, confidence interval (CI) 2.43-4.96, P infarction (44.2%) (OR 3.2, CI 1.83-5.6, P infarction and NOMI (OR 1.08, CI 0.57-2.03, P = 0.82). In-hospital mortality rate has not changed in the last decade. Patients with arterial mesenteric infarction or with NOMI are over three times more likely to die during the first hospital admission compared with those with venous mesenteric infarction. Colorectal Disease © 2015 The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.

  16. Recreational Marijuana Use and Acute Myocardial Infarction: Insights from Nationwide Inpatient Sample in the United States

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    Desai, Rupak; Patel, Upenkumar; Sharma, Shobhit; Amin, Parth; Bhuva, Rushikkumar; Patel, Malav S; Sharma, Nitin; Shah, Manan; Patel, Smit; Savani, Sejal; Batra, Neha; Kumar, Gautam

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    Background Marijuana is a widely used recreational substance. Few cases have been reported of acute myocardial infarction following marijuana use. To our knowledge, this is the first ever study analyzing the lifetime odds of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) with marijuana use and the outcomes in AMI patients with versus without marijuana use. Methods We queried the 2010-2014 National Inpatient Sample (NIS) database for 11-70-year-old AMI patients. Pearson Chi-square test for categorical vari...

  17. Significant improvement in statin adherence and cholesterol levels after acute myocardial infarction

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    Brogaard, Hilde Vaiva Tonstad; Køhn, Morten Ganderup; Berget, Oline Sofie

    2012-01-01

    Not all patients recovering from acute myocardial infarction (AMI) are optimally treated with statin, and their adherence to statin treatment may be inadequate. We set out to describe changes in statin treatment adherence and cholesterol values over time.......Not all patients recovering from acute myocardial infarction (AMI) are optimally treated with statin, and their adherence to statin treatment may be inadequate. We set out to describe changes in statin treatment adherence and cholesterol values over time....

  18. Influence of climate variability on acute myocardial infarction mortality in Havana, 2001-2012.

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    Rivero, Alina; Bolufé, Javier; Ortiz, Paulo L; Rodríguez, Yunisleydi; Reyes, María C

    2015-04-01

    Death from acute myocardial infarction is due to many factors; influences on risk to the individual include habits, lifestyle and behavior, as well as weather, climate and other environmental components. Changing climate patterns make it especially important to understand how climatic variability may influence acute myocardial infarction mortality. Describe the relationship between climate variability and acute myocardial infarction mortality during the period 2001-2012 in Havana. An ecological time-series study was conducted. The universe comprised 23,744 deaths from acute myocardial infarction (ICD-10: I21-I22) in Havana residents from 2001 to 2012. Climate variability and seasonal anomalies were described using the Bultó-1 bioclimatic index (comprising variables of temperature, humidity, precipitation, and atmospheric pressure), along with series analysis to determine different seasonal-to-interannual climate variation signals. The role played by climate variables in acute myocardial infarction mortality was determined using factor analysis. The Mann-Kendall and Pettitt statistical tests were used for trend analysis with a significance level of 5%. The strong association between climate variability conditions described using the Bultó-1 bioclimatic index and acute myocardial infarctions accounts for the marked seasonal pattern in AMI mortality. The highest mortality rate occurred during the dry season, i.e., the winter months in Cuba (November-April), with peak numbers in January, December and March. The lowest mortality coincided with the rainy season, i.e., the summer months (May-October). A downward trend in total number of deaths can be seen starting with the change point in April 2009. Climate variability is inversely associated with an increase in acute myocardial infarction mortality as is shown by the Bultó-1 index. This inverse relationship accounts for acute myocardial infarction mortality's seasonal pattern.

  19. THE SPEKL-TREKING PREDICTIVE VALUE OF THE ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY AT THE ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION

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    Full Text Available Speckle-tracking echocardiography is a non-invasive method  for assessment of myocardial deformation, which is closely associated with its regional and global function. Although it is not yet introduced into clinical practice, deformation parameters are actively studied in different clinical conditions, particularly in acute myocardial infarction. Numerous studies show deformation  impairment may have important prognostic value at patients with a acute myocardial infarction.

  20. Gender differences in physical activity following acute myocardial infarction in adults: A prospective, observational study.

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    Minges, Karl E; Strait, Kelly M; Owen, Neville; Dunstan, David W; Camhi, Sarah M; Lichtman, Judith; Geda, Mary; Dreyer, Rachel P; Bueno, Héctor; Beltrame, John F; Curtis, Jeptha P; Krumholz, Harlan M

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    Aims Despite the benefits of regular physical activity participation following acute myocardial infarction, little is known about gender differences in physical activity among patients after acute myocardial infarction. We described, by gender, physical activity trajectories pre- and post-acute myocardial infarction, and determined whether gender was independently associated with physical activity. Methods and results The Variation in Recovery: Role of Gender on Outcomes of Young AMI patients (VIRGO) study, conducted at 103 US, 24 Spanish, and three Australian hospitals, was designed, in part, to evaluate gender differences in lifestyle behaviors following acute myocardial infarction. We used baseline, one-month, and 12-month data collected from patients aged 18-55 years ( n = 3572). Patients were assigned to American Heart Association-defined levels of physical activity. A generalized estimating equation model was used to account for repeated measures within the same individual over time. Men were more active (≥150 min/wk moderate or ≥75 min/wk vigorous activity) than women at baseline (42% vs 34%), one month (45% vs 34%), and 12 months (48% vs 36%) (all p acute myocardial infarction to 12-months post-acute myocardial infarction (95% confidence interval: 1.21-1.55). Non-white race, non-active workplaces, smoking, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity were also associated independently with being less active over time (all p acute myocardial infarction were less likely to meet physical activity recommendations than were men. By identifying factors associated with low levels of activity during acute myocardial infarction recovery, targeted interventions can be introduced prior to hospital discharge.

  1. [Myocardial infarction and acute coronary syndrome: definitions, classification, and diagnostic criteria].

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    Zaĭrat'iants, O V; Mishnev, O D; Kakturskiĭ, L V

    2014-01-01

    The review gives the definitions and classification of and diagnostic criteria for myocardial infarction and acute coronary syndrome in accordance with the "The third universal definition of myocardial infarction" adopted in 2012 (Joint ESC/ACCF/AHA/WHF Task Force for the Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction, 2012). It also discusses the clinical and morphological comparisons of and the problems in the differential diagnosis of myocardial infarction as a nosological entity within coronary heart disease with other coronarogenic and non-coronarogenic necroses of the myocardium.

  2. [Infarct in the area of the left anterior cerebral artery. II. Language disorders].

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    Bogousslavsky, J; Assal, G; Regli, F

    1987-01-01

    Language disturbances and other neuropsychological dysfunctions were evaluated in 10 right-handed patients with left anterior cerebral artery (ACA) infarcts with CT correlation. Transcortical motor aphasia was present in 4 cases, related to involvement of the supplementary motor area (SMA) or the underlying and immediately anterior white matter. In 4 patients with sparing of the SMA but with involvement of the cingulate region, only alterations of verbal memory were found. Sensory or mixed transcortical aphasia was not observed, in any of the patients, including those in whom the supplementary sensory area (SSA) or the underlying white matter were involved, casting doubt upon the presumed receptive role in language function attributed to the SSA by some authors. Buccolingual-facial apraxia was related to subcortical lesions. A callosal disconnection syndrome was uncommon (2 patients) and no hemi-neglect was encountered, even in those cases with cingulate involvement.

  3. Atypical unilateral posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome mimicking a middle cerebral artery infarction

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    Camidag, Ilkay [Dept. of Radiology, Ondokuz Mayis University, Faculty of Medicine, Samsun (Turkmenistan); Cho, Yang Je; Park, Mina; Lee, Seung Koo [Yonsei University Severance Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is usually a reversible clinical and radiological entity associated with typical features on brain MR or CT imaging. However, the not-so-uncommon atypical radiological presentations of the condition are also present and they may go unrecognised as they are confused with other conditions. Here, we report a very rare case of atypical, unilateral PRES in a 49-year-old uremic, post-transplant female patient who presented with seizures. Initial MRI showed high-grade occlusion of the left middle cerebral artery (MCA) and lesions suggestive of subacute infarction in the ipsilateral frontotemporoparietal lobe. Patient symptoms had resolved a day after the onset without any specific treatment but early follow-up CT findings suggested hemorrhagic transformation. Follow-up MRI performed 2 years later showed complete disappearence of the lesions and persisting MCA occlusion.

  4. Trends in Incidence of Hospitalized Acute Myocardial Infarction in the Cardiovascular Research Network (CVRN).

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    Reynolds, Kristi; Go, Alan S; Leong, Thomas K; Boudreau, Denise M; Cassidy-Bushrow, Andrea E; Fortmann, Stephen P; Goldberg, Robert J; Gurwitz, Jerry H; Magid, David J; Margolis, Karen L; McNeal, Catherine J; Newton, Katherine M; Novotny, Rachel; Quesenberry, Charles P; Rosamond, Wayne D; Smith, David H; VanWormer, Jeffrey J; Vupputuri, Suma; Waring, Stephen C; Williams, Marc S; Sidney, Stephen

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    Monitoring trends in cardiovascular events can provide key insights into the effectiveness of prevention efforts. Leveraging data from electronic health records provides a unique opportunity to examine contemporary, community-based trends in acute myocardial infarction hospitalizations. We examined trends in hospitalized acute myocardial infarction incidence among adults aged ≥25 years in 13 US health plans in the Cardiovascular Research Network. The first hospitalization per member for acute myocardial infarction overall and for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction and non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction was identified by International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification primary discharge codes in each calendar year from 2000 through 2008. Age- and sex-adjusted incidence was calculated per 100,000 person-years using direct adjustment with 2000 US census data. Between 2000 and 2008, we identified 125,435 acute myocardial infarction hospitalizations. Age- and sex-adjusted incidence rates (per 100,000 person-years) of acute myocardial infarction decreased an average 3.8%/y from 230.5 in 2000 to 168.6 in 2008. Incidence of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction decreased 8.7%/y from 104.3 in 2000 to 51.7 in 2008, whereas incidence of non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction increased from 126.1 to 129.4 between 2000 and 2004 and then decreased thereafter to 116.8 in 2008. Age- and sex-specific incidence rates generally reflected similar patterns, with relatively larger decreases in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction rates in women compared with men. As compared with 2000, the age-adjusted incidence of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction in 2008 was 48% lower among men and 61% lower among women. Among a large, diverse, multicenter community-based insured population, there were significant decreases in incidence of hospitalized acute myocardial infarction and the more serious ST-segment elevation

  5. Examining the subcortical infarcts in the era of acute multimodality CT imaging

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    Mindy Tan

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    Full Text Available Background: Lacunar infarcts have been characterized as small subcortical infarcts, resulting from in situ microatheroma or lipohyalinosis in small vessels. Based on this hypothesis, such infarcts should not be associated with large areas of perfusion deficits extending beyond subcortical regions to involve cortical regions. By contrast, selected small subcortical infarcts, as defined by MR imaging in the subacute or chronic stage, may initially have large perfusion deficits or related large vessel occlusions. These infarcts with ‘lacunar’ phenotype may also be caused by disease in the parent vessel and may have very different stroke mechanisms from small vessel disease. Our aim was to describe differences in imaging characteristics between patients with small subcortical infarction with ‘lacunar phenotype’ from those with lacunar mechanism. Methods: Patients undergoing acute CT Perfusion/angiography (CTP/CTA within 6 hours of symptom onset and follow-up magnetic resonance imaging (MRI for ischaemic stroke were included (2009-2013. A lacunar infarct was defined as a single subcortical infarct (SSI ≤20 mm on follow-up MRI. Presence of perfusion deficits, vessel occlusion and infarct dimensions were compared between lacunar infarcts and other topographical infarct types. Results: Overall, 182 patients (mean age 66.4±15.3 years, 66% male were included. SSI occurred in 31 (17% patients. Of these, 12 (39% patients had a perfusion deficit compared with those with any cortical infarction (120/142, 67%, and the smallest SSI with a perfusion deficit had a diameter of <5mm. The majority of patients with SSI (8/12, 66.7% had a relevant vessel occlusion. A quarter of SSIs had a large-artery stroke mechanism evident on acute CTP/CTA. Lacunar mechanism was present in 3/8 patients with corona radiata, 5/10 lentiform nucleus, 5/6 posterior limb of internal capsule PLIC, 3/5 thalamic infarcts and 1/2 miscellaneous locations. There was a trend toward

  6. Histological change and microcirculation in the contrast-enhancement region of cerebral infarction. An experimental study

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    Morimoto, Tetsuya; Takemura, Kiyoshi; Sakaki, Toshisuke; Hori, Yutaka (Nara National Hospital, Nara (Japan)); Yokoyama, Kazuhiro

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    The purpose of this experiment is to reveal the microcirculation and blood-brain barrier by comparison with the histological findings in the contrast-enhancement region. The microcirculation is studied by carbon perfusion, and the function of the blood-brain barrier is studied by the intravenous administration of fluorescein. According to the carbon perfusion, carbon filling is impaired in the ischemic region of cerebral infarction. However, partially in the ischemic region, there is a good carbon-filling zone, called the carbon deposit, which indicates that the microcirculation develops better in this part of the ischemic region during the contrast-enhancement stage. From the histological point of view, the contrast-enhancement region contains capillaries and phagocytes and has a spongy appearance, an extravasation of red cells, and cavity formations. The density of capillaries might play the most important role in the microcirculation and the function of the blood-brain barrier. The fluorescein stain indicates the extent of the abnormally increased permeability of the capillaries. During the contrast-enhancement stage, the fluorescein stain is found not only in the contrast-enhacement region, but also in the surrounding zone around the contrast-enhancement region. There is an ischemic histological change, shown by the spongy appearance in this surrounding zone with the fluorescein stain. On a CT scan, this surrounding zone is seen as a normodensity area in most experimental models. These results indicate that, during the stage of the contrast-enhancement of cerebral infarction, a histologically evidenced ischemic area is detected not only as a contrast-enhancement region but also as a normodensity area around the contrast-enhancement region.

