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  1. Complications associated with malnutrition in elective surgical ...

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    degree of malnutrition, complications and the need for nutritional support in elective surgical patients. Collection of data was performed in local tertiary hospitals using a Patient Generated Subjective Global. Assessment (PG - SGA) nutritional screening tool and medical records. Results: A total of 50 patients electively ...

  2. Complications associated with malnutrition in elective surgical ...

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    Purpose: To identify the level of malnutrition and complications observed in Malaysia. Methods: A prospective, observational study was conducted with the objectives of identifying the degree of malnutrition, complications and the need for nutritional support in elective surgical patients. Collection of data was performed in ...

  3. Transluminal coronary angioplasty complicated by coronary artery perforation.

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    Kimbiris, D; Iskandrian, A S; Goel, I; Bemis, C E; Gehl, L; Owens, J; Segal, B L

    1982-01-01

    Transluminal coronary angioplasty may be associated with complications resulting from the dilatation catheter and inflation of the balloon. The most common complications are dissection, occlusion, and coronary spasm. We report an unusual complication of coronary artery perforation by the dilatation catheter resulting in acute pericardial tamponade. The complication was immediately recognized and confirmed by dye injection and hemodynamic measurements. Pericardiocentesis was performed, followed by successful coronary bypass surgery. The reasons for the perforation are unclear. We postulate that the acute angle of the perforated vessel was an important factor for this complication. The importance of a standby cardiac surgeon and operating room is emphasized.

  4. Pre-treatment with clopidogrel and postprocedure troponin elevation after elective percutaneous coronary intervention

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    Nienhuis, MB; Ottervanger, JP; Miedema, Kor; Suryapranata, H; de Boer, MJ; Hoorntje, JCA; van 't Hof, AWJ; Gosselink, M; Zijlstra, F; Dambrink, Jan Hendrik Everwijn

    Elevated troponin after elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCl) has been associated with a worse prognosis. Pretreatment with clopidogrel may be beneficial in patients undergoing PCl. Therefore, a prospective observational study was conducted to address the potential role of clopidogrel in

  5. The Effect of Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention of the Right Coronary Artery on Right Ventricular Function

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    Farahnaz Nikdoust

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: Right Ventricular (RV dysfunction has been introduced as a predictor of mortality in acute myocardial infarction. Objectives: This study aimed to investigate the effect of right coronary revascularization on systolic and diastolic RV dysfunction. Patients and Methods: This study was conducted on unstable angina patients who were candidate for elective Percutaneous Revascularization Intervention (PCI on the right coronary artery. The participants were initially evaluated by transthoracic echocardiography and tissue Doppler imaging prior to PCI and the RV function parameters were assessed. Echocardiography was repeated two months after PCI and the results were compared with baseline. Paired t-test was used to compare the pre- and post-procedural measurements. Besides, Pearson’s correlation was used to find out the linear association between the RV function parameters and Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction (LVEF. P value < 0.05 was considered as statistically significant. Results: This study was conducted on 30 patients (mean age = 60.00 ± 8.44 years; 24 [80%] males. In the pre-procedural echocardiography, 15 patients (50% had normal RV function, 14 patients (46.7% had grade-1 RV dysfunction, and only 1 patient (3.3% had grade-2 RV dysfunction. Following PCI, however, all the patients had normal systolic and diastolic RV functions. Comparison of echocardiographic RV function parameters showed an improvement in both systolic and diastolic functional parameters of the RV. Nonetheless, no significant correlation was observed between these parameters and Left Ventricular (LV function. Conclusions:: A significant improvement was found in RV function, but not LV function, after right coronary PCI. Revascularization of the right coronary artery may be beneficial for the patients who suffer from RV failure due to ischemia

  6. Mortality Is Rare Following Elective and Non-elective Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis, but Mild Postoperative Complications Are Common.

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    Feuerstein, Joseph D; Curran, Thomas; Alosilla, Michael; Cataldo, Thomas; Falchuk, Kenneth R; Poylin, Vitaliy

    2018-01-20

    Currently, data regarding the rates of morbidity and mortality following non-elective colectomy for ulcerative colitis (UC) are variable. We sought to determine the rates and predictors of 90-day mortality and complications following colectomy for UC. Patients undergoing an initial surgery for UC at a tertiary care center between January 2002 and January 2014 were included. Patients were identified using ICD-9 code 556.x. Each record was manually reviewed for demographic information, medical histories, UC history, medications, and data regarding the admission and discharge. Charts were reviewed for mortality and complications within 90 days of surgery. Complications were classified using the Clavien-Dindo classification system. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed using IBM SPSS Statistics, version 23.0. Two hundred and fifty-eight patients underwent surgery for UC. 69% were elective, and 31% were urgent/emergent. There were no deaths reported within 30 days of surgery. At 90 days, there were 2 deaths in the elective group and 1 death in the urgent/emergent group. The death in the urgent/emergent group was likely related to the initial surgery, while the elective group death was not directly related to the initial surgery for UC. Complications occurred in 47% of patients. There were no significant differences in rates of complications in either surgical cohort. Majority (62%) of the complications were Clavien-Dindo grade 1 or 2 with no difference in the elective or urgent/emergent group. Unplanned readmissions occurred in 24% of cases. Surgery for UC is not associated with any mortality at 30 days and very low mortality at 90 days. However, surgery is associated with an increased rate of minor postoperative complications and readmissions.

  7. Circulating levels of adiponectin and extent of coronary artery disease in patients undergoing elective coronary angiography

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    R.A. Souza

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available Adiponectin (APN, an adipose tissue-released adipokine with demonstrated anti-inflammatory and anti-atherogenic properties, is encoded by a gene whose polymorphisms are associated with presence of coronary artery disease (CAD. Serum APN levels are inversely related with presence and complexity of CAD. Within this context, we sought to compare levels of total APN and its high molecular weight form (HMW APN according to clinical presentation and extent of CAD in patients undergoing elective cardiac catheterization. From March 2008 to June 2010, clinical data and blood samples for APN and HMW APN measurements were collected from 415 subjects undergoing cardiac catheterization at two tertiary centers. CAD extent was estimated by the number of coronary arteries with significant stenosis (≥70% obstruction in a major coronary artery and by Duke Jeopardy Score (DJS. Serum APN levels were similar between groups with stable or unstable CAD (APN 9.20±5.88 vs 9.47±6.23 μg/mL, P=0.738, and HMW APN 5.31±3.72 vs 5.91±4.16 μg/mL, P=0.255, even after stratification by the number of arteries involved (single-vessel vs multivessel disease: APN 9.39±5.76 vs 9.26±6.27 μg/mL, P=0.871; HMW APN 5.29±3.79 vs 5.83±4.04 μg/mL, P=0.306 and DJS score (APN, P=0.718; HMW APN, P=0.276. We conclude that APN and HMW APN serum levels are similar across clinical presentations and different extents of CAD, despite being significantly lower in the presence of obstructive CAD.

  8. Diabetes complications and adverse health outcomes after coronary revascularization.

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    Ekezue, Bola F; Laditka, S B; Laditka, J N; Studnicki, J; Blanchette, C M

    2014-03-01

    To examine effects of diabetes complications on health outcomes following coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), comparing outcomes for patients with diabetes complications to those without diabetes complications. Retrospective analysis of discharge data for 61,566 patients with diabetes age 45 or older who had CABG or PCI in 2007 in United States community hospitals, using data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. Analysis included propensity score-adjusted logistic regression. Of all patients, 21.2% of the weighted sample had diabetes complications. Older patients, Blacks and Hispanics, and those with greater illness severity were more likely to have diabetes complications. Unadjusted rates of in-hospital mortality, postoperative stroke, and renal failure were higher for patients with diabetes complications (rate ratios 2.2, 1.8, and 9.8, respectively; all p<0.0001). In adjusted results, having diabetes complications was associated with higher odds of in-hospital mortality (odds ratio, OR 1.62, 95% confidence interval, CI 1.37-1.91) and renal failure (OR 3.03, CI 1.71-5.39). Compared to CABG, PCI was associated with extra risk of postoperative renal failure for those with diabetes complications. Among patients with diabetes having revascularization, those with diabetes complications have higher risks of in-hospital death and renal failure irrespective of having CABG or PCI. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

  9. It's complicated: Facebook users' political participation in the 2008 election.

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    Vitak, Jessica; Zube, Paul; Smock, Andrew; Carr, Caleb T; Ellison, Nicole; Lampe, Cliff

    2011-03-01

    In the 2008 U.S. presidential election, social network sites such as Facebook allowed users to share their political beliefs, support specific candidates, and interact with others on political issues. But do political activities on Facebook affect political participation among young voters, a group traditionally perceived as apathetic in regard to civic engagement? Or do these activities represent another example of feel-good participation that has little real-world impact, a concept often referred to as "slacktivism"? Results from a survey of undergraduate students (N = 683) at a large public university in the Midwestern United States conducted in the month prior to the election found that students tend to engage in lightweight political participation both on Facebook and in other venues. Furthermore, two OLS regressions found that political activity on Facebook (e.g., posting a politically oriented status update, becoming a "fan" of a candidate) is a significant predictor of other forms of political participation (e.g., volunteering for an organizing, signing a paper or online petition), and that a number of factors--including intensity of Facebook use and the political activity users see their friends performing on the site--predict political activity on Facebook. Students' perceptions regarding the appropriateness of political activity on Facebook, as well as the specific kinds of political activities they engaged in and witnessed within the site, were also explored.

  10. Giant coronary artery aneurysms complicating Kawasaki disease in Mexican children.

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    Garrido-García, Luis M; Morán-Villaseñor, Edna; Yamazaki-Nakashimada, Marco A; Cravioto, Patricia; Galván, Fernando

    2018-03-01

    One of the most important complications of Kawasaki disease is the development of giant coronary aneurysms. Risk factors for their development are still not clear. A retrospective analysis was conducted at the National Institute of Paediatrics in Mexico City, Mexico. It included all patients with a diagnosis of acute Kawasaki disease between August, 1995 and August, 2015. Clinical and laboratory findings, as well as echocardiographic measurements, were recorded. Patients with giant coronary aneurysms (z-score⩾10) were compared with the rest of the patients. A value of pKawasaki disease. Of them, 34 developed giant coronary aneurysms during the acute stage of the disease. In the multivariate analysis, patients younger than 1 year, those with a higher duration of illness at the time of diagnosis, and those who received additional intravenous immunoglobulin showed a significantly higher frequency of giant coronary aneurysms. One of the main factors associated with the development of giant coronary aneurysms was the delay in the diagnosis of Kawasaki disease. This finding highlights the importance of maintaining a high suspicion of the disease, which would enable an early diagnosis and prompt treatment and decrease the risk for developing giant coronary aneurysms.

  11. Effect of smoking on early complications after elective orthopaedic surgery

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    Møller, Ann; Pedersen, Tom Søndergård; Villebro, Nete

    2003-01-01

    Smoking is an important risk factor for the development of postoperative pulmonary complications after major surgical procedures. We studied 811 consecutive patients who had undergone hip or knee arthroplasty, recording current smoking and drinking habits, any history of chronic disease...... and such intraoperative factors as the type of anaesthesia and the type and duration of surgery. We recorded any postoperative complications occurring before discharge from hospital. There were 232 smokers (28.6%) and 579 non-smokers. We found that smoking was the single most important risk factor for the development...

  12. Effect of smoking on early complications after elective orthopaedic surgery

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    Møller, Ann; Pedersen, Tom Søndergård; Villebro, Nete

    2003-01-01

    Smoking is an important risk factor for the development of postoperative pulmonary complications after major surgical procedures. We studied 811 consecutive patients who had undergone hip or knee arthroplasty, recording current smoking and drinking habits, any history of chronic disease and such ...

  13. Low prevalence of significant carotid artery disease in Iranian patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass

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    Karimi Fatemeh

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Coronary artery bypass grafting ranks as one of the most frequent operations worldwide. The presence of carotid artery stenosis may increase the stroke rate in the perioperative period. Routine preoperative noninvasive assessment of the carotid arteries are recommended in many institutions to reduce the stroke rate. Methods 271 consecutive patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting at Shaheed Madani hospital of Tabriz, Iran (age, 58.5 Y; 73.1% male underwent preoperative ultrasonography for assessment of carotid artery wall thickness. Results Plaque in right common, left common, right internal and left internal carotid arteries was detected in 4.8%, 7.4%, 43.2% and 42.1% of patients respectively. 5 patients (1.8% had significant ( Conclusion Consecutive Iranian patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass surgery show a very low prevalence of significant carotid artery disease.

  14. Frequency of stress testing to document ischemia prior to elective percutaneous coronary intervention.

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    Lin, Grace A; Dudley, R Adams; Lucas, F L; Malenka, David J; Vittinghoff, Eric; Redberg, Rita F

    2008-10-15

    Guidelines call for documenting ischemia in patients with stable coronary artery disease prior to elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). To determine the frequency and predictors of stress testing prior to elective PCI in a Medicare population. Retrospective, observational cohort study using claims data from a 20% random sample of 2004 Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries aged 65 years or older who had an elective PCI (N = 23 887). Percentage of patients who underwent stress testing within 90 days prior to elective PCI; variation in stress testing prior to PCI across 306 hospital referral regions; patient, physician, and hospital characteristics that predicted the appropriate use of stress testing prior to elective PCI. In the United States, 44.5% (n = 10 629) of patients underwent stress testing within the 90 days prior to elective PCI. There was wide regional variation among the hospital referral regions with stress test rates ranging from 22.1% to 70.6% (national mean, 44.5%; interquartile range, 39.0%-50.9%). Female sex (adjusted odds ratio [AOR], 0.91; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.86-0.97), age of 85 years or older (AOR, 0.83; 95% CI, 0.72-0.95), a history of congestive heart failure (AOR, 0.85; 95% CI, 0.79-0.92), and prior cardiac catheterization (AOR, 0.45; 95% CI, 0.38-0.54) were associated with a decreased likelihood of prior stress testing. A history of chest pain (AOR, 1.28; 95% CI, 1.09-1.54) and black race (AOR, 1.26; 95% CI, 1.09-1.46) increased the likelihood of stress testing prior to PCI. Patients treated by physicians performing 150 or more PCIs per year were less likely to have stress testing prior to PCI (AOR, 0.84; 95% CI, 0.77-0.93). No hospital characteristics were associated with receipt of stress testing. The majority of Medicare patients with stable coronary artery disease do not have documentation of ischemia by noninvasive testing prior to elective PCI.

  15. Effect of marital status on the outcome of patients undergoing elective or urgent coronary revascularization.

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    Barbash, Israel M; Gaglia, Michael A; Torguson, Rebecca; Minha, Sa'ar; Satler, Lowell F; Pichard, Augusto D; Waksman, Ron

    2013-10-01

    Marriage confers various health advantages in the general population. However, the added value of marriage among patients who undergo percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) beyond the standard cardiovascular risk factors is not clear. This study aimed to assess the effects of marital status on outcomes of patients undergoing elective or urgent PCI. Clinical observational analysis of consecutive patients undergoing elective or urgent PCI from 1993 to 2011 was performed. Patients were stratified by marital status, comparing married to unmarried patients. Clinical outcome up to 12 months was obtained by telephone contact or office visit. A total of 11,216 patients were included in the present analysis; 55% were married and 45% unmarried. Significant differences in baseline characteristics were noted, including a lower prevalence of hypertension (86% vs 88%), diabetes (34% vs 38%), and smoking (19% vs 25%) among married vs unmarried patients, respectively (P < .001). However, married patients had a higher prevalence of hypercholesterolemia and family history of coronary artery disease. Early and late major adverse cardiac event rates were significantly lower for married vs unmarried patients up to 1 year (13.3% vs 8.2%, P < .001). Married status was independently associated with improved outcome in multivariable analysis (hazard ratio 0.7, 95% CI 0.6-0.9). Married patients who undergo urgent or elective PCI have superior short- and long-term outcomes up to 1 year when compared with unmarried patients. These benefits persist after adjustment for multiple traditional cardiovascular risk factors. © 2013.

  16. Out-of-office hours' elective surgical intensive care admissions and their associated complications.

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    Morgan, David J R; Ho, Kwok Ming; Ong, Yang Jian; Kolybaba, Marlene L

    2017-11-01

    The 'weekend' effect is a controversial theory that links reduced staffing levels, staffing seniority and supportive services at hospitals during 'out-of-office hours' time periods with worsening patient outcomes. It is uncertain whether admitting elective surgery patients to intensive care units (ICU) during 'out-of-office hours' time periods mitigates this affect through higher staffing ratios and seniority. Over a 3-year period in Western Australia's largest private hospital, this retrospective nested-cohort study compared all elective surgical patients admitted to the ICU based on whether their admission occurred 'in-office hours' (Monday-Friday 08.00-18.00 hours) or 'out-of-office hours' (all other times). The main outcomes were surgical complications using the Dindo-Clavien classification and length-of-stay data. Of the total 4363 ICU admissions, 3584 ICU admissions were planned following elective surgery resulting in 2515 (70.2%) in-office hours and 1069 (29.8%) out-of-office hours elective ICU surgical admissions. Out-of-office hours ICU admissions following elective surgery were associated with an increased risk of infection (P = 0.029), blood transfusion (P = 0.020), total parental nutrition (P office hours ICU admissions were also associated with an increased hospital length-of-stay, with (1.74 days longer, P office hours ICU admissions following elective surgery is common and associated with serious post-operative complications culminating in significantly longer hospital length-of-stays and greater transfers with important patient and health economic implications. © 2017 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

  17. Management of coronary artery disease in patients undergoing elective abdominal aortic aneurysm open repair.

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    Hosokawa, Yusuke; Takano, Hitoshi; Aoki, Asako; Inami, Toru; Ogano, Michio; Kobayashi, Nobuaki; Tanabe, Jun; Yokoyama, Hiroyuki; Kato, Takayoshi; Takagi, Hisato; Umemoto, Takuya; Takayama, Morimasa; Mizuno, Kyoichi

    2008-12-01

    The efficacy of prophylactic coronary revascularization with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery in patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) scheduled for open repair surgery remains controversial. Concomitant coronary artery disease (CAD) with no inducible ischemia can be medically treated in AAA patients undergoing open repair as long as the existence of CAD is recognized. A retrospective analysis of acute and long-term outcomes was performed for 122 patients with AAA who underwent coronary arteriography (CAG) for preoperative evaluation followed by elective open repair. Preoperative CAG revealed no CAD in 54 patients (non-CAD group) and the existence of CAD in 68 patients. Prophylactic PCI or CABG surgery was performed in 16 patients (CAD-PCI/CABG group) with symptomatic angina, ischemia proven by pharmacological stress scintigraphy, or coexistence of reduced cardiac contraction and coronary stenosis in multiple vessels. Medical treatment was administered to 52 patients who had no signs of ischemia (CAD-medical group). During the perioperative period, no cardiac event occurred irrespective of the existence of CAD. The long-term outcomes in the CAD-medical group were equivalent to those in the non-CAD group. In the CAD-PCI/CABG group, the cardiac event-free rate was comparable with that of other groups, although mortality was higher. In patients undergoing AAA open repair, medical treatment for concomitant CAD with no obvious inducible ischemia does not confer unfavorable outcomes. Although prophylactic coronary revascularization possibly prevents future cardiac events, it appears to be necessary in a very limited number of cases. (c) 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Mortality in Medicare patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention with or without antecedent stress testing.

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    Lin, Grace A; Lucas, F Lee; Malenka, David J; Skinner, Jonathan; Redberg, Rita F

    2013-05-01

    Guidelines advise testing for ischemia, such as with stress testing, before elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). However, pre-PCI stress testing is not always done; the implications of this practice are not known. Our objective was to evaluate whether receipt of stress testing before elective PCI predicts mortality. Using claims data from a 20% random sample of Medicare beneficiaries, we identified patients who had elective PCI in 2004 and followed them for a median of 3.4 years (n=23 887). Cox proportional hazards models were used to test the relationship of pre-PCI stress testing to survival. Population-based rates of elective PCI and stress testing were calculated for 306 hospital referral regions and categorized into 4 groups: high stress test/high PCI, low stress test/low PCI, low stress test/high PCI, and high stress/low PCI regions. Cox modeling was used to test whether category of hospital referral regions is related to survival. Patients who underwent pre-PCI stress testing had a 13% lower risk of mortality than those who did not (adjusted hazard ratio, 0.87; 95% confidence interval, 0.81-0.92) after median follow-up of 3.4 years. Patients in low stress test/high PCI regions had a 14% higher risk of mortality than those in high stress test/high PCI regions (adjusted hazard ratio, 1.14; 95% confidence interval, 1.03-1.26). Pre-PCI stress testing is associated with lower mortality in patients undergoing elective PCI. Greater adherence to guidelines with respect to documenting ischemia before elective PCI may result in improved outcomes for patients.

  19. Incidence, Impact, and Risk Factors for 30-Day Wound Complications Following Elective Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery.

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    Lee, Nathan J; Shin, John I; Kothari, Parth; Kim, Jun S; Leven, Dante M; Steinberger, Jeremy; Guzman, Javier Z; Skovrlj, Branko; Caridi, John M; Cho, Samuel K

    2017-08-01

    Case-control study. To determine the incidence, impact, and risk factors for wound complications within 30 days following elective adult spinal deformity surgery. Current Procedural Terminology and International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Edition, diagnosis codes were used to query the database for adults who underwent spinal deformity surgery from 2010 to 2014. Patients were separated into groups of those with and without wound complications. Univariate analysis and multivariate logistic regression were used to analyze the influence of patient factors, operative variables, and clinical characteristics on the incidence of postoperative wound complication. This study was qualified as exempt by the Mount Sinai Hospital Institutional Review Board. A total of 5803 patients met the criteria for this study. Wound complications occurred in 140 patients (2.4%) and were significantly associated with other adverse outcomes, including higher rates of unplanned reoperation (P 4 hours (OR = 1.8; P = .006) were statistically significant risk factors for wound complications. The 30-day incidence of wound complication in adult spinal deformity surgery is 2.4%. The risk factors for wound complication are multifactorial. This data should provide a step toward developing quality improvement measures aimed at reducing complications in high-risk adults.

  20. Prognostic Value of Albuminuria on Cardiovascular Outcomes After Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention.

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    Kunimura, Ayako; Ishii, Hideki; Uetani, Tadayuki; Harada, Ken; Kataoka, Takashi; Takeshita, Masahiro; Harada, Kazuhiro; Okumura, Satoshi; Shinoda, Norihiro; Kato, Bunichi; Kato, Masataka; Suzuki, Susumu; Amano, Tetsuya; Murohara, Toyoaki

    2016-03-01

    Albuminuria is the most widely evaluated marker of kidney damage. Many previous studies have demonstrated an association between the presence of albuminuria and increased cardiovascular events. However, there are limited data regarding the impact of albuminuria in patients requiring coronary revascularization. This study investigated whether the urinary albumin excretion rate could predict cardiovascular events in such a population. We enrolled 698 consecutive patients who underwent elective percutaneous coronary intervention. The baseline urinary albumin-to-creatinine ratio (ACR; mg/gCr) was measured and patients were divided into those with normoalbuminuria (ACR 300 mg/gCr). We collected data on the incidences of cardiac death and/or nonfatal myocardial infarction. We identified 389, 230, and 79 patients with normoalbuminuria, microalbuminuria, and macroalbuminuria, respectively. During follow-up (median: 1,564 days), 41 events occurred. The event-free survival rate was 89% in patients with macroalbuminuria, 92% in those with microalbuminuria, and 97% in those with normoalbuminuria, respectively (log-rank test p = 0.002). After adjustment for conventional risk factors, Cox analysis revealed hazard ratios for cardiac death and/or nonfatal myocardial infarction were 2.56 (95% CI 1.23 to 5.32, p = 0.01) in those with microalbuminuria and 4.02 (95% CI 1.59 to 10.12, p = 0.003) in those with macroalbuminuria compared with those with normoalbuminuria. In conclusion, an elevated urinary albumin excretion rate independently predicted adverse cardiovascular outcomes, with a gradual risk increase that progressed from microalbuminuria to macroalbuminuria in patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. The Early and Late Effects of Calcium Dobesilate on Leg Wound Complications After Saphenous Vein Harvesting for Coronary Revascularization

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    Sevinç Bayer Erdoğan

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The aim of this study was to determine effects of prophylactic use of calcium dobesilate on complications of saphenectomy after saphenous vein harvest for coronary artery bypass graft.Materials and Methods: A total of consequtive 209 patients who underwent elective coronary artery bypass grafting were divided into two groups. Group 1 included 98 patients who received calcium dobesilate 2 x 500 mg for three months. Group 2 had 111 patients who did not recieve calcium dobesilate. Leg wound complications were analyzed in the postoperative first week, first and third month.Results: The difference of diameter in the first and third month, the incidence of sellulitis in the first week and first month, and superficial wound infections in the first week were significantly lower in the group of patients treated with calcium dobesilate.Conclusion: Our study showed that use of calcium dobesilate 2 x 500 mg during three months can decrease complications of saphenectomy after saphenous vein harvest in coronary artery bypass graft.

  2. Mycotic aneurysm of the aorta as an unusual complication of coronary angiography

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    van der Wal, H.; van Geel, P. P.; de Boer, R. A.

    Introduction: Mycotic aneurysm of the aorta is a rare diagnosis with high mortality. Report: Percutaneous coronary intervention was complicated by bacteraemia with Staphylococcus aureus and a mycotic aortic aneurysm, an unusual complication of coronary angiography. Combining CT and PET scan showed a

  3. Interventricular Septal Hematoma and Coronary-Ventricular Fistula: A Complication of Retrograde Chronic Total Occlusion Intervention

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    Abdul-rahman R. Abdel-karim

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Interventricular septal hematoma is a rare complication of retrograde chronic total occlusion (CTO percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI with a typically benign course. Here we report two cases of interventricular septal hematoma and coronary-cameral fistula development after right coronary artery (RCA CTO-PCI using a retrograde approach. Both were complicated by development of ST-segment elevation and chest pain. One case was managed actively and the other conservatively, both with a favorable outcome.