  7. Myocardial T1 mapping: application to patients with acute and chronic myocardial infarction.

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    Messroghli, Daniel R; Walters, Kevin; Plein, Sven; Sparrow, Patrick; Friedrich, Matthias G; Ridgway, John P; Sivananthan, Mohan U

    2007-07-01

    T(1) maps obtained with modified Look-Locker inversion recovery (MOLLI) can be used to measure myocardial T(1). We aimed to evaluate the potential of MOLLI T(1) mapping for the assessment of acute and chronic myocardial infarction (MI). A total of 24 patients with a first MI underwent MRI within 8 days and after 6 months. T(1) mapping was performed at baseline and at selected intervals between 2-20 min following administration of gadopentetate dimeglumine (Gd-DTPA). Delayed-enhancement (DE) imaging served as the reference standard for delineation of the infarct zone. On T(1) maps the myocardial T(1) relaxation time was assessed in hyperenhanced areas, hypoenhanced infarct cores, and remote myocardium. The planimetric size of myocardial areas with standardized T(1) threshold values was measured. Acute and chronic MI exhibited different T(1) changes. Precontrast threshold T(1) maps detected segmental abnormalities caused by acute MI with 96% sensitivity and 91% specificity. Agreement between measurements of infarct size from T(1) mapping and DE imaging was higher in chronic than in acute infarcts. Precontrast T(1) maps enable the detection of acute MI. Acute and chronic MI show different patterns of T(1) changes. Standardized T(1) thresholds provide the potential to dichotomously identify areas of infarction. (c) 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  8. Mannitol infusion immediately after reperfusion suppresses the development of focal cortical infarction after temporary cerebral ischemia in gerbils.

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    Ito, Umeo; Hakamata, Yoji; Watabe, Kazuhiko; Oyanagi, Kiyomitsu

    2014-08-01

    Previously we found that, after temporary cerebral ischemia, microvasculogenic secondary focal cerebral cortical ischemia occurred, caused by microvascular obstruction due to compression by swollen astrocytic end-feet, resulting in focal infarction. Herein, we examined whether mannitol infusion immediately after restoration of blood flow could protect the cerebral cortex against the development of such an infarction. If so, the infusion of mannitol might improve the results of vascular reperfusion therapy. We selected stroke-positive animals during the first 10 min after left carotid occlusion performed twice with a 5-h interval, and allocated them into four groups: sham-operated control, no-treatment, mannitol-infusion, and saline-infusion groups. Light- and electron-microscopic studies were performed on cerebral cortices of coronal sections prepared at the chiasmatic level, where the focal infarction develops abruptly in the area where disseminated selective neuronal necrosis is maturing. Measurements were performed to determine the following: (A) infarct size in HE-stained specimens from all groups at 72 and 120 h after return of blood flow; (B) number of carbon-black-suspension-perfused microvessels in the control and at 0.5, 3, 5, 8, 12 and 24 h in the no-treatment and mannitol-infusion groups; (C) area of astrocytic end-feet; and (D) number of mitochondria in the astrocytic end-feet in electron microscopic pictures taken at 5 h. The average decimal fraction area ratio of infarct size in the mannitol group was significantly reduced at 72 and 120 h, associated with an increased decimal fraction number ratio of carbon-black-suspension-perfused microvessels at 3, 5 and 8 h, and a marked reduction in the size of the end-feet at 5 h. Mannitol infusion performed immediately after restitution of blood flow following temporary cerebral ischemia remarkably reduced the size of the cerebral cortical focal infarction by decreasing the swelling of the end

  9. Myocardial strain in sub-acute peri-infarct myocardium.

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    Ruzsics, Balázs; Surányi, Pál; Kiss, Pál; Brott, Brigitta C; Litovsky, Silvio; Denney, Thomas S; Aban, Inmaculada; Lloyd, Steven G; Simor, Tamas; Elgavish, Gabriel A; Gupta, Himanshu

    2009-02-01

    In the absence of additional ischemic insults, the peri-infarct region surrounding the infarct myocardium can recover function. T2 weighted MRI signal is sensitive to edema and used to detect peri-infarct, salvageable myocardium. The main purpose of this study was to investigate the alterations in myocardial strain in the peri-infarct myocardium as compared to normal and infarct myocardium. Comprehensive MRI of the myocardium was performed in five pigs 6-7 days following coronary artery occlusion-reperfusion myocardial injury. MRI included tagged cine images for myocardial strain, T2weighted (T2w)-images and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) for assessing myocardial viability. Automated signal intensity thresholds were used to define tissue edema and myocardial infarct. Maximum-shortening strains were analyzed in the infarct, peri-infarct and normal myocardial sectors. The results were correlated with triphenyltetrazolium-chloride (TTC) and hemotoxylin-eosin stained tissue images. We found an excellent correlation of LGE with TTC (r = 0.94, P myocardial sectors had higher myocardial strain than infarct myocardial sectors (P myocardial strain measurements provide complementary information and both may be useful for characterization of the peri-infarct myocardium.

  10. Decompressive hemicraniectomy for malignant middle cerebral artery infarction including patients with additional involvement of the anterior and/or posterior cerebral artery territory-outcome analysis and definition of prognostic factors.

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    Kürten, Sven; Munoz, Christopher; Beseoglu, Kerim; Fischer, Igor; Perrin, Jason; Steiger, Hans-Jakob

    2018-01-01

    According to current evidence, adding decompressive craniectomy (DC) to best medical therapy reduces case fatality rate of malignant middle cerebral artery infarction by 50-75%. There is currently little information available regarding the outcome of subgroups, in particular of patients with extensive infarctions exceeding the territory of the middle cerebral artery. The records of 101 patients with large hemispheric infarctions undergoing DC were retrospectively reviewed. Twenty-seven patients had additional ACA and/or PCA infarcts. Sequential CTs were used for postoperative follow-up. Intracranial pressure (ICP) was monitored via a ventricular catheter in comatose patients. The main aim of treatment was to keep midline shift below 10 mm and ICP below 20 mmHg. If midline shift increased despite preceding DC, repeat surgery with removal of clearly necrotic tissue was considered. For the current analysis, Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) at 14 days and modified Rankin Scale (mRS) at 3 months were used as outcome parameters. mRS 2 and 3 were defined as "moderate disability", mRS 4 as "severe disability", and mRS 5 and 6 as "poor outcome". These outcome parameters were correlated to age, gender, side, vascular territory, and time delay after stroke, GCS at the time of decompression, maximum ICP, maximum midline shift, and delay of maximum shift. The median age of the 39 female and 62 male patients was 56 years (range, 5-79 years). Overall, 12 patients died in the acute stage (11.9%). Twenty-three (22.8%) patients recovered to moderate disability at 3 months (mRS ≤ 3), 45 (44.6%) to severe disability and 33 (32.6%) suffered a poor outcome (mRS 5 or 6). Twenty patients (19.8%) required additional necrosectomy due to secondary increasing midline shift and/or intracranial hypertension. Patients recovering to moderate disability at 3 months were in the median 10 years younger than patients with less favorable outcome (P territory needed secondary surgery, indicating

  11. Frequency and pathogenesis of silent subcortical brain infarction in acute first-ever ischemic stroke

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    Adachi, Tomohide; Kobayashi, Shotai; Yamaguchi, Shuhei [Shimane Medical Univ., Izumo (Japan)

    2002-02-01

    We have often observed silent subcortical brain lesions on CT or MRI in first-ever ischemic stroke, but there is little published information on the relationship of these lesions to stroke subtypes. Here, we describe the incidence of MRI-detected silent subcortical brain lesions, including infarctions and white matter lesions, in a series of patients with first-ever ischemic stroke classified according to stroke subtypes. We also discuss the pathogenesis of these silent subcortical lesions. We evaluated 171 patients with acute first-ever ischemic stroke. The subjects were divided into three groups: lacunar, atherothrombotic and cardioembolic infarction groups. We evaluated silent subcortical brain infarction (SSBI), enlargement of perivascular space (EPS), and other white-matter lesions using MRI. Hypertension was observed in 67.6% of lacunar infarction, 57.1% of atherosclerotic infarction, and 54.1% of cardioembolic infarction. SSBI was more frequently observed in lacunar infarction than the others (lacunar vs. atherothrombotic vs. cardiogenic infarction, 81.5% vs. 44.4% vs. 42.1%, p=0.006). High-grade EPS (grade 2 or higher) was also observed more frequently in lacunar infarction than in the others (lacunar vs. atherothrombotic vs. cardiogenic infarction, 63.3% vs. 24.2% vs. 0%, p<0.001). Scheltens' score of silent subcortical lesions was significantly higher in lacunar infarction than in the others. The frequency of silent subcortical ischemic brain lesions was significantly higher in lacunar infarction than in atherosclerotic or cardioembolic infarction. We suggest that the pathogenesis of silent subcortical ischemic brain lesions is common to that of lacunar infarction, that is, small-vessel vasculopathy. (author)

  12. Transient acute renal failure and functional hemispheric depression after cerebral arteriography in diabetic patients

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    Olsen, Tom Skyhøj; Lund, P; Praestholm, J

    1981-01-01

    Cerebral angiography was carried out in two diabetic patients in the evaluation of minor vascular ischemic episodes. A transient acute renal failure following cerebral angiography was accompanied by a transient comatose episode with severe unilateral neurological deficits. A functional depression...

  13. Endogenous C1-inhibitor production and expression in the heart after acute myocardial infarction.

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    Emmens, Reindert W; Baylan, Umit; Juffermans, Lynda J M; Karia, Rashmi V; Ylstra, Bauke; Wouters, Diana; Zeerleder, Sacha; Simsek, Suat; van Ham, Marieke; Niessen, Hans W M; Krijnen, Paul A J

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    Complement activation contributes significantly to inflammation-related damage in the heart after acute myocardial infarction. Knowledge on factors that regulate postinfraction complement activation is incomplete however. In this study, we investigated whether endogenous C1-inhibitor, a well-known inhibitor of complement activation, is expressed in the heart after acute myocardial infarction. C1-inhibitor and complement activation products C3d and C4d were analyzed immunohistochemically in the hearts of patients who died at different time intervals after acute myocardial infarction (n=28) and of control patients (n=8). To determine putative local C1-inhibitor production, cardiac transcript levels of the C1-inhibitor-encoding gene serping1 were determined in rats after induction of acute myocardial infarction (microarray). Additionally, C1-inhibitor expression was analyzed (fluorescence microscopy) in human endothelial cells and rat cardiomyoblasts in vitro. C1-inhibitor was found predominantly in and on jeopardized cardiomyocytes in necrotic infarct cores between 12h and 5days old. C1-inhibitor protein expression coincided in time and colocalized with C3d and C4d. In the rat heart, serping1 transcript levels were increased from 2h up until 7days after acute myocardial infarction. Both endothelial cells and cardiomyoblasts showed increased intracellular expression of C1-inhibitor in response to ischemia in vitro (n=4). These observations suggest that endogenous C1-inhibitor is likely involved in the regulation of complement activity in the myocardium following acute myocardial infarction. Observations in rat and in vitro suggest that C1-inhibitor is produced locally in the heart after acute myocardial infarction. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Diagnostic value of copeptin in acute myocardial infarction.

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    Ay, M O; Erenler, A K; Dogan, T; Yetim, M

    2017-04-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of copeptin in the early diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), and to compare the diagnostic efficacy of copeptin with other cardiac markers. A total of 160 cases were enrolled in the study. All were over 18 years of age, and consisted of 54 non-ST elevation MI (NSTEMI), 54 ST segment elevation MI (STEMI), and 52 healthy subjects (controls). Serum troponin-I, CK-MB mass, copeptin and CRP levels were measured in each of the cases, and were compared between the three groups for statistical differences. The copeptin levels in the STEMI (p copeptin and the presence of AMI (r = 0.285, p 0.1 ng/mL (71.0%, 100.0%, and 0.855); CK-MB mass > 3.59 ng/mL (77.8%, 92.3%, and 0.911); CRP > 6.37 mg/L (53.7%, 88.5%, and 0.769); and copeptin > 2.47 ng/mL (66.7%, 75.0%, and 0.676), respectively (p Copeptin can be used as a diagnostic marker in patients with suspected AMI in combination with other biomarkers, but, copeptin alone should not be considered as a single diagnostic marker in patients with suspected AMI.

  15. [Symptom Clusters in Korean Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction].

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    Park, Eunjin; Lee, Jia

    2015-06-01

    Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) leads to death if the patient does not receive emergency treatment. Thus it is very important to recognize the symptoms in the early stage. The purpose of this study was to identify clusters of symptoms that represent AMI in Koreans. The study used a retrospective, descriptive design with secondary data analysis. Data were abstracted from 725 medical records of AMI patients admitted from June 1, 2006 to August 15, 2014 at a university hospital. Analysis of the AMI symptoms revealed five symptom clusters; Cluster 1 (n=140): middle chest pain (100%), shortness of breath, and cold sweating, Cluster 2 (n=256): substernal pain (100%), cold sweating, and shortness of breath, Cluster 3 (n=47): substernal pain (95.7%), left arm pain, shortness of breath, cold sweating, left shoulder pain, right arm pain, and the lower neck pain, Cluster 4 (n=212): shortness of breath (28.3%), left chest pain, and upper abdominal pain, and Cluster 5 (n=70): cold sweating (100%), left chest pain, shortness of breath, left shoulder pain, and upper abdominal pain. Length of hospital stay and mortality rate were significantly different according to symptom clusters (F=2.52, p=.040; F=3.62, p=.006, respectively). Symptom clusters of AMI from this study can be used for AMI patients in order to recognize their symptoms at an early stage. The study findings should be considered when developing educational prevention programs for Koreans with AMI.

  16. Hyperbaric Oxygenation, Antihypoxant and Antioxidative Therapy for Acute Myocardial Infarction

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    G. G. Zhdanov

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper contains information on the currently available methods for intensive care for acute myocardial infarction (AMI, by using hyperbaric oxygenation (HBO, antihypoxants, and antioxidants. The presented information is based on the data available in the literature and on the results of the authors’ own studies made in 428 patients with AMI, in whom the time course of changes was determined in blood gas and in the biochemical parameters characterizing energy metabolism and free radical lipid peroxidation. Along with the conventional treatment (thrombolysis, restriction of a necrotic area, myocardial hemodynamic unloading, Labori mixture, anticoagulants, disaggregants, etc., multimodality therapy for AMI used HBO sessions and antioxidants. The studies have provided evidence that it is possible and expedient to effectively and safely use HBO in AMI. Criteria for selecting the patients to undergo HBO, the time of its use, the choice of barotherapy regimes, and the nature of concomitant therapy are given. The application of the currently available methods for intensive care for hypoxia in AMI (HBO in combination with antihypoxants and antioxidants can reduce the length of stay at hospital and in resuscitative and intensive care units and considerably decrease mortality rates.

  17. Lifestyle changes following acute myocardial infarction: patients perspectives.

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    Condon, Carol; McCarthy, Geraldine

    2006-03-01

    Cardiovascular disease accounts for 39% of all deaths in Ireland each year. Many of these deaths are due to acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The diagnosis of AMI has major implications for individuals in terms of health and social gain, health related quality of life and living and adapting to a chronic illness. The diagnosis requires lifestyle changes such as changes to diet, smoking habit, physical activity, and stress management. The aim of this descriptive qualitative study was to explore patients' perspectives of making lifestyle changes following AMI. Using a descriptive qualitative approach, ten participants were interviewed 6 weeks following discharge about their experiences. Data were collected using in depth interviews and analysed using thematic analysis. Four themes emerged: lifestyle warning signs, taking responsibility for lifestyle changes, professional support and looking forward to the future. The findings offer insight into the everyday realities, which patients experience regarding lifestyle changes particularly in relation to smoking cessation and stress management. The difficulties encountered by participants 6 weeks following discharge reflect the implementation of too many life style changes at once as well as the lack of professional help in the community to support participants in their endeavours to make lifestyle changes. In addition, overprotection by family members was a source of frustration and aggravation for participants. The study highlights the need for the development of primary care services and cardiac rehabilitation programmes to support patients as well as providing information to families to reduce anxiety and fear.

  18. Solar Activity, Different Geomagnetic Activity Levels and Acute Myocardial Infarction

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    Dimitrova, Svetla; Jordanova, Malina; Stoilova, Irina; Taseva, Tatiana; Maslarov, Dimitar

    Results on revealing a possible relationship between solar activity (SA) and geomagnetic activity (GMA) and acute myocardial infarction (AMI) morbidity are presented. Studies were based on medical data covering the period from 1.12.1995 to 31.12.2004 and concerned daily distribution of patients with AMI diagnose (in total 1192 cases) from Sofia region on the day of admission at the hospital. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was applied to check the significance of GMA intensity effect and the type of geomagnetic storms, those caused by Magnetic Clouds (MC) and by High Speed Solar Wind Streams (HSSWS), on AMI morbidity. Relevant correlation coefficients were calculated. Results revealed statistically significant positive correlation between considered GMA indices and AMI. ANOVA revealed that AMI number was signifi- cantly increased from the day before (-1st) till the day after (+1st) geomagnetic storms with different intensities. Geomagnetic storms caused by MC were related to significant increase of AMI number in comparison with the storms caused by HSSWS. There was a trend for such different effects even on -1st and +1st day.

  19. Bronchogenic Carcinoma with Cardiac Invasion Simulating Acute Myocardial Infarction

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    Anirban Das

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Cardiac metastases in bronchogenic carcinoma may occur due to retrograde lymphatic spread or by hematogenous dissemination of tumour cells, but direct invasion of heart by adjacent malignant lung mass is very uncommon. Pericardium is frequently involved in direct cardiac invasion by adjacent lung cancer. Pericardial effusion, pericarditis, and tamponade are common and life threatening presentation in such cases. But direct invasion of myocardium and endocardium is very uncommon. Left atrial endocardium is most commonly involved in such cases due to anatomical contiguity with pulmonary hilum through pulmonary veins, and in most cases left atrial involvement is asymptomatic. But myocardial compression and invasion by adjacent lung mass may result in myocardial ischemia and may present with retrosternal, oppressive chest pain which clinically may simulate with the acute myocardial infarction (AMI. As a result, it leads to misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis of lung cancer. Here we report a case of non-small-cell carcinoma of right lung which was presented with asymptomatic invasion in left atrium and retrosternal chest pain simulating AMI due to myocardial compression by adjacent lung mass, in a seventy-four-year-old male smoker.

  20. Treatment-seeking decisions of women with acute myocardial infarction.

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    Arslanian-Engoren, Cynthia

    2005-01-01

    Women who experience symptoms of an acute myocardial infarction (MI) are less likely than men to seek medical attention after the onset of initial symptoms. The purpose of this study was to facilitate a better understanding of the treatment-seeking decisions of women who seek emergency evaluation for symptoms suggestive of MI. A qualitative, semi-structured, feminist, post structuralist interview approach was used to explore the treatment-seeking decisions of ten women hospitalized for a MI. The oral descriptions were tape-recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed using the Morse and Field method. Content analysis revealed ten important issues that influenced women's treatment-seeking decisions: associating symptoms with non-cardiac causes, minimizing symptoms, experiencing non-classic symptoms, mass media portrayal, male family member experience, knowledge deficit, family insistence, experiencing increased pain, experiencing difficulty breathing, and having expectations different from realities. Based on their language and subjectivity, participants revealed the power of the meaning of heart disease on treatment-seeking decisions.

  1. Novel, selective EPO receptor ligands lacking erythropoietic activity reduce infarct size in acute myocardial infarction in rats.

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    Kiss, Krisztina; Csonka, Csaba; Pálóczi, János; Pipis, Judit; Görbe, Anikó; Kocsis, Gabriella F; Murlasits, Zsolt; Sárközy, Márta; Szűcs, Gergő; Holmes, Christopher P; Pan, Yijun; Bhandari, Ashok; Csont, Tamás; Shamloo, Mehrdad; Woodburn, Kathryn W; Ferdinandy, Péter; Bencsik, Péter

    2016-11-01

    Erythropoietin (EPO) has been shown to protect the heart against acute myocardial infarction in pre-clinical studies, however, EPO failed to reduce infarct size in clinical trials and showed significant safety problems. Here, we investigated cardioprotective effects of two selective non-erythropoietic EPO receptor ligand dimeric peptides (AF41676 and AF43136) lacking erythropoietic activity, EPO, and the prolonged half-life EPO analogue, darbepoetin in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in rats. In a pilot study, EPO at 100U/mL significantly decreased cell death compared to vehicle (33.8±2.3% vs. 40.3±1.5%, pInfarct size (IS) was measured by standard TTC staining. In study 1, 5000U/kg EPO reduced infarct size significantly compared to vehicle (45.3±4.8% vs. 59.8±4.5%, pinfarct size-reducing effect at 5μg/kg compared to the vehicle (44.4±5.7% vs. 65.9±2.7%, pinfarct size in studies 1-3 by approximately 35%. In study 4, AF43136 at 10mg/kg decreased infarct size, similarly to the positive control CsA compared to the appropriate vehicle (39.4±5.9% vs. 58.1±5.4% and 45.9±2.4% vs. 63.8±4.1%, pinfarct size in a rat model of AMI. Therefore, non-erythropoietic EPO receptor peptide ligands may be promising cardioprotective agents. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Cerebral Venous Thrombosis and Venous Infarction: Case Report of a Rare Initial Presentation of Smoker's Polycythemia.

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    Raval, Mihir; Paul, Anu

    2010-11-22

    INTRODUCTION: Cerebral venous thrombosis is a rare initial presentation of polycythemia. If diagnosed early, treatment can reduce mortality and morbidity significantly. Often it may present with headache as the only complaint, and thus the diagnosis is likely to be missed. CASE PRESENTATION: A medically stable 31-year-old male, a chronic smoker with a ∼17 pack-year history of smoking, was admitted to the emergency room with a 2-week history of gradually worsening, severe, throbbing headache in the occipital region sensitive to light. Initial neurological examination was positive only for some involuntary motor tics of the left leg. Initial laboratory workup showed hemoglobin of 20 g/dl and hematocrit of 56.5%. The carboxyhemoglobin level was normal, but the oxygen dissociation curve was shifted to the left. Further evaluation by MRI and MRA of the brain suggested extensive and complete thrombosis of the superior sagittal sinus, right transverse sinus and right sigmoid sinus with a small venous infarct in the right parafrontal region. Given that the patient first presented with a thrombotic event, workup for primary polycythemia and hypercoagulable disorders was carried out, including JAK2 mutation evaluation, which was negative. This left us with smoking as the only risk factor and possible cause for secondary polycythemia. He improved significantly with phlebotomy and anticoagulation treatment. CONCLUSION: This case illustrates a rare but severe complication of secondary polycythemia stressing the importance of being aware of the risk of developing cerebral thrombosis in patients with chronic smoking exposure.

  3. Malignant hemispheric infarction of the middle cerebral artery. Diagnostic considerations and treatment options.

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    Godoy, D; Piñero, G; Cruz-Flores, S; Alcalá Cerra, G; Rabinstein, A

    2016-06-01

    Malignant hemispheric infarction (MHI) is a specific and devastating type of ischemic stroke. It usually affects all or part of the territory of the middle cerebral artery although its effects may extend to other territories as well. Its clinical outcome is frequently catastrophic when only conventional medical treatment is applied. The purpose of this review is to analyse the available scientific evidence on the treatment of this entity. MHI is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Its clinical characteristics are early neurological deterioration and severe hemispheric syndrome. Its hallmark is the development of space-occupying cerebral oedema between day 1 and day 3 after symptom onset. The mass effect causes displacement, distortion, and herniation of brain structures even when intracranial hypertension is initially absent. Until recently, MHI was thought to be fatal and untreatable because mortality rates with conventional medical treatment could exceed 80%. In this unfavourable context, decompressive hemicraniectomy has re-emerged as a therapeutic alternative for selected cases, with reported decreases in mortality ranging between 15% and 40%. In recent years, several randomised clinical trials have demonstrated the benefit of decompressive hemicraniectomy in patients with MHI. This treatment reduces mortality in addition to improving functional outcomes. Copyright © 2012 Sociedad Española de Neurología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  4. Pretreatment with intravenous FGF-13 reduces infarct volume and ameliorates neurological deficits following focal cerebral ischemia in rats.

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    Yao, D L; Masonic, K; Petullo, D; Li, L Y; Lincoln, C; Wibberley, L; Alderson, R F; Antonaccio, M

    1999-02-06

    Fibroblast growth factor-13 (FGF-13), novel member of FGF family has recently been molecularly cloned as a result of high throughput sequencing of a ovarian cancer cell, hippocampal, and kidney cDNA libraries. The human gene encodes for a protein with a molecular weight of 22 kDa that is most homologous to FGF-8 (70% similarity). In the current study, we tested the effects of intravenously administered FGF-13 in a model of permanent focal cerebral ischemia in Sprague-Dawley rats. FGF-13 or the vehicle was administered systematically via the tail vein 30 min prior, and 30 min and 24 h after the occlusion of the left middle cerebral artery (MCAo). Animals were weighed and evaluated behaviorally prior to and at 24 and 48 h after MCAo. The volume of cerebral infarct and swelling were determined using an image analysis system (BioQuant) and cresyl violet stained sequential sections from the forebrain region. Histopathology was evaluated to compare the therapeutic effects. We found a 63% reduction in infarct volume in FGF-13- vs. vehicle-treated animals (infarct volume was 21.9+/-3.8% in vehicle- and 8.1+/-1.6% in FGF-13-treated rats, p=0.0016) and a moderate inhibition of brain swelling by FGF-13. The reduction in infarct volume and brain swelling were associated with improvement of clinical deficits in FGF-13 treated animals (p<0.001). Histopathological examination determined that nervous tissue was better preserved in FGF-13 treated rats than those of controls. These data show that pretreatment with intravenous FGF-13 reduces infarct size and ameliorates neurological deficits following permanent focal cerebral ischemia in rats. Copyright 1999 Elsevier Science B.V.

  5. Approaches to Improving Cardiac Structure and Function During and After an Acute Myocardial Infarction: Acute and Chronic Phases.

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    Kloner, Robert A; Dai, Wangde; Hale, Sharon L; Shi, Jianru

    2016-07-01

    While progress has been made in improving survival following myocardial infarction, this injury remains a major source of mortality and morbidity despite modern reperfusion therapy. While one approach has been to develop therapies to reduce lethal myocardial cell reperfusion injury, this concept has not translated to the clinics, and several recent negative clinical trials raise the question of whether reperfusion injury is important in humans undergoing reperfusion for acute ST segment elevation myocardial infarction. Therapy aimed at reducing myocardial cell death while the myocytes are still ischemic is more likely to further reduce myocardial infarct size. Developing new therapies to further reduce left ventricular remodeling after the acute event is another approach to preserving structure and function of the heart after infarction. Such therapy may include chronic administration of pharmacologic agents and/or therapies developed from the field of regenerative cardiology, including cellular or non-cellular materials such as extracellular matrix. The optimal therapy will be to administer agents that both reduce myocardial infarct size in the acute phase of infarction as well as reduce adverse left ventricular remodeling during the chronic or healing phase of myocardial infarction. Such a dual approach will help optimize the preservation of both cardiac structure and function. © The Author(s) 2015.

  6. Comparison of MR sequences in early cerebral infarction at 0.5 T

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    Saatci, I.; Baskan, O.; Cekirge, H.S.; Besim, A. [Hacettepe Univ. Hospital, Ankara (Turkey). Radiology Dept.