  4. HOMOCYSTEINE-LOWERING THERAPY AND LONG-TERM PROGNOSIS AFTER ELECTIVE PERCUTANEOUS CORONARY INTERVENTION

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    O. O. Shakhmatova

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Vitamins В6 В12 and folic acid (FA therapy to reduce cardiovascular risk appears to be unreasonable. Negative results of recent large-scale trials might be due to high daily doses of the vitamins and widespread FA fortification programmes. Russian population is known to have high prevalence of FA and vitamin B12 deficiency. Aim. To evaluate the effect of FA, B6 and B12 vitamins (in doses approximate to daily maintenance on long-term prognosis after elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI in stable ischemic heart disease patients. Material and methods. 264 patients (213 male, age 58.8±1.0 years after successful PCI were involved into the trial. Patients with clinical signs of the vitamins deficiency were not included. Patients were randomly assigned to receive combination of FA (0.6 mg/day, B12 (10 μg/day, and B6 (4 mg/day vitamins along with the conventional therapy (n=97 or the conventional therapy only (n=167 for 20 months. The groups were comparable in age, gender and prevalence of coronary risk factors. Composite endpoint was defined as cardiovascular death, acute coronary syndrome, stroke or transient is- chemic attack and need for coronary/carotid revascularization. Results. The vitamins prescription to all of the patients did not reduce composite endpoint incidence according to multivariable regression analysis (RR 0,7; 95%CI 0,4-1,4; p=0,3. Subgroup analysis showed significantly lower composite endpoint incidence in patients who received vitamins and had initially low B12 blood level (<260 pg/ml as compared to the control group (RR 0.09; 95%CI 0.01-0.9; p=0.04. Conclusion. Treatment with FA, B and B vitamins improves prognosis after PCI in patients with initially low blood vitamin B level.

  5. Outcome of contemporary acute coronary syndrome complicated by ventricular tachyarrhythmias.

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    Orvin, Katia; Eisen, Alon; Goldenberg, Ilan; Gottlieb, Shmuel; Kornowski, Ran; Matetzky, Shlomi; Golovchiner, Gregory; Kuznietz, Jairo; Gavrielov-Yusim, Natalie; Segev, Amit; Strasberg, Boris; Haim, Moti

    2016-02-01

    To evaluate the incidence and prognostic implications of ventricular tachyarrhythmias (VTAs) complicating acute myocardial infarction (MI). We evaluated 7669 MI patients [ST elevation (n = 3573) and non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome (ACS) (n = 4096)] from the Acute Coronary Syndrome Israeli Survey for the incidence of VTA. Ventricular tachyarrhythmia occurred in 3.8% of patients [2.1% early (≤ 48 h) and 1.7% late (>48 h) VTA]. In-hospital mortality rates were higher for patients with VTA when compared with patients with no VTA (P < 0.001). Consistent with these findings, multivariable analysis demonstrated that early and late VTAs were associated with increased risk of in-hospital death [hazard ratio (HR) = 3.84; 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.77-6.78, P < 0.001, and HR = 8.23; 95% CI 4.84-13.98, P < 0.001, respectively]. In contrast, post-discharge outcomes demonstrated that only late VTA was independently associated with a significant increased risk of 30-day mortality (HR = 5.17; 95% CI 1.54-17.27, P = 0.007) with a trend towards an increased 1-year mortality risk (HR = 1.69; 95% CI 0.79-3.62, P = 0.17). The long-term risk associated with in-hospital VTA was driven by sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT) (HR = 3.28; 95% CI 1.92-5.60, P < 0.001) but not ventricular fibrillation (HR = 1.27; 95% CI 0.65-2.49, P = 0.47). Our findings suggest that in patients with ACS, both early and late VTAs are associated with an increased risk of in-hospital mortality. However, only late VTA, mostly sustained VT, is associated with long-term adverse outcome. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2015. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  6. Impact of minimum contrast media volumes during elective percutaneous coronary intervention for prevention of contrast-induced nephropathy in patients with stable coronary artery disease.

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    Ebisawa, Soichiro; Kurita, Tairo; Tanaka, Nobuyoshi; Nasu, Kenya; Kimura, Masashi; Ito, Tatsuya; Kinoshita, Yoshihisa; Tsuchikane, Etsuo; Terashima, Mitsuyasu; Suzuki, Takahiko

    2016-01-01

    Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is an important complication following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The clinical importance of a minimum contrast media volume (CMV) for PCI to prevent CIN has not been well evaluated. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of minimum CMV to prevent CIN after PCI. In this study, 2052 consecutive patients who underwent elective PCI in our institute were analyzed. We divided patients into two groups according to CMV: a minimum CMV PCI group [CMV ≤50 ml (n = 94)] and a non-minimum CMV PCI group [CMV >50 ml (n = 1958)]. CIN occurred in 160 (7.8 %) patients. The incidence of CIN was significantly lower in the minimum CMV PCI group than in the non-minimum CMV PCI group (2.1 vs. 8.1 %; P = 0.03). According to multivariate analysis, elderly patients and diabetes mellitus patients were at high risk of developing CIN in this study population. When analyzing only high-risk patients, the incidence of CIN was also significantly lower in the minimum CMV group than in the non-minimum CMV group (2.6 vs. 10.3 %; P = 0.03). Minimum CMV PCI could reduce the incidence of CIN, particularly in high-risk patients; as such, defining the minimum CMV clinical cut-off values may be useful for the prevention of CIN.

  7. Adjunctive use of eptifibatide for complication management during elective neuroendovascular procedures.

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    Dumont, Travis M; Kan, Peter; Snyder, Kenneth V; Hopkins, L Nelson; Siddiqui, Adnan H; Levy, Elad I

    2013-05-01

    A rare complication of neuroendovascular procedures is acute thromboembolism. In the setting of intraprocedural or periprocedural embolism, thrombolytics present a potentially useful therapeutic strategy. A series of patients in whom eptifibatide (a platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor inhibitor) was used in the treatment of iatrogenic thromboembolic events occurring during elective neuroendovascular procedures is described. Consecutive cases between May 2009 and July 2011 in which eptifibatide was administered were identified and individually reviewed for inclusion in this study (n=12). All study patients received a uniform, weight based bolus dose of 180 μg/kg of eptifibatide administered either intra-arterially through the guide catheter or intravenously. Eptifibatide infusion (2 μg/kg/min) for 24 h after bolus dose administration was continued at the discretion of the surgeon. Procedural details are described and illustrative cases presented. Three major categories of thromboembolic events were isolated in the course of review of study cases: acute focal neurological decline and no radiographic findings of flow limitation (eight patients), radiographic findings with or without symptoms (two patients) and persistent particulate debris during flow reversal as part of a carotid revascularization procedure (two patients). Following eptifibatide administration, no patient experienced hemorrhagic complications, and neurologic improvement to baseline level was noted in 10 of 12 patients. Eptifibatide may be an effective therapeutic strategy in the event of thromboembolism during elective neuroendovascular procedures.

  8. Spontaneous left main coronary artery dissection complicated by pseudoaneurysm formation in pregnancy: role of CT coronary angiography

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    Weintraub Nealw F

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We report a case of a 26-year-old female, who presented at 34 weeks of an uncomplicated pregnancy with an acute ST elevation anterior wall myocardial infarction. Cardiac catheterization suggested a left main coronary artery dissection with pseudoaneurysm formation. The patient's course was complicated by congestive heart failure. She was initially managed conservatively by a multidisciplinary team including heart failure specialists, obstetricians, and cardiovascular surgeons. 4 days after admission, her LMC was imaged by dual-source 64 slice Cardiac computed tomography, coronary dissection was identified extending to the lumen, and the presence of pseudoaneurysm was confirmed. She underwent subsequently a staged procedure, which included placement of an intra-aortic balloon pump, cesarean section, and coronary artery bypass grafting. This case illustrates the utility of coronary artery CT imaging to assess the complexity and stability of coronary artery dissections, thereby helping to determine the need for, and timing of revascularization procedures.

  9. Malignancy is a risk factor for postoperative infectious complications after elective colorectal resection.

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    Crombe, Thibault; Bot, Jérôme; Messager, Mathieu; Roger, Vianney; Mariette, Christophe; Piessen, Guillaume

    2016-04-01

    Patient and technical factors influencing the postoperative infectious complications (ICs) after elective colorectal resections are satisfactorily described. However, the underlying disease-related factors have not been extensively evaluated. This study aimed to measure the effect of malignancy on postoperative surgical site and extra surgical site infections after elective colorectal resection. This study is a bicentric retrospective matched pair study of prospectively gathered data. Between 2004 and 2013, 1104 consecutive patients underwent colorectal resection in two centers. Patients undergoing elective resection with supraperitoneal anastomosis for benign diseases (excluding inflammatory bowel disease) (group B, n = 305) were matched to randomly selected patients with malignancy (group M, n = 305). The matching variables were age, gender, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) score, malnutrition, type of resection, and surgical approach. We compared the 30-day IC rates between patients with benign diseases (group B) and malignancy (group M). Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to identify the risk factors for ICs. Group M had a higher overall rate of IC (25.6 vs 16.1 %, P = 0.004) as well as a higher risk of extra surgical site infections (P = 0.007) and anastomotic leakage (P = 0.039). The independent risk factors for ICs were malignancy (odds ratio (OR) = 2.02; P = 0.002), age ≥70 years (OR = 1.73, P = 0.018), tobacco history (OR = 1.87; P = 0.030), and obesity (OR = 1.68; P = 0.039). Malignancy, age, tobacco history, and obesity increase the risk of ICs after colorectal resection. Improvement of the modifiable risk factors, increased compliance with an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program in the overall population, and optimization of immune function in patients with malignancy should be considered.

  10. In vivo delamination of coronary guidewire polytetrafluoroethylene layer - A dreaded complication.

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    Gupta, Anshul Kumar; Basappa, Harsha; Sadananda, K S; Manjunath, C N

    2016-01-01

    Coronary guidewires are coated with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) layer to decrease resistance and enhance trackability. Delamination and embolization of PTFE material can be detrimental during percutaneous coronary interventions. We report an occurrence of such delamination and discuss the implications and possible mechanism of this dreaded complication. Copyright © 2015 Cardiological Society of India. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Clinical and Laboratory Predictors of Major Adverse Cardiac Events in Patients with Ischemic Heart Disease Following Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

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    E. Z. Golukhova

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Despite recent advances in stent design and constantly improving protective pharmacological strategies, complications and adverse events following percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI are still major factors influencing morbidity and mortality. Therefore, predicting secondary vascular occlusions represents an unmet medical need.Aim. To triage clinical and laboratory predictors of major adverse clinical events (MACE following coronary stenting.Material and methods. This was a prospective, case-controlled, single-center study, which included 94 consecutive patients with documented ischemic heart disease (IHD who underwent PCI with drug-eluting stent implantation. All patients received dual antiplatelet therapy with acetyl salicylic acid and clopidogrel. Numerous clinical characteristics and laboratory biomarkers were assessed before stenting, as well as CYP2C19 genotyping after patient’s discharge and were correlated with poststenting MACE over the mean follow-up of 28 months. MACE included death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, target vessel revascularisation, stroke, stent thrombosis, angina recurrence and in-stent restenosis.Results. Twenty-three patients experienced MACE. According to univariate regression analysis we found following MACE predictors after PCI: diabetes mellitus (p=0.049, P2Y12 Reaction Units (PRU according to VerifyNow® (p=0.01, number of stented arteries more than 2 (p=0.01, number of implanted stents more than 2 (p=0.01, baseline levels of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1 (p=0.03 and von Willebrand activity (vWF (p=0.01. Using multivariate analysis we demonstrated that concomitant diabetes mellitus, PRU ≥202, PAI-1 level ≥75.95 ng/ml, von Willebrand factor activity ≥155.15% are independent predictors of adverse cardiac events after PCI in stable IHD patients. Other clinical characteristics and laboratory indices, including CYP2C19*2 carriage, showed no significant impact on outcomes

  12. Cost of elective percutaneous coronary intervention in Malaysia: a multicentre cross-sectional costing study.

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    Lee, Kun Yun; Ong, Tiong Kiam; Low, Ee Vien; Liow, Siow Yen; Anchah, Lawrence; Hamzah, Syuhada; Liew, Houng Bang; Ali, Rosli Mohd; Ismail, Omar; Ahmad, Wan Azman Wan; Said, Mas Ayu; Dahlui, Maznah

    2017-05-28

    Limitations in the quality and access of cost data from low-income and middle-income countries constrain the implementation of economic evaluations. With the increasing prevalence of coronary artery disease in Malaysia, cost information is vital for cardiac service expansion. We aim to calculate the hospitalisation cost of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), using a data collection method customised to local setting of limited data availability. This is a cross-sectional costing study from the perspective of healthcare providers, using top-down approach, from January to June 2014. Cost items under each unit of analysis involved in the provision of PCI service were identified, valuated and calculated to produce unit cost estimates. Five public cardiac centres participated. All the centres provide full-fledged cardiology services. They are also the tertiary referral centres of their respective regions. The cost was calculated for elective PCI procedure in each centre. PCI conducted for urgent/emergent indication or for patients with shock and haemodynamic instability were excluded. The outcome measures of interest were the unit costs at the two units of analysis, namely cardiac ward admission and cardiac catheterisation utilisation, which made up the total hospitalisation cost. The average hospitalisation cost ranged between RM11 471 (US$3186) and RM14 465 (US$4018). PCI consumables were the dominant cost item at all centres. The centre with daycare establishment recorded the lowest admission cost and total hospitalisation cost. Comprehensive results from all centres enable comparison at the levels of cost items, unit of analysis and total costs. This generates important information on cost variations between centres, thus providing valuable guidance for service planning. Alternative procurement practices for PCI consumables may deliver cost reduction. For countries with limited data availability, costing method tailored based on country setting can be used for

  13. Successful repair for a giant coronary artery aneurysm with coronary arteriovenous fistula complicated by both right- and left-sided infective endocarditis.

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    Umezu, Kentaro; Hanayama, Naoji; Toyama, Akihiko; Hobo, Kyoko; Takazawa, Arifumi

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    We report a rare case of a 65-year-old woman who underwent an emergent lifesaving heart operation for an undiagnosed right coronary artery aneurysm with a coronary arteriovenous fistula complicated by active infective endocarditis, which affected the aortic valve, mitral valve, and coronary sinus. We performed direct closure of the coronary arteriovenous fistula, ligation of the right coronary artery aneurysm, double coronary artery bypass grafting, and double valvular replacement. Five years after the operation, she had no sign of congestive heart failure or infection, and was not receiving antibiotics.

  14. Myocardial protection during elective coronary artery bypasses grafting by pretreatment with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids

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    Veljović Milić

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Despite recent advances in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG, cardioplegic cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB are still associated with myocardial injury. Accordingly, the efforts have been made lately to improve the outcome of CPB by glucose-insulinpotassium, adenosine, Ca2+-channel antagonists, L-arginine, N-acetylcysteine, coenzyme Q10, diazoxide, Na+/H+ exchange inhibitors, but with an unequal results. Since omega-3 polyunsatutated fatty acids (PUFAs have shown remarkable cardioprotection in preclinical researches, the aim of our study was to check their effects in prevention of ischemia reperfusion injury in patients with CPB. Methods. This prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled study was performed with parallel groups. The patients undergoing elective CABG were randomized to receive preoperative intravenous omega-3 PUFAs infusion (n = 20 or the same volume of 0.9% saline solution infusion (n = 20. Blood samples were collected simultaneously from the radial artery and the coronary sinus before starting CPB and at 10, 20 and 30 min after the release of the aortic cross clamp. Lactate extraction/excretion and myocardial oxygen extraction were calculated and compared between the two groups. The levels of troponin I (TnT and creatine kinase-myocardial band (CK-MB were determined before starting CPB and 4 and 24 h postoperatively. Results. Demographic and operative characteristics, including CPB and aortic cross-clamp time, were similar between the two groups of patients. The level of lactate extraction 10 and 20 min after aortic cross-clamp time has shown negative values in the control group, but positive values in the PUFAs group with statistically significant differences (-19.6% vs 7.9%; p < 0.0001 and -19.9% vs 8.2%; p < 0.0008, respectively. The level of lactate extraction 30 minutes after reperfusion was not statistically different between the two groups (6.9% vs 4.2%; p < 0.54. Oxygen extraction in the

  15. Hybrid approach to the management of infective endocarditis complicated by coronary artery embolism: a case report.

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    Fiedler, Amy G; Schutt, Robert C; Greenhouse, David; Stone, James; Sundt, Thoralf M; Sakhuja, Rahul

    2017-06-01

    Septic coronary embolization in a patient with endocarditis is a rare and can be a devastating complication. The management of this clinical problem in the current era may be best served with a multi-modality approach. We present an interesting case of a patient with septic coronary embolization managed with the combined use of aspiration thrombectomy followed by surgical management of the infected valve.

  16. Superior epigastric artery pseudoaneurysm- a rare complication of chest drain insertion in coronary artery bypass grafting

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    Ward Nick

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Although chest drain insertion during coronary artery bypass grafting is a fairly standard procedure, however it may result in extremely rare complications. Case presentation This is the first case being reported that demonstrates a pseudoaneurysm of superior epigastric artery resulting from chest drain insertion following coronary artery bypass grafting. Conclusion Adequate caution should be used along with good understanding of the anatomical landmarks during apparently simple and standard operative procedures.

  17. Characteristics of Coronary Lesions in Small Vessel Disease Treated with Elective Stenting in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

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    Cordunean Alina

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    Full Text Available Background: The incidence of diabetes mellitus (DM has suffered a dramatic increase and is a serious worldwide issue. Diabetes causes microvascular and macrovascular complications including coronary artery disease (CAD that ultimately contributes to a high rate of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

  18. The role of levosimendan in acute heart failure complicating acute coronary syndrome

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    Nieminen, Markku S; Buerke, M.; Cohen-Solal, A.

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    defined as exclusion criteria in trials and registries. As a consequence, guideline recommendations are mostly driven by observational studies, even though these patients have a particularly poor prognosis compared to heart failure patients without signs of coronary artery disease. In acute heart failure......Acute heart failure and/or cardiogenic shock are frequently triggered by ischemic coronary events. Yet, there is a paucity of randomized data on the management of patients with heart failure complicating acute coronary syndrome, as acute coronary syndrome and cardiogenic shock have frequently been...... are generally less common than with other inotropic and vasoactive therapies, with the notable exception of hypotension. The decision to use levosimendan, in terms of timing and dosing, is influenced by the presence of pulmonary congestion, and blood pressure measurements. Levosimendan should be preferred over...

  19. Major femoral vascular access complications after coronary diagnostic and interventional procedures: A Danish register study.

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    Dencker, Ditte; Pedersen, Frants; Engstrøm, Thomas; Køber, Lars; Højberg, Søren; Nielsen, Michael B; Schroeder, Torben V; Lönn, Lars

    2016-01-01

    Vascular access complications after coronary angiography (CAG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) are known to increase morbidity, prolong hospitalization and raise hospital costs. Therefore, risk factor identification and improvement of safety strategies for vascular management are important. We aimed to assess the incidence of major vascular complications related to femoral access, and to identify potential risk factors. Over a period of six years, 23,870 index procedures (CAG) were performed in two centres, prospectively entered in the database and retrospectively analysed. Data was obtained from the Eastern Danish Heart Registry and cross-matched with data from the Danish Vascular Registry. Index procedures were defined as the first trans-femoral procedure. Demographic, procedural and mortality data, as well as information on access complications requiring surgery within 30 days were collected. Mortality data were collected for minimum 12 months. We identified 130 (0.54%) access complications requiring surgery; 65 pseudoaneurysms (0.28%), 46 arterial occlusions (0.19%), 15 hematomas (nine groin and six retroperitoneal hematomas) (0.06%), and 4 arterial dissections (0.02%). Risk factors for complications were left sided femoral access (OR 4.11 [2.29-7.37] pVascular complications related to femoral access in coronary diagnostic and interventional procedures are low (0.54%). Risk factors were left sided access, PAD, and female sex. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Coronary artery bypass grafting-related bleeding complications in patients treated with dual antiplatelet treatment.

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    Tomsic, A.; Schotborgh, M.A.; Manshanden, J.S.; Li, W.W.L.; Mol, B.A. de

    2016-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the relationship between the timing of either ticagrelor or clopidogrel discontinuation and bleeding-related complications in patients undergoing isolated on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). METHODS: Between January 2012 and December 2014, 705 consecutive patients

  1. Impact of surgical approach on complication rates after elective spinal fusion (≥3 levels) for adult spine deformity.

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    Elsamadicy, Aladine A; Adogwa, Owoicho; Behrens, Shay; Sergesketter, Amanda; Chen, Angel; Mehta, Ankit I; Vasquez, Raul A; Cheng, Joseph; Bagley, Carlos A; Karikari, Isaac O

    2017-03-01

    While there are variations in techniques and surgical approaches to spinal fusion, there is not a defined consensus on a recommended surgical approach. The aim of this study is to determine if there was a difference in intra- and post-operative complication rates between different surgical approaches after elective spinal fusion (≥3 levels) for adult spine deformity. The medical records of 443 adult spine deformity patients undergoing elective spinal fusion (≥3) at a major academic institution from 2005 to 2015 were reviewed. We identified 96 (21.7%) anterior only, 225 (50.8%) posterior only, and 122 (27.5%) combined anterior/posterior approaches taken for spinal fusion (anterior: n=96; posterior: n=225). Patient demographics, comorbidities, anatomical location, and complication rates were collected for each patient. The primary outcome investigated in this study was the rate of intra- and post-operative complications. Patient demographics and comorbidities were similar between all groups. The posterior approach had significantly higher EBL (Pspinal fusion may lead to a higher incidence of complications compared to anterior or combined anterior/posterior approaches.

  2. Arteriovenous fistula as a complication of transradial coronary angiography: a case report

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    Dehghani Payam

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Iatrogenic arteriovenous fistula is a vascular condition that may result from coronary angiography. Many case reports have described arteriovenous fistula occurrence after coronary angiography using the transfemoral access route, but rarely as a complication of using the transradial approach. We report a rare case of a patient with arteriovenous fistula following transradial artery coronary angiography. Case presentation A 62-year-old Caucasian man underwent emergent coronary angiography using the right radial artery approach. One month after angiography, he discovered a turbulent sound near the access site. A right radial arteriovenous fistula was found upon duplex ultrasound investigation. The patient was treated conservatively. At 1-year follow-up, the arteriovenous fistula was unchanged and the patient remained hemodynamically stable and asymptomatic. Conclusion Iatrogenic arteriovenous fistula is a rare vascular complication of transradial artery coronary angiography. The natural history of arteriovenous fistula is benign and is thought to resolve spontaneously; therefore, a conservative approach, as opposed to surgical ligation, is recommended as the first-line treatment.

  3. Arteriovenous fistula as a complication of transradial coronary angiography: a case report.

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    Dehghani, Payam; Culig, Jennifer; Patel, Darshan; Kraushaar, Greg; Schulte, Paul

    2013-01-14

    Iatrogenic arteriovenous fistula is a vascular condition that may result from coronary angiography. Many case reports have described arteriovenous fistula occurrence after coronary angiography using the transfemoral access route, but rarely as a complication of using the transradial approach. We report a rare case of a patient with arteriovenous fistula following transradial artery coronary angiography. A 62-year-old Caucasian man underwent emergent coronary angiography using the right radial artery approach. One month after angiography, he discovered a turbulent sound near the access site. A right radial arteriovenous fistula was found upon duplex ultrasound investigation. The patient was treated conservatively. At 1-year follow-up, the arteriovenous fistula was unchanged and the patient remained hemodynamically stable and asymptomatic. Iatrogenic arteriovenous fistula is a rare vascular complication of transradial artery coronary angiography. The natural history of arteriovenous fistula is benign and is thought to resolve spontaneously; therefore, a conservative approach, as opposed to surgical ligation, is recommended as the first-line treatment.

  4. Cardiac tamponade related to a coronary injury by a pericardial calcification: an unusual complication

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    Cypierre Anne

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cardiac tamponade is a rare but severe complication of pericardial effusion with a poor prognosis. Prompt diagnosis using transthoracic echocardiography allows guiding initial therapeutic management. Although etiologies are numerous, cardiac tamponade is more often due to a hemopericardium. Rarely, a coronary injury may result in such a hemopericardium with cardiac tamponade. Coronary artery aneurysm are the main etiologies but blunt, open chest trauma or complication of endovascular procedures have also been described. Case presentation A 83-year-old hypertensive man presented for dizziness and hypotension. The patient had oliguria and mottled skin. Transthoracic echocardiography disclosed a circumferential pericardial effusion with a compressed right atrium, confirmed by contrast-enhanced thoracic CT scan. A pig-tail catheter allowed to withdraw 500 mL of blood, resulting in a transient improvement of hemodynamics. Rapidly, recurrent hypotension prompted a reoperation. An active bleeding was identified at the level of the retroventricular coronary artery. The pericardium was thickened with several "sharping" calcified plaques in the vicinity of the bleeding areas. On day 2, vasopressors were stopped and the patient was successfully extubated. Final diagnosis was a spontaneous cardiac tamponade secondary to a coronary artery injury attributed to a "sharping"calcified pericardial plaque. Conclusion Cardiac tamponade secondary to the development of a hemopericardium may develop as the result of a myocardial and coronary artery injury induced by a calcified pericardial plaque.

  5. Major femoral vascular access complications after coronary diagnostic and interventional procedures

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    Dencker, Ditte; Pedersen, Frants; Engstrøm, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Vascular access complications after coronary angiography (CAG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) are known to increase morbidity, prolong hospitalization and raise hospital costs. Therefore, risk factor identification and improvement of safety strategies for vascular...... management are important. We aimed to assess the incidence of major vascular complications related to femoral access, and to identify potential risk factors. METHODS: Over a period of six years, 23,870 index procedures (CAG) were performed in two centres, prospectively entered in the database...... and retrospectively analysed. Data was obtained from the Eastern Danish Heart Registry and cross-matched with data from the Danish Vascular Registry. Index procedures were defined as the first trans-femoral procedure. Demographic, procedural and mortality data, as well as information on access complications requiring...

  6. Aspirin reload before elective percutaneous coronary intervention: impact on serum thromboxane b2 and myocardial reperfusion indexes.

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    Basili, Stefania; Tanzilli, Gaetano; Raparelli, Valeria; Calvieri, Camilla; Pignatelli, Pasquale; Carnevale, Roberto; Dominici, Marcello; Placanica, Attilio; Arrivi, Alessio; Farcomeni, Alessio; Barillà, Francesco; Mangieri, Enrico; Violi, Francesco

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    Microvascular obstruction seems to predict poor outcome in patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), but the underlying mechanism is still unclear. We analyzed whether serum thromboxane B2, a stable metabolite of thromboxane A2, may be implicated in post-PCI microvascular obstruction. We enrolled 91 patients (74 males, 66±10 years) on chronic low-dose aspirin therapy (aspirin, 100 mg daily) scheduled for elective PCI and randomly assigned to receive aspirin reload (325 mg orally, n=46) or no reload (control group, n=45) ≥1 hour before elective PCI. Serum levels of thromboxane B2, reperfusion indexes (corrected Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction frame count and myocardial blush grade), and serum cardiac troponin I were assessed before and after PCI. Serum thromboxane B2 significantly increased after 120 minutes (P=0.0447) from PCI in control but not in aspirin reload group. After PCI, both groups showed a statistically significant reduction in corrected Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction frame count more evident in aspirin reload group (P=0.0023). Moreover, after PCI, 61% of patients allocated to aspirin reload and only 32% of patients allocated to control group reached normal microcirculatory reperfusion (myocardial blush grade=3); patients with myocardial blush grade=3 exhibited lower values of serum thromboxane B2 compared with those with myocardial blush grade aspirin reload group. In addition, left ventricular ejection fraction significantly increased after PCI only in the aspirin reload group (P=0.0005). Aspirin loading dose before elective PCI improves myocardial reperfusion and injury indexes, suggesting a possible role of platelet thromboxane A2 in microvascular occlusion. http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT01374698. © 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.

  7. Influence of a Shorter Duration of Post-Operative Antibiotic Prophylaxis on Infectious Complications in Patients Undergoing Elective Liver Resection.

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    Sakoda, Masahiko; Iino, Satoshi; Mataki, Yuko; Kawasaki, Yota; Kurahara, Hiroshi; Maemura, Kosei; Ueno, Shinichi; Natsugoe, Shoji

    Antibiotic prophylaxis has been recommended to reduce post-operative infectious complications. Discontinuation of post-operative antibiotic administration within 24 hours of operation is currently recommended. Many surgeons, however, conventionally tend to extend the duration of prophylactic antibiotic use. In this study, we performed a retrospective analysis to assess the efficacy of extended post-operative antibiotic use in patients who underwent elective liver resection. A total of 208 consecutive patients who underwent liver resection without biliary reconstruction were investigated. Patients were divided into two groups according to the duration of post-operative antibiotic use: Only once after the operation (the post-operative day [POD] 0 group) and until three days after the operation (the POD 3 group). Post-operative complications in the two groups were analyzed and compared. Incisional surgical site infections (SSIs) were observed in 5% of the POD 0 group and 3% of the POD 3 group (p = 0.517). Organ/space SSIs were observed in 2% of the POD 0 group and 3% of the POD 3 group (p = 0.694). Overall infectious complications including SSIs and remote site infections were observed in 12% of the POD 0 group and 11% of the POD 3 group. Multi-variable analyses revealed that the short-term post-operative antibiotic regimen did not confer additional risk for infectious complications. In elective liver resection, the administration of prophylactic antibiotics on the operative day alone appears to be sufficient, because no additional benefit in the incidence of post-operative infectious complications was conferred on patients given antibiotic agents for three days.

  8. RESISTANCE TO ANTIPLATELET DRUGS (ASPIRIN, CLOPIDOGREL IN PATIENTS UNDERGOING ELECTIVE PERCUTANEOUS CORONARY INTERVENTION

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    V. A. Sulimov

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    Full Text Available Aim. To study prevalence of resistance to acetylsalicylic acid, clopidogrel and dual resistance in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI, to identify clinical risk factors of resistance development, to study effects of concomitant therapy on resistance development, to identify relationship between risk of cardiovascular complications and activity of platelet aggregation, to assess safety of dual antiplatelet therapy , and to suggest possible ways to overcome clopidogrel resistance. Material and Methods. Patients (n=100 with stable angina class II-IV, that were planned for PCI, were included in the study. Patients randomized to group A (n=53 received clopidogrel 75 mg daily for 7 days before PCI, and later were allocated to subgroups of clopidogrel sensitive or resistant depending on platelet aggregation. In resistant subgroup clopidogrel daily dose was increased to 150 mg for the whole next period of observation. Patients randomized to group B (n=47 received a loading dose of clopidogrel 300 mg one day before PCI. Depending on the results of platelet reactivity assessment, patients were split into sensitive or resistant subgroups. Patients of resistant subgroup received the second loading dose of clopidogrel 300 mg before PCI and started to take clopidogrel 150 mg daily after PCI. Patients of sensitive subgroup did not receive the second clopidogrel loading dose and started to take clopidogrel in usual daily dose of 75 mg. The combined endpoint (after 6 and 12 months included cardiovascular death, recurrent nonfatal myocardial infarction, recurrent angina, acute ischemic stroke, acute impairment of peripheral circulation. Results. Increased reactivity of platelets to acetylsalicylic acid was detected in 21% of patients. Resistance to clopidogrel in both groups was 56%. Double resistance was registered in 8% of patients. The development of resistance to clopidogrel was related with obesity (p=0.014 and hyperglycemia (p=0.017. 4 and 11

  9. RESISTANCE TO ANTIPLATELET DRUGS (ASPIRIN, CLOPIDOGREL IN PATIENTS UNDERGOING ELECTIVE PERCUTANEOUS CORONARY INTERVENTION

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    V. A. Sulimov

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    Full Text Available Aim. To study prevalence of resistance to acetylsalicylic acid, clopidogrel and dual resistance in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI, to identify clinical risk factors of resistance development, to study effects of concomitant therapy on resistance development, to identify relationship between risk of cardiovascular complications and activity of platelet aggregation, to assess safety of dual antiplatelet therapy , and to suggest possible ways to overcome clopidogrel resistance. Material and Methods. Patients (n=100 with stable angina class II-IV, that were planned for PCI, were included in the study. Patients randomized to group A (n=53 received clopidogrel 75 mg daily for 7 days before PCI, and later were allocated to subgroups of clopidogrel sensitive or resistant depending on platelet aggregation. In resistant subgroup clopidogrel daily dose was increased to 150 mg for the whole next period of observation. Patients randomized to group B (n=47 received a loading dose of clopidogrel 300 mg one day before PCI. Depending on the results of platelet reactivity assessment, patients were split into sensitive or resistant subgroups. Patients of resistant subgroup received the second loading dose of clopidogrel 300 mg before PCI and started to take clopidogrel 150 mg daily after PCI. Patients of sensitive subgroup did not receive the second clopidogrel loading dose and started to take clopidogrel in usual daily dose of 75 mg. The combined endpoint (after 6 and 12 months included cardiovascular death, recurrent nonfatal myocardial infarction, recurrent angina, acute ischemic stroke, acute impairment of peripheral circulation. Results. Increased reactivity of platelets to acetylsalicylic acid was detected in 21% of patients. Resistance to clopidogrel in both groups was 56%. Double resistance was registered in 8% of patients. The development of resistance to clopidogrel was related with obesity (p=0.014 and hyperglycemia (p=0.017. 4 and 11

  10. Compare Complication of Classic versus Patent Hemostasis in Transradial Coronary Angiography

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    Farshad Roghani; Mohammad Nasim Tajik; Alireza Khosravi

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    Background: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is multifactorial disease, in which thrombotic occlusion and calcification occur usually. New strategies have been made for diagnosis and treatment of CAD, such as transradial catheterization. Hemostasis could be done in two approaches: traditional and patent. Our aim is to find the best approach with lowest complication. Materials and Methods: In a comparative study, 120 patients were recruited and divided randomly into two subgroups, including tradi...

  11. Off-pump versus on-pump coronary artery bypass procedures:postoperative renal complications in an Asian population

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    S Loganathan; Nieh, C C; Emmert, M Y; Woitek, F; Martinez, E C; Muecke, S; Lee, C.N.; Kofidis, T

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    INTRODUCTION: Diabetes and habitual smoking cause advanced coronary artery disease (CAD) in Asian patients at a younger age. No definite data exist as to whether off-pump (OPCAB) is better than conventional on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CCAB) in terms of postoperative renal complications. Thus, we aimed to compare the renal outcomes of on-pump and off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) on our patients, which constituted a predominantly Asian population. MATERIALS AND METHO...

  12. Temporal spectrum of ischemic complications with percutaneous coronary intervention: the ESPRIT experience.

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    Cantor, Warren J; Tcheng, James E; Blankenship, James C; O'Shea, J Conor; Pieper, Karen S; Criger, Douglas A; Madan, Mina; Ducas, John; Sheldon, William S; Tannenbaum, Mark A; Smith, Jack E; Kitt, Michael M; Gilchrist, Ian C

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    We determined the timing of ischemic complications within 30 days after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients enrolled in the Enhanced Suppression of the Platelet IIb/IIIa Receptor with Integrilin Therapy (ESPRIT) trial. Complications (death, myocardial infarction [MI], target vessel revascularization) occurred in 178 of 2064 patients (8.6%) within 30 days. More than 85% of complications occurred within the 24 hours following randomization, with the greatest risk hazard at 12-18 hours. Unexpectedly, 31% of patients who ultimately met criteria for an endpoint MI within 24 hours of PCI had completely normal CK-MB concentrations at the first 6-hour measurement. There was no rebound increase in events after cessation of eptifibatide. Treatment benefit persisted to 30 days. Post-procedural MI is often not detected until greater than or equal to 12 hours after PCI. Treatment with a glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor is the only modifiable parameter that reduces the risk for early ischemic complications.

  13. Long-Term Prognosis for Patients with Kawasaki Disease Complicated by Large Coronary Aneurysm (diameter ≥6 mm)

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    Bang, Ji Seok; Kwon, Bo Sang; Song, Mi Kyung; An, Hyo Soon; Song, Young Whan; Bae, Eun Jung; Noh, Chung Il

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    Background and Objectives Some patients with Kawasaki disease (KD) develop large coronary aneurysms and subsequent coronary stenosis or obstruction, leading to ischemic heart disease. This study examined the long-term outcomes of patients with KD complicated by large coronary aneurysms. Subjects and Methods The medical records of 71 patients (53 men and 18 women) diagnosed with large coronary aneurysms (diameter ≥6 mm) between December 1986 and December 2013 were retrospectively reviewed from our institutional database. Results The mean age at onset was 4.6±3.3 years, and the mean follow-up duration was 12.5±6.9 years. Maximum coronary artery internal diameter ranged from 6.1 to 25 mm. Giant coronary aneurysms occurred in 48 patients and coronary aneurysms 6-8 mm in diameter developed in 23 patients. Coronary stenosis and/or complete occlusion occurred in 30 patients (42.3%). Catheter and/or surgical interventions (mean: 1.5 interventions, range: 1-5 interventions) were performed in 20 patients (28.2%), 9 months to 18 years after KD onset, resulting in 33.7% cumulative coronary intervention rates at 20 years after onset. There were no differences in cumulative coronary intervention rates between two coronary aneurysm groups (6-8 mm vs. ≥8 mm). Myocardial infarction occurred in 7 patients with a giant aneurysm and there was one death. Conclusions Long-term survival of patients with KD complicated by large coronary aneurysm was good even though 28.2% of patients underwent multiple catheter or surgical interventions. Careful follow-up is also necessary in KD patients with coronary aneurysms 6-8 mm in diameter, such as those with giant aneurysms. PMID:28765744

  14. A child with Epstein-Barr Virus-associated hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis complicated by coronary artery lesion mimicking Kawasaki disease.

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    Kato, Shogo; Yoshimura, Ken; Tanabe, Yuko; Kimata, Takahisa; Noda, Yukihiro; Kawasaki, Hirohide; Kaneko, Kazunari

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    There is considerable overlap between hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) and Kawasaki disease (KD) in terms of aberrant immune response though the etiology of KD remains unknown. We present a case fulfilling the criteria of both HLH and KD complicated by coronary artery dilatation: HLH was confirmed to be triggered by Epstein-Barr virus. This case alarms us the possibility that even patients with HLH may be complicated by coronary artery lesion, which is one of the hallmarks of KD. We would like to draw attention that if features of KD become apparent in patients with HLH, echocardiographic examinations should be performed not to miss coronary artery lesion.

  15. The Effect of Post Coronary Angiography Bed-Rest Time on Vascular Complications

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    Zahra Atrkar Roshan

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    Full Text Available Background: Coronary angiography is frequently applied for diagnostic purposes in patients with coronary artery disease. Be that as it may, there is still no consensus about the optimal time for the ambulation of patients following femoral arterial puncture. We sought to compare 6 hours of complete bed rest and 2 hours of complete bed rest in patients after angiography. Methods: This randomized quasi–experimental study was performed in 120 patients candidated for coronary angiography. The patients were divided into experimental and control groups randomly. Primarily demographic data were obtained from both groups before intervention was carried out for them. The arterial sheath was removed immediately after the procedure. Hemostasis was achieved by manual compression and maintained with sandbags. Early ambulation was attempted after two hours of supine bed rest following sheath removal. The incidence of bleeding and insertion site complications was documented at 24 hours and subsequently at 30 days post-procedure. Results: Our findings were indicative of no significant difference between the two groups in terms of gender, age, body mass index, catheter size, total procedure duration, total hemostasis time, history of anticoagulant drug use, and coagulation tests before angiography. Pre-ambulation bleeding occurred in 2 patients in each of the two groups. Post-ambulation bleeding occurred in 2 patients in the control group and 1 in the experimental group. Whereas there was no incidence of large pre-ambulation hematoma in the control group, there was one case in the experimental group. There was no case of post-ambulation hematoma, however, in either group, and nor was there any late bleeding or vascular complication. Conclusion: Ambulation 2 hours after angiography via the femoral site is feasible and safe with the same incidence of insertion site complication as that of 6 hours of bed rest. Therefore, an early ambulation protocol can shorten

  16. Changes in Heart Rate Variability Parameters after Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention.

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    Abrootan, Saeed; Yazdankhah, Saeed; Payami, Babak; Alasti, Mohammad

    2015-04-03

    Patients with chronic stable angina often have a state of sympathetic hyperactivity. It is considered associated with myocardial ischemia and disappears after ischemia elimination. The aim of this study was to investigate the changes in heart rate variability parameters, a noninvasive technique for the evaluation of the autonomic nervous system activity, after successful revascularization in these patients to evaluate this theory. The patients were enrolled among those who underwent successful percutaneous coronary intervention. Short-term heart rate variability analyses of all the patients were obtained, and time-domain indices (standard deviation of normal-to-normal intervals [SDNN], standard deviation of differences of successive R-R intervals [SDSD], root-mean square differences of successive R-R intervals [rMSSD], percentage of R-R intervals differing > 10 ms from the preceding one [PNN10], percentage of R-R intervals differing > 20 ms from the preceding one [PNN20], percentage of R-R intervals differing > 30 ms from the preceding one [PNN30], percentage of R-R intervals differing > 40 ms from the preceding one [PNN40], percentage of R-R intervals differing > 50 ms from the preceding one [PNN50], percentage of R-R intervals differing > 60 ms from the preceding one [PNN60], and percentage of R-R intervals differing > 70 ms from the preceding one [PNN70]) were analyzed. All the measurements were made before and after percutaneous coronary intervention. This study included 64 patients, comprising 27 men and 37 women at a mean age of 56.8 ± 9.1 years. There was a significant difference only between pre- and post-revascularization SDNN (27.5 ± 19.72 vs. 41 ± 41.4; p value = 0.013). The other parameters showed no significant differences after successful coronary intervention. Conclusion : Our data indicate that the increase in SDNN in patients with stable angina pectoris undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention seems to be prominent.

  17. Changes in Heart Rate Variability Parameters after Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

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    Saeed Abrootan

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: Patients with chronic stable angina often have a state of sympathetic hyperactivity. It is considered associated with myocardial ischemia and disappears after ischemia elimination. The aim of this study was to investigate the changes in heart rate variability parameters, a noninvasive technique for the evaluation of the autonomic nervous system activity, after successful revascularization in these patients to evaluate this theory.Methods: The patients were enrolled among those who underwent successful percutaneous coronary intervention. Short- term heart rate variability analyses of all the patients were obtained, and time-domain indices (standard deviation of normal- to-normal intervals [SDNN], standard deviation of differences of successive R-R intervals [SDSD], root-mean square differences of successive R-R intervals [rMSSD], percentage of R-R intervals differing > 10 ms from the preceding one [PNN10 percentage of R-R intervals differing > 20 ms from the preceding one [PNN20],percentage of R-R intervals differing > 30 ms from the preceding one [PNN30]percentage of R-R intervals differing > 40 ms from the preceding one [PNN40],percentage of R-R intervals differing > 50 ms from the preceding one [PNN50percentage of R-R intervals differing > 60 msfrom the preceding one [PNN60 percentage of R-R intervals differing > 70 ms from the preceding one [PNN70]were analyzed. All the measurements were made before and after percutaneous coronary intervention.Results: This study included 64 patients, comprising 27 men and 37 women at a mean age of 56.8 ± 9.1 years. There was a significant difference only between pre- and post-revascularization SDNN (27.5 ± 19.72 vs. 41 ± 41.4; p value = 0.013. The other parameters showed no significant differences after successful coronary intervention.Conclusion: Our data indicate that the increase in SDNN in patients with stable angina pectoris undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention seems to be

  18. A rare instructive complication of balloon catheter fracture during percutaneous coronary intervention.

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    Nomura, Tetsuya; Higuchi, Yusuke; Kato, Taku; Keira, Natsuya; Tatsumi, Tetsuya

    2016-01-01

    The entrapment, fracture, and dislodgement of catheterization devices during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) are rare complications, for which cardiac surgery is sometimes required. Here, we encountered a rare but instructive case of balloon catheter fracture during PCI. Although there have been some reports of guidewire fracture in PCI, reports on balloon catheter fracture are very rare to our knowledge. A simulation test to examine the mechanism of balloon catheter fracture revealed that overuse of the balloon catheter, both for kissing balloon inflation and balloon anchor, was highly likely to have been the cause of the fracture.

  19. Sudden onset congestive heart failure with a continuous murmur: ruptured sinus of Valsalva aneurysm complicated by anomalous origin of the left coronary artery.

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    Seto, Arnold H; Hermer, Alan; Kern, Morton

    2008-01-01

    Ruptured sinus of Valsalva aneurysm is an unusual cause for congestive heart failure, and anomalous coronary arteries have rarely been found in association. A 47-year-old man developed sudden onset heart failure due to a ruptured noncoronary sinus of Valsalva fistula to the right atrium. Coronary angiography revealed an anomalous left coronary artery arising from the right coronary sinus, limiting percutaneous options for repair. We review the incidence, complications, and management of sinus of Valsalva aneurysms and anomalous left coronary arteries.

  20. Effect of glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor inhibition on angiographic complications during percutaneous coronary intervention in the ESPRIT trial.

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    Blankenship, J C; Tasissa, G; O'Shea, J C; Iliadis, E A; Bachour, F A; Cohen, D J; Lui, H K; Mann, T; Cohen, E; Tcheng, J E

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    We sought to determine whether eptifibatide decreases the incidence of in-laboratory angiographic complications and to determine the relationship of angiographically evident complications to elevations of creatine kinase-MB (CK-MB) enzyme levels during percutaneous coronary intervention. In the Enhanced Suppression of the Platelet IIb/IIIa Receptor with Integrilin Therapy (ESPRIT) trial, eptifibatide during coronary intervention was associated with decreased ischemic complications at 48 h and 30 days. Patients (n = 2,064) were randomized to placebo versus eptifibatide (two 180 microg/kg boluses 10 min apart and as a continuous infusion of 2 microg/kg per min) during percutaneous coronary stenting. Angiographic complications including major dissection, distal embolization, residual thrombus, abrupt closure, residual stenosis >50% and side-branch occlusion were prospectively recorded by the operator. Creatine kinase-MB levels were measured after the procedure and every 6 h thereafter. The incidence of angiographic complications and CK-MB elevation was determined for eptifibatide versus placebo groups. Eptifibatide-treated patients demonstrated nonsignificant trends toward fewer angiographic complications (10 vs. 12% for placebo patients, p = 0.13) and, for patients with angiographic complications, fewer subsequent CK-MB elevations (43 vs. 50% for placebo patients, p = 0.31). In patients without any angiographic complications, the incidence of CK-MB elevation >3 times the normal was 7% with placebo and 4% with eptifibatide (p = 0.003). Eptifibatide during nonurgent coronary stent intervention only minimally (and insignificantly) reduces the incidence of angiographic complications and subsequent CK-MB elevations in patients developing an angiographic complication. The greater effect is to reduce myocardial infarction in patients undergoing otherwise uneventful coronary stent implantation as well as in the overall study population.

  1. An audit of indications and complications associated with elective hysterectomy at SVMCH and RC, Ariyur, Pondicherry

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    Nidhi Bansal, Hiremath PB, Meenal C, Vishnu Prasad

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Hysterectomy is the most common gynaecological surgery performed worldwide Menorrhagia secondary to uterine fibroids and abnormal menstrual bleeding are the two most common indications for hysterectomy. An important factor impacting on the incidence of complications of hysterectomy, apart from the indication for surgery, is the surgical approach. Most surgeons perform up to 80% of procedures by the abdominal route. The incidence of LAVH performed for benign lesions has progressively increased in recent years. Methods : Surgical indications and details, histological findings, and postoperative course were reviewed and analysed for 340 patients who underwent hysterectomy in 2011 and 2012.Results : In our study, fibroid uterus (27.9 % was the leading indication for performing hysterectomies followed by a DUB (22.9% and uterovaginal prolapse (UVP-21.8%. During the study period (2011-2012, most hysterectomies were performed abdominally (54.4%. Overall post operative complications including major and minor, are significantly higher in the abdominal surgery group as compared to the vaginal and laparoscopic group ( p value= 0.001 . Conclusion: We need to ensure that trainees acquire competency in performing hysterectomies vaginally, which is clearly safer than the abdominal approach.

  2. Preoperative body size and composition, habitual diet, and post-operative complications in elective colorectal cancer patients in Norway.

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    Berstad, P; Haugum, B; Helgeland, M; Bukholm, I; Almendingen, K

    2013-08-01

    Both malnutrition and obesity are related to worsened post-operative outcomes after colorectal surgery. Obese cancer patients may be malnourished as a result of short-term weight loss. The present study aimed to evaluate preoperative nutritional status, body composition and dietary intake related to post-operative complications (POC) and post-operative hospital days (POHD) in elective colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. Anthropometry, body composition measured by bioelectric spectroscopy and dietary habits assessed by a validated food-frequency questionnaire were examined in 100 newly-diagnosed CRC patients. Data from 30-day POC and POHD were collected from medical records. Nonparametric and chi-squared tests and logistic regression were used to analyse associations between body and dietary variables and post-operative outcome. Twenty-nine patients had at least one POC. The median POHD was six. Body size and composition measures and short-term weight loss were no different between patients with and without POC, or between patients with POHD composition and short-term weight loss were not related to 30-day post-operative outcomes in CRC patients. A high content of marine n-3 PUFA in preoperative habitual diets may protect against POC after CRC surgery. © 2012 The Authors Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics © 2012 The British Dietetic Association Ltd.

  3. Clinical correlates of complicated grief among individuals with acute coronary syndromes

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    Pini S

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Stefano Pini,1 Camilla Gesi,1 Marianna Abelli,1 Alessandra Cardini,1 Lisa Lari,1 Francesca Felice,2 Rossella Di Stefano,2 Gianfranco Mazzotta,3 Francesco Bovenzi,4 Daniele Bertoli,5 Lucia Borelli,4 Paola Michi,1 Claudia Oligeri,3 Alberto Balbarini,2 Vijaya Manicavasagar6 1Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Psychiatry Sector, University of Pisa, Pisa, 2Department of Surgical, Medical, Molecular and Critical Area Pathology, University of Pisa, Pisa, 3Unit of Cardiology, Ospedale Sant’Andrea, La Spezia, 4Cardio-Respiratory Department, Ospedale Campo di Marte, Lucca, 5Unit of Cardiology, Ospedale San Bartolomeo, Sarzana (SP, Italy; 6Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia Objective: The study aimed at exploring bereavement and complicated grief (CG symptoms among subjects without a history of coronary heart disease (CHD at the time of a first acute coronary syndrome (ACS and to evaluate the relationship of CG symptoms and ACS. Method: Overall, 149 subjects with ACS (namely, acute myocardial infarct with or without ST-segment elevation or unstable angina, with no previous history of CHD, admitted to three cardiac intensive care units were included and evaluated by the Structured Clinical Interview for Complicated Grief (SCI-CG, Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale, and the 36-item Short-Form Health Survey (MOS-SF-36. Results: Of the total sample of 149 subjects with ACS, 118 (79.2% met criteria for DSM-5 persistent complex bereavement disorder. Among these, subjects who lost a partner, child, or sibling were older (P=0.008, less likely to be working (P=0.032, and more likely to be suffering from hypertension (P=0.021, returned higher scores on the SCI-CG (P=0.001 and developed the index ACS more frequently between 12 and 48 months after the death than those who lost a parent or another relative (P≤0.0001. The occurrence of ACS 12–48 months (P=0.019 after the loss was

  4. Risk factors for coronary heart disease in type 1 diabetic patients in Europe : The EURODIAB Prospective Complications Study

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    Soedamah-Muthu, S.S.; Chaturvedi, N.; Toeller, M.; Ferris, B.; Reboldi, P.; Michel, G.; Manes, C.; Fuller, J.H.