    2000-11-01

    To compare the diagnostic values of fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) and gradient spin-echo (GRASE) with those of conventional spin-echo (SE) and fast SE T2-weighted sequences in the evaluation of acute cerebrovascular lesions at 0.5 T. Material and Methods: Twenty-two consecutive patients with the clinical diagnosis of acute cerebrovascular accident were examined by MR imaging within the first 48 h of ictus. MR examination included 5-mm axial conventional SE and turbo SE (TSE) T2-weighted, dual-echo GRASE and FLAIR sequences. The patients also had pre- and postcontrast T1-weighted axial images. Two examiners evaluated the images and scored the conspicuity of the acute lesions. Results: Regardless of location, FLAIR provided the best lesion conspicuity in the detection of acute infarcts, followed by the GRASE sequence. In the posterior fossa, TSE and SE demonstrated the lesions better than GRASE and FLAIR techniques. In the detection of hemorrhagic elements within the ischemic region, TSE demonstrated statistically significant superiority over other sequences. Conclusion: In the detection of acute ischemic lesions in locations other than the posterior fossa, FLAIR provided the best lesion conspicuity among four T2-weighted sequences, including SE, TSE, GRASE and FLAIR. However, for the posterior fossa examination, preference of SE or TSE T2-weighted sequences is suggested.

  7. Transient right axis deviation with left posterior hemiblock and junctional rhythm during acute myocardial infarction.

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    Patanè, Salvatore; Marte, Filippo; Mancuso, Antonia; Di Bella, Gianluca

    2009-07-10

    One of the most common causes of hemiblocks is coronary artery disease, and there is a particularly frequent association between anteroseptal myocardial infarction and left anterior hemiblock. Changing Axis Deviation has been reported during acute myocardial infarction also associated with atrial fibrillation. Isolated left posterior hemiblock is a very rare finding but the evidence of transient right axis deviation with a left posterior hemiblock pattern has been reported during acute anterior myocardial infarction as related with significant right coronary artery obstruction and collateral circulation between the left coronary system and the posterior descending artery. We present a case of transient changing axis deviation, transient right axis deviation, transient left posterior hemiblock pattern and transient junctional rhythm too in a 61-year-old Italian man with acute myocardial infarction and a significant left anterior descending coronary artery stenosis.

  8. Myocardial bridging as a cause of acute myocardial infarction: a case report

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    Emiroglu Yunus

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Systolic compression of a coronary artery by overlying myocardial tissue is termed myocardial bridging. Myocardial bridging usually has a benign prognosis, but some cases resulting in myocardial ischemia, infarction and sudden cardiac death have been reported. We are reporting a case of myocardial bridging which was complicated with acute myocardial infarction associated with inappropriate blood donation. Case presentation A 33 year-old-man was admitted to our emergency with acute anteroseptal myocardial infarction after a blood donation. The electrocardiography showed sinus rhythm and was consistent with an acute anteroseptal myocardial infarction. We decided to perform primary percutanous intervention (PCI. Myocardial bridging was observed in the mid segment of the left anterior descending coronary artery on coronary angiogram. PCI was canceled and medical follow up was decided. Blood transfusion was made because he had a deep anemia. A normal hemaglobin level and clinical reperfusion was achieved after ten hours by blood transfusion. At the one year follow up visit, our patient was healthy and had no cardiac complaints. Conclusions Myocardial bridging may cause acute myocardial infarction in various clinical conditions. Although the condition in this case caused profound anemia related acute myocardial infarction, its treatment and management was unusual.

  9. Impact of reperfusion therapy and infarct localization on frequency of premature ventricular beats in acute myocardial infarction

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    Davor Horvat

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Aim To determine the impact of infarct localization and types of reperfusion therapy on the frequency of ventricular premature beats (VPBs in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF. Methods A total of 705 patients with acute ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI were divided according to the infarct localization (anteroseptal, anterolateral, inferior and posterior and reperfusion therapy (fibrinolysis or percutaneous coronary intervention with stenting into two groups: LVEF45% was a control group. The occurrence of VPBs10 per hour defined as a significant. Results In patients with fibrinolysis therapy and LVEF<45% significant number of VPBs were in anteroseptal (p=0.017, anterolateral (p<0.001 and posterior AMI (p<0.001, but in patients with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI and LVEF<45% significant number of VPBs were only in anteroseptal AMI (p=0.001 localization. Conclusion In patients with reduced ejection fraction in AMI, treatment with PCI method has a better antiarrhythmic effect compared to fibrinolysis treatment.

  10. Coronary thrombosis and platelet/fibrin microemboli in death associated with acute myocardial infarction.

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    Frink, R J; Rooney, P. A.; Trowbridge, J O; Rose, J. P.

    1988-01-01

    The frequency and clinical significance of platelet/fibrin microemboli in the microcirculation were investigated in 24 patients whose deaths (before and during hospital admission) were associated with acute myocardial infarction. An acute coronary thrombus was present in all the hearts. In nine hearts an acute thrombus was found in more than one major epicardial coronary artery. A total of 35 acute thrombi were found in the 24 hearts. Platelet/fibrin microemboli were found in 19 (79%) hearts....

  11. EVALUATION OF SERUM ALBUMIN LEVELS IN ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION

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    Shilpa

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND : Acute myocardial infarction (AMI is one of the major causes of mortality and morbidity in the world. Serum albumin levels are inversely related with age, smoking, blood pressure and obesity. It is not clear whether low serum albumin level is a nonspecific , prognostic variable, a marker of subclinical disease, or whether it is a part of causal mechanism leading to death due to cardiovascular disease. Some studies have reported an inverse association between serum albumin and cardiovascular mortality but oth ers have not . 1 The association between serum albumin and cardiovascular mortality remains controversial. This study was done to evaluate the serum albumin levels in patients with ST segment elevation Myocardial infarction (STEMI over a period of three days from the date of admission and whether the changes had any relationship with the prognosis of the patient. AIM: to associate changes in serum albumin levels in AMI patients over a period of three days i.e., day zero - at the time of admission, day+1 - the following day(12 to 30hrs after collecting first sample, day +2(32 to 54 hrs after collecting first sample with the clinical prognosis of the patient. SETTINGS AND DESIGN : Prospective follow up study in patents admitted with AMI in a tertiary care hospital. METHODS: 30 pati ents admitted with STEMI were included in the study and serum albumin levels were estimated in them on admission and for two days thereafter. Statistical analysis used. The data was analysed using SPSS 15.0, STATA 8.0, MEDLAC 9.0.1, And SYSTAT 11 softwares. Repeated measures analysis of variance and student t test was used to find the significance in changes of serum albumin levels and prognosis of the patient on different days. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: This study found that there was fall in serum albumin le vels in patients with AMI in the course of three days compared with the day of admission and it was significantly associated with bad prognosis.

  12. Financial stress and outcomes after acute myocardial infarction.

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    Full Text Available Little is known about the association between financial stress and health care outcomes. Our objective was to examine the association between self-reported financial stress during initial hospitalization and long-term outcomes after acute myocardial infarction (AMI.We used prospective registry evaluating myocardial infarction: Event and Recovery (PREMIER data, an observational, multicenter US study of AMI patients discharged between January 2003 and June 2004. Primary outcomes were disease-specific and generic health status outcomes at 1 year (symptoms, function, and quality of life (QoL, assessed by the Seattle Angina Questionnaire [SAQ] and Short Form [SF]-12. Secondary outcomes included 1-year rehospitalization and 4-year mortality. Hierarchical regression models accounted for patient socio-demographic, clinical, and quality of care characteristics, and access and barriers to care.Among 2344 AMI patients, 1241 (52.9% reported no financial stress, 735 (31.4% reported low financial stress, and 368 (15.7% reported high financial stress. When comparing individuals reporting low financial stress to no financial stress, there were no significant differences in post-AMI outcomes. In contrast, individuals reporting high financial stress were more likely to have worse physical health (SF-12 PCS mean difference -3.24, 95% Confidence Interval [CI]: -4.82, -1.66, mental health (SF-12 MCS mean difference: -2.44, 95% CI: -3.83, -1.05, disease-specific QoL (SAQ QoL mean difference: -6.99, 95% CI: -9.59, -4.40, and be experiencing angina (SAQ Angina Relative Risk = 1.66, 95%CI: 1.19, 2.32 at 1 year post-AMI. While 1-year readmission rates were increased (Hazard Ratio = 1.50; 95%CI: 1.20, 1.86, 4-year mortality was no different.High financial stress is common and an important risk factor for worse long-term outcomes post-AMI, independent of access and barriers to care.

  13. ABCD(2) as a screening tool for cerebral infarction on stroke MRI?

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    Hotter, Benjamin A; Lechner, Jan M; Nolte, Christian H; Audebert, Heinrich J; Malzahn, Uwe; Heuschmann, Peter U; Fiebach, Jochen B; Jungehulsing, Gerhard J

    2012-01-01

    The newly proposed transient ischemic attack (TIA) definition demands for MRI exclusion of infarction. Due to limited resources other tools than MRI predicting tissue infarction would be valuable. We hypothesized that ABCD(2) risk score is a valid screening tool for diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) lesions. TIA patients were prospectively enrolled in an observational MRI study to receive acute and follow-up stroke MRI. ABCD(2) scores were calculated, and sociodemographics and risk factors were recorded. One hundred and thirty-two TIA patients were enrolled over nine months. Five patients were excluded due to different diagnosis. Forty-five of the 127 remaining patients showed acute ischemic lesions on DWI. Median ABCD(2) scores for DWI-negative and -positive patients were 4 and 5, respectively. Ordinal, trichotomized and dichotomized ABCD(2) were significantly associated to DWI. Univariate analysis of single score items and other risk factors demonstrated unilateral weakness, duration of symptoms and smoking as predictive for DWI restrictions. In multivariate analysis unilateral weakness remained significant. High-risk ABCD(2) score due to the impact of hemiparesis is associated with the occurrence of DWI lesions but is still not accurate enough for a reliable differentiation of cerebrovascular events with and without MRI lesions. Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  14. Use of acupuncture to treat cerebral infarction in the last 10 years: A Scopus-based literature analysis☆

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    Chen, Jiajun; Yao, Min; Zhao, Yunhua; Jin, Xiya; Li, Yuanbing; Huang, Lihong

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To identify global research trends in the use of acupuncture to treat cerebral infarction. DATA RETRIEVAL: We performed a bibliometric analysis of studies on the use of acupuncture to treat cerebral infarction published during 2002–2011, retrieved from Scopus, using the key words of acupuncture and cerebral infarction or ischemic stroke. SELECTION CRITERIA: Inclusion criteria: peer-reviewed articles on the use of acupuncture to treat cerebral infarction indexed in Scopus and published between 2002 and 2011; types of publications were original research articles, reviews, meeting abstracts, proceedings papers, book chapters, editorial material, and news items. Exclusion criteria: articles that required manual searching or telephone access; documents that were not published in the public domain; and corrected papers. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: (a) Annual publication output; (b) language of publication; (c) type of publication; (d) key words of publication; (e) publication by research field; (f) publication by journal; (g) publication by country and institution; (h) publication by author; (i) most-cited papers between 2002 and 2006; and (j) most-cited papers between 2007 and 2011. RESULTS: A total of 160 publications on the use of acupuncture to treat cerebral infarction from 2002–2011 were retrieved from Scopus. The number of publications increased gradually over the 10-year study period; most were written in Chinese or English. Articles and reviews constituted the major types. The most frequent key word used was acupuncture. The most prolific journals in this area were Zhongguo Zhen Jiu and the Chinese Journal of Clinical Rehabilitation. Of the 160 publications retrieved, half came from Chinese authors and institutions. Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine was the most prolific research institute. Two papers were cited 30 times; they were published in 2002 and 2009, respectively. CONCLUSION: In the field of neuroscience, there is little

  15. Interleukin-6 release and the acute-phase reaction in patients with acute myocardial infarction: a pilot study

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    Sturk, A.; Hack, C. E.; Aarden, L. A.; Brouwer, M.; Koster, R. R.; Sanders, G. T.

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    We investigated the potential role of interleukin-6 as a mediator of the acute-phase reaction (APR) in patients with acute myocardial infarction. Of the six patients studied, five demonstrated increased plasma interleukin-6 levels. Interleukin-6 levels began to increase at 14 hours (mean; range = 8

  16. Geographic variation in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction in the VALsartan In Acute myocardial iNfarcTion (VALIANT) trial

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    Reed, Shelby D; McMurray, John J V; Velazquez, Eric J

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The VALIANT trial compared the efficacy and safety of captopril, valsartan, and their combination in patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction, heart failure, or both after acute myocardial infarction (MI). By examining this international trial population of high-risk patients...

  17. Effects of the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor nimesulide on cerebral infarction and neurological deficits induced by permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion in the rat

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    Muñoz Eduardo

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Previous studies suggest that the cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2 inhibitor nimesulide has a remarkable protective effect against different types of brain injury including ischemia. Since there are no reports on the effects of nimesulide on permanent ischemic stroke and because most cases of human stroke are caused by permanent occlusion of cerebral arteries, the present study was conducted to assess the neuroprotective efficacy of nimesulide on the cerebral infarction and neurological deficits induced by permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (pMCAO in the rat. Methods Ischemia was induced by permanent occlusion of the middle cerebral artery in rats, via surgical insertion of a nylon filament into the internal carotid artery. Infarct volumes (cortical, subcortical and total and functional recovery, assessed by neurological score evaluation and rotarod performance test, were performed 24 h after pMCAO. In initial experiments, different doses of nimesulide (3, 6 and 12 mg/kg; i.p or vehicle were administered 30 min before pMCAO and again at 6, 12 and 18 h after stroke. In later experiments we investigated the therapeutic time window of protection of nimesulide by delaying its first administration 0.5–4 h after the ischemic insult. Results Repeated treatments with nimesulide dose-dependently reduced cortical, subcortical and total infarct volumes as well as the neurological deficits and motor impairment resulting from permanent ischemic stroke, but only the administration of the highest dose (12 mg/kg was able to significantly (P Conclusions These data show that nimesulide protects against permanent focal cerebral ischemia, even with a 2 h post-treatment delay. These findings have important implications for the therapeutic potential of using COX-2 inhibitors in the treatment of stroke.

  18. Anisotropic reinforcement of acute anteroapical infarcts improves pump function.

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    Fomovsky, Gregory M; Clark, Samantha A; Parker, Katherine M; Ailawadi, Gorav; Holmes, Jeffrey W

    2012-07-01

    We hypothesize that a therapy that improves left ventricular (LV) pump function early after infarction should decrease the need for compensation through sympathetic activation and dilation, thereby reducing the risk of developing heart failure. The mechanical properties of healing myocardial infarcts are an important determinant of LV function, yet improving function by altering infarct properties has proven unexpectedly difficult. Using a computational model, we recently predicted that stiffening a large anterior infarct anisotropically (in only one direction) would improve LV function, whereas isotropic stiffening, the focus of previous studies and therapies, would not. The goal of this study was to test the novel strategy of anisotropic infarct reinforcement. We tested the effects of anisotropic infarct reinforcement in 10 open-chest dogs with large anteroapical infarcts that depressed LV pump function. We measured regional mechanics, LV volumes, and cardiac output at a range of preloads at baseline, 45 minutes after coronary ligation (ischemia), and 30 minutes later, after surgical reinforcement in the longitudinal direction (anisotropic). Ischemia shifted the end-systolic pressure-volume relationship and cardiac output curves rightward, decreasing cardiac output at matched end-diastolic pressure by 44%. Anisotropic reinforcement significantly improved systolic function without impairing diastolic function, recovering half the deficit in overall LV function. We conclude that anisotropic reinforcement is a promising new approach to improving LV function after a large myocardial infarction.

  19. Echoventriculography in acute myocardial infarction. II: Monitoring of left ventricular performance.

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    Nieminen, M; Heikkilä, J

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    In acute myocardial infarction the overall left ventricular pump function and the regional performance of the infarcted and non-infarcted myocardial segments were studied serially by echocardiographic techniques in 24 patients during the first week of their illness. Left ventricular cavity sizes were acutely increased in 62 per cent of the patients (P less than 0-005). The end-systolic diameter in anterior infarcts increased to the greatest extent, +44 per cent, the end-diastolic diameter by +27 per cent, giving a volume of 246+/-25 ml. In the anterior myocardial infarcts all the function parameters deteriorated more than in the posteroinferior ones. Ejection fraction was subnormal (P less than 0-005) in every patient, and mean circumferential fibre shortening (Vcf) was slowed by about 30 per cent (P less than 0-005). Regionally, contraction of the infarcted area of the ventricle was asynergic in every instance, and its function was almost totally lost (P less than 0-001). Systolic paradoxical motion was a constant and stable finding in the anterior infarctions but not so in the posterior ones. While this asynergic systolic contraction may distort echocardiographic measurement of the end-systolic left vlic phase. The serial deviations from normal in the amplitude or velocity of the uninvolved segments were small, but in the case of clearly enlarged end-diastolic volumes these figures in fact indicate supernormal, compensating function. Both overall and regional performance were worst within the first 3 days of infarction, improving thereafter. The patient with a fatal course showed, instead, progressive deterioration. This noninvasive left ventriculogram by ultrasound gives valuable insight into overall pump function and ventricular volumes, little studied so far in acute infarction, and it may serially quantify the segmental function of both the infarcted and uninvolved regions.

  20. Changing axis deviation with changing bundle branch block and new-onset of atrial fibrillation during acute myocardial infarction.

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    Patanè, Salvatore; Marte, Filippo; Di Bella, Gianluca

    2009-03-06

    Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is considered a frequent complication of acute myocardial infarction.It has been rarely reported alternating right and left bundle branch block associated with atrial fibrillation. It has also been rarely reported changing axis deviation with left bundle branch block also during atrial fibrillation and acute myocardial infarction. We present a case of changing axis deviation with changing bundle branch block and new-onset of atrial fibrillation in a 96-year-old Italian man with acute myocardial infarction.

  1. Primary segmental omental infarction as a rare cause of acute abdominal pain in childhood

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    N.F. Tepeneu

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Primary omental infarction (POI has a low incidence worldwide, with most cases occurring in adults. This condition is rarely considered in the differential diagnosis of acute abdominal pain in childhood. Material and methods: We present 2 cases of omental infarction in an obese 8-year-old boy and a 5-year-old boy who presented with acute abdominal pain in the right abdomen. Both patients were initially treated with intravenous fluids and analgesics with no improvement. Abdominal ultrasound of the first patient showed free intraperitoneal fluid, meteorism and distended bowel loops. The appendix was not visualized. With a presumptive clinical diagnosis of appendicitis the child underwent laparotomy.On entering the peritoneal cavity an omental infarction was seen and a portion of the omentum was resected. Appendectomy was performed.The second patient presented with acute abdominal pain in the right upper quadrant, which started 2 days before. There was a history of possible abdominal trauma about 3 weeks earlier. The patient had repeated ultrasound examinations and a CT scan of the abdomen which showed a omental infarction. He underwent laparoscopy and resection of the omental infarction, as well as incidental appendectomy. Results: The postoperative period was uneventful. The first patient was discharged on day 3, the second patient on day 4 after surgery. Histology showed a normal vermiform appendix and an omental infarction in both cases. Conclusion and discussion: Since the omental infarction as etiology of acute abdominal pain is uncommon in children, we emphasize the importance of accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment of omental infarction. Keywords: Primary segmental omental infarction (POI, Appendicitis, Childhood

  2. Acute myocardial infarction in sub-Saharan Africa: the need for data.

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    Julian T Hertz

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Trends in the prevalence of acute myocardial infarction in sub-Saharan Africa have not been well described, despite growing recognition of the increasing burden of cardiovascular disease in low- and middle-income countries. The aim of this systematic review was to describe the prevalence of acute myocardial infarction in sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: We searched PubMed, EMBASE, Global Health Archive, CINAHL, and Web of Science, and conducted reference and citation analyses. Inclusion criteria were: observational studies, studies that reported incidence or prevalence of acute myocardial infarction, studies conducted in sub-Saharan Africa, and studies that defined acute myocardial infarction by EKG changes or elevation of cardiac biomarkers. Studies conducted prior to 1992 were excluded. Two independent reviewers analyzed titles and abstracts, full-texts, and references and citations. These reviewers also performed quality assessment and data extraction. Quality assessment was conducted with a validated scale for observational studies. FINDINGS: Of 2292 records retrieved, seven studies met all inclusion criteria. These studies included a total of 92,378 participants from highly heterogeneous study populations in five different countries. Methodological quality assessment demonstrated scores ranging from 3 to 7 points (on an 8-point scale. Prevalence of acute myocardial infarction ranged from 0.1 to 10.4% among the included studies. INTERPRETATION: There is insufficient population-based data describing the prevalence of acute myocardial infarction in sub-Saharan Africa. Well-designed registries and surveillance studies that capture the broad and diverse population with acute myocardial infarction in sub-Saharan Africa using common diagnostic criteria are critical in order to guide prevention and treatment strategies. REGISTRATION: Registered in International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews (PROSPERO Database #CRD42012003161.

  3. Changing axis deviation and elevation of prostate-specific antigen during acute myocardial infarction.

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    Patanè, Salvatore; Marte, Filippo; Di Bella, Gianluca; Ciccarello, Giuseppe

    2009-06-12

    Left bundle branch block with changing axis deviation also during acute myocardial infarction has been rarely reported. Changing axis deviation with changing bundle branch block during acute myocardial infarction has also been rarely reported. Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is an established tool in detecting prostate cancer. Immediately after 15 min of exercise on a bicycle ergometer, serum PSA concentrations increased by as much as threefold. Apparently spurious result has been reported in a work about mean serum PSA concentration during acute myocardial infarction with mean serum PSA concentration significantly lower on day 2 than either day 1 or day 3 and it has been reported that these preliminary results could reflect several factors, such as antiinfarctual treatment, reduced physical activity or an acute-phase response. We present a case of changing axis deviation and elevation of serum PSA concentration in a 92-year-old Italian man with acute myocardial infarction. Our report confirms previous findings and extends the evaluation of PSA during acute myocardial infarction.

  4. PROLONGED MULTIPLE SPASMS OF SMOOTH CORONARY ARTERIES PRESENTING AS ACUTE MIOCARDIAL INFARCTION, COMPLETE AV BLOCK AND SYNCOPE

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    Franci Cesar; Igor Kranjec; Andrej Pernat

    2004-01-01

    ... with inferoanterior acute myocardial infarction. Urgent selective coronary angiography revealed spasms in right coronary artery and in left circumflex artery that were relieved by intracoronary injection of nitroglycerin...

  5. Results and significance of Holter monitoring after direct percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty for acute myocardial infarction.

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    Schwab, J O; Schmitt, H; Coch, M; Bernhoeft, F; Waas, W; Raedle-Hurst, T; Tillmanns, H H; Waldecker, B

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    Whether acute and direct percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty improves the incidence of nonsustained ventricular tachycardia in patients surviving acute myocardial infarction is not known. In 400 consecutively studied patients, Lown classification IVb on Holter monitoring was only associated with arrhythmia morbidity, whereas reduced ejection fraction was related to total and cardiac mortality and arrhythmia morbidity.

  6. Vectorcardiographic monitoring to assess early vessel patency after reperfusion therapy for acute myocardial infarction

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    M. Dellborg; P.G. Steg (Philippe Gabriel); M.L. Simoons (Maarten); R. Dietz; S. Sen (Semi); U. Lotze (Ulrich); D. Himbert; A.M. Svensson; K. Swedberg (Karl); M.J.B.M. van den Brand (Marcel); L.R. van der Wieken (Ron); S. Hauck

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    textabstractReperfusion therapy has lowered mortality in patients suffering from acute myocardial infarction. Failure to reperfuse is associated with an increased short- and long-term mortality. In a prospective study we used dynamic vectorcardiography to monitor 96 patients with acute myocardial

  7. Allogeneic adipose stem cell therapy in acute myocardial infarction.

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    Rigol, Montserrat; Solanes, Núria; Roura, Santiago; Roqué, Mercè; Novensà, Laura; Dantas, Ana Paula; Martorell, Jaume; Sitges, Marta; Ramírez, José; Bayés-Genís, Antoni; Heras, Magda

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    Stem cell therapy offers a promising approach to reduce the long-term mortality rate associated with heart failure after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). To date, in vivo translational studies have not yet fully studied the immune response to allogeneic adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ATMSCs). We analysed the immune response and the histological and functional effects of allogeneic ATMSCs in a porcine model of reperfused AMI and determine the effect of administration timing. Pigs that survived AMI (24/26) received intracoronary administration of culture medium after reperfusion (n = 6), ATMSCs after reperfusion (n = 6), culture medium 7 days after AMI (n = 6) or ATMSCs 7 days after AMI (n = 6). At 3-week follow-up, cardiac function, alloantibodies and histological analysis were evaluated. Administration of ATMSCs after reperfusion and 7 days after AMI resulted in similar rates of cell engraftment; some of those cells expressed endothelial, smooth muscle and cardiomyogenic cell lineage markers. Delivery of ATMSCs after reperfusion compared with that performed at 7 days was more effective in increasing: vascular density (249 ± 64 vs. 161 ± 37 vessels/mm2; P < 0.01), T lymphocytes (1 ± 0.4 vs. 0.4 ± 0.3% of area CD3(+) ; P < 0.05) and expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF; 32 ± 7% vs. 20 ± 4% of area VEGF(+) ; P < 0.01). Allogeneic ATMSC-based therapy did not change ejection fraction but generated alloantibodies. The present study is the first to demonstrate that allogeneic ATMSCs elicit an immune response and, when administered immediately after reperfusion, are more effective in increasing VEGF expression and neovascularization. © 2013 Stichting European Society for Clinical Investigation Journal Foundation. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  8. Absence of sex differences in pharmacotherapy for acute myocardial infarction.

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    Jelinski, Susan E; Ghali, William A; Parsons, Gerry A; Maxwell, Colleen J

    2004-07-01

    Previous studies have indicated that sex differences may exist in the pharmacological management of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), with female patients being treated less aggressively. To determine if previously reported sex differences in AMI medication use were also evident among all AMI patients treated at hospitals in an urban Canadian city. All patients who had a primary discharge diagnosis of AMI from all three adult care hospitals in Calgary, Alberta, in the 1998/1999 fiscal year were identified from hospital administrative records (n=914). A standardized, detailed chart review was conducted. Information collected from the medical charts included sociodemographic and clinical characteristics, comorbid conditions, and cardiovascular medication use during hospitalization and at discharge. Similar proportions of female and male patients were treated with thrombolytics, beta-blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, nitrate, heparin, diuretics and digoxin. Among patients aged 75 years and over, a smaller proportion of female patients received acetylsalicylic acid in hospital than did male patients (87% versus 95%; P=0.026). Multivariable logistic regression analysis revealed that, after correction for age, use of other anticoagulants/antiplatelets and death within 24 h of admission, sex was no longer an independent predictor for receipt of acetylsalicylic acid in hospital. Medications prescribed at discharge were similar between male and female patients. The results from this Canadian chart review study, derived from detailed clinical data, indicate that the pattern of pharmacological treatment of female and male AMI patients during hospitalization and at discharge was very similar. No sex differences were evident in the treatment of AMI among patients treated in an urban Canadian centre.

  9. Acute renal infarction: Clinical characteristics and prognostic factors.

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    Caravaca-Fontán, Fernando; Pampa Saico, Saúl; Elías Triviño, Sandra; Galeano Álvarez, Cristina; Gomis Couto, Antonio; Pecharromán de las Heras, Inés; Liaño, Fernando

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    Acute renal infarction (ARI) is an uncommon disease, whose real incidence is probably higher than expected. It is associated with poor prognosis in a high percentage of cases. To describe the main clinical, biochemical and radiologic features and to determine which factors are associated with poor prognosis (death or permanent renal injury). The following is a retrospective, observational, single-hospital-based study. All patients diagnosed with ARI by contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) over an 18-year period were included. Patients were classified according to the cardiac or non-cardiac origin of their disease. Clinical, biochemical and radiologic features were analysed, and multiple logistic regression model was used to determine factors associated with poor prognosis. A total of 62 patients were included, 30 of which had a cardiac origin. Other 32 patients with non-cardiac ARI were younger, had less comorbidity, and were less frequently treated with oral anticoagulants. CT scans estimated mean injury extension at 35%, with no differences observed between groups. A total of 38% of patients had an unfavourable outcome, and the main determinants were: Initial renal function (OR=0.949; IC 95% 0.918-0.980; p=0.002), and previous treatment with oral anticoagulants (OR=0.135; IC 95% 0.032-0.565; p=0.006). ARI is a rare pathology with non-specific symptoms, and it is not associated with cardiological disease or arrhythmias in more than half of cases. A substantial proportion of patients have unfavourable outcomes, and the initial renal function is one of the main prognostic factors. Copyright © 2015 Sociedad Española de Nefrología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  10. Microvascular effect of intracoronary eptifibatide in acute myocardial infarction.