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    OBJECTIVE—The goal of the study was to examine risk factors in the prediction of coronary heart disease (CHD) and differences in men and women in the EURODIAB Prospective Complications Study. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS—Baseline risk factors and CHD at follow-up were assessed in 2,329 type 1

  5. The effects of dexmedetomidine on attenuation of stress response to endotracheal intubation in patients undergoing elective off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting

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    Sajith Sulaiman

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was designed to study the efficacy of intravenous dexmedetomidine for attenuation of cardiovascular responses to laryngoscopy and endotracheal intubation in patients with coronary artery disease. Sixty adult patients scheduled for elective off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery were randomly allocated to receive dexmedetomidine (0.5 mcg/kg or normal saline 15 min before intubation. Patients were compared for hemodynamic changes (heart rate, arterial blood pressure and pulmonary artery pressure at baseline, 5 min after drug infusion, before intubation and 1, 3 and 5 min after intubation. The dexmedetomidine group had a better control of hemodynamics during laryngoscopy and endotracheal intubation. Dexmedetomidine at a dose of 0.5 mcg/kg as 10-min infusion was administered prior to induction of general anesthesia attenuates the sympathetic response to laryngoscopy and intubation in patients undergoing myocardial revascularization. The authors suggest its administration even in patients receiving beta blockers.

  6. Effect of Body Mass Index on Postoperative Complications in Beating Coronary Artery Surgery.

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    Sabzi, Feridoun; Faraji, Reza

    2016-11-01

    Body Mass Index (BMI) is considered as an important risk factor in cardiovascular surgery. We designed a historical cohort study for the evaluation of perioperative complications related to BMI in patients who underwent off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB). We studied 1120 consecutive patients who underwent OPCAB between January 2008 and December 2011 in Imam Ali Hospital, Kermanshah, Iran. Patients were divided into four groups according to BMI: underweight/low BMI ( 30 kg/m 2 ). In multivariable regression analysis, an important correlation between the underweight/low BMI group and mortality was observed (p= 0.037 ). Postoperative stroke, postoperative atrial fibrillation (AF) and intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) use were not associated with BMI. In linear regression analysis, significant correlations between low BMI, reintubation, ICU stay time and intubation time were found. Re-exploration for bleeding was significantly correlated with having a low or high BMI. Having a low BMI (which is association with malnutrition and respiratory muscles weakness) was significantly associated with reintubation, prolonged intubation time and ICU stay time. The obese group was also associated with postoperative atelectasia and fever.

  7. Malignant Multivessel Coronary Spasm Complicated by Myocardial Infarction, Transient Complete Heart Block, Ventricular Fibrillation, Cardiogenic Shock and Ischemic Stroke

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    Viji S. Thomson

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    Full Text Available Multivessel coronary spasm resulting to cardiogenic shock and malignant ventricular arrhythmias though rare has been reported in the literature. The disease seems to be more prevalent in Asians. There have been isolated reports of coronary spasm in patients with reactive airway disease. We report the first case of spontaneous multivessel spasm in a male patient with bronchial asthma of Arab ethnicity resulting in acute myocardial infarction complicated by cardiogenic shock, recurrent ventricular arrhythmias, and transient complete heart block. Literature review of similar cases suggests a strong association with bronchial asthma and a more malignant course in patients with reactive airway disease. The role of intracoronary nitroglycerin in proving the diagnosis even in patients in shock on maximal inotropic supports and intra-aortic balloon pump is highlighted and the importance of considering multivessel coronary spasm as a cause for acute coronary syndrome even in patients with conventional risk factors for atherosclerotic coronary artery disease is reinforced in the discussion of this case.

  8. Impact of continuation of metformin prior to elective coronary angiography on acute contrast nephropathy in patients with normal or mildly impaired renal functions.

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    Oktay, Veysel; Calpar Çıralı, İlknur; Sinan, Ümit Yaşar; Yıldız, Ahmet; Ersanlı, Murat Kazım

    2017-10-31

    Discontinuation of metformin treatment in patients scheduled for elective coronary angiography (CAG) is controversial because of post-procedural risks including acute contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) and lactic acidosis (LA). This study aims to discuss the safety of continuing metformin treatment in patients undergoing elective CAG with normal or mildly impaired renal functions. Our study was designed as a single-centered, randomized, and observational study including 268 patients undergoing elective CAG with an estimated glomerular filtration rate of >60 mL/min/1.73 m2. Of these patients, 134 continued metformin treatment during angiography, whereas 134 discontinued it 24 h before the procedure. CIN was defined as either a 25% relative increase in serum creatinine levels from the baseline or a 0.5 mg/dL increase in the absolute value that measured 48 h after CAG. Logistic regression analysis was performed to identify independent predictors of CIN and LA after CAG. Both groups were comparable in terms of demographics and laboratory values. CIN at 48 h was 8% (11/134) in the metformin continued group and 6% (8/134) in the metformin discontinued group (p=0.265). Patients in neither of the groups developed metformin-induced LA. Based on multiple regression analysis, the ejection fraction [p=0.029, OR: 0.760; 95% CI (0.590-0.970)] and contrast volume [p=0.016, OR: 0.022 95% CI (0.010-0.490)] were independent predictors of CIN. Patients scheduled for elective CAG with normal or mildly impaired renal functions and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (>40%) may safely continue metformin treatment.

  9. Increased 30-Day Complication Rates Associated with Laminectomy in 874 Adult Patients with Spinal Deformity Undergoing Elective Spinal Fusion: A Single Institutional Study.

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    Elsamadicy, Aladine A; Adogwa, Owoicho; Warwick, Hunter; Sergesketter, Amanda; Lydon, Emily; Shammas, Ronnie L; Mehta, Ankit I; Vasquez, Raul A; Cheng, Joseph; Bagley, Carlos A; Karikari, Isaac O

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    Recent studies have reported that decompression with fusion leads to superior outcomes in correction of spinal deformity. The aim of this study was to determine if there is a difference in intraoperative and 30-day postoperative complication rates in patients undergoing spinal fusion with and without decompression. Medical records of 874 adult (≥18 years old) patients with spinal deformity undergoing elective spinal fusion at a major academic institution from 2005 to 2015 were reviewed; 374 (42.8%) patients underwent laminectomy in addition to spinal fusion. The primary outcome investigated was the rate of intraoperative and 30-day complications. Patient demographics and comorbidities were similar between groups. The laminectomy cohort had significantly higher estimated blood loss (P spinal fusion with laminectomy may have higher complication rates than patients undergoing spinal fusion alone. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Compare Complication of Classic versus Patent Hemostasis in Transradial Coronary Angiography

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    Farshad Roghani

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Coronary artery disease (CAD is multifactorial disease, in which thrombotic occlusion and calcification occur usually. New strategies have been made for diagnosis and treatment of CAD, such as transradial catheterization. Hemostasis could be done in two approaches: traditional and patent. Our aim is to find the best approach with lowest complication. Materials and Methods: In a comparative study, 120 patients were recruited and divided randomly into two subgroups, including traditional group (60 patients; 24 females, 36 males; mean age: 64.35 ± 10.56 years and patent group (60 patients; 28 females, 32 males; mean age: 60.15 ± 8.92 years. All demographic data including age, gender, body mass index, and CAD-related risk factors (smoking, diabetes, hypertension and technical data including the number of catheters, procedure duration, and hemostatic compression time and clinical outcomes (radial artery occlusion [RAO], hematoma, bleeding were collected. Data were analyzed by SPSS version 16. Results: Our findings revealed that the incidence of RAO was significantly lower in patent groups compared with traditional group (P = 0.041. Furthermore, the difference incidence of RAO was higher in early occlusion compare with late one (P = 0.041. Moreover, there were significant relationship between some factors in patients of traditional group with occlusion (gender [P = 0.038], age [P = 0.031], diabetes mellitus [P = 0.043], hemostatic compression time [P = 0.036] as well as in patent group (age [P = 0.009], hypertension [P = 0.035]. Conclusion: Our findings showed that RAO, especially type early is significantly lower in patent method compared classic method; and patent hemostasis is the safest method and good alternative for classical method.

  11. Compare Complication of Classic versus Patent Hemostasis in Transradial Coronary Angiography.

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    Roghani, Farshad; Tajik, Mohammad Nasim; Khosravi, Alireza

    2017-01-01

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is multifactorial disease, in which thrombotic occlusion and calcification occur usually. New strategies have been made for diagnosis and treatment of CAD, such as transradial catheterization. Hemostasis could be done in two approaches: traditional and patent. Our aim is to find the best approach with lowest complication. In a comparative study, 120 patients were recruited and divided randomly into two subgroups, including traditional group (60 patients; 24 females, 36 males; mean age: 64.35 ± 10.56 years) and patent group (60 patients; 28 females, 32 males; mean age: 60.15 ± 8.92 years). All demographic data including age, gender, body mass index, and CAD-related risk factors (smoking, diabetes, hypertension) and technical data including the number of catheters, procedure duration, and hemostatic compression time and clinical outcomes (radial artery occlusion [RAO], hematoma, bleeding) were collected. Data were analyzed by SPSS version 16. Our findings revealed that the incidence of RAO was significantly lower in patent groups compared with traditional group ( P = 0.041). Furthermore, the difference incidence of RAO was higher in early occlusion compare with late one ( P = 0.041). Moreover, there were significant relationship between some factors in patients of traditional group with occlusion (gender [ P = 0.038], age [ P = 0.031], diabetes mellitus [ P = 0.043], hemostatic compression time [ P = 0.036]) as well as in patent group (age [ P = 0.009], hypertension [ P = 0.035]). Our findings showed that RAO, especially type early is significantly lower in patent method compared classic method; and patent hemostasis is the safest method and good alternative for classical method.

  12. Remote ischemic preconditioning reduces perioperative cardiac and renal events in patients undergoing elective coronary intervention: a meta-analysis of 11 randomized trials.

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    Hanjun Pei

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Results from randomized controlled trials (RCT concerning cardiac and renal effect of remote ischemic preconditioning(RIPC in patients with stable coronary artery disease(CAD are inconsistent. The aim of this study was to explore whether RIPC reduce cardiac and renal events after elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI. METHODS AND RESULTS: RCTs with data on cardiac or renal effect of RIPC in PCI were searched from Pubmed, EMBase, and Cochrane library (up to July 2014. Meta-regression and subgroup analysis were performed to identify the potential sources of significant heterogeneity(I(2 ≥ 40%. Eleven RCTs enrolling a total of 1713 study subjects with stable CAD were selected. Compared with controls, RIPC significantly reduced perioperative incidence of myocardial infarction (MI [odds ratio(OR = 0.68; 95% CI, 0.51 to 0.91; P = 0.01; I(2 = 41.0%] and contrast-induced acute kidney injury(AKI (OR = 0.61; 95% CI, 0.38 to 0.98; P = 0.04; I(2 = 39.0%. Meta-regression and subgroup analyses confirmed that the major source of heterogeneity for the incidence of MI was male proportion (coefficient  = -0.049; P = 0.047; adjusted R(2 = 0.988; P = 0.02 for subgroup difference. CONCLUSIONS: The present meta-analysis of RCTs suggests that RIPC may offer cardiorenal protection by reducing the incidence of MI and AKI in patients undergoing elective PCI. Moreover, this effect on MI is more pronounced in male subjects. Future high-quality, large-scale clinical trials should focus on the long-term clinical effect of RIPC.

  13. Coronary spasm secondary to cefuroxime injection, complicated with cardiogenic shock - a manifestation of Kounis syndrome: case report and literature review.

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    Mitsis, Andreas; Christodoulou, Evi; Georgiou, Panayiota

    2017-03-01

    Kounis syndrome is defined as the coincidental occurrence of an acute coronary syndrome with hypersensitivity reactions following an allergic event. The three reported variants of Kounis syndrome are vasospastic allergic angina, allergic myocardial infarction and stent thrombosis with occluding thrombus. The syndrome is caused by various inflammatory mediators. The pathophysiological characteristics of Kounis syndrome involve coronary artery spasm and/or atheromatous plaque erosion or rupture during an allergic reaction. Several causes have been described to induce Kounis syndrome, and their number is increasing rapidly. The haemodynamic effect of the syndrome complicated by cardiogenic shock seems to combine allergic shock with extensive peripheral vasodilation and myocardial suppression with the characteristics of cardiogenic shock. Treatment of Kounis syndrome is challenging because it needs management of both cardiac and allergic manifestation simultaneously. We present a case report of type I Kounis syndrome, with coronary spasm secondary to cefuroxime injection complicated with cardiogenic shock. A brief review of the literature on the various facets of this condition is also provided.

  14. Off pump vs on pump coronary artery bypass grafting: Perioperative complications and early clinical outcomes

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    Ayman El Naggar

    2012-03-01

    Conclusion: Off pump CABG is safe and associated with good clinical outcome and can be considered alternative to conventional CABG as treatment modality for surgical coronary revascularization but this will need large scale study to establish this technique.

  15. AUTOPERFUSION BALLOON CATHETER FOR COMPLICATED CORONARY ANGIOPLASTY - A PROSPECTIVE-STUDY WITH RETROSPECTIVE CONTROLS

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    DEMUINCK, ED; VANDIJK, RB; DENHEIJER, P; MEEDER, JG; LIE, KI

    1992-01-01

    Prolonged angioplasty balloon inflation with an autoperfusion balloon for failed conventional coronary angioplasty, was compared with emergency surgery for this condition. Restenosis was assessed 6 weeks after successful intervention with the autoperfusion balloon. Forty consecutive patients with

  16. Impact of Acute Coronary Syndrome Complicated by Ventricular Fibrillation on Long-term Incidence of Sudden Cardiac Death.

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    Álvarez-Álvarez, Belén; Bouzas-Cruz, Noelia; Abu-Assi, Emad; Raposeiras-Roubin, Sergio; López-López, Andrea; González Cambeiro, María Cristina; Peña-Gil, Carlos; García-Acuña, José María; González-Juanatey, José Ramón

    2015-10-01

    There is little information on the effect of acute coronary syndrome complicated by ventricular fibrillation on the long-term incidence of sudden cardiac death. We analyzed this effect in a contemporary cohort of patients with acute coronary syndrome. We studied 5302 consecutive patients with acute coronary syndrome between December 2003 and December 2012. We compared mortality during and after hospitalization according to the presence or absence of ventricular fibrillation. Ventricular fibrillation was observed in 163 (3.1%) patients, and was early onset in 72.4% of these patients. In-hospital mortality was 36.2% in the group with ventricular fibrillation and 4.7% in the group without (p<.001). After a mean follow-up of 4.7 years (standard deviation, 2.6 years), mortality was 30.7% in the ventricular fibrillation group and 24.7% in the other group (P=.23). After adjusting for confounding variables, the presence of ventricular fibrillation was not associated with an increased risk of death in the follow-up period (hazard ratio=1.29; 95% confidence interval, 0.90-1.87). The cause of death was established in 72% of patients. The incidence of sudden death was 12.9% in the ventricular fibrillation group and 11.9% in the other group (P=.71). Cardiovascular-cause mortality was also similar between the 2 groups (35.5% and 34.4%, respectively. Patients with acute coronary syndrome complicated by ventricular fibrillation who survive the in-hospital phase do not appear to be at an increased risk of sudden cardiac death or other cardiovascular-cause death. Copyright © 2014 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  17. Timing, setting and incidence of cardiovascular complications in patients with acute myocardial infarction submitted to primary percutaneous coronary intervention

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    Giglioli, Cristina; Margheri, Massimo; Valente, Serafina; Comeglio, Marco; Lazzeri, Chiara; Chechi, Tania; Armentano, Corinna; Romano, Salvatore Mario; Falai, Massimiliano; Gensini, Gian Franco

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND At the Istituto di Clinica Medica Generale e Cardiologia (Florence, Italy), the widespread use of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has markedly changed the hospital course of patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). These patients are typically transferred to the coronary care unit (CCU) only after primary PCI, whereas during the thrombolytic era, patients were first admitted to CCU before reperfusion. OBJECTIVES AND METHODS The incidence, timing and setting of complications from symptom onset to hospital discharge in 689 consecutive AMI patients undergoing PCI were evaluated. RESULTS Ventricular fibrillation occurred in 11% of patients, and most episodes (94.7%) occurred before or during PCI. Of all patients, 6.3% developed complete atrioventricular block (CAVB), and in 86.3% of these cases, the CAVB occurred before or during PCI; in 94.5%, a CAVB resolution occurred in the catheterization laboratory (CL). Thirty-one patients (4.5%) had impending shock on admission to the CL. Cardiogenic shock developed in 29 patients (4.2%), mostly in the prehospital phase or in the CL. Only four patients (less than 1%) developed cardiogenic shock later during their hospital course. Similarly, circulatory and ventilatory support, as well as temporary pacing and cardiac defibrillation, were used mostly in the prehospital phase or in the CL. During the CCU stay, 45 patients (6.5%) had hemorrhagic or vascular complications, and the incidence of post-PCI ischemia and early reocclusion of the culprit vessel were low (2.1% and 0.6%, respectively). Thus, cardiac complications usually associated with AMI were observed mainly before hospital admission or in the CL during the reopening of the target vessel. These complications were rarely observed after a successful PCI. CONCLUSIONS For AMI patients, the CL is not only the site of PCI, it is also where most life-threatening cardiac complications are observed and treated. PMID:17036099

  18. The role of levosimendan in acute heart failure complicating acute coronary syndrome: A review and expert consensus opinion.

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    Nieminen, Markku S; Buerke, Michael; Cohen-Solál, Alain; Costa, Susana; Édes, István; Erlikh, Alexey; Franco, Fatima; Gibson, Charles; Gorjup, Vojka; Guarracino, Fabio; Gustafsson, Finn; Harjola, Veli-Pekka; Husebye, Trygve; Karason, Kristjan; Katsytadze, Igor; Kaul, Sundeep; Kivikko, Matti; Marenzi, Giancarlo; Masip, Josep; Matskeplishvili, Simon; Mebazaa, Alexandre; Møller, Jacob E; Nessler, Jadwiga; Nessler, Bohdan; Ntalianis, Argyrios; Oliva, Fabrizio; Pichler-Cetin, Emel; Põder, Pentti; Recio-Mayoral, Alejandro; Rex, Steffen; Rokyta, Richard; Strasser, Ruth H; Zima, Endre; Pollesello, Piero

    2016-09-01

    Acute heart failure and/or cardiogenic shock are frequently triggered by ischemic coronary events. Yet, there is a paucity of randomized data on the management of patients with heart failure complicating acute coronary syndrome, as acute coronary syndrome and cardiogenic shock have frequently been defined as exclusion criteria in trials and registries. As a consequence, guideline recommendations are mostly driven by observational studies, even though these patients have a particularly poor prognosis compared to heart failure patients without signs of coronary artery disease. In acute heart failure, and especially in cardiogenic shock related to ischemic conditions, vasopressors and inotropes are used. However, both pathophysiological considerations and available clinical data suggest that these treatments may have disadvantageous effects. The inodilator levosimendan offers potential benefits due to a range of distinct effects including positive inotropy, restoration of ventriculo-arterial coupling, increases in tissue perfusion, and anti-stunning and anti-inflammatory effects. In clinical trials levosimendan improves symptoms, cardiac function, hemodynamics, and end-organ function. Adverse effects are generally less common than with other inotropic and vasoactive therapies, with the notable exception of hypotension. The decision to use levosimendan, in terms of timing and dosing, is influenced by the presence of pulmonary congestion, and blood pressure measurements. Levosimendan should be preferred over adrenergic inotropes as a first line therapy for all ACS-AHF patients who are under beta-blockade and/or when urinary output is insufficient after diuretics. Levosimendan can be used alone or in combination with other inotropic or vasopressor agents, but requires monitoring due to the risk of hypotension. Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  19. The effect of preoperative oral immunonutrition on complications and length of hospital stay after elective surgery for pancreatic cancer

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    Gade, Josephine; Levring, Trine; Hillingsø, Jens Georg

    2016-01-01

    Major gastrointestinal surgery is associated with immune suppression and a high risk of postoperative complications. The aim of this open, randomized controlled trial was to examine the effect of supplementary per oral immunonutrition (IN) seven days before surgery for pancreatic cancer (PC......) on postoperative complications and length of hospital stay (LOS). Secondary outcomes were the changes in functional capability and body weight (BW). Consecutive patients referred for surgery for diagnosed or plausible PC were included. The patients in the intervention group received supplementary IN (Oral Impact......®, Nestlé) to reach a goal of 1.5 g protein/kg BW. The control group continued their habitual diet. Complications and LOS were independently assessed by the surgical staff. Secondary outcomes were measured 10, 20, and 30 days postoperatively. Thirty-five patients were included, of whom 19 (54%) were...

  20. Meta-analysis of elective surgical complications related to defunctioning loop ileostomy compared with loop colostomy after low anterior resection for rectal carcinoma.

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    Geng, Hong Zhi; Nasier, Dilidan; Liu, Bing; Gao, Hua; Xu, Yi Ke

    2015-10-01

    Introduction Defunctioning loop ileostomy (LI) and loop colostomy (LC) are used widely to protect/treat anastomotic leakage after colorectal surgery. However, it is not known which surgical approach has a lower prevalence of surgical complications after low anterior resection for rectal carcinoma (LARRC). Methods We conducted a literature search of PubMed, MEDLINE, Ovid, Embase and Cochrane databases to identify studies published between 1966 and 2013 focusing on elective surgical complications related to defunctioning LI and LC undertaken to protect a distal rectal anastomosis after LARRC. Results Five studies (two randomized controlled trials, one prospective non-randomized trial, and two retrospective trials) satisfied the inclusion criteria. Outcomes of 1,025 patients (652 LI and 373 LC) were analyzed. After the construction of a LI or LC, there was a significantly lower prevalence of sepsis (p=0.04), prolapse (p=0.03), and parastomal hernia (p=0.02) in LI patients than in LC patients. Also, the prevalence of overall complications was significantly lower in those who received LIs compared with those who received LCs (p<0.0001). After closure of defunctioning loops, there were significantly fewer wound infections (p=0.006) and incisional hernias (p=0.007) in LI patients than in LC patients, but there was no significant difference between the two groups in terms of overall complications. Conclusions The results of this meta-analysis show that a defunctioning LI may be superior to LC with respect to a lower prevalence of surgical complications after LARRC.

  1. Effects of malnutrition on complication rates, length of hospital stay, and revenue in elective surgical patients in the G-DRG-system.

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    Thomas, Michael N; Kufeldt, Johannes; Kisser, Ulrich; Hornung, Hans-Martin; Hoffmann, Jessica; Andraschko, Monika; Werner, Jens; Rittler, Peter

    2016-02-01

    Malnutrition is known to independently affect patient outcomes. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of patients at risk for malnutrition in an elective surgery patient cohort and to analyze the effects of malnutrition on morbidity, mortality, and hospital length of hospital (LOS). Furthermore, we aimed to evaluate the economic effect of a diligent coding of malnutrition, as a side diagnosis, in a simulation of the German Diagnosis-Related Group system. The nutritional status of 1244 patients undergoing elective surgery was standardized on the day of admission by the Nutritional Risk Screening (NRS) 2002. To quantify the influence of malnutrition on revenue, the real DRGs of all patients were grouped. In simulation, an appropriate International Classification of Diseases code was used as a secondary diagnosis for all malnourished patients based on the NRS rating. A multivariate logistic regression analysis and a Cox regression were performed to identify potential confounders and to determine the adjusted effect of nutritional status on the occurrence of complications and hospital LOS. The prevalence of patients at risk for malnutrition (NRS ≥3) was 24.1% (300 of 1244). These patients showed a significant increase in hospital LOS (13 versus 7 d). Additionally, postoperative complications were significantly higher in this group (7.23% versus 6.91%). Including malnutrition in the Diagnosis-Related Group coding system resulted in a reimbursement of €1979.67 per patient at risk for malnutrition and a total reimbursement of €79,186.73 for all patients at risk for malnutrition in the present study. Establishment of a structured, comprehensive assessment of the nutritional status of hospitalized patients can repetitiously identify patients at risk for malnutrition. Additionally, the diligent codification of malnutrition can lead to cost compensation in the German Diagnosis-Related Group system. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Surgical repair of complicated coronary arteriovenous fistula and coronary artery aneurysm in an elderly patient after 26 years of conservative therapy.

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    Nakayama, Yuki; Shikawa, Akira; Ayusawa, Yoshikazu; Hosoda, Susumu; Muroi, Kennichi; Yagi, Masahiro; Fuji, Shinya; Kobayashi, Hiroshi; Fujimori, Kannichi; Shimatani, Yukiko; Shimoyama, Yujin; Uchida, Tatsuro

    2011-01-01

    We describe a rare case of surgical repair of a coronary artery aneurysm with arteriosclerotic changes accompanied by coronary arteriovenous fistula (CAVF) after 26 years of conservative therapy. A 71-year-old woman, diagnosed with CAVF 26 years previously, was admitted to our hospital for general fatigue and dyspnea on exertion. Physical examinations revealed that the CAVF originated from the distal portion of the left circumflex artery (LCX), draining into the coronary sinus (CS); it affected the coronary artery aneurysm with arteriosclerotic changes and was calcified from the left coronary main trunk to the distal portion of the LCX. Treatment without resection of the calcified coronary aneurysm was suggested because of fear of excessive bleeding. The CAVF was closed directly from inside the dilated coronary sinus under cardiopulmonary bypass. The dilated ostium of the left coronary artery was closed using a Xenomedica patch. Coronary artery bypass grafting was performed in the left anterior descending artery (LAD) and posterolateral branch (PL) of the LCX using saphenous vein grafts. Postoperatively, the coronary aneurysm was spontaneously thrombosed for low blood flow. The bleeding might have been uncontrolled if the arteriosclerotic and calcified coronary aneurysm had been incised. Therefore, we successfully thrombosed the calcified coronary aneurysm without resection, after reducing the systemic blood flow to the coronary aneurysm and sustaining the coronary blood flow, performed with CABG.