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    Iancu, Adrian; Ober, Camelia; Bondor, Cosmina Ioana; Cadiş, Horaţiu

    2012-01-01

    In this prospective, randomized trial in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) admitted for primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI), loaded with 600 mg clopidogrel, we hypothesized that eptifibatide administered downstream of the coronary occlusion leads to a lower degree of microvascular obstruction compared with no additional eptifibatide. Fifty patients with AMI, loaded with 600 mg of clopidogrel at the first hospital contact, with occlusion of the left anterior descending artery (LAD), were randomized to an eptifibatide group (EG) or a control group (CG). In both groups, stenting was performed after thrombus aspiration. Microvascular reperfusion was assessed by angiography, electrocardiography, and transthoracic Doppler ultrasonography of the LAD. TIMI myocardial perfusion grade 2-3 was not different between the EG (72%) and the CG (84%) (p = 0.31). ST segment resolution >70% was similarly detected in both groups (32 vs. 40%; p = 0.56). The mean diastolic deceleration time did not differ significantly between the CG (856.36 ± 397.88 ms) and the EG (935.72 ± 252.22 ms) (p = 0.41). Multivariate logistic regression revealed no significant influence of the treatment with eptifibatide on ST segment resolution (OR 0.47; 95% CI 0.11-2.10, p = 0.32), TIMI myocardial perfusion (OR 0.52; 95% CI 0.10-2.59, p = 0.42), and diastolic deceleration time (OR 0.21; 95% CI 0.03-1.51, p = 0.12). In AMI patients loaded with 600 mg of clopidogrel undergoing PPCI, intracoronary administration of eptifibatide does not clearly improve microvascular obstruction. Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  11. The Association Between Divorce and Risks for Acute Myocardial Infarction

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    Dupre, Matthew E.; George, Linda K.; Liu, Guangya; Peterson, Eric D.

    2015-01-01

    Background Divorce is a major life stressor that can have economic, emotional, and physical health consequences. However, the cumulative association between divorce and risks for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is unknown. This study investigated the association between lifetime exposure to divorce and the incidence of AMI in U.S. adults. Methods and Results We used nationally representative data from a prospective cohort of ever-married adults aged 45 to 80 (n=15,827) who were followed biennially from 1992 to 2010. Approximately 14% of men and 19% of women were divorced at baseline and more than one-third of the cohort had at least one divorce in their lifetime. In 200,524 person-years of follow-up, 8% (n=1,211) of the cohort had an AMI and age-specific rates of AMI were consistently higher in those who were divorced relative to those who were continuously married (Pdivorce (HR, 1.24; 95% CI, 1.01-1.55), 2 or more divorces (HR, 1.77; 95% CI, 1.30-2.41), and among the remarried (HR, 1.35; 95% CI, 1.07-1.70) compared with continuously married women after adjusting for multiple risk factors. Multivariable-adjusted risks were elevated only in men with a history of 2 or more divorces (HR, 1.30; 95%CI, 1.02-1.66) relative to continuously married men. Men who remarried had no significant risk for AMI. Interaction terms for sex were not statistically significant. Conclusions Divorce is a significant risk factor for AMI. The risks associated with multiple divorces are especially high in women and are not reduced with remarriage. PMID:25872508

  12. Association between divorce and risks for acute myocardial infarction.

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    Dupre, Matthew E; George, Linda K; Liu, Guangya; Peterson, Eric D

    2015-05-01

    Divorce is a major life stressor that can have economic, emotional, and physical health consequences. However, the cumulative association between divorce and risks for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is unknown. This study investigated the association between lifetime exposure to divorce and the incidence of AMI in US adults. We used nationally representative data from a prospective cohort of ever-married adults aged 45 to 80 years (n=15,827) who were followed biennially from 1992 to 2010. Approximately 14% of men and 19% of women were divorced at baseline and more than one third of the cohort had ≥1 divorce in their lifetime. In 200,524 person-years of follow-up, 8% (n=1211) of the cohort had an AMI and age-specific rates of AMI were consistently higher in those who were divorced compared with those who were continuously married (Pdivorce (hazard ratio, 1.24; 95% confidence interval, 1.01-1.55), ≥2 divorces (hazard ratio, 1.77; 95% confidence interval, 1.30-2.41), and among the remarried (hazard ratio, 1.35; 95% confidence interval, 1.07-1.70) compared with continuously married women after adjusting for multiple risk factors. Multivariable-adjusted risks were elevated only in men with a history of ≥2 divorces (hazard ratio, 1.30; 95% confidence interval, 1.02-1.66) compared with continuously married men. Men who remarried had no significant risk for AMI. Interaction terms for sex were not statistically significant. Divorce is a significant risk factor for AMI. The risks associated with multiple divorces are especially high in women and are not reduced with remarriage. © 2015 American Heart Association, Inc.

  13. Geomagnetic Storms and Acute Myocardial Infarctions Morbidity in Middle Latitudes

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    Dimitrova, S.; Babayev, E. S.; Mustafa, F. R.; Stoilova, I.; Taseva, T.; Georgieva, K.

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    Results of collaborative studies on revealing a possible relationship between solar activity (SA) and geomagnetic activity (GMA) and pre-hospital acute myocardial infarction (AMI) morbidity are presented. Studies were based on medical data from Bulgaria and Azerbaijan. Bulgarian data, covering the period from 01.12.1995 to 31.12.2004, concerned daily distribution of number of patients with AMI diagnose (in total 1192 cases) from Sofia Region on the day of admission at the hospital. Azerbaijani data contained 4479 pre-hospital AMI incidence cases for the period 01.01.2003-31.12.2005 and were collected from 21 emergency and first medical aid stations in Grand Baku Area (including Absheron Economical Region with several millions of inhabitants). Data were "cleaned" as much as possible from social and other factors and were subjected to medical and mathematical/statistical analysis. Medical analysis showed reliability of the used data. Method of ANalysis Of VAriance (ANOVA) was applied to check the significance of GMA intensity effect and the type of geomagnetic storms - those caused by magnetic clouds (MC) and by high speed solar wind streams (HSSWS) - on AMI incidences. Relevant correlation coefficients were calculated. Results were outlined for both considered data. Results obtained for the Sofia data showed statistically significant positive correlation between considered GMA indices and AMI occurrence. ANOVA revealed that AMI incidence number was significantly increased from the day before till the day after geomagnetic storms with different intensities. Geomagnetic storms caused by MC were related to significant increase of AMI number in comparison with the storms caused by HSSWS. There was a trend for such different effects even on -1st and +1st day for the period 1995-2004. Results obtained for the Baku data revealed trends similar to those obtained for Sofia data. AMI morbidity increment was observed on the days with higher GMA intensity and after these days

  14. Cerebral gas embolism in a case of Influenza A-associated acute respiratory distress syndrome treated with high-frequency oscillatory ventilation

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    Full Text Available A 22-year-old obese asthmatic woman with Influenza A (H1N1-associated acute respiratory distress syndrome died from cerebral artery gas emboli with massive cerebral infarction while being treated with High-Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation in the absence of a right to left intracardiac shunt. We review and briefly discuss other causes of systemic gas emboli (SGE. We review proposed mechanisms of SGE, their relation to our case, and how improved understanding of the risk factors may help prevent SGE in positive pressure ventilated patients.

  15. Restraining infarct expansion preserves left ventricular geometry and function after acute anteroapical infarction

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    Kelley, S T; Malekan, R; Gorman, 3rd, J H; Jackson, B M; Gorman, R C; Suzuki, Y; Plappert, T; Bogen, D K; Sutton, M G; Edmunds, Jr, L H

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    .... Snared arteries were occluded 10 to 14 days later. Serial hemodynamic measurements and transdiaphragmatic quantitative echocardiograms were obtained up to 8 weeks after anteroapical infarction of 0.23 of LV mass...

  16. Pressure injuries in elderly with acute myocardial infarction

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    Full Text Available Klara Komici,1 Dino F Vitale,2 Dario Leosco,1 Angela Mancini,1 Graziamaria Corbi,3 Leonardo Bencivenga,1 Alessandro Mezzani,4 Bruno Trimarco,5 Carmine Morisco,5 Nicola Ferrara,1,2 Giuseppe Rengo1,2 1Division of Geriatrics, Department of Translational Medical Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy; 2Cardiac Rehabilitation Division, Salvatore Maugeri Foundation, IRCCS, Scientific Institute of Telese Terme (BN, Telese Terme, Italy; 3Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Molise Campobasso, Campobasso, Italy; 4Cardiac Rehabilitation Division, Salvatore Maugeri Foundation, IRCCS, Scientific Institute of Veruno, Veruno, Italy; 5Division of Cardiology, Department of Advanced Biomedical Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy Objectives: To assess pressure injury (PI incidence among patients hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction (AMI in an intensive coronary care unit (ICCU and to detect the impact of specific risk factors on the development of PI in this clinical setting.Patients and methods: Prospective cohort study in ICCU setting. Patients admitted for AMI: patients mean age 67.5±11.5 years (n=165. Norton Scale, Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA, demographic, clinical and biochemical data collected at the time of ICCU admission have been tested in a logistic model to assess the odds ratios (ORs of PI risk development. The jackknifed area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC and the decision curve analysis have been employed to assess the additive predictive value of a factor.Results: Twenty-seven (16.3% patients developed PIs. An increased PI risk was associated with advanced age (OR =2.5 every 10-year increase; 95% CI =1.1–5.7, while probability of PI development was reduced in patients with higher left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF (OR =0.4 every 5% increase; 95% CI =0.24–0.66, MNA score (OR =0.65 every unit change; 95% CI =0.44–0.95 and Norton Scale score

  17. Cerebral infarction following intracranial hemorrhage in pediatric Moyamoya disease - A case report and brief review of literature

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Moyamoya disease is a clinical entity characterized by progressive cerebrovascular occlusion with spontaneous development of a collateral vascular network called Moyamoya vessels. This disease mainly manifests as cerebral ischemia. Intracranial bleeding is another major presentation of patients with Moyamoya disease. We report here a 12-year-old male child who presented with severe headache, vomiting and meningismus. Initial neuroimaging study with noncontrast computed tomography scan revealed fresh intraventricular hemorrhage in right-sided lateral ventricle. Magnetic resonance imaging with angiography of brain was done 5 days later when the child developed right-sided hemiparesis, and the diagnosis of Moyamoya disease was confirmed along with lacunar infarction of right posterior peri and paraventricular area and in the left paraventricular area and centrum semiovale. Simultaneous presence of cerebral infarction along with intraventricular hemorrhage in adult with bleeding-type Moyamoya disease is reported in literature, but it is a rare entity in a child.

  18. The Infarct Shape Predicts Progressive Motor Deficits in Patients with Acute Lacunae-sized Infarctions in the Perforating Arterial Territory.

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    Yu, Yong-Peng; Tan, Lan

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    This study was performed to analyze the lesion patterns of lacunae-sized infarctions on diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) findings in the perforating arterial territory, and to determine whether this pattern of satellite lesions affected progressive motor defect (PMD). Seventy-five patients with acute lacunae-sized infarctions in the perforating arterial territory (pons or territory of the lenticulostriate arteries), which was confirmed by cranial magnetic resonance image (MRI), were enrolled in this study. These patients were divided into PMD (n=30) and non-progressive motor defect (NPMD) (n=45) groups according to the dynamic scores of the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) within 7 days after stroke. The lesion patterns of lacunae-sized infarctions were divided into single oval or satellite lesions signs based on DWI. The risk factors of stroke and the clinical characteristics of all the subjects, including neurological deficits, infarction lesion patterns in image, and the condition of the basilar artery, were comparatively analyzed. The constituent ratio of satellite lesions signs [20/30 (66.7%)] in the PMD group was higher than that [10/45 (22.2%)] of the NPMD group (χ(2)= 6.1, p=0.013). Mean NIHSS scores in the PMD group on admission were higher than that of the NPMD group (4.60±1.40 vs. 3.75±1.2, t=2.81, p=0.003). A logistic regression analysis showed that the pattern of satellite lesions was associated with PMD. 〔odds ratio (OR): 3.0, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.25-7.17, p=0.014〕. Satellite lesions are one of the features of lacunae-sized infarctions patterns, which might be an independent predictor in DWI findings for PMD in patients with lacunae-sized infarctions in the perforating arterial territory.

  19. Postoperative myocardial infarction in acute type A aortic dissection: A report from the International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissection.