  3. [Radial Approach for Percutaneous Coronary Interventions in Patients With Ischemic Heart Disease: Advantages and Disadvantages, Complications Rate in Comparison With Femoral Approach].

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    Fettser, D V; Batyraliev, T A; Pershukov, I V; Vanyukov, A E; Sidorenko, B A

    2017-05-01

    During recent 10-15 years, percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) have reached a new level of efficacy and safety. Rate of serious coronary complications has decreased. That to a greater degree exposes the problem of peripheral complications at the site of arterial approach. At the same time portion of patients older than 75 years in the total pool of PCI constantly increases. Number of patients with pronounced obesity also grows each year. Radial approach for PCI allows to substantially decrease rate of peripheral complications at the account of lowered rate of bleedings, and to shorten duration of hospitalization. In this literature review we present results of a number of relevant clinical studies including those which contained groups of elderly patients and of patients with obesity. We also have summarized main advantages and disadvantages of radial approach as compared with femoral approach for coronary angiography and PCI.

  4. Impact of alcohol use on 30-day complication and readmission rates after elective spinal fusion (≥2 levels) for adult spine deformity: a single institutional study of 1,010 patients.

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    Elsamadicy, Aladine A; Adogwa, Owoicho; Vuong, Victoria D; Sergesketter, Amanda; Reddy, Gireesh; Cheng, Joseph; Bagley, Carlos A; Karikari, Isaac O

    2017-09-01

    Alcohol use has been shown to affect surgical outcomes. However, it is unknown what effect alcohol use has on postoperative complications or readmission rates in spinal fusion surgery. The aim of this study is to determine the impact of preoperative alcohol use on 30-day readmission rates or the complications profile after adult elective spinal fusion for deformity correction (≥2 levels). The medical records of 1,010 adult patients undergoing elective spinal fusion (≥2 levels) for spinal deformities at a major academic institution from 2005 to 2015 were reviewed. We identified 317 (31.4%) patients who had a history of alcohol prior to surgery and 693 (68.6%) patients who had no history of pre-operative alcohol consumption. The demographics, comorbidities, intra- and 30-day post-operative complication and readmission rates were collected for each patient. The primary outcome investigated in this study was the rate of 30-day readmissions and postoperative complication rates. Baseline characteristics were similar between both cohorts. Intraoperative variables and the immediate postoperative complications profile were mostly similar between both cohorts. Overall, there was no significant difference between the 30-day readmission rates or complications profile between the two cohorts. Our study suggests there is no significant difference in 30-day readmission or complication rates among adult patients with or without preoperative alcohol use undergoing elective correction of spinal deformities.

  5. Associations between disease severity, coping and dimensions of health-related quality of life in patients admitted for elective coronary angiography – a cross sectional study

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    Hanestad Berit R

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD, the overall aim was to analyse the relationships between disease severity and both mental and physical dimensions of health related quality of life (HRQOL using a modified version of the Wilson and Cleary model. Methods Using a cross-sectional design, 753 patients (74% men, mean age 62 years, referred for elective cardiac catheterisation were included. The measures included 1 physiological factors 2 symptoms (disease severity, self-reported symptoms, anxiety and depression 3 self-reported functional status, 4 coping, 5 perceived disease burden, 6 general health perception and 7 overall quality of life. To analyse relationships, we performed linear and ordinal logistic regressions. Results CAD and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF were significantly associated with symptoms of angina pectoris and dyspnea. CAD was not related to symptoms of anxiety and depression, but less depression was found in patients with low LVEF. Angina pectoris and dyspnea were both associated with impaired physical function, and dyspnea was also negatively related to social function. Overall, less perceived burden and better overall QOL were observed in patients using more confronting coping strategy. Conclusion The present study demonstrated that data from cardiac patients to a large extent support the suggested model by Wilson and Cleary.

  6. High Degree Atrioventricular Block Complicating Acute Myocardial Infarction Treated with Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: Incidence, Predictors and Outcomes.

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    Shacham, Yacov; Leshem-Rubinow, Eran; Steinvil, Arie; Keren, Gad; Roth, Arie; Arbel, Yaron

    2015-05-01

    In the era of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI), information on the incidence and prognostic significance of high degree atrioventricular block (AVB) in ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients is limited. To assess the incidence, time of onset, predictors and prognostic significance of high degree AVB in a large cohort of consecutive STEMI patients undergoing PPCI. We retrospectively studied 1244 consecutive STEMI patients undergoing PPCI. Patient records were reviewed for the presence of high degree AVB, its time of occurrence and relation to in-hospital complications, as well as long-term mortality over a 5 year period. High degree AVB was present in 33 patients (3.0%), in 25 (76%) of whom the conduction disorder occurred prior to PPCI. Twelve patients (36%) required temporary pacing, all prior to or during coronary intervention, and all AVB resolved spontaneously before hospital discharge. AVB was associated with a significantly higher 30 day (15% vs. 2.0%, P = 0.001) and long-term mortality rate (30% vs. 6.0%, P < 0.001). Time of AVB had no effect on mortality. In a multivariate regression model, AVB emerged as an independent predictor for long-term mortality (hazard ratio 2.8, 95% confidence interval 1.20-6.44, P = 0.001). High degree AVB remains a significant prognostic marker in STEMI patients in the PPCI era, albeit transient.

  7. The impact of preoperative testing for blood glucose concentration and haemoglobin A1c on mortality, changes in management and complications in noncardiac elective surgery: a systematic review.

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    Bock, Matthias; Johansson, Tim; Fritsch, Gerhard; Flamm, Maria; Hansbauer, Bernhard; Mann, Eva; Sönnichsen, Andreas

    2015-03-01

    The risks associated with surgery are elevated in patients with diabetes mellitus. For this reason, preoperative diagnostics frequently include the measurement of blood glucose and haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), but it is unclear whether these tests contribute to improved perioperative or postoperative outcomes. This systematic review aimed to evaluate the evidence that preoperative testing for blood glucose and HbA1c might influence the following outcome parameters: changes in clinical management; mortality; and the incidence of perioperative and postoperative complications in patients undergoing elective, noncardiac surgery. We performed a systematic search of the literature from January 2001 to March 2013, thus updating a review carried out by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) up to the year 2001. Controlled studies including cohort and case-control studies with a population of at least 60 patients were eligible. The search retrieved 1346 records (including hand-search). Twenty-two studies met all inclusion criteria and were included in the review. Fifteen cohort and two case-control studies evaluated the effectiveness of preoperative blood glucose testing and nine studies the effectiveness of testing HbA1c. Four of the included studies evaluated both tests. There were no data derived from high-quality studies supporting routine preoperative testing for blood glucose or HbA1c in otherwise healthy adult patients undergoing elective noncardiac surgery. Only in vascular and orthopaedic surgery may screening identify patients at an increased risk. Preoperative blood glucose testing and testing for HbA1c is not required in nondiabetic patients unless there are clinical sings arousing suspicion. Patients scheduled for vascular and orthopaedic surgery carry an elevated risk justifying preoperative testing for blood glucose or HbA1c as a screening tool.

  8. Anticoagulation with argatroban for elective percutaneous coronary intervention: population pharmacokinetics and pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic relationship of coagulation parameters.

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    Akimoto, Kei; Klinkhardt, Ute; Zeiher, Andreas; Niethammer, Margit; Harder, Sebastian

    2011-06-01

    The synthetic direct thrombin inhibitor argatroban has a rapid onset and offset of anticoagulation. However, there are no data about the pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic (PK-PD) relationship of argatroban in patients undergoing contemporary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and no data about other coagulation parameters than activated clotting time (ACT) in this setting. In the ARG-E04-trial, 140 patients were randomly assigned to argatroban (250, 300, or 350 µg/kg as bolus before PCI, followed by 15, 20, or 25 µg/kg/min infusion) or unfractionated heparin (70-100 IU/kg bolus). A 2-compartment model with first-order elimination adequately described the pharmacokinetic profile of argatroban over all 3 dosing groups. Clearance (CL) and distribution volumes (V1 and V2) were 21 L/h, 9.2 L, and 6.6 L, respectively. A significant sigmoidal E(max) relationship was established between the argatroban plasma concentration and the response in ACT and the endogenous thrombin potential (ETP), whereas the response in activated partial thromoplastin time (aPTT), ecarin time (ECA-T), and prothrombinase-induced clotting time (PiCT) could be described by a nonsigmoidal E(max) model. This study proves a relatively small interindividual variability of both PK and PK-PD properties of argatroban even at high doses and supports the profile of argatroban as a drug with a predictive dose-effect relationship and therefore good controllability.

  9. Avulsion of the left internal mammary artery graft after minimally invasive coronary surgery: fatal complication or medical error? A case report.

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    Viel, Guido; Balmaceda, Ute; Sperhake, Jan P

    2009-01-01

    Minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass (MIDCAB) is performed through a left anterior mini-thoracotomy without the use of a cardiopulmonary bypass and offers greater potential for more rapid recovery, reduced pain and a decreased need for blood transfusion than conventional coronary artery bypass grafting. Few major complications of the MIDCAB procedure have been reported in the literature since the first intervention was performed in 1995, but the most serious one is avulsion of the left internal mammary artery (LIMA) graft near the site of anastomosis with the left anterior descending coronary artery. Forensic issues regarding the role of the surgeon in causing this life-threatening emergency condition have not been discussed. We report here the case of a 48-year-old man who died 18 days after a MIDCAB of massive thoracic bleeding due to the avulsion of the LIMA graft. We discuss the probable etiopathogenesis of this fatal complication from a forensic point of view.

  10. QUALITY OF LIFE IN PATIENTS WITH HYPERTENSION, CORONARY HEART DISEASE, AND ATHEROSCLEROTIC LESION OF LOWER EXTREMITY ARTERIES IN THE SECONDARY PREVENTION OF COMPLICATIONS

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    A. A. Karlov

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    Full Text Available Atherosclerotic lesion of lower extremity arteries frequently complicates the long-term course of hypertension and it is generally associated with coronary heart disease. Our study has attempted to evaluate the impact of combination antihypertensive therapy involving amlodipine, bisoprolol, and lisinopril on quality of life in this category of patients.

  11. A Systematic Review of Xuezhikang, an Extract from Red Yeast Rice, for Coronary Heart Disease Complicated by Dyslipidemia

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    Qinghua Shang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. This systematic review aims to evaluate the benefit and side effect of Xuezhikang for coronary heart disease (CHD complicated by dyslipidemia. Methods. All randomized clinical trials (RCTs with Xuezhikang as a treatment for CHD combined with dyslipidemia were considered for inclusion. Data extraction and analyses and quality assessment were conducted according to the Cochrane standards. Results. We included 22 randomized trials. Xuezhikang showed significant benefit on the incidence of all-cause deaths, CHD deaths, myocardial infarction, and revascularization as compared with placebo based on conventional treatment for CHD. It remarkably lowered total cholesterol (TC, triglyceride (TG, and low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C as compared with the placebo or inositol nicotinate group, which was similar to statins group. Xuezhikang also raised high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C compared to placebo or no intervention, which was similar to Inositol nicotinate and slightly inferior to statins. The incidence of adverse events did not differ between the Xuezhikang and control group. Conclusions. Xuezhikang showed a comprehensive lipid-regulating effect and was safe and effective in reducing cardiovascular events in CHD patients complicated by dyslipidemia. However, more rigorous trials with high quality are needed to give high level of evidence.

  12. JAK2 mutation and acute coronary syndrome complicated with stent thrombosis.

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    Inami, Toru; Okabe, Masahiro; Matsushita, Masato; Kobayashi, Nobuaki; Inokuchi, Koiti; Hata, Noritake; Seino, Yoshihiko; Shimizu, Wataru

    2016-10-01

    Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) could be a precious opportunity for patients to reveal concealed diseases other than conventional risk factors for ACS, such as hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes mellitus, etc. In the setting of ACS, the intracoronary and systemic prothrombotic environment has led to an increase in the risk of stent thrombosis of which mortality was higher among patients with ACS, especially with the highest mortality in patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction. The some specific conditions which were concealed beyond the cardiovascular pathophysiology except well-known risk factors for ACS and stent thrombosis might involve the onset of ACS. We describe a case of a 64-year-old man who was admitted to intensive care unit for chest pain. This case found the possibility that polycythemia vera with Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) V617F mutation might be a underlying disease of ACS with stent thrombosis, and highlighted the importance of recognizing polycythemia vera with JAK2 V617F mutation as concealed disease for cardiologists. We would like to report and review the relationship between ACS and polycythemia vera with JAK2 V617F mutation.

  13. [Percutaneous approach for the treatment of unprotected left main coronary stenosis. New perspectives with the use of coronary stents].

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    Pessanha, A V; Rodrigues, C; Fuks, V; Murad, H; Murad, M

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    We describe a case of coronary stenosis located in an unprotected left main coronary artery, treated primarily and electively with the placement of a coronary stent. As a function of the large mass of myocardium involved, this patient would be considered a classical candidate for direct surgery, because the inherent risk involved with conventional balloon angioplasty, mainly due to the eventual occurrence of acute closure during the procedure. Since the previsibility of the immediate results with the use of coronary stents was significantly improved, we propose this new therapeutic approach for this traditionally surgical case, that has been performed with success and without any complication. This strategy for the treatment of unprotected left main lesions with the elective placement of Palmaz-Schatz stents, has not yet been proposed or applied in our country, and may represent a new universe of indication of percutaneous treatment of coronary artery disease, no longer approaching the left main stem only in special or emergency situations, usually a result of complications of left main manipulation during angioplasty of the coronary system. The patient involved in this case did not show any contraindication for the treatment with conventional open heart surgery.

  14. Effectiveness of Oral N-acetyl-cystein in Reduction of Pulmonary Complications in Smokers Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

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    SJ Mir Hoseini

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Up to 12% of patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft have pulmonary complications. Smoking can cause a six-time increase in pulmonary complication after major surgery. The most common pulmonary changes after CABG are decrease in FRC, VC and atelectasis. In this study, the effect of oral N-acetyl-cystein in reduction of severity of hypoxemia and atelectasis in current smokers who smoked more than 10 packs/year and had undergone CABG was evaluated. Methods: In the study, 54 current smoker patients were selected randomly and allocated to two drug and placebo groups. In the study group, 300mg N-acetyl-cystein (ACC long containing vitamin C was prescribed two times a day from 4 days before operation up to 3 days after surgery and in control group, effervescent vitamin C tablet was prescribed as placebo. Patients with body mass index more than 35, NYHA class IV, those who needed intra aortic balloon pump and those who needed reoperation due to bleeding were excluded from the study. In all patients, spirometry was done in the preoperative visit and FEV1/FVC was determined. Induction and maintenance of anesthesia was similar in all patients. Arterial blood gas samples were obtained immediately after anesthesia induction and 4 to 6 hours after extubation. Chest X ray was taken before, 6 to 10 hours after extubation and 3rd postoperative day. Severity of atelectasis was also measured. Quantitative & qualitative data was analyzed by ANOVA and Chi-square tests, respectively. Pvalue<0.05 was considered as statistically significant. Results: Both groups were similar with respect to demographic data including ejection fraction, NYHA class, FEV1/FVC, cigarette smoking and Lima harvesting. The ratio of arterial oxygen pressure to fraction of inspiratory oxygen Pao2/FIo2 was not significantly different after induction but this difference was strongly significant (Pvalue<0.005 after extubation. Duration of mechanical ventilation was

  15. Evaluation of Early Complications of Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery (CABGS in the First Month After Operation in Imam Khomeini Hospital of Ardabil During 2013-2014

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    Adalat Hosseinian

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Background & Objectives : Nowadays, coronary artery disease is the most common cause of death in developed countries and in the whole world. According to the WHO reports, it will be the main cause of death in 2020. Myocardial infarction is the most common diagnosis among hospitalized patients in industrialized countries. This disease causes more mortality and morbidity than others. Coronary artery bypass grafting surgery (CABGS is one of the common treatments for ischemic heart disease but it may have some complications. In this study we wanted to evaluate the incidence of CABGS complications in Imam Khomeini Hospital of Ardabil in the first month after CABG.   Methods: This study was a cross sectional analytic descriptive type and performed on all of the patients underwent CABGS in Imam Khomeini Hospital during 2011-2012. All of the data from patients (like demographic, past medical history, physical exam findings, paraclinical findings and CABGS complications were inserted in special forms after gathering, and analyzed by SPSS v.16.   Results: In this study, 211 patients were studied. About 145 (68.72% of them were male and 66 (31.28% were female. Seventy patient (33.17% were more than 70 years old. About 33.22% of patients had a history of cigarette smoking and 9.95% were opioid abused. The 34.12% of patients had hypertension (HTN history, 40.28% diabetes mellitus (DM, 17.06% history of hyperlipidemia and 63.98% had a history of the previous MI. Chest pain was the most common complication among the patients (93.36%. According to our study the prevalence rate of post CABGS complications were: bleeding after surgery 13.27%, postoperative myocardial infection 8.05%, neurological disorders 12.32%, renal complications 2.36%, respiratory symptoms 11.37% and 34.59% for cardiovascular complications. Also the total mortality was 5 (2.36% persons. The data analysis showed that there was a significant relationship between sex with survival status

  16. Stairs climbing test with pulse oximetry as predictor of early postoperative complications in functionally impaired patients with lung cancer and elective lung surgery: prospective trial of consecutive series of patients.

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    Nikolić, Igor; Majerić-Kogler, Visnja; Plavec, Davor; Maloca, Ivana; Slobodnjak, Zoran

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    To test the predictive value of stairs climbing test for the development of postoperative complications in lung cancer patients with forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1)stairs climbing with pulse oximetry before the operation with the number of steps climbed and the time to complete the test recorded. Oxygen saturation and pulse rate were measured every 20 steps. Data on postoperative complications including oxygen use, prolonged mechanical ventilation, and early postoperative mortality were collected. Eighty-seven of 101 patients (86%) had at least one postoperative complication. The type of surgery was significantly associated with postoperative complications (25.5% patients with lobectomy had no early postoperative complications), while age, gender, smoking status, postoperative oxygenation, and artificial ventilation were not. There were more postoperative complications in more extensive and serious types of surgery (Pstairs climbing test produced a significant decrease in oxygen saturation (-1%) and increase in pulse rate (by 10/min) for every 20 steps climbed. The stairs climbing test was predictive for postoperative complications only in lobectomy group, with the best predictive parameter being the quotient of oxygen saturation after 40 steps and test duration (positive likelihood ratio [LR], 2.4; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.71-3.38; negative LR, 0.53; 95% CI, 0.38-0.76). In patients with other types of surgery the only significant predictive parameter for incident severe postoperative complications was the number of days on artificial ventilation (P=0.006). Stairs climbing test should be done in routine clinical practice as a standard test for risk assessment and prediction of the development of postoperative complications in lung cancer patients selected for elective surgery (lobectomy). Comparative to spirometry, it detects serious disorders in oxygen transport that are a baseline for a later development of cardiopulmonary postoperative

  17. A successful retrieval of stripped outer coating of J-tip diagnostic guidewire from the left popliteal artery during elective coronary angiography

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    Damjanović Miodrag

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Entrapment and fracture of diagnostic or therapeutic devices within the coronary circulatory system are a rare, but increasing problem. Case report. A 70-yearold man was admitted in our clinic for coronary angiography before the planned aortic valve replacement. An arterial sheath was inserted in the right common femoral artery. After introducing a J-tip diagnostic coronary guidewire into the aorta and advancing a left Judkins diagnostic catheter over it, suddenly occured peeling off of the wire´s hydrophilic coating at the aortic arch level. Very soon, this outer coating of guidewire carried by the blood stream was entered into the left femoral artery, then into the left popliteal artery. This stripped part of guidewire was successfully caught and extracted out by using a goose-neck snare catheter. Conclusion. A sudden stripping of outer coating of a J-tip diagnostic hydrophilic coronary guidewire during coronary angiography is possible to manage quickly and successfully by the use of a simple cathether.

  18. Comparison of 4% Succinylated Gelatin with 6% Hydroxyethyl Starch 130/0.4 for Preloading Prior to Cardiopulmonary Bypass in Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Patients

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    Deshmukh, Amit; Dave, Sona; Gujjar, Pinakin

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    Aims and Objective: The present study was carried out with an objective to compare 4% succinylated gelatin with 6% hydroxyethyl starch 130/0.4 for preloading prior to cardiopulmonary bypass in coronary artery bypass grafting patients with respect to haemodynamics status, blood loss, transfusion requirement, ICU stay and complication. Methods: The study enrolling 60 patients of either sex, aged between 30-70 years undergoing elective coronary artery bypass grafting. These patients were randoml...

  19. Long-term mortality data from the balloon pump-assisted coronary intervention study (BCIS-1): a randomized, controlled trial of elective balloon counterpulsation during high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention

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    ...) use during high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Observational series have indicated a reduction in major in-hospital adverse events, although randomized trial evidence does not support...

  20. Long-term results of a randomized controlled trial analyzing the role of systematic pre-operative coronary angiography before elective carotid endarterectomy in patients with asymptomatic coronary artery disease.

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    Illuminati, G; Schneider, F; Greco, C; Mangieri, E; Schiariti, M; Tanzilli, G; Barillà, F; Paravati, V; Pizzardi, G; Calio', F; Miraldi, F; Macrina, F; Totaro, M; Greco, E; Mazzesi, G; Tritapepe, L; Toscano, M; Vietri, F; Meyer, N; Ricco, J-B

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    To evaluate the potential benefit of systematic preoperative coronary-artery angiography followed by selective coronary-artery revascularization on the incidence of myocardial infarction (MI) in patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy (CEA) without a previous history of coronary artery disease (CAD). We randomised 426 patients who were candidates for CEA, with no history of CAD, a normal electrocardiogram (ECG), and a normal cardiac ultrasound. In group A (n = 216) all patients underwent coronary angiography before CEA. In group B (n = 210) CEA was performed without coronary angiography. Patients were not blinded for relevant assessments during follow-up. Primary end-point was the occurrence of MI at 3.5 years. The secondary end-point was the overall survival rate. Median length of follow-up was 6.2 years. In group A, coronary angiography revealed significant coronary artery stenosis in 68 patients (31.5%). Among them, 66 underwent percutaneous Intervention (PCI) prior to CEA and 2 received combined CEA and coronary-artery bypass grafting (CABG). Postoperatively, no MI was observed in group A, whereas 6 MI occurred in group B, one of which was fatal (p = .01). During the study period, 3 MI occurred in group A (1.4%) and 33 were observed in group B (15.7%), 6 of which were fatal. The Cox model demonstrated a reduced risk of MI for patients in group A receiving coronary angiography (HR,.078; 95% CI, 0.024-0.256; p < .001). In addition, patients with diabetes and patients <70 years presented with an increased risk of MI. Survival analysis at 6 years by Kaplan-Meier estimates was 95.6 ± 3.2% in Group A and 89.7 ± 3.7% in group B (Log Rank = 6.54, p = .01). In asymptomatic coronary-artery patients, systematic coronary angiography prior to CEA followed by selective PCI or CABG significantly reduces the incidence of late MI and increases long-term survival. (ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT02260453). Copyright © 2015 European Society for Vascular

  1. Acute Compartment Syndrome of the Lower Leg after Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: A Silent but Dangerous Complication

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    te Kolste, Henryk Jan; Balm, Ron; de Mol, Bas

    2015-01-01

    Acute compartment syndrome (ACoS) is a serious, limb-threatening condition, but ACoS after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is rare. ACoS is diagnosed with the help of typical symptoms, but due to the use of analgesics in a postoperative setting, these symptoms may vary. Identifying risk

  2. Comparing the Effect of Continuous and Intermittent Irrigation Techniques on Complications of Arterial Catheter and Partial Thromboplastin Time in Patients Following Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery

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    Sedigheh Arta

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Different approaches are available to irrigate the arterial catheter, such as continuous and intermittent techniques. However, there is a disagreement regarding the most appropriate method. Aim: this study aimed to compare the effect of two continuous and intermittent irrigation methods on complications of arterial catheter and partial thromboplastin time (PTT in patients with coronary artery bypass (CABG surgery. Method: This randomized clinical trial was conducted on 60 participants undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting surgery in open-heart surgery ICU at Imam Reza hospital in Mashhad, Iran, in 2016. In continuous group, the arterial catheter was continuously irrigated with heparin solution at the rate of 2cc/h, and in the intermittent group with a syringe containing 5cc heparin solution every 3 hours. In both groups, catheter was monitored and recorded every 3 hours (until 48 hours and 3 times from enrollment in terms of complications of partial thromboplastin time. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 16. Results: The findingsof independent t-test showed that the two groups are homogeneous in age (P =0.48. The result of Fisher's exact test revealed no significant difference between the two groups in terms of average incidence of complications during the first 24 hours (P=0.55 and second 24 hours (P=0.55 after catheterization. Also during the 48 hours after surgery, independent t-test results showed no statistically significant difference in partial thromboplastin time (P=0.53 between the two groups. Implications for Practice: According to the results of the research based on the lack of difference between continuous and intermittent irrigation methods up to 48 hours after catheter replacement in terms of arterial catheter complications, further long-term follow-up researches are recommended.

  3. Insulin resistance, blood glucose and inflammatory cytokine levels are risk factors for cardiovascular events in diabetic patients complicated with coronary heart disease.

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    Wang, Changmei; Li, Fang; Guo, Jingjing; Li, Congcong; Xu, Dashuai; Wang, Bin

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    This study was designed to investigate the relation of insulin resistance, blood glucose and inflammatory cytokines with cardiovascular events in diabetic patients complicated with coronary heart disease (CHD). A total of 120 patients with diabetes mellitus type 2 (T2DM) complicated with CHD admitted to Jinan Central Hospital from January 2015 to March 2016 were enrolled in this study. There were 60 cases complicated with cardiovascular events and 60 had no history of cardiovascular events; there were 40 cases with abnormal blood glucose, 40 with insulin resistance and 40 with elevated inflammatory cytokines. Changes in the levels of blood glucose, fasting serum insulin and inflammatory cytokines as well as changes in the homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance indexes (HOMA-IR) were recorded and compared among groups of patients. Besides, changes in the Global Registry of Acute Coronary Events (GRACE) risk score and the incidence rate of cardiovascular events were also detected and multivariate logistic regression analysis was conducted so as to identify relevant risk factors. Our results showed the fasting blood glucose and the 2 h postprandial blood glucose levels in the non-cardiovascular event group were lower than those in the cardiovascular event group (Presistance and those in patients with blood glucose abnormalities (Presistance and that in patients with elevated inflammatory cytokines. There was a positive correlation between TNF-α and HOMA-IR (Presistance and inflammatory cytokines were all independent risk factors for cardiovascular events. Based on our findings, stronger inflammatory responses in patients with T2DM complicated with CHD lead to higher incidence rates of cardiovascular events. Besides that, elevated blood glucose and insulin resistance levels are also independent risk factors for cardiovascular events.

  4. High-Dose Statin Pretreatment Decreases Periprocedural Myocardial Infarction and Cardiovascular Events in Patients Undergoing Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A Meta-Analysis of Twenty-Four Randomized Controlled Trials

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    Wang, Le; Peng, Pingan; Zhang, Ou; Xu, Xiaohan; Yang, Shiwei; Zhao, Yingxin; Zhou, Yujie

    2014-01-01

    Background Evidence suggests that high-dose statin pretreatment may reduce the risk of periprocedural myocardial infarction (PMI) and major adverse cardiac events (MACE) for certain patients; however, previous analyses have not considered patients with a history of statin maintenance treatment. In this meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs), we reevaluated the efficacy of short-term high-dose statin pretreatment to prevent PMI and MACE in an expanded set of patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention. Methods We searched the PubMed/Medline database for RCTs that compared high-dose statin pretreatment with no statin or low-dose statin pretreatment as a prevention of PMI and MACE. We evaluated the incidence of PMI and MACE, including death, spontaneous myocardial infarction, and target vessel revascularization at the longest follow-up for each study for subgroups stratified by disease classification and prior low-dose statin treatment. Results Twenty-four RCTs with a total of 5,526 patients were identified. High-dose statin pretreatment was associated with 59% relative reduction in PMI (odds ratio [OR]: 0.41; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.34–0.49; Pstatin pretreatment on MACE was significant for statin-naive patients (OR: 0.69; 95% CI: 0.50–0.95; P = 0.02) and prior low dose statin-treated patients (OR: 0.28; 95% CI: 0.12–0.65; P = 0.003); and for patients with acute coronary syndrome (OR: 0.52; 95% CI: 0.34–0.79; P = 0.003), but not for patients with stable angina (OR: 0.71; 95% CI 0.45–1.10; P = 0.12). Long-term effects on survival were less obvious. Conclusions High-dose statin pretreatment can result in a significant reduction in PMI and MACE for patients undergoing elective PCI. The positive effect of high-dose statin pretreatment on PMI and MACE is significant for statin-naïve patients and patients with prior treatment. The positive effect of high-dose statin pretreatment on MACE is significant for

  5. Robotic coronary artery bypass grafting decreases 30-day complication rate, length of stay, and acute care facility discharge rate compared with conventional surgery.

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    Leyvi, Galina; Forest, Stephen J; Srinivas, Vankeepuram S; Greenberg, Mark; Wang, Nan; Mais, Alec; Snyder, Max J; DeRose, Joseph J

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this study was to compare the short-term outcomes of robotic with conventional on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). The study population included 2091 consecutive patients who underwent either conventional or robotic CABG from January 2007 to March 2012. Preoperative, intraoperative, and 30-day postoperative variables were collected for each group. To compare the incidence of rapid recovery between conventional and robotic CABG, the surrogate variables of early discharge and discharge to home (vs rehabilitation or acute care facility) were evaluated. A multivariate logistic regression analysis was used. One hundred fifty robotic and 1619 conventional CABG cases were analyzed. Multivariate logistic regression analysis demonstrated that robotic surgery was a strong predictor of lower 30-day complications [odds ratio (OR), 0.24; P = 0.005], short length of stay (OR, 3.31; P < 0.001), and decreased need for an acute care facility (OR, 0.55; P = 0.032). In the presence of complications (New York State Complication Composite), the robotic technique was not associated with a change in discharge status. In this retrospective review, robotic CABG was associated with a lower 30-day complication rate, a shorter length of stay, and a lower incidence of acute care facility discharge than conventional on-pump CABG. It may suggest a more rapid recovery to preoperative status after robotic surgery; however, only a randomized prospective study could confirm the advantages of a robotic approach.

  6. The impact of a restrictive transfusion trigger on post-operative complication rate and well-being following elective orthopaedic surgery: a post-hoc analysis of a randomised study

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    So-Osman, Cynthia; Nelissen, Rob; Brand, Ronald; Faber, Frank; Slaa, Ron Te; Stiggelbout, Anne; Brand, Anneke

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    Background Peri-operative red blood cell transfusions have been associated with post-operative complications in patients undergoing elective orthopaedic hip or knee replacement surgery. Materials and methods We performed a post-hoc analysis of data extracted from a randomised study on transfusion triggers using pre-storage leucocyte-depleted red blood cells. Patients who were assigned to the most restrictive transfusion policy ("restrictive group") were compared with patients who were assigned to the most liberal policy ("liberal group"). End-points were red blood cell use, hospital stay, haemoglobin levels, post-operative complications and quality of life scores. Results Of 603 patients, 26.4% patients in the restrictive group and 39.1% in the liberal group were transfused (P =0.001). The rate of post-operative infections was lower, although not statistically significantly so, in the restrictive group than in the liberal group (5.4% vs 10.2%, respectively) as was the rate of respiratory complications (1.7% vs 4.9%, respectively), whereas hospital stay, cardiovascular complications and mortality rate were not different in the two groups. Quality of life scores were not associated with type of transfusion policy, the number of red blood cell transfusions or the transfusion status. Discussion A restrictive transfusion protocol was not associated with worse outcome and resulted in a lower transfusion rate compared to the liberal policy. Well-being (quality of life) was not associated with transfusion policy or with red blood cell transfusions. PMID:23399367

  7. Reduced Impact of Smoking Status on 30-Day Complication and Readmission Rates After Elective Spinal Fusion (≥3 Levels) for Adult Spine Deformity: A Single Institutional Study of 839 Patients.

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    Elsamadicy, Aladine A; Adogwa, Owoicho; Sergesketter, Amanda; Vuong, Victoria D; Lydon, Emily; Behrens, Shay; Cheng, Joseph; Bagley, Carlos A; Karikari, Isaac O

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    Smoking status has been shown to affect postoperative outcomes after surgery. The aim of this study was to determine whether patients' smoking status impacts 30-day complication and readmission rates after elective complex spinal fusion (≥3 levels). The medical records of 839 adult spinal deformity patients undergoing elective complex spinal fusion (≥3 levels) at a major academic institution from 2005 to 2015 were reviewed. We identified 124 (14.8%) smokers and 715 (85.2%) nonsmokers. Patient demographics, comorbidities, intraoperative and postoperative complications, and 30-day readmission rates were collected for each patient. The primary outcome investigated in this study was the rate of 30-day postoperative complication and readmission rates. Patient demographics and comorbidities were similar between both groups, including age, sex, and body mass index. Median [interquartile] number of fusion levels and operative time were similar between the cohorts (smoker: 5 [4-7] vs. nonsmoker: 5 [4-8], P = 0.58) and (smoker: 309.6 ± 157.9 minutes vs. nonsmoker: 287.5 ± 131.7 minutes, P = 0.16), respectively. Both cohorts had similar postoperative complication rates and lengths of hospital stay. There was no significant difference in 30-day readmission between the cohorts (smoker: 12.9% vs. nonsmoker: 10.8%, P = 0.48). There were no observed differences in 30-day complication rates, including pain (P = 0.46), UTI (P = 0.54), hardware failure (P = 0.36), wound dehiscence (P = 0.29), and wound drainage (P = 0.86). Smokers had greater rates of 30-day cellulitis (smoker: 1.6% vs. nonsmoker: 0.3%, P = 0.05) and DVT (smoker: 0.8% vs. nonsmoker: 0.0%, P = 0.02). Our study suggests that smoking does not significantly affect 30-day readmission rates after complex spinal surgery requiring ≥3 levels of fusion. Further studies are necessary to corroborate our findings. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Use of thrombolysis in myocardial infarction risk score to predict bleeding complications in patients with unstable angina and non-ST elevation myocardial infarction undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention.

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    Numasawa, Yohei; Kohsaka, Shun; Miyata, Hiroaki; Kawamura, Akio; Noma, Shigetaka; Suzuki, Masahiro; Nakagawa, Susumu; Momiyama, Yukihiko; Takahashi, Toshiyuki; Sato, Yuji; Fukuda, Keiichi

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    Thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) is a prognostic score developed for managing the high risk of cardiac events immediately after unstable angina and non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (UA/NSTEMI). In Asian populations that have a higher rate of bleeding complications, data about TIMI score are lacking. Using a Japanese multicenter registry, we investigated the impact of utilizing TIMI score in UA/NSTEMI patients, focusing on bleeding complications. The TIMI score was calculated for 587 patients who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for UA/NSTEMI (2008-2010). They were classified into low-risk (TIMI score 0-2, N = 268, 45.6 %), intermediate-risk (TIMI score 3-4, N = 264, 45.0 %) and high-risk (TIMI score 5-7, N = 55, 9.4 %) groups; patient characteristics for each group were statistically analyzed. The patients in the higher TIMI score group were older (p TIMI score was significantly associated with requirement of blood transfusion (low-risk, moderate-risk, and high-risk groups: 1.1, 4.2, and 7.3 %, respectively; p = 0.021), and the incidence of access site bleeding (1.1, 2.7, and 5.5 %, p = 0.112). The TIMI score might aid in subjectively quantifying the risk of in-hospital complication rates such as access site bleeding.

  9. Effect of a 180 mg ticagrelor loading dose on myocardial necrosis in patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention: A preliminary study.

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    Xu, QuanFu; Sun, YingGang; Zhang, Yi; Liu, Bo; Fang, Lu; Shen, ChengXing; Li, YiGang; Meng, Shu

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    To examine whether a loading dose of ticagrelor on top of clopidogrel reduced postpercutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) myonecrosis. Seventy seven coronary artery disease patients received a loading dose of 300 mg clopidogrel pre-PCI and were divided into three groups: group TT (n = 36): a loading dose of 180 mg ticagrelor pre-PCI, followed by ticagrelor 90 mg twice daily commencing one day post-PCI; group CT (n = 26): a maintenance dose of ticagrelor 90 mg twice daily; group CC (n = 15): clopidogrel 75 mg daily post- PCI. High sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) and creatine kinase-MB (CK-MB) were measured pre-PCI and 0 h, 2 h or 24 h post-PCI. Platelet aggregation was measured in a separate cohort of 54 coronary artery disease patients (35 diabetic and 19 non-diabetic patients). There were no significant differences in hs-cTnT and CK-MB concentration among the three groups. In group TT, diabetic patients had significant higher Δhs-cTnT2h-0h than non-diabetic patients. In the second cohort, although baseline platelet aggregation was higher in diabetic than non-diabetic patients, platelet aggregation was comparable between diabetic and non-diabetic patients at 0 and 2 h post-PCI. This study indicates that a loading dose of ticagrelor does not significantly reduce post- PCI myonecrosis. Diabetes is associated with more post-PCI myonecrosis. A loading dose of ticagrelor effectively reduces platelet aggregation in diabetic patients.

  10. Respiratory physiotherapy and incidence of pulmonary complications in off-pump coronary artery bypass graft surgery: an observational follow-up study

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    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Heart surgery is associated with an occurrence of pulmonary complications. The aim of this study was to determine whether pre-surgery respiratory physiotherapy reduces the incidence of post-surgery pulmonary complications. Methods Observational study of 263 patients submitted to off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG surgery at the A Coruña University Hospital (Spain. 159 (60.5% patients received preoperative physiotherapy. The fact that patients received preoperative physiotherapy or not was related to whether they were admitted to the cardiac surgery unit or to an alternative unit due to a lack of beds. A physiotherapist provided a daily session involving incentive spirometry, deep breathing exercises, coughing and early ambulation. A logistic regression analysis was carried out in order to identify variables associated with pulmonary complications. Results Both groups of patients (those that received physiotherapy and those that did not were similar in age, sex, body mass index, creatinine, ejection fraction, number of affected vessels, O2 basal saturation, prevalence of diabetes, dyslipidemia, exposure to tobacco, age at smoking initiation, number of cigarettes/day and number of years as a smoker. The most frequent postoperative complications were hypoventilation (90.7%, pleural effusion (47.5% and atelectasis (24.7%. In the univariate analysis, prophylactic physiotherapy was associated with a lower incidence of atelectasis (17% compared to 36%, p = 0.01. After taking into account age, sex, ejection fraction and whether the patients received physiotherapy or not, we observed that receiving physiotherapy is the variable with an independent effect on predicting atelectasis. Conclusion Preoperative respiratory physiotherapy is related to a lower incidence of atelectasis.

  11. Respiratory physiotherapy and incidence of pulmonary complications in off-pump coronary artery bypass graft surgery: an observational follow-up study.

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    Yánez-Brage, Isabel; Pita-Fernández, Salvador; Juffé-Stein, Alberto; Martínez-González, Ursicino; Pértega-Díaz, Sonia; Mauleón-García, Angeles

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    Heart surgery is associated with an occurrence of pulmonary complications. The aim of this study was to determine whether pre-surgery respiratory physiotherapy reduces the incidence of post-surgery pulmonary complications. Observational study of 263 patients submitted to off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery at the A Coruña University Hospital (Spain). 159 (60.5%) patients received preoperative physiotherapy. The fact that patients received preoperative physiotherapy or not was related to whether they were admitted to the cardiac surgery unit or to an alternative unit due to a lack of beds. A physiotherapist provided a daily session involving incentive spirometry, deep breathing exercises, coughing and early ambulation. A logistic regression analysis was carried out in order to identify variables associated with pulmonary complications. Both groups of patients (those that received physiotherapy and those that did not) were similar in age, sex, body mass index, creatinine, ejection fraction, number of affected vessels, O2 basal saturation, prevalence of diabetes, dyslipidemia, exposure to tobacco, age at smoking initiation, number of cigarettes/day and number of years as a smoker. The most frequent postoperative complications were hypoventilation (90.7%), pleural effusion (47.5%) and atelectasis (24.7%). In the univariate analysis, prophylactic physiotherapy was associated with a lower incidence of atelectasis (17% compared to 36%, p = 0.01). After taking into account age, sex, ejection fraction and whether the patients received physiotherapy or not, we observed that receiving physiotherapy is the variable with an independent effect on predicting atelectasis. Preoperative respiratory physiotherapy is related to a lower incidence of atelectasis.

  12. Gender-related mortality and in-hospital complications following ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction: data from a primary percutaneous coronary intervention cohort.

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    Laufer-Perl, Michal; Shacham, Yacov; Letourneau-Shesaf, Sivan; Priesler, Ofir; Keren, Gad; Roth, Arie; Steinvil, Arie

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    The increased mortality related to female gender in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) has been reported from various patient cohorts and treatment strategies with controversial results. In the present work, we evaluated the impact of female gender on mortality and in-hospital complications among a specific subset of consecutive STEMI patients managed solely by PPCI. Female gender is not an independent predicor for mortality among STEMI patients. We performed a retrospective, single-center observational study that included 1346 consecutive STEMI patients undergoing PPCI, of which 1075 (80%) were male. Patient's records were evaluated for 30-day mortality, in-hospital complications, and long-term mortality over a mean period of 2.7 ± 1.6 years. Compared with males, females were older (69 ± 13 vs 60 ± 13 years, P < 0.001), had a significantly higher rate of baseline risk factors, and had prolonged symptom duration (460 ± 815 minutes vs 367 ± 596 minutes, P = 0.03). Females suffered from more in-hospital complications and had higher 30-day mortality (5% vs 2%, P = 0.008) as well as higher overall mortality (12.5% vs 6%, P < 0.001). In spite of the significant mortality risk in unadjusted models, a multivariate adjusted Cox regression model did not demonstrate that female gender was an independent predictor for mortality among STEMI patients. Among patients with STEMI treated by PPCI, female gender is associated with a higher 30-day mortality and complications rates compared to males. Following multivariate analysis, female gender was not a significant predictor of long-term death following STEMI. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Mediation of smoking-associated postoperative mortality by perioperative complications in veterans undergoing elective surgery: data from Veterans Affairs Surgical Quality Improvement Program (VASQIP)?a cohort study

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    Singh, Jasvinder A; Hawn, Mary; Campagna, Elizabeth J; Henderson, William G; Richman, Joshua; Houston, Thomas K

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    Objective To assess the mediation of smoking-associated postoperative mortality by postoperative complications. Design Observational cohort study. Setting Using data from the Veterans Affairs (VA) Surgical Quality Improvement Programme, a quality assurance programme for major surgical procedures in the VA healthcare system, we assessed the association of current smoking at the time of the surgery with 6-month and 1-year mortality. Primary and secondary outcome measures Using mediation analyse...

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    Schürmann, Carsten

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    Electronic voting technology is a two edged sword. It comes with many risks but brings also many benefits. Instead of flat out rejecting the technology as uncontrollably dangerous, we advocate in this paper a different technological angle that renders electronic elections trustworthy beyond...... the usual levels of doubt. We exploit the trust that voters currently have into the democratic process and model our techniques around that observation accordingly. In particular, we propose a technique of trace emitting computations to record the individual steps of an electronic voting machine...... for a posteriori validation on an acceptably small trusted computing base. Our technology enables us to prove that an electronic elections preserves the voter’s intent, assuming that the voting machine and the trace verifier are independent....

  15. Impact of Intraoperative Monitoring During Elective Complex Spinal Fusions (≥4 Levels) on 30-Day Complication and Readmission Rates: A Single-Institutional Study of 643 Adult Patients with Spinal Deformity.

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    Elsamadicy, Aladine A; Adogwa, Owoicho; Lydon, Emily; Reddy, Gireesh; Kaakati, Rayan; Sergesketter, Amanda; Gottfried, Oren N; Karikari, Isaac O

    2017-05-01

    The aim of this study is to determine if there are differences in 30-day postoperative complication and readmission rates between patients with spinal deformity undergoing complex spinal fusion with and without intraoperative monitoring (IOM). The medical records of 643 adult patients with spine deformity undergoing elective complex spinal fusion (≥4 levels) at a major academic institution from 2005 to 2015 were reviewed. We identified 122 cases (19%) that involved IOM including electromyography, somatosensory evoked potential, and/or transcranial motor evoked potential and 521 (81%) that did not (IOM, n = 122; no-IOM, n = 521). The primary outcome investigated was the rate of 30-day postoperative complications and readmission. Patient demographics and comorbidities were similar between both groups, including age, gender, body mass index, and smoking status. IOM cases had significantly increased operative time (IOM, 360.9 ± 153.8 minutes vs. no-IOM, 290.3 ± 127.1 minutes; P spinal cord injury, nerve injury, and durotomy. Both cohorts had similar postoperative complications and length of hospital stay, with the no-IOM cohort having a greater incidence of intensive care unit transfer (no-IOM, 27.1% vs. IOM, 16.1%, P = 0.015). There was no significant difference in 30-day readmission between the cohorts (IOM, 8.2% vs. no-IOM, 12.3%; P = 0.27) or differences in sensorimotor deficits. Although the overall 30-day complication rate trended to be higher in the no-IOM cohort, these factors were not attributed to IOM use. Our study suggests that the use of IOM may not have a significant impact on overall surgical outcomes and 30-day readmission rates. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Proof-of-concept trial to evaluate haemoglobin based oxygen therapeutics in elective percutaneous coronary revascularisation. Rationale, protocol design and haemodynamic results.

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    Meliga, Emanuele; Vranckx, Pascal; Regar, Evelyn; Kint, Peter-Paul; Duncker, Dirk J; Serruys, Patrick W

    2008-05-01

    To test the hypothesis that intracoronary infusion of pre-oxygenated HBOC-201 during brief, total coronary artery occlusion would preserve left ventricular function. Immediately following a successful PCI, the target coronary artery was occluded without ("dry occlusion")--or with--infusion of pre-oxygenated HBOC-201 distal to the stent via the guidewire shaft of an over-the-wire balloon for up to three minutes at an infusion rate of 48 ml/min. A cross-over design was applied. Early signs of myocardial ischaemia were evaluated by left ventricular pressure-volume loops and intracoronary ECG. A 12-lead Holter ECG was activated before the PCI and deactivated four hours after the study period. Primary endpoints were change in left ventricular relaxation indices and in the sum of ST segment deviations. None of the measured parameters differed significantly from their respective baseline values during HBOC-201 infusion. By contrast, ejection fraction (EF), cardiac output (CO) and minimal rate of LV pressure change (dP/dTMIN) decreased significantly and the end diastolic pressure (EDP) and time constant of relaxation increased significantly during dry occlusions (P<0.05). The end diastolic pressure-volume relationship (EDPVR) at the fixed pressure level of 30 mmHg (V30), an index of myocardial compliance, reflected greater myocardial stiffness during dry occlusions compared to occlusions with HBOC-201 infusion. Intracoronary infusion of oxygenated HBOC-201 is capable of preserving left ventricular function, likely through maintenance of myocardial oxygenation. It is hypothesised, that in an acute setting, HBOC-201 could serve as an oxygen bridge to reperfusion by PCI extending the "golden" time period during which permanent myocardial damage is unlikely.

  17. Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PPCI in acute myocardial infarction complicated with cardiogenic shock in a newly emerging cardiac center in Nepal

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    • BACKGROUND: Acute myocardial infarction (AMI is complicated by cardiogenic shock in 7~10% of patients. Mortality rate is exceedingly high and reaches 70-80% in those treated conservatively. Large thrombolytic trials demonstrate 60% mortality with most effective thrombolytic agent.
    • METHODS: In between September 2005 to August 2008 total PCI in Shahid Gangalal National Heart Center (SGNHC in Nepal was 452. Among them primary PCI (PPCI in AMI with cardiogenic shock was done in only 16 patients (3.5%.
    • RESULTS: This study showed in-hospital mortality of 50% (n = 8. Of 50% (n = 8 alive patients with cardiogenic shock who underwent PPCI, 6  atients are in routine follow-up over 12 months and 2 were doing well in subsequent 6 months but not in follow up after that.
    • CONCLUSION: Primary PCI in AMI complicated by cardiogenic shock has lower mortality and improved outcome. High cost, high in-hospital ortality and lack of trained personnel are major limitations.
    • KEY WORDS: Primary percutaneous coronary intervention, acute myocardial infarction, cardiogenic shock, SGNHC (Shahid Gangalal National Heart Center.

  18. Does a skeletonized internal thoracic artery give fewer postoperative complications than a pedicled artery for patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting?

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    Fouquet, Olivier; Tariel, François; Desulauze, Pierre; Mével, Gwenaël

    2015-05-01

    A best evidence topic in cardiac surgery was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was 'Does a skeletonized internal thoracic artery (ITA) give fewer postoperative complications than a pedicled artery for patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting?' Altogether, 98 papers were found using the reported search, of which 11 represented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. Papers about patency of skeletonized versus pedicled internal thoracic artery were excluded. The analysed complications were essentially mediastinitis, superficial sternal infection, wound infection, chest pain and pulmonary function. The authors, journal, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes and results of these papers are tabulated. Grafts used were either single ITA (LITA or RITA, left or right, respectively) or bilateral ITAs (BITAs). One prospective randomized controlled trial was identified, which found that benefits of skeletonized harvesting included increased graft length, increased graft flow and decreased incidence of mediastinitis. All of the six studies concerning wound infection demonstrate fewer complications when ITA is skeletonized. One of the three papers describing postoperative mortality demonstrated lower 30-day mortality, but there was no long-term analysis. Three studies describing postoperative chest pain reported a lower score on the visual analogue scale (VAS) within 30 days. One of them indicates that the pedicled group has a significantly greater VAS, pain disability index and short-form McGill Pain questionnaire score at 1 and 3 months. The hospital stay was shorter for three studies conducted on this subject. One study about pulmonary function reported a better ratio of pre- versus postoperative values of forced vital capacity. Despite longer operating times, skeletonization leads to fewer wound infections, reduced chest pain, allows a shorter hospital stay and better

  19. Una complicación inusual del colgajo de Björk en la traqueotomía electiva An unusual complication of Björk flap in elective tracheotomy

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    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Introducción. La traqueotomía temporal electiva se emplea con frecuencia en intervenciones realizadas en el territorio cervicofacial. El colgajo de pared traqueal anterior de base inferior (colgajo de Björk facilita el cambio de cánula en el periodo postoperatorio. Caso clínico. Paciente intervenido de un cáncer oral al que tras haberse cerrado el traqueostoma se le descubrió de forma casual un hilo de sutura en la luz traqueal. Dada la dificultad de su retirada por vía endoscópica y ausencia de sintomatología, se decidió no retirarlo. Discusión. La traqueotomía electiva en oncología cervicofacial asegura la vía aérea, pero presenta también complicaciones. Es muy importante un adecuado manejo del traqueostoma, independientemente de que se elija un cierre primario o secundario del mismo.Introduction. Elective temporary tracheotomy in often performed in head and neck oncologic surgery. An inferiorly hinged tracheal flap (Björk flap provides a secure airway in the inmediate postoperative period. Clinical case. This patient underwent resection of an oral cancer and subsequent tracheotomy. After deccanulation, a piece of suture was found into the trachea as an incidental discovery. There were no symptoms related to it, and it was not possible to remove it from the anterior tracheal wall by means of endoscopy, so it was left in place. Discussion. Elective tracheotomy in head and neck resection for malignancy safeguards the airway, but also has complications. It is very important a careful management of the stoma, without regard if a primary or secundary closure of it is chosen.