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    Waterford, Stephen D; Di Eusanio, Marco; Ehrlich, Marek P; Reece, T Brett; Desai, Nimesh D; Sundt, Thoralf M; Myrmel, Truls; Gleason, Thomas G; Forteza, Alberto; de Vincentiis, Carlo; DiScipio, Anthony W; Montgomery, Daniel G; Eagle, Kim A; Isselbacher, Eric M; Muehle, Anja; Shah, Aamir; Chou, Daisy; Nienaber, Christoph A; Khoynezhad, Ali

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    Postoperative myocardial infarction remains a serious complication in cardiac surgery. The incidence and impact of this condition in acute type A aortic dissection are poorly understood. A total of 1445 patients with acute type A aortic dissection who underwent surgery were enrolled in the International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissection from 1996 to 2013. Individuals with preoperative myocardial infarction at hospital presentation and a history of myocardial infarction were excluded. Patients with postoperative myocardial infarction (n = 38, 2.6%) were compared with those without postoperative myocardial infarction (n = 1407, 97.4%). The postoperative myocardial infarction group was more often of white race (100% vs 90%, P = .043) with bicuspid aortic valve (15.6% vs 4.5%, P = .015). Imaging demonstrated more aortic root involvement (75.8% vs 49.5%, P = .003), pericardial effusion (65.5% vs 44.1%, P = .022), and coronary artery compromise (27.3% vs 10.2%, P = .022). Patients with postoperative myocardial infarction were more frequently hypotensive or in shock during surgery (42.9% vs 25.5%, P = .021). Patients with postoperative myocardial infarction were more likely to have undergone root replacement (54.5% vs 33.3%, P = .011), coronary artery bypass grafting (28.6% vs 7.4%, P < .001), or aortic valve replacement (40.0% vs 23.8%, P = .027), and less likely to have had complete arch replacement (2.8% vs 14.0%, P = .050). Median circulatory arrest time was higher in postoperative myocardial infarction (60 vs 38 minutes, P = .024). In-hospital mortality (57.9% vs 16.3%, P < .001) and Kaplan-Meier estimates of 5-year mortality (P = .007) were distinctly higher in postoperative myocardial infarction. Postoperative myocardial infarction is a devastating complication of type A aortic dissection repair. It is associated with bicuspid aortic valve, root involvement, pericardial effusion, and extent of surgical repair. Patients with

  20. Nuclear Factor kB and Inhibitor of kB: Acupuncture Protection Against Acute Focal Cerebral Ischemia in Rodents.

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    Huang, Wei; Zhou, Zhongyu; Wan, Bijiang; Chen, Guang; Li, Jia

    2017-05-01

    Context • Acute, focal, cerebral ischemic stroke is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Acupuncture is an emerging alternative therapy for treatment of acute brain ischemia. Nevertheless, the precise mechanism underlying the neuroprotective effects of acupuncture has not been elucidated. Nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) and nuclear factor of κ light polypeptide gene enhancer in B cell inhibitor alpha (IκB-α) are involved in cerebral inflammation. However, the involvement of NF-κB and IκB-α in the protective effects of acupuncture on ischemic tolerance remains unknown. Objective • The study evaluated the hypothesis that acupuncture can exert a neuroprotective action in a rat model of middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). Design • The rats were randomly divided into a normal group (N), a sham model group (SM), an MCAO model group (M), a sham acupuncture group (SA), and an acupuncture group (A). Setting • All of processes of this study were conducted at Hubei University of Chinese Medicine (Hubei Shang, China). Animals • The animals were 100 Sprague-Dawley rats, aged 3 mo. Intervention • Craniotomy and electrocoagulation of the middle cerebral artery were conducted to generate acute, focal, cerebral ischemic models in 3 groups, excluding the N and SM groups. The SM group received a surgical fenestration similar to the M group, but the procedure did not include the coagulation of the exposed artery. In the A group, acupuncture was administered at the acupoints Baihui (GV-20) and Renzhong (GV-26). In the SA group, sham acupuncture was performed at a depth of 5 mm at a position close to the left side of the GV-20 and GV-26 points. The N, M, and SM groups received neither the acupuncture nor the sham acupuncture treatment. Outcome Measures • The study (1) evaluated neurological function using the modified neurological severity score; (2) examined the ultrastructure; (3) assessed the infarct volume; (4) determined levels of serum

  1. Effects of rosuvastatin on serum lipids and arteriosclerosis in dyslipidemic patients with cerebral infarction.

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    Deguchi, Ichiro; Horiuchi, Yohsuke; Hayashi, Takeshi; Sehara, Yoshihide; Kato, Yuji; Ohe, Yasuko; Fukuoka, Takuya; Maruyama, Hajime; Sano, Hiroyasu; Nagamine, Yuito; Tanahashi, Norio

    2014-09-01

    We investigated the effect of rosuvastatin, 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitor, on serum lipids and arteriosclerosis in dyslipidemic patients with cerebral infarction. The subjects were 24 patients with noncardiogenic cerebral infarction complicated by dyslipidemia (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol [LDL-C] ≥ 140 mg/dL). Serum lipids and highly sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) were measured at the start of the study and at 3 and 12 months after the initiation of oral rosuvastatin (5 mg/day). Cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI), intima-media thickness (IMT), and plaque score (PS) were also determined at the start of the study and at 12 months. Of the 24 patients admitted, 17 were eligible for statistical analysis. Total cholesterol (TC), LDL-C, and non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (non-HDL-C) (mean [standard deviation {SD}], mg/dL) were significantly decreased at 3 months (TC, 149.4 [20.4]; LDL-C, 78.7 [18.6]; non-HDL-C, 94.6 [21.7]) and at 12 months (TC, 154.9 [27.2]; LDL-C, 82.5 [23.3]; non-HDL-C, 100.2 [28.8]) compared with the baseline data (TC, 232.8 [29.7]; LDL-C, 162.2 [21.2]; non-HDL-C, 183.0 [27.7]). The serum hs-CRP level (mean [SD], ng/mL) was 1053.1 [818.8] at baseline, 575.2 [481.8] at 3 months, and 488.1 [357.7] at 12 months. The decrease in this parameter at 12 months was statistically significant. There was a decrease, although not statistically significant, in CAVI (mean [SD]) at 12 months (right [Rt.] 8.7 [.9]; left [Lt.] 8.6 [1.0]), compared with baseline (Rt. 9.1 [1.1]; Lt. 9.0 [1.1]). The max-IMT (mean [SD], mm) was (Rt. 2.11 [.97]; Lt. 2.01 [.75]) at baseline and (Rt. 2.18 [.82]; Lt. 2.06 [.79]) at 12 months of study treatment. The PS (mean [SD], mm) was 8.93 [4.33] at baseline and 9.61 [4.79] at 12 months; neither parameter showed a significant change. Rosuvastatin at 5 mg/day significantly reduced serum levels of TC, LDL-C, non-HDL-C, and hs-CRP in dyslipidemic patients with cerebral infarction. No

  2. Influence of the type of cerebral infarct and timing of intervention in the early outcomes after carotid endarterectomy for symptomatic stenosis.

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    Kazandjian, Caroline; Kretz, Benjamin; Lemogne, Brivael; Aboa Eboulé, Corine; Béjot, Yannick; Steinmetz, Eric

    2016-05-01

    Our objectives were to compare early postoperative outcomes after carotid endarterectomy for symptomatic carotid stenosis and to analyze the impact of time to treatment between patients with a territorial or a border-zone infarct. This is a single-center, retrospective study carried out on data from a single-center, prospective database. Patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy for symptomatic carotid stenosis after an ipsilateral acute ischemic stroke were included between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2013. The only exclusion criterion was a mixed-topography stroke. We included 114 patients who were retrospectively divided into groups according to the location of the infarct: group TI for territorial infarction and group BZ for border-zone infarction. The primary end point was the 30-day death or stroke rate. Ninety patients were included in the TI group (79%) and 24 in the BZ group (21%) with a mean age of 73 ± 11 years. All demographic data were similar between the two groups except for dyslipidemia, which was greater in the BZ group (72% vs 47%, P = .03) and the subocclusive feature of carotid stenosis (14% in the TI group vs 33% in the BZ group, P .04). There was one death and one stroke in each group, with a 30-day death and stroke rate of 2% in the TI group and 8% in the BZ group (P = .18). Multivariate analysis showed that the National Institute of Health Stroke Score (NIHSS) score was the only independent predictive factor of complications with an increase of 36% per additional point in this score. Sixty-eight patients (76%) in the TI group and 14 (58%) in the BZ group were operated on during the first 2 weeks after the neurological event. In this subgroup, the 30-day death or stroke rate was 2% in the TI group (one stroke) vs 14% in the BZ group (one stroke and one death; P = .06). The preoperative NIHSS score was again the only factor significantly associated with the postoperative complication rate (P = .03). In our series, surgery for

  3. Improved diagnosis of early cerebral infarct by the combined use of diffusion and perfusion imaging; Verbesserte Diagnostik des fruehen Hirninfarktes durch den kombinierten Einsatz von Diffusions- und Perfusionsbildgebung

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    Flacke, S.; Keller, E.; Muertz, P.; Textor, J.; Urbach, H.; Traeber, F.; Block, W.; Scheef, L.; Leutner, C.; Pauleit, D.; Schild, H.H. [Radiologische Universitaetsklinik Bonn (Germany); Hartmann, A. [Neurologische Universitaetsklinik Bonn (Germany); Folkers, P.; Gieseke, J. [Philips Medizin Systeme, Best (Netherlands)

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    Purpose: To evaluate the feasibility and the diagnostic efficacy of multislice diffusion-weighted and perfusion imaging in addition to FLAIR-TSE, T{sub 2}w-GraSE and MR-angiography in the diagnosis of acute stroke. Results: The diagnostic value of diffusion-weighted and perfusion imaging was significantly higher compared with FLAIR-TSE (p=0.0023) and GraSE (p=0.0012) during the first 6 hours. With FLAIR-TSE and GraSE first pathologic changes were seen after 4 hours. We detected perfusion deficit (rCBV<10%) and a corresponding drop of the ADC in all infarcts larger than 1 cm in diameter. Within the area of low rCBV the combined analysis of diffusion and perfusion imaging allows to identify an infarct region with characteristics of a penumbra and one with characteristics of the infarct core. TTP was increased in the surrounding tissue. However, parts of this area were rarely included in the infarct. The final extension of the untreated infarct, as revealed by computed tomography, corresponded well to the perfusion deficit. Conclusions: Early ischaemic cerebral infarcts can be diagnosed with diffusion and perfusion imaging before pathological changes are visualized with other imaging modalities. The compined use may allow to distinguish the infarct core from surrounding, potentially salvageable tissue. (orig./AJ) [Deutsch] Ziel: Pruefung der Aussagekraft von Diffusions- und Perfusionsbildgebung sowie FLAIR-TSE, T{sub 2}-gewichteter GraSE-Sequenz und MR-Angiographie in der Fruehdiagnose des ischaemischen Infarktes. Ergebnisse: Diffusions- und Perfusionsbildgebung erweisen sich in den ersten 6 Stunden der FLAIR-TSE (p=0,0023) und GraSE (p=0,0012) in der Infarktdetektion signifikant ueberlegen. Frueheste Veraenderungen waren mit der FLAIR-TSE und GraSE erst nach 4 Stunden erkennbar. In allen Infarkten groesser als 1 cm fand sich ein reduziertes relatives regionales zerebrales Blutvolumen (relatives rCBV<10%) mit korrespondierendem Abfall des Diffusionskoeffizienten (ADC

  4. [Coronary collateral circulation in infarction-related artery in patients with acute myocardial infarction with rise and without rise of ST segment].

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    Iaitskiĭ, N A; Zverev, O G; Volkov, A B; Voĭnov, A V; Abdulragimov, R I

    2014-01-01

    The authors analyzed a condition of coronary collateral circulation in infarction-related artery in patients with acute myocardial infarction with rise and without rise of ST segment. The assessment of collateral circulation was made by coronary angiography using Rentop scale. Results of the research showed, that collateral circulation wasn't visualized by angiography in the first hours after acute myocardial infarction with the rise of ST segment. Apparently, this circulation didn't significantly assisted in maintenance of vital capacity of the myocardium in the pool of infarction-related occlusive coronary artery. Visualization of collateral circulation was noted in majority of patients with acute myocardial infarction without the rise of ST segment. Collateral flow was an important alternative source of blood supply of the heart in patients without rise of ST segment in the period of critical reduction of the antegrade blood flow.

  5. Visual agnosia and posterior cerebral artery infarcts: an anatomical-clinical study.

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    Martinaud, Olivier; Pouliquen, Dorothée; Gérardin, Emmanuel; Loubeyre, Maud; Hirsbein, David; Hannequin, Didier; Cohen, Laurent

    2012-01-01

    To evaluate systematically the cognitive deficits following posterior cerebral artery (PCA) strokes, especially agnosic visual disorders, and to study anatomical-clinical correlations. We investigated 31 patients at the chronic stage (mean duration of 29.1 months post infarct) with standardized cognitive tests. New experimental tests were used to assess visual impairments for words, faces, houses, and objects. Forty-one healthy subjects participated as controls. Brain lesions were normalized, combined, and related to occipitotemporal areas responsive to specific visual categories, including words (VWFA), faces (FFA and OFA), houses (PPA) and common objects (LOC). Lesions were located in the left hemisphere in 15 patients, in the right in 13, and bilaterally in 3. Visual field defects were found in 23 patients. Twenty patients had a visual disorder in at least one of the experimental tests (9 with faces, 10 with houses, 7 with phones, 3 with words). Six patients had a deficit just for a single category of stimulus. The regions of maximum overlap of brain lesions associated with a deficit for a given category of stimuli were contiguous to the peaks of the corresponding functional areas as identified in normal subjects. However, the strength of anatomical-clinical correlations was greater for words than for faces or houses, probably due to the stronger lateralization of the VWFA, as compared to the FFA or the PPA. Agnosic visual disorders following PCA infarcts are more frequent than previously reported. Dedicated batteries of tests, such as those developed here, are required to identify such deficits, which may escape clinical notice. The spatial relationships of lesions and of regions activated in normal subjects predict the nature of the deficits, although individual variability and bilaterally represented systems may blur those correlations.

  6. Visual agnosia and posterior cerebral artery infarcts: an anatomical-clinical study.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: To evaluate systematically the cognitive deficits following posterior cerebral artery (PCA strokes, especially agnosic visual disorders, and to study anatomical-clinical correlations. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We investigated 31 patients at the chronic stage (mean duration of 29.1 months post infarct with standardized cognitive tests. New experimental tests were used to assess visual impairments for words, faces, houses, and objects. Forty-one healthy subjects participated as controls. Brain lesions were normalized, combined, and related to occipitotemporal areas responsive to specific visual categories, including words (VWFA, faces (FFA and OFA, houses (PPA and common objects (LOC. Lesions were located in the left hemisphere in 15 patients, in the right in 13, and bilaterally in 3. Visual field defects were found in 23 patients. Twenty patients had a visual disorder in at least one of the experimental tests (9 with faces, 10 with houses, 7 with phones, 3 with words. Six patients had a deficit just for a single category of stimulus. The regions of maximum overlap of brain lesions associated with a deficit for a given category of stimuli were contiguous to the peaks of the corresponding functional areas as identified in normal subjects. However, the strength of anatomical-clinical correlations was greater for words than for faces or houses, probably due to the stronger lateralization of the VWFA, as compared to the FFA or the PPA. CONCLUSIONS: Agnosic visual disorders following PCA infarcts are more frequent than previously reported. Dedicated batteries of tests, such as those developed here, are required to identify such deficits, which may escape clinical notice. The spatial relationships of lesions and of regions activated in normal subjects predict the nature of the deficits, although individual variability and bilaterally represented systems may blur those correlations.