  20. A novel point-of-care enoxaparin monitor for use during percutaneous coronary intervention. Results of the Evaluating Enoxaparin Clotting Times (ELECT) Study.

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    Moliterno, David J; Hermiller, James B; Kereiakes, Dean J; Yow, Eric; Applegate, Robert J; Braden, Gregory A; Dippel, Eric J; Furman, Mark I; Grines, Cindy L; Kleiman, Neal S; Levine, Glenn N; Mann, Tift; Nair, Ravi N; Stine, Ronald A; Yacubov, Steven J; Tcheng, James E

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    The aim of this study was to discern a target range of anticoagulation for enoxaparin during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) as measured by the Rapidpoint ENOX (Pharmanetics Inc., Morrisville, North Carolina), a new point-of-care test. In the U.S., enoxaparin has been used in only a small proportion of PCI procedures, partly because a rapid enoxaparin-specific assay was unavailable. We analyzed data from 445 enrolled patients receiving subcutaneous or intravenous enoxaparin in a prospective, multicenter study. Serial anticoagulation measurements and clinical outcomes were recorded. The in-hospital composite occurrence of death, myocardial infarction, and urgent target vessel revascularization was 5.4%, and Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) major bleeding, minor bleeding, and any reported bleeding occurred in 0.2%, 1.3%, and 7.9% of patients, respectively. No significant association between procedural ENOX times and ischemic events was observed (p = 0.222), although the event rate was 4.0% among those with ENOX times between 250 to 450 s versus 7.2% for those outside this range (p = 0.134). Increasing ENOX time at sheath removal was correlated with any bleeding (p = 0.010) with a 1% increase for every approximately 30-s rise. Ischemic events were infrequent, and the rate appeared lowest in the mid-range of ENOX times. Bleeding events increased with increasing ENOX times. These observations, combined with a suggested procedural anti-Xa level of 0.8 to 1.8 IU/ml, translate into a recommended ENOX time range of 250 to 450 s for PCI and <200 to 250 s for sheath removal.

  1. Gastroscopy-related adverse cardiac events and bleeding complications among patients treated with coronary stents and dual antiplatelet therapy

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    Egholm, Gro; Thim, Troels; Madsen, Morten

    2016-01-01

    events and hemostatic intervention, respectively. Medical records were reviewed to obtain information on exposure to DAPT. Results: We identified 22 654 PCI patients of whom 1497 patients (6.6 %) underwent gastroscopy. Twenty-two patients (1.5 %) suffered an adverse cardiac event, 93 patients (6...... of adverse cardiac events and gastroscopy-related bleeding complications within 30 days of gastroscopy, and (3) the association between antiplatelet therapy and these events. Patients and methods: Patients receiving gastroscopy within 12 months of PCI were identified and two nested case-control analyses were...... performed within the PCI cohort by linking Danish medical registries. Cases were patients with adverse cardiac events (cardiac death, myocardial infarction, or stent thrombosis) or hemostatic intervention. In both studies, controls were patients with gastroscopy including biopsy without adverse cardiac...

  2. Elective ilioingunial lymph node irradiation

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    Henderson, R.H.; Parsons, J.T.; Morgan, L.; Million, R.R.

    1984-06-01

    Most radiologists accept that modest doses of irradiation (4500-5000 rad/4 1/2-5 weeks) can control subclinical regional lymph node metastases from squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck and adenocarcinomas of the breast. There have been few reports concerning elective irradiation of the ilioinguinal region. Between October 1964 and March 1980, 91 patients whose primary cancers placed the ilioinguinal lymph nodes at risk received elective irradiation at the University of Florida. Included are patients with cancers of the vulva, penis, urethra, anus and lower anal canal, and cervix or vaginal cancers that involved the distal one-third of the vagina. In 81 patients, both inguinal areas were clinically negative; in 10 patients, one inguinal area was positive and the other negative by clinical examination. The single significant complication was a bilateral femoral neck fracture. The inguinal areas of four patients developed mild to moderate fibrosis. One patient with moderate fibrosis had bilateral mild leg edema that was questionably related to irradiation. Complications were dose-related. The advantages and dis-advantages of elective ilioinguinal node irradiation versus elective inguinal lymph node dissection or no elective treatment are discussed.

  3. Coronary computed tomography angiography - Tolerability of β-blockers and contrast media, and temporal changes in radiation dose

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    Pedersen, Charlotte; Thomsen, Camilla F; Hosbond, Susanne Elisabeth

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Objective: To determine the risk of administration of β-blockers, contrast induced nephropathy (CIN) and trend in x-rays use, during coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA). Methods: A total of 416 patients were referred for elective CCTA. To achieve a resting heart rate below 60.......0001. Conclusions: In terms of side effects to β-blockers and contrast media, there were no short term complications to CCTA. Furthermore the radiation dose was dramatically diminished over the last three years....

  4. Asociación entre el estado de infección por VIH y complicaciones infecciosas poscesárea electiva Association between HIV infection status and infectious complications after an elective c-section

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    Romina Tejada

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos. Determinar la asociación entre VIH y complicaciones infecciosas (CI después de una cesárea electiva. Materiales y métodos. Estudio de cohortes no concurrentes; se revisaron las historias clínicas de 237 cesáreas electivas en gestantes VIH reactivas atendidas en el Instituto Nacional Materno Perinatal de Perú, realizadas entre 2004 a 2012. Estas fueron pareadas por cirujano y fecha de cesárea con 237 gestantes VIH no reactivas. Se recogieron datos sociodemográficos, clínicos, características de la cesárea y relacionados a la infección por el VIH. Las CI se evaluaron según las recomendaciones del NHI Consensus Development Task Force. Se realizó el análisis bivariado con un nivel de significación del 5% y el cálculo del Odds Ratio (OR con intervalo de confianza (IC al 95%. Se construyó un modelo de regresión logística condicional. Resultados. El 13,9% de mujeres VIH positivas presentaron CI y 9,7% del grupo control (OR: 1,5 IC95% [0,9-2,7]; las expuestas (mujeres con VIH tuvieron mayor probabilidad de tener una infección del tracto urinario (ITU que las no expuestas (ORa: 4,5 IC95% [1,4-14,5]. Se encontró asociación entre CI y el tipo de incisión (ORa: 2,3 IC95% [1,1-4,5] y el tiempo de hospitalización (6 frente a 3 días, pObjectives: To determine the connection between HIV and infectious complications (IC after an elective C-section. Materials and methods. A non-concurrent cohort study was conducted, in which the clinical records of 237 elective C-sections on HIV-positive pregnant women who gave birth at the Instituto Nacional Materno Perinatal (National Maternal Perinatal Institute between 2004 and 2012 were revised. The records were matched by surgeon and C-section date, with 237 HIV-negative pregnant women. Socio-demographic and clinical data were collected, along with characteristics of the C-section and data related to the HIV infection. IC were evaluated according to the NIH Consensus Development Task

  5. Preoperative percutaneous coronary intervention in patients undergoing open thoracoabdominal and descending thoracic aneurysm repair.

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    Girardi, Leonard N; Rabotnikov, Yury; Avgerinos, Dimitrios V

    2014-01-01

    Current guidelines have recommended against coronary revascularization before noncardiac surgery in patients with asymptomatic coronary artery disease. However, myocardial infarction after thoracic aneurysm (TA) repair dramatically increases the morbidity and mortality. Revascularization with coronary artery bypass grafting before TA repair minimizes the incidence of perioperative ischemia. However, the recovery can be prolonged, and a percentage of patients will either never return for aneurysm repair or will develop a rupture during convalescence. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) before TA repair might be preferable. Previous studies examining PCI before major vascular surgery included few patients with TAs. We examined the outcomes of patients undergoing PCI before TA repair. From 1997 to 2012, 592 patients underwent TA repair. Patients presenting for elective repair underwent cardiac catheterization before surgery. Those with significant single- or double-vessel coronary artery disease underwent PCI. The perioperative outcomes were examined and compared with those of patients undergoing TA repair without revascularization. A total of 44 patients (7.4%) underwent PCI with bare metal stents before surgery. No PCI-related complications occurred. Dual antiplatelet therapy was administered for 4 to 6 weeks. No instances of aneurysm rupture occurred in the interval between PCI and surgery. The incidence of stent thrombosis, myocardial infarction, and mortality for those undergoing PCI was 0. No bleeding complications occurred. PCI is safe and efficacious in patients undergoing TA repair. Aneurysm rupture did not occur in the interval before surgery. Antiplatelet therapy did not increase the risk of bleeding complications. Stent thrombosis was not seen. We recommend PCI those with significant single- or double-vessel coronary artery disease before elective TA repair. Copyright © 2014 The American Association for Thoracic Surgery. Published by Mosby, Inc

  6. Elections to Staff Council

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    2013 Elections to Staff Council   Vote! Make your voice heard and be many to elect the new Staff Council. More details on the elections can be found on the Staff Association web site (https://ap-vote.web.cern.ch/elections-2013).   Timetable elections Monday 28 October to Monday 11 November, 12:00 am voting Monday 18 and Monday 25 November, publication of the results in Echo Tuesday 19 November, Staff Association Assizes Tuesday 3 December, first meeting of the new Staff Council and election of the new Executive Committee The voting procedure is monitored by the Election Committee.

  7. Coronary Angiography

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    ... is used to diagnose coronary heart disease and coronary microvascular disease after chest pain, sudden cardiac arrest, or abnormal ... Cardiac CT Scan Clinical Trials Coronary Heart Disease Coronary Microvascular Disease Electrocardiogram Heart Attack Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Stents Stress ...

  8. Predictors, Trends, and Outcomes (Among Older Patients ≥65 Years of Age) Associated With Beta-Blocker Use in Patients With Stable Angina Undergoing Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: Insights From the NCDR Registry.

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    Motivala, Apurva A; Parikh, Valay; Roe, Matthew; Dai, David; Abbott, J Dawn; Prasad, Abhiram; Mukherjee, Debabrata

    2016-08-22

    This study sought to examine predictors, trends, and outcomes associated with β-blocker prescriptions at discharge in patients with stable angina without prior history of myocardial infarction (MI) or systolic heart failure (HF) undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The benefits of β-blockers in patients with MI and/or systolic HF are well established. However, whether β-blockers affect outcomes in patients with stable angina, especially after PCI, remains uncertain. We included patients with stable angina without prior history of MI, left ventricular systolic dysfunction (left ventricular ejection fraction blocker prescriptions at discharge. All-cause mortality (primary endpoint), revascularization, or hospitalization related to MI, HF, or stroke at 30-day and 3-year follow-up were analyzed among patients ≥65 years of age. A total of 755,215 patients from 1,443 sites were studied, and 71.4% population of our cohort was discharged on β-blockers. At 3-year follow-up among patients ≥65 years of age with CMS data linkage (16.3% of the studied population), there was no difference in adjusted mortality rate (14.0% vs. 13.3%; adjusted hazard ratio [HR]: 1.00; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.96 to 1.03; p = 0.84), MI (4.2% vs. 3.9%; adjusted HR: 1.00; 95% CI: 0.93 to 1.07; p = 0.92), stroke (2.3% vs. 2.0%; adjusted HR: 1.08; 95% CI: 0.98 to 1.18; p = 0.14) or revascularization (18.2% vs. 17.8%; adjusted HR: 0.97; 95% CI: 0.94 to 1.01; p = 0.10) with β-blocker prescription. However, discharge on β-blockers was associated with more HF readmissions at 3-year follow-up (8.0% vs. 6.1%; adjusted HR: 1.18; 95% CI: 1.12 to 1.25; p blockers at the index discharge in our cohort (p blocker use at discharge was not associated with any reduction in cardiovascular morbidity or mortality at 30-day and at 3-year follow-up. Over time, β-blockers use at discharge in this population has continued to increase. Copyright © 2016 American College

  9. The peri-operative management of anti-platelet therapy in elective, non-cardiac surgery.

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    Alcock, Richard F; Naoum, Chris; Aliprandi-Costa, Bernadette; Hillis, Graham S; Brieger, David B

    2013-07-31

    Cardiovascular complications are important causes of morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing elective non-cardiac surgery, with adverse cardiac outcomes estimated to occur in approximately 4% of all patients. Anti-platelet therapy withdrawal may precede up to 10% of acute cardiovascular syndromes, with withdrawal in the peri-operative setting incompletely appraised. The aims of our study were to determine the proportion of patients undergoing elective non-cardiac surgery currently prescribed anti-platelet therapy, and identify current practice in peri-operative management. In addition, the relationship between management of anti-platelet therapy and peri-operative cardiac risk was assessed. We evaluated consecutive patients attending elective non-cardiac surgery at a major tertiary referral centre. Clinical and biochemical data were collected and analysed on patients currently prescribed anti-platelet therapy. Peri-operative management of anti-platelet therapy was compared with estimated peri-operative cardiac risk. Included were 2950 consecutive patients, with 516 (17%) prescribed anti-platelet therapy, primarily for ischaemic heart disease. Two hundred and eighty nine (56%) patients had all anti-platelet therapy ceased in the peri-operative period, including 49% of patients with ischaemic heart disease and 46% of patients with previous coronary stenting. Peri-operative cardiac risk score did not influence anti-platelet therapy management. Approximately 17% of patients undergoing elective non-cardiac surgery are prescribed anti-platelet therapy, the predominant indication being for ischaemic heart disease. Almost half of all patients with previous coronary stenting had no anti-platelet therapy during the peri-operative period. The decision to cease anti-platelet therapy, which occurred commonly, did not appear to be guided by peri-operative cardiac risk stratification. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Elective amputation of a "healthy limb".

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    Blom, Rianne M; Guglielmi, Valeria; Denys, Damiaan

    2016-10-01

    Patients with body integrity identity disorder (BIID) experience a strong desire for amputation from very early on. BIID patients are often dismissed when they share their wish for amputation with surgeons. Consequently, patients resort to self-amputation, including complications and sometimes death. BIID patients are not psychotic and are mentally competent to oversee the consequences of an elective amputation. The authors offer arguments in favor of elective amputation.

  11. Impact of the New York State Cardiac Surgery and Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Reporting System on the management of patients with acute myocardial infarction complicated by cardiogenic shock.

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    Apolito, Renato A; Greenberg, Mark A; Menegus, Mark A; Lowe, April M; Sleeper, Lynn A; Goldberger, Mark H; Remick, Joshua; Radford, Martha J; Hochman, Judith S

    2008-02-01

    Studies suggest that the New York State Cardiac Surgery and Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Reporting System, which makes public the operator-specific mortality for patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), may deter operators from providing revascularization to high-risk cardiac patients in New York compared to other states. We performed a retrospective analysis of 545 US patients with acute myocardial infarction and cardiogenic shock due to predominant left ventricular failure enrolled in the SHOCK Registry. Adjusting for case mix using a propensity score method, we compared the use of coronary angiography, PCI, CABG, and outcomes between 220 patients in New York and 325 in other states. New York patients were older with similar or less severe baseline characteristics. After propensity score adjustment, New York patients were less likely than non-New York patients to undergo coronary angiography (odds ratio 0.46, 95% CI 0.31-0.68, P < .001) and PCI (odds ratio 0.51, 95% CI 0.33-0.77, P = .002). Coronary artery bypass graft rates were similarly low (14.1% vs 15.1%, P = not significant), but New York patients waited significantly longer after shock onset for surgery (101.2 vs 10.3 hours, P < .001) with only 32.3% of New York patients vs 75.5% of non-New York patients (P < .001) taken for CABG within 3 days of shock onset. In our propensity-adjusted retrospective analysis, New York patients with acute myocardial infarction and cardiogenic shock were less likely to undergo coronary angiography and PCI and waited significantly longer to receive CABG than their non-New York counterparts. These findings suggest that state-required reporting to the New York State Cardiac Surgery and Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Reporting System may result in the reluctance to revascularize the highest-risk cardiac patients.

  12. Use of preoperative bowel preparation in elective colorectal surgery in Denmark remains high

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    Andersen, Julie; Thorup, Jens; Wille-Jørgensen, Peer

    2011-01-01

    Previous studies have shown that preoperative bowel preparation does not influence the frequency of postoperative complications after elective open colonic resections. The Danish Colorectal Cancer Group (DCCG) recommends that mechanical bowel preparation (MBP) should be omitted prior to elective...

  13. Waking up from coronary bypass surgery and one eye does not move right.

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    Haji, Shamir; Mittal, Manoj K; Wijdicks, Eelco F

    2012-06-01

    Complications of coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) include acute oculomotor nerve palsy secondary to ischemic stroke and pituitary apoplexy. These can present with impairment of extraocular muscle function as well as involvement or sparing of the pupil. We report the case of a 58-year-old male admitted for elective CABG surgery for severe coronary artery disease and found to have a pupil-sparing partial oculomotor palsy post-procedure. Neurological examination revealed left pupil-sparing isolated medial rectus and levator palpebrae superioris paresis. Magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated acute midbrain infarction. Acute pupil-sparing partial oculomotor nerve palsy should be recognized as a neurological complication of cardiac surgery. Pupillary involvement can be helpful in identifying the underlying etiology.

  14. Election '88: Teacher Packet.

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    North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. of Social Studies Education.

    This materials packet contains information on teaching about the electoral process and the elections of 1988, and on participation in a mock election for students whose schools would take part in the 1988 North Carolina Mock Election. Suggestions for teachers' preparations are given, including a classroom skit and a mock candidates' election…

  15. The Election Machine

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    Vadgaard, Anne Kathrine Pihl

    2016-01-01

    When democratic elections run smoothly, the practices that ensure a direct – free and fair – link from the will of the people to those who govern are mostly hidden in the bureaucratic machinery of elections. These administrative aspects of elections are seen as a background to the political delib...

  16. Transfusion requirements in elective cardiopulmonary bypass surgery patients

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    Sivapalan, Praleene; Bäck, Anne Caroline; Ostrowski, Sisse Rye

    2017-01-01

    Managing haemostasis in patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) surgery remains a challenge. There is no established laboratory test to predict transfusion requirements in cardiac surgery. We investigated whether preoperative Thromboelastography (TEG) with Platelet Mapping Assay (PMA......) or Multiple Electrode Aggrometry (MEA) could predict transfusion requirements in patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) or combined CABG with aortic or mitral valve replacement. We prospectively investigated 199 patients undergoing elective CABG or combined procedures. PMA and MEA...

  17. Complicações respiratórias no pós-operatório de cirurgias eletivas e de urgência e emergência em um hospital universitário Postoperative respiratory complications from elective and urgent/emergency surgery performed at a university hospital

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    Luiz Joia Neto

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: As complicações respiratórias têm sido foco de estudos por aumentarem a morbidade e a mortalidade no pós-operatório e o custo do tratamento. OBJETIVO: Estimar a incidência das complicações respiratórias em pacientes submetidos aos procedimentos cirúrgicos eletivos e de urgência/emergência e associá-las aos seus possíveis fatores de risco. MÉTODO: Estudo de coorte retrospectivo de pacientes submetidos à cirurgia eletiva ou de urgência/emergência em hospital universitário durante o ano de 2001. A amostra foi restrita aos pacientes que permaneceram por no mínimo 24 horas internados após a cirurgia. Os dados foram coletados a partir dos prontuários, conforme protocolo. RESULTADOS: Dos 5.075 pacientes submetidos à cirurgia eletiva ou de urgência/emergência durante o ano de 2001, foram estudados 1.345 (26,5%. Não houve diferença estatisticamente significativa entre as cirurgias eletivas e as de urgência/emergência quanto à associação de complicações respiratórias. A incidência de complicações respiratórias foi de 11,7%. A pneumonia foi a complicação mais freqüente (52,5%. A mortalidade global foi de 7,2% e 27,8% delas estavam associadas a complicações respiratórias. CONCLUSÃO: A incidência de complicações respiratórias foi de 11,7% (11,3% nas cirurgias eletivas e 12,3% nas urgência/emergências. A pneumonia foi a complicação mais freqüente. Os fatores de risco associados às complicações respiratórias foram: doença pulmonar prévia, uso de sonda nasogástrica, internação na unidade de terapia intensiva e uso de tubo endotraqueal ou traqueostomia.BACKGROUND: Respiratory complications have been the focus of studies aiming to identify methods of reducing postoperative morbidity/mortality and controlling the cost of treatment. OBJECTIVES: To estimate the incidence of the respiratory complications in patients submitted to elective or urgent/emergency surgical procedures and

  18. Cardiac complications of radiation therapy. Complications cardiaques de la radiotherapie

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    Ferrari, E.; Baudouy, M.; Morand, P. (Hopital Pasteur, 06 - Nice (France)); Lagrange, J.L. (Centre de Lutte Contre le Cancer Antoine Lacassagne, 06 - Nice (France)); Taillan, B. (Hopital de Cimiez, 06 - Nice (France))

    1993-01-01

    In this article, the authors expose the possible cardiac complications following a radiation therapy: pericarditis, effects on ventricular function, coronary lesions, valvular lesions, electrocardiographic anomalies and pace-maker disfunction.

  19. Coronary artery fistulas

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    V. M. Subbotin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Coronary artery fistulas are classified as abnormalities of termination and referred to as major congenital anomalies. Most coronary artery fistulas are small, unaccompanied by clinical symptoms, and diagnosed by echocardiography or coronarography performed for an unrelated cause. Such fistulas usually do not cause any complications and can spontaneously resolve. However, larger fistulas are usually >3 tones the size of a normal caliber of a coronary artery and may give rise to clinical symptoms in these cases. The clinical symptoms of coronary artery fistulas may mimic those of various heart diseases depending on which chamber a fistula drains into. Most fistulas are congenital. Congenital coronary artery fistulas may occur as an isolated malformation or be concurrent with other cardiac anomalies, more frequently with critical pulmonary stenosis or atresia with an intact interventricular septum and pulmonary stenoses, Fallot's tetralogy, aortic coarctation, and left heart hypoplasia. When choosing a treatment modality, one should take into account the number of fistula communications, the feeding vessel, localization of drainage, degree of myocardial damage, and hemodynamic relevance of the shunt caused by the presence of a fistula. The goal of treatment is to obliterate a fistula by preserving normal coronary blood flow. The risk for persisting fistula should be balanced with the potential risk of complications related to a procedure of coronarography and fistula occlusion. Percutaneous transcatheter coil occlusion of coronary artery fistulas is the modality of choice in children with the suitable anatomy of fistula communications and without concomitant congenital heart diseases.

  20. Coronary Arteries

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    ... animations for grades K-6. The Coronary Arteries Coronary Circulation The heart muscle, like every other organ or ... the heart by its own vascular system, called coronary circulation. The aorta (the main blood supplier to the ...

  1. Elective Mutism: A Tutorial.

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    Harris, Holly F.

    1996-01-01

    This article provides information on elective mutism, a persistent refusal to talk despite the ability to speak and comprehend spoken language. It covers the history, characteristics, classification, differential diagnosis, and treatment of elective mutism. Treatments covered include psychodynamic, family intervention, behavior modification, drug…

  2. Cardiogenic shock as a complication of acute mitral valve regurgitation following posteromedial papillary muscle infarction in the absence of coronary artery disease

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    Frati Giacomo

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A 48 year old man was transferred to our department with cardiogenic shock, pyrexia, a high white cell count and significant serum troponin T level. Clinical evaluation revealed severe mitral regurgitation secondary to a flail of both mitral valve leaflets. An emergency cardiac catheterisation did not reveal any significant coronary artery disease. Left ventricular angiogram and echocardiography demonstrated a good left ventricular function and massive mitral regurgitation. Blood cultures were negative for aerobics, anaerobics and fungi. The patient underwent emergency mitral valve replacement with a mechanical valve. Intraoperatively, the posteromedial papillary muscle was found to be ruptured. Histology of the papillary muscle revealed myocardial necrosis with no signs of infection. Cultures obtained from a mitral valve specimen were negative. The patient's recovery was uneventful and he was discharged on the 6th postoperative day.

  3. Analysis of early effect of surgical treatment in patients with coronary heart disease complicated by moderate-to-severe ischemic mitral regurgitation

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    Jin WANG

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective To probe into the early effect of surgical treatment in coronary atherosclerotic heart disease (CAD patients with moderate-to-severe ischemic mitral regurgitation (IMR. Methods A total of 175 CAD patients with moderateto- severe IMR undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG from December 1999 to December 2010 were analyzed retrospectively. Based on the method applied during surgery, 108 patients were assigned to CABG group, undergoing CABG alone, and 67 to CABG+MVP/R group, undergoing CABG plus concomitant mitral valvuloplasty/repair (MVP/R. Differences between groups were compared in age, gender, numbers of the conduits, application of intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP and ventricular assist device (VAD, perioperative mortality, and other concomitant procedures (i.e. aortic valve replacement, resection of the heart wall aneurysm, repair of the septal defect repair. Differences within the groups were looked for in terms of left atrial diameter (LA, left ventricular ending diastolic diameter (LVEDD, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF, mitral regurgitation degree, systolic pulmonary artery pressure (sPAP, and cardiac function (NYHA classification, pre-operatively and post-operatively. Results  The differences between the groups showed no statistical significance in terms of age, gender, numbers of conduits, application of IABP and VAD, peri-operative mortality, and concomitant procedures (P > 0.05. LA, LVEDD, mitral regurgitation, sPAP, and cardiac function (NYHA classification after operation were improved obviously in both groups compared with that before operation (P 0.05. Conclusions The comprehensive and aggressive surgery did not result in more ideal early effect to CAD patients with moderate-to-severe IMR. Based on the total revascularization, we can choose simpler, safer, and more effective surgical methods.

  4. Biocompatibility of Coronary Stents

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    Thamarasee M. Jeewandara

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Cardiovascular disease is the dominant cause of mortality in developed countries, with coronary artery disease (CAD a predominant contributor. The development of stents to treat CAD was a significant innovation, facilitating effective percutaneous coronary revascularization. Coronary stents have evolved from bare metal compositions, to incorporate advances in pharmacological therapy in what are now known as drug eluting stents (DES. Deployment of a stent overcomes some limitations of balloon angioplasty alone, but provides an acute stimulus for thrombus formation and promotes neointimal hyperplasia. First generation DES effectively reduced in-stent restenosis, but profoundly delay healing and are susceptible to late stent thrombosis, leading to significant clinical complications in the long term. This review characterizes the development of coronary stents, detailing the incremental improvements, which aim to attenuate the major clinical complications of thrombosis and restenosis. Despite these enhancements, coronary stents remain fundamentally incompatible with the vasculature, an issue which has largely gone unaddressed. We highlight the latest modifications and research directions that promise to more holistically design coronary implants that are truly biocompatible.

  5. The role of eptifibatide in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention.

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    Zeymer, Uwe

    2007-06-01

    Glycoprotein (GP) IIb/IIIa receptor antagonists inhibit the binding of ligands to activated platelet GP IIb/IIIa receptors and, therefore, prevent the formation of platelet thrombi. They have been extensively studied in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Eptifibatide, one of the approved GP IIb/IIIa inhibitors, is a small heptapeptide that is highly selective and rapidly dissociates from its receptor after cessation of therapy. In clinical studies, concomitant administration of eptifibatide in patients undergoing elective PCI reduced thrombotic complications in the IMPACT-II (Integrilin to Minimize Platelet Aggregation and Prevent Coronary Thrombosis II) and ESPRIT (Enhanced Suppression of the Platelet IIb/IIIa Receptor with Integrilin Therapy) trials. In the PURSUIT (Platelet Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa in Unstable Angina: Receptor Suppression Using Integrilin Therapy) trial, which included 10,948 patients with non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndromes, eptifibatide significantly reduced the primary end point of death and non-fatal myocardial infarction at 30 days compared with placebo. In patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), eptifibatide has been studied as adjunct to primary PCI and improved epicardial flow and tissue reperfusion. Studies are now evaluating eptifibatide in high-risk patients with non-ST elevation acute coronary syndromes (NSTE-ACS) and a planned early invasive strategy in the EARLY-ACS (Eptifibatide Administration prior to Diagnostic Catherization and Revascularization to Limit Myocardial Necrosis in Acute Coronary Syndrome) trial and in patients with primary PCI for STEMI in comparison to abciximab in the EVA-AMI (Eptifibatide versus Abciximab in Primary PCI for Acute Myocardial Infarction) trial. After the completion of these trials, the value of etifibatide in patients undergoing PCI in different indications can be determined.

  6. Elective Tracheotomy Practices in Turkey.

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    Gucyetmez, Bulent; Atalan, Hakan Korkut; Cakar, Nahit

    2016-01-01

    Elective tracheotomy (ET) procedures in intensive care units (ICU) might be different in accordance with countries and ICUs' features. The aim of the present study was to search the epidemiology of ET procedures in Turkey. A questionnaire which consists of 43 questions was sent by e-mail to 238 ICUs which were officially recognized by The Turkish Ministry of Health. All answers were obtained between August 1, 2015 and August 31, 2015. Two hundred and three ICUs (85.3%) participated in this study. 177 (87.2%) and 169 (83.4%) of ICU's were level III and mixed ICUs respectively. Anesthesiologists were the director of 189 (93.0%) ICUs. Estimated total count of admitted, mechanically ventilated and tracheotomized patients in 2014 were 126282, 80569 (63.8%) and 8989 (7.1%) respectively. Most common indication for ET was prolonged mechanical ventilation (76.9%). The first choice for ET procedure was percutaneous in 162 (79.8%) ICUs. Griggs guide wire dilatational forceps (GWDF) technique was used as the first choice for elective percutaneous tracheotomy (EPT) by 143 (70.4%) ICUs. Most common early EPT complication was bleeding (68.0%) and late EPT complication was stenosis (35.0%). While facilitation of weaning was most important advantage (26.1%), bleeding and tracheal complications were most important disadvantages for EPT (29.1%). Most common indications for ET are prolonged MV and coma in Turkish ICUs. EPT is the preferred procedure for ET and GWDF is the most common technique. Bronchoscopy and USG are rarely used as a guide.

  7. Successful stenting of catheter-induced unprotected left main coronary artery dissection

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    G. Ertaş; E. Ural (E.); W.J. van der Giessen (Wim)

    2012-01-01

    textabstractCatheter-induced left main coronary artery (LMCA) dissection is a dramatic, although uncommon complication of diagnostic coronary angiography and requires prompt treatment. We describe a case of iatrogenic occlusive dissection of the LMCA during coronary angiography, treated by

  8. 2016 Presidential Election Durham

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    City and County of Durham, North Carolina — Voting totals for the 2016 Presidential Election by voting method and precinct. Voting Method Definitions: PROV = Provisional IN-PERSON = In PersonABS-1STOP =...

  9. Outcome of off-pump coronary artery bypass in renal dialysis patients.

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    Liu, J-F; Lin, C-H; Chua, C-H; Chiang, S-S; Hung, H-F; Lu, M-J; Hung, C-R

    2008-10-01

    Renal dialysis patients are a subgroup at major operative risk when undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Even though CABG without cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) has decreased the surgical risk and provided good short-term results, the long-term survival seems uncertain. We report here on the long-term outcome of CABG without CPB in renal dialysis patients. From 1998 to 2002, 44 renal dialysis patients underwent elective CABG without CPB, including 17 minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass (MIDCAB) and 27 off-pump CABG (OPCAB) procedures. There were 5 one-vessel, 12 two-vessel and 27 multi-vessel coronary artery disease patients, who mainly had left internal thoracic artery (LITA) to left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) grafting with an additional saphenous vein graft to non-LAD coronaries. All 44 patients were followed up for 44.4 +/- 31.2 months. Three (6.8 %) surgical deaths within 30 days occurred and 25 late mortalities happened over a period of 2 - 79 months. The 5-year cumulative rate of total survival is 38.2 % and the freedom from cardiac death is 70.9 %. Using hazard analysis, old age (> 60 years) and incomplete coronary revascularization was found to significantly affect the total survival. CABG without CPB provided an acceptable surgical mortality and morbidity. The high incidence of non-cardiac death associated with dialysis complications had an adverse impact on the overall outcome. The LITA bypass operation method combined with intensive care for dialysis complications would hopefully fulfill the goal to improve the short- and long-term results in this subgroup.

  10. Single coronary artery; extremely rare coronary anomaly successfully treated surgically in young adult male.

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    Shah, A R

    2010-05-01

    Single coronary artery arising from aortic root, is a rare congenital anomaly. A 30-year-old male presented with acute myocardial infarction (MI) complaining of chest pain and raised troponin levels. Emergency angiography showed no coronary lesions but both left and right coronary arteries arising from single ostium. Patient was operated electively and perioperative findings confirmed the diagnosis of single coronary artery, as left coronary artery after taking origin from right sinus of valsalva runs through the septum, before dividing into left anterior descending and circumflex branches. The single coronary ostium opened with a slit like incision over the course of left main coronary, making the size of ostium three to four times bigger than the native one. In addition left internal mammary artery was harvested and grafted to the left anterior descending branch distally. Patient made successful recovery. Four months follow up dobutamine stress echo showed no inducible ischemia.

  11. Comparison of 30-Day and Long-Term Outcomes and Hospital Complications Among Patients Aged <75 Versus ≥75 Years With ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention.

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    Topaz, Guy; Finkelstein, Ariel; Flint, Nir; Shacham, Yacov; Banai, Shmuel; Steinvil, Arie; Arbel, Yaron; Keren, Gad; Yankelson, Lior

    2017-06-15

    Our aim was to evaluate the mortality rate and occurrence of complications in patients aged <75 versus ≥75 years with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). We studied 1,657 consecutive patients with STEMI hospitalized in the cardiac intensive care unit during 2008 to 2014. All patients underwent primary percutaneous intervention, of which 292 (18%) were aged ≥75 years. Patient records were evaluated for in-hospital complications, 30-day mortality, and long-term mortality over a mean period of 3.4 ± 2.1 years. Compared with younger patients, patients aged ≥75 years had a significantly higher rate of coronary disease risk factors, prolonged symptom duration (512 ± 640 vs 333 ± 545 minutes, p <0.01) and door-to-balloon time (51.1 ± 24 vs 45.6 ± 38, p = 0.02). Patients aged ≥75 years had more in-hospital noncardiac and cardiac complications, including cardiogenic shock and arrhythmia, and had higher 30-day and long-term mortalities. Cardiogenic shock was associated with increased short- and long-term mortality in the older group but was not incremental over the noncardiogenic shock cohort. In conclusion, in patients aged ≥75 years who underwent primary percutaneous intervention for STEMI, the short- and long-term mortality rate was greater than fourfold higher compared with younger patients. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Electives during medical internship.

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    Al-Sultan, Ali I; Parashar, Shyam K; Al-Ghamdi, Abdulmohsen A

    2003-09-01

    The purpose of the study was to find out the reasons for selecting elective rotations during a rotating medical internship. One hundred and seventy-eight medical interns in the College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the period March 2001 to August 2002 completed a questionnaire for their selection reasons with responses on a scale of 1-5. The study comprised 60% males and 98.3% Saudis. The most frequently chosen electives are dermatology 28.1%, radiology 20.8%, anesthesia 9.6% and otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose and throat [ENT]) 9%. Significantly, more males (89.2%) chose radiology rotation and more females (75%) chose ENT rotation. The leading reasons to choose an elective rotation are: 1. to gain broad medical training and education, 2. to assist in choice of future specialty, and 3. being relevant to future specialty. The mean score for ENT and dermatology is higher than radiology and anesthesia for the response "to participate in medical practice in different institute", while dermatology is higher than anesthesia for the response "to help getting acceptance for job in the same institute", and radiology is higher than ENT and anesthesia for the response "it has infrequent or no night duties". The reasons chosen reflect the educational value of the electives and their important role in choosing future career. Dermatology and radiology rotations are most popular electives, with additional though different reasons.

  13. Combined coronary artery bypass surgery and abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.

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    Black, J J; Desai, J B

    1995-01-01

    The proper management of patients with asymptomatic abdominal aortic aneurysms and significant coexistent coronary artery disease is still debatable. The most common approach has been to perform the coronary artery bypass surgery some weeks before the abdominal aortic aneurysm repair in the hope of reducing the cardiac morbidity and mortality. We report our initial experience of three consecutive elective cases where the coronary artery bypass surgery and the abdominal aortic aneurysm repair ...

  14. Acute coronary artery occlusion during and after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty. Frequency, prediction, clinical course, management, and follow-up

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    M.J.B.M. van den Brand (Marcel); G-J. Laarman (GertJan); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); H. Suryapranata (Harry); G. Jaarman; P.J. de Feyter (Pim); R.T. van Domburg (Ron)

    1991-01-01

    textabstractBACKGROUND. Acute coronary artery occlusion after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) continues to remain a serious complication despite significant improvement in operator performance and technological advancements. This retrospective study was performed to ascertain

  15. Efficacy and safety of abciximab in diabetic patients who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention with thienopyridines loading: a meta-analysis.

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    Yihua Wu

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: It has been controversial whether abciximab offered additional benefits for diabetic patients who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI with thienopyridines loading. METHODS: MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Cochrane library clinical trials registry, ISI Science Citation Index, ISI Web of Knowledge and China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI were searched, supplemented with manual-screening for relevant publications. Quantitative meta-analyses were performed to assess differences between abciximab groups and controls with respect to post-PCI risk of major cardiac events (MACEs, angiographic restenosis and bleeding complications. RESULTS: 9 trials were identified, involving 2,607 diabetic patients receiving PCI for coronary artery diseases. Among those patients who underwent elective PCI or primary PCI, pooling results showed that abciximab did not significantly reduce risks of MACEs (for elective-PCI patients: RR(1-month: 0.93, 95% CI: 0.60-1.44; RR(1-year: 0.95, 95% CI: 0.81-1.11; for primary-PCI patients: RR(1-month: 1.05, 95% CI: 0.70-1.57; RR(1-year: 0.98, 95% CI: 0.80-1.21, nor all-cause mortality, re-infarction and angiographic restenosis in either group. The only beneficial effect by abciximab appeared to be a decrease 1-year TLR (target lesion revascularization risk in elective-PCI patients (RR1-year: 0.83, 95% CI: 0.70-0.99. Moreover, occurrence of minor bleeding complications increased in elective-PCI patients treated with abciximab (RR: 2.94, 95% CI: 1.68-5.13, P<0.001, whereas major bleedings rate was similar (RR: 0.83, 95% CI: 0.27-2.57. CONCLUSIONS: Concomitant dosing of abciximab and thienopyridines provides no additional benefit among diabetic patients who underwent PCI; this conclusion, though, needs further confirmation in larger studies.

  16. Thromboelastography-based transfusion algorithm reduces blood product use after elective CABG: a prospective randomized study.

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    Ak, Koray; Isbir, Cemil S; Tetik, Sermin; Atalan, Nazan; Tekeli, Atike; Aljodi, Maher; Civelek, Ali; Arsan, Sinan

    2009-01-01

    Bleeding and allogeneic transfusion remain constant problems in cardiac surgical procedures. In this study, we aimed to test the role of a routine thromboelastography (TEG)-based algorithm on bleeding and transfusions in patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Patients (n = 224) undergoing elective CABG with cardiopulmonary bypass were prospectively randomized into two groups according to transfusion strategy: in group 1 (clinician-directed transfusion, n = 110) need for blood transfusion was based on clinician's discretion and standard coagulation tests and in group 2 (TEG algorithm group, n = 114) kaolin-activated (k) TEG-based algorithm-guided perioperative transfusion management. Transfusion, blood loss, and outcome data were recorded. There were no differences in consumption of packed cell units, blood loss, re-exploration for bleeding, and early clinical outcome between the groups. Patients in the TEG group had significantly lower median units of fresh frozen plasma and platelets compared with the other group (p = 0.001). The median number of total allogeneic units transfused (packed cells and blood products) was significantly reduced in the TEG group compared with the other group (median 2, range 1-3 units vs. median 3, range 2-4 units, respectively, p = 0.001). The need for tranexamic acid was significantly diminished in the TEG group compared with the other group (10.3% vs. 19%, respectively, p = 0.007). Our results show that routine use of a kTEG-guided algorithm reduces the consumption of blood products in patients undergoing elective CABG. Adopting such an algorithm into routine management of these patients may help to improve clinical outcome and reduce the potential risks of transfusion-related complications and total costs after CABG.

  17. Woven Coronary Artery Disease Successfully Managed with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A New Case Report

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    Yakup Alsancak

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Woven coronary artery is relatively rare and can be complicated in both acute and chronic phases. A few case reports have been published until now. Herein we report a case with right woven coronary artery managed with drug-eluted stent implantation without complication.

  18. Serum level of triglycerides is a potent risk factor comparable to LDL cholesterol for coronary heart disease in Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes: subanalysis of the Japan Diabetes Complications Study (JDCS).

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    Sone, Hirohito; Tanaka, Sachiko; Tanaka, Shiro; Iimuro, Satoshi; Oida, Koji; Yamasaki, Yoshimitsu; Oikawa, Shinichi; Ishibashi, Shun; Katayama, Shigehiro; Ohashi, Yasuo; Akanuma, Yasuo; Yamada, Nobuhiro

    2011-11-01

    Risk factors for cardiovascular complications in Japanese patients with diabetes have not been fully elucidated. Our objective was to determine incidence of and risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke in Japanese diabetic patients. We conducted a prospective study at 59 hospitals throughout Japan. Patients included 940 men and 831 women with type 2 diabetes (mean age, 58.2 yr) without a history of cardiovascular complications who were followed for a median of 7.86 yr. This was an observational study. Incidence of CHD and stroke was evaluated. Incidences of CHD and stroke per 1000 person-years were 9.59 and 7.45, respectively, whereas those of myocardial and brain infarctions were 3.84 and 6.29, respectively. Multivariate Cox analysis revealed that the serum log-transformed triglyceride level was a potent and independent predictor of CHD [hazard ratio (HR) = 1.54; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.22-1.94 per 1 sd increase), comparable to low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (HR = 1.49; 95% CI = 1.25-1.78 per 1 sd increase). Triglycerides and LDL cholesterol linearly and continuously increased CHD risk, and subjects in the top third for both had markedly high risks of CHD, and their effects were possibly additive. However, serum triglycerides worked independently of blood pressure levels. Systolic blood pressure was the only significant predictor for stroke except for age (HR = 1.31; 95% CI = 1.04-1.65, per 1 sd increase). In Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes, the serum triglyceride level was a leading predictor of CHD, comparable to LDL cholesterol. Because the serum triglyceride level is not a leading predictor of CHD in diabetic subjects in Western countries, ethnic group-specific strategies for prevention of diabetic macroangiopathy may be indicated.

  19. Vote. Election Program.

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    This election-education program is designed to help develop an informed electorate and to instill in future voters an appreciation of the importance of the right to vote. It provides a framework for discussions of the electoral process and gives students an opportunity to face the responsibilities and challenges associated with citizenship and…

  20. Elections to Staff Council

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    Elections to fill all seats in the Staff Council are being organized this month. The voting takes place from the 31st of October to the 14th of November, at noon. As you may have noted when reading Echo, many issues concerning our employment conditions are on the agenda of the coming months and will keep the next Staff Council very busy. So, make your voice heard and take part in the elections for a new Staff Council. By doing so, you will be encouraging the men and women who will be representing you over the next two years and they will doubtless appreciate your gratitude. Every member of the Staff Association will have received an email containing a link to the webpage which will allow voting. If you are a member of the Staff Association and you did not receive such an email, please contact the Staff Association secretariat (staff.association@cern.ch). Do not forget to vote * * * * * * * Vote Make your voice heard and be many to elect the new Staff Council. More details on the election...

  1. Elective cesarean delivery for term breech

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    Krebs, Lone; Langhoff-Roos, Jens

    2003-01-01

    and anemia (RR 0.91; 95% CI 0.84, 0.97), and operations for wound infection (RR 0.69; 95% CI 0.57, 0.83) than emergency cesarean delivery. There was a higher rate of puerperal fever and pelvic infection (RR 1.20; 95% CI 1.11, 1.25) than for vaginal delivery. Thromboembolic disease occurred in 0.1% of women...... with cesarean delivery, and anal sphincter rupture occurred in 1.7% of women with vaginal delivery. Elective cesarean delivery was not associated with subsequent ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, placental complications, uterine rupture, or adverse neonatal outcome. Women with elective cesarean delivery were more...... often delivered by elective cesarean in their second pregnancy, compared with women delivered vaginally (RR 1.25; 95% CI 1.21, 1.29). Elective cesarean delivery was associated with a lower rate of a subsequent delivery during the study period and a longer mean delivery interval than for vaginal delivery...

  2. ELECTION - A STRESSFUL LIFE EVENT

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    Gautam, Shiv; Aggarwal, Rajeev; Sharma, Himanshu

    1997-01-01

    54 patients who sought consultation at this centre after developing psychiatric illness following local panchayat elections in Rajasthan were studied. The study aims to find out whether election is a stressful life event, relationship of socio-demographic characteristics, role of process of election, and nature of psychiatric illness as related to election stress. This group was compared to general psychiatric patients randomly selected from the same hospital, with or without other stressful ...

  3. Medical electives: Students perspective.

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    Ahsin, Sadia; Saeed, Gule Naghma

    2016-04-01

    To identify possible learning targets of undergraduates who opted for local and foreign medical electives and to quantify their level of achievement. The cross-sectional study was conducted at Foundation University Medical College, Islamabad, in February 2014, and apprised undergraduates of either gender from second to final year MBBS who had already done medical electives in local or foreign hospitals for 2-4 weeks. Data collection tool was an anonymous questionnaire with four possible intended learning areas; career choice, learning from advanced system, career enhancement and peer pressure. Possible learning objectives were accredited with 'yes' or 'no' option and their level of achievement were quantified on Likert scale of 1 to 5. Among the 45 undergraduates, 12(26.6%) were males and 33(73.3%)were females. A total of 26(57%) believed that electives helped them in making career choice, while 6(14%) disagreed and 7(16%) were not sure. Besides, 20(66%) students were expecting to learn from advanced system, 12(26.66%) felt that their expectations were met, and 11(24%) felt them better than expected. Career enhancement was the main objective of 16(38%) students with an achievement level of 4 and 5 in 11(24%) of students. Only 7(16%) considered peer pressure as one of the motivating factors for electives. Main professional targets of undergraduates who had done medical electives were found to be learning from advanced system and career selection and an overall significant number felt that their target achievement was up to or beyond their expectations.

  4. 2009 Elections: The Candidates Statements

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    TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 2009

    2009-01-01

    This article presents the candidates for the 2009 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) election and their statements. The candidates are: (1) Andy Gibbons (President-Elect); (2) Barbara B. Lockee (President-Elect); (3) Mary Jean Bishop (At-Large Representative); and (4) Deepak Subramony (At-Large Representative). In…

  5. Safety and outcomes of day care based coronary angioplasty--First report from India.

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    Singh, Vivek Raj; Jayaraman, Balachander; Satheesh, Santhosh; Ananthakrishna Pillai, Ajith

    2015-01-01

    The concept of day care based coronary angioplasty might be frugal especially in countries like India where epidemic of coronary disease is enduring and healthcare delivery systems are limited. Published literature addressing the feasibility and safety of day care percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) is lacking from our country. To study the safety and outcomes in stable cardiac patients undergoing day care coronary angioplasty. A single centre nonrandomized active controlled trial of patients undergoing elective transradial coronary angioplasty and same day discharge after triaging was compared with a conventional arm of hospital overnight stay. Fifty six patients with stable coronary artery disease underwent day care angioplasty. There were no major immediate adverse cardiac and cerebral events noted in the first 24 h. The procedural result followed by a 6-h observation period allowed adequate triage of patients to same-day discharge or to extended clinical observation. Apart from one possible stent thrombosis on day 3 in the treatment arm where the patent received fibrinolytic treatment in a local hospital, there were no major adverse cardiac or cerebral vascular events in the study group. The six month clinical follow up in the day care procedure group was also unevenful for any major adverse cardiac events. The study albeit small shows the feasibility and safety of day care PCI in the Indian scenario. It did not lead to additional complications compared with overnight stay. Triage of patients for an extended observation period can be performed adequately on the basis of clinical and procedural criteria. Copyright © 2015 Cardiological Society of India. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. [Complications of cocaine addiction].

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    Karila, Laurent; Lowenstein, William; Coscas, Sarah; Benyamina, Amine; Reynaud, Michel

    2009-06-20

    Addiction is a chronic relapsing disorder characterized by repetitive and compulsive drug-seeking behavior and drug abuse despite negative health or social consequences. Cocaine addiction is a significant worldwide public health problem, which has somatic, psychological, psychiatric, socio-economic and judicial complications. Some of the most frequent complications are cardiovascular effects (acute coronary syndrome, cardiac arrhythmias, increased blood pressure); respiratory effects (fibrosis, interstitial pneumonitis, pulmonary hypertension, alveolar haemorrhage, asthma exacerbation; emphysema), neurological effects (strokes, aneurysms, seizures, headaches); risk for contracting HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, sexual transmitted disease and otolaryngologic effects. Other complications are not discussed here. The vast majority of studies indicate that there are cognitive deficits induced by cocaine addiction. Attention, visual and working memories, executive functioning are affected in cocaine users. Psychiatric complications found in clinical practice are major depressive disorders, cocaine-induced paranoia, cocaine-induced compulsive foraging and panic attacks.

  7. The coronary CT angiography vision protocol: a prospective observational imaging cohort study in patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery

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    Sheth, Tej; Butler, Craig; Chow, Benjamin; Chan, M T V; Mitha, Ayesha; Nagele, Peter; Tandon, Vikas; Stewart, Lori; Graham, Michelle; Choi, G Y S; Kisten, T; Woodard, P K; Crean, Andrew; Abdul Aziz, Y F; Karthikeyan, G; Chow, C K; Szczeklik, W; Markobrada, M; Mastracci, T.; Devereaux, P J

    2012-01-01

    Introduction At present, physicians have a limited ability to predict major cardiovascular complications after non-cardiac surgery and little is known about the anatomy of coronary arteries associated with perioperative myocardial infarction. We have initiated the Coronary CT Angiography (CTA) VISION Study to (1) establish the predictive value of coronary CTA for perioperative myocardial infarction and death and (2) describe the coronary anatomy of patients that have a perioperative myocardial infarction. Methods and analysis The Coronary CTA VISION Study is prospective observational study. Preoperative coronary CTA will be performed in 1000–1500 patients with a history of vascular disease or at least three cardiovascular risk factors who are undergoing major elective non-cardiac surgery. Serial troponin will be measured 6–12 h after surgery and daily for the first 3 days after surgery. Major vascular outcomes at 30 days and 1 year after surgery will be independently adjudicated. Ethics and dissemination Coronary CTA results in a measurable radiation exposure that is similar to a nuclear perfusion scan (10–12 mSV). Treating physicians will be blinded to the CTA results until 30 days after surgery