  7. Cerebral effect of acute normovolemic hemodilution during brain tumor resection.

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    Daif, Ahmed Attia Atwa; Hassan, Younis Mohamed Abd El Mageed; Ghareeb, Nawal Abd El-Galil; Othman, Mahmoud Mahmoud; Mohamed, Sherif Abdo Mousa

    2012-01-01

    Acute normovolemic hemodilution (ANH) is used in major surgery expected to be accompanied by excessive blood loss. Reducing the hemoglobin content may disturb cerebral oxygen balance. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of ANH on cerebral oxygen balance in patients subjected to brain tumor resection. Forty patients were randomly allocated into 2 groups (hemodilution and control). In the hemodilution group (HG), 1000 mL of blood was drawn and replaced with the same volume of HES 130/0.4 (6%, Voluven) colloid. In the control group (CG), no blood was drawn, and hemodynamics were stabilized using normal saline until allogenic blood was needed. Arterial and jugular bulb blood samples obtained after induction (basal, sample 1), 40 minutes after induction (or on completion of hemodilution, sample 2), after surgical hemostasis (sample 3), and just before extubation (sample 4) were used for the calculation of arterial-jugular oxygen content difference "Ca-jO(2)," cerebral oxygen extraction "CEO(2)," estimated cerebral metabolic rate for oxygen "eCMRO(2)," cerebral blood flow equivalent "CBFe," and jugular-arterial lactate difference "J-ALD" in both groups. Jugular oxygen saturation "SjvO(2)", CEO(2), and J-ALD showed no significant difference when the 2 groups were compared at the corresponding time points and when the values obtained at different time points were compared with the basal value in the same group. In CG, "Ca-jO(2)" significantly decreased at the end of surgery and before tracheal extubation (Pcerebral oxygenation parameters in patients subjected to brain tumor resection.

  8. Changing axis deviation and intermittent right bundle branch block during acute myocardial infarction.

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    Patanè, Salvatore; Marte, Filippo; Sturiale, Mauro

    2011-03-03

    Dissimilar electrocardiographic patterns associated with right bundle branch block have been described. The prognosis of right bundle branch block in the absence of underlying cardiac disease is good but it may be poor in other cases, particularly coronary artery disease. Changing bundle branch block, new right bundle branch block, right bundle branch conduction disturbances have been reported in literature. Changing axis deviation has been reported alone or during acute myocardial infarction also associated with atrial fibrillation. Intermittent right axis deviation has been rarely reported in the presence of left bundle branch block also during atrial fibrillation and with acute myocardial infarction too. Isolated left posterior hemiblock is a very rare finding and transient right axis deviation associated with a left posterior hemiblock pattern has been also rarely described associated with acute myocardial infarction. We describe a case of changing axis deviation with intermittent right bundle branch block in a patient admitted with acute myocardial infarction. Also this case focuses attention on changing axis deviation and intermittent right bundle branch block during acute myocardial infarction. Copyright © 2009 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Safety concerns about digoxin after acute myocardial infarction.

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    Spargias, K S; Hall, A S; Ball, S G

    1999-07-31

    We examined clinical outcomes associated with non-randomised digoxin therapy in a postmyocardial infarction population with clinical heart failure (AIRE study). Our results raise concern about the safety of digoxin in this population.

  10. Sildenafil and diastolic dysfunction after acute myocardial infarction trial

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    Andersen, Mads J; Gustafsson, Finn; Hassager, Christian

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    Diastolic dysfunction following myocardial infarction is an important predictor of outcome, irrespective of left ventricular systolic function. Previous studies suggest that phosphordiesterase-5 inhibition has a favorable effect on the myocardium as well as on the pulmonary and systemic vasculature....

  11. Acute Brucellosis with Splenic Infarcts: A Case Report from a Tertiary Care Hospital in Saudi Arabia

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    Full Text Available Splenic infarction is an extremely rare and unique presentation of brucellosis. Only few cases have been reported worldwide. We here report a case of a young man, presenting with acute onset of fever, left hypochondial pain, and vomiting. Further evaluation revealed multiple splenic infarcts and positive blood culture for brucellosis despite negative transesophageal echocardiography for endocarditis. Significant improvement in clinical symptoms and splenic lesions was achieved after six weeks of combination therapy against brucellosis.

  12. Global longitudinal strain predicts incident atrial fibrillation and stroke occurrence after acute myocardial infarction

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    Olsen, Flemming Javier; Pedersen, Sune; Jensen, Jan Skov

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    Patients with acute myocardial infarction are at increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation. We aimed to evaluate whether speckle tracking echocardiography improves risk stratification for atrial fibrillation in these patients.The study comprised of 373 patients with ST-segment elevation...... myocardial infarction (STEMI) treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention. Patients had an echocardiogram performed at a median of 2 days after their STEMI. The echocardiograms consisted of conventional measurements and myocardial strain analysis by speckle tracking from 3 apical projections...

  13. Degeneration of capsaicin sensitive sensory nerves enhances myocardial injury in acute myocardial infarction in rats.

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    Zhang, Rui-Lin; Guo, Zheng; Wang, Li-Li; Wu, Jie

    2012-09-20

    Evidence indicated an involvement of afferent nerves in the pathology of acute myocardial infarction. This study was undertaken to clarify the role and mechanisms by which the sensory afferent degeneration exacerbates the myocardial injury in acute myocardial infarction in rats. The myocardial injury was assessed by analysis of 1) the differences in the infarct size, myocyte apoptosis, the caspase activity in the myocardium and cardiac troponin I in serum between the denervated and non-denervated rats; 2) the differences in the size of infarctiom with and without antagonisms of endogenous neurokinin 1 receptor or calcitonin gene related peptide receptor in acute myocardial infarction. Degeneration of the afferent nerves resulted in marked increase in the pain threshold and decrease in substance P and calcitonin gene related peptide in dorsal root ganglia, spinal dorsal horn and myocardium. Increases of the infarction size (39% ± 4% vs. 26% ± 4%,), troponin-I (28.4 ± 8.89 ng/ml, vs. 14.6 ± 9.75 ng/ml), apoptosis of myocytes (by 1.8 ± 0.2 folds) and caspase-3 activity (1.6 ± 0.3 vs. 1.05 ± 0.18) were observed in the denervated animals at 6h of myocardial infarction, compared with the non-denervated rats. Antagonisms of the endogenous neurokinin 1 receptor or calcitonin gene related peptide receptor caused increase of the size of infarction in the animals. Degeneration of capsaicin sensitive afferent nerves enhances the myocardial injury of acute myocardial infarction, possibly due to reduction of endogenous calcitonin gene related peptide and substance P. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Pregnancy-Related Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Review of Epidemiology, Diagnosis, Medical And Surgical Management

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    Mohammad Reza Taban Sadeghi; Naser Aslanabadi; Naser Khezerlou Aghdam; Razieh Parizad; Hossein Namdar

    2014-01-01

    Although acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in pregnancy is rare, can result in maternal and/or fetal death and should be carefully managed. The aim of this study is to collect and review the data on the management from numerous articles published since 2000. For literature review we performed a literature search on PubMed that were based on diagnoses and management of myocardial infarction on pregnancy. Atherosclerosis appears to be the most common cause of AMI. Although there are some differ...

  15. Exercise Training Protects Against Acute Myocardial Infarction via Improving Myocardial Energy Metabolism and Mitochondrial Biogenesis

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    Lichan Tao; Yihua Bei; Shenghui Lin; Haifeng Zhang; Yanli Zhou; Jingfa Jiang; Ping Chen; Shutong Shen; Junjie Xiao; Xinli Li

    2015-01-01

    Background/Aims: Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) represents a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Exercise has been proved to reduce myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury However it remains unclear whether, and (if so) how, exercise could protect against AMI. Methods: Mice were trained using a 3-week swimming protocol, and then subjected to left coronary artery (LCA) ligation, and finally sacrificed 24 h after AMI. Myocardial infarct size was examined with triphenyltetr...

  16. A new risk score predicting 1- and 5-year mortality following acute myocardial infarction Soroka Acute Myocardial Infarction (SAMI) Project.

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    Plakht, Ygal; Shiyovich, Arthur; Weitzman, Shimon; Fraser, Drora; Zahger, Doron; Gilutz, Harel

    2012-01-26

    Risk stratification of patients following acute myocardial infarction (AMI), in order to identify patients whose clinical outcomes can be improved through specific medical interventions, is needed. Development and validation of a prognostic tool comprising a variety of non-cardiovascular co-morbidities, to predict mortality of hospital survivors after AMI. The study cohort included 2773 consecutive patients with AMI who were discharged live from the Soroka University Medical Center between 2002 and 2004. Two-thirds were used obtain the model (training set) and one-third to validate it (validation set). Data were collected from the hospital's routine computerized information systems. The primary outcome was post-discharge 1-year all-cause mortality. The weight of each variable in the final score was computed based on the odds ratio values of the multivariate model. Additionally, the ability of the index to predict 5-year mortality was assessed. These are comprised of the following parameters: 4 points - age >75 years, abnormal echocardiography findings; 3 points - at least one of following: gastro-intestinal hemorrhage, COPD, malignancy, alcohol or drug addiction, neurological disorders, psychiatric disorders; 2 points - no echocardiography results, renal diseases, anemia, hyponatremia; -3 points for PCI or thrombolytic therapy; -6 points - CABG; -2 points - obesity. The c-statistics for 1-year all-cause mortality were 0.86 and 0.83 in the training and validation sets, respectively. The c-statistics for 5-year mortality was 0.858 for both sets combined. The new score is a simple robust tool for predicting mortality in patients discharged alive following AMI. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. [Digitalization for acute myocardial infarction: haemodynamic changes in patients with heart failure at rest (author's transl)].

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    Bachour, G; Hochrein, H

    1975-11-21

    Haemodynamic changes after intravenous administration of 0.4 mg beta-methyldigoxin or 0.4 mg digoxin daily were measured on the first to fourth day in 42 patients in heart failure after onset of transmural myocardial infarction. Regular reduction in filling pressure and increased stroke volume while arterial blood pressure remained unaltered pointed to improved contractility. Digitalization in the first few days after infarction achieved sustained tendency towards improved haemodynamics. It is concluded that early digitalization is indicated in patients with acute myocardial infarction if there are signs of heart failure.

  18. Cerebellar Infarction Presenting with Acute Vestibular Syndrome in Two U.S. Air Force Pilots.

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    Hesselbrock, Roger R

    2017-09-01

    Cerebellar infarction is an uncommon but serious cause of isolated acute vestibular symptoms, particularly in young, healthy individuals, and can easily be overlooked. We present two cases of cerebellar infarction in U.S. Air Force pilots, one of which occurred during flight. A 41-yr-old man developed acute vertigo, disequilibrium, nausea, and headache, with progressive slow symptomatic improvement, and presented to medical attention 4 d after symptom onset. Brain magnetic resonance imaging showed right inferomedial cerebellar infarction. Echocardiography discovered patent foramen ovale and atrial septal aneurysm. A 40-yr-old man developed severe vertigo, nausea, and vomiting during initial aircraft descent. Head computed tomography scan was performed acutely and was normal. Initial assessment was benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Brain magnetic resonance imaging 1 mo after symptom onset showed a small right inferior cerebellar infarction. Patent foramen ovale and bilateral atrial enlargement were seen on echocardiography. Both pilots made full neurological recoveries and were eventually returned to flight status. Central causes of isolated acute vestibular symptoms are uncommon and are often not considered in otherwise healthy individuals. Cerebellar infarction is one of these uncommon but increasingly recognized causes of acute vestibular symptoms. As evaluation and management of central causes are much different from peripheral conditions, prompt localization confirmation is paramount. Accurate evidence-based bedside screening methods are available for rapid localization. Awareness of the possibility of central etiologies and careful clinical evaluation with application of bedside screening methods in patients with acute vestibular symptoms will reduce the number of inaccurate diagnoses.Hesselbrock RR. Cerebellar infarction presenting with acute vestibular syndrome in two U.S. Air Force pilots. Aerosp Med Hum Perform. 2017; 88(9):880-883.

  19. Acute Cerebral Insufficiency in Patients with Severe Forms of Alcoholic Psychoses

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    V. V. Zverev

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper summarizes the results of studies of cerebral metabolism in 38 patients with delirium tremens. The findings have led to the conclusion that the leading factor of the pathogenesis of acute cerebral insufficiency in this case is energy deficiency caused by impaired cerebral glucose utilization rather than hypoxia itself.

  20. Myocardium and microvessel endothelium apoptosis at day 7 following reperfused acute myocardial infarction.

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    Kang, Sheng; Yang, Yue-jin; Wu, Yi-ling; Chen, Yu-tong; Li, Li; Tian, Yi

    2010-01-01

    This study was to investigate the salvaged myocardial and microvascular endothelial cells apoptosis at the first week of reperfused acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Sixteen mini swines (20-30 kg) were randomly assigned to the sham-operated group and the AMI group. The acute myocardial infarction and reperfusion model was created, and pathologic myocardial tissue was collected at day 7 following left anterior descending coronary artery reperfusion, and detected by transmission electron microscope, in situ cell apoptosis detection (TUNEL method), Real-time Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction and Western blot. In the AMI group, the infarcted area showed the myolysis, fibroblast and injuried endothelial cells under transmission electron microscope. The infarcted area had higher apoptotic index of microvascular endothelial cells than the marginal area, the normal area, and the sham-operated area (all Pinfarcted area were higher than those in the marginal area, the normal area, and the sham-operated area (all Pinfarcted and marginal areas compared with the normal area and the sham-operated area. The overexpressions of Fas and Bax or the low expression of Bcl-2 in the infarcted and marginal heart tissue may play an important role in the acceleration of myocardial and endothelial apoptosis at 7th day following reperfused acute myocardial infarction. Copyright 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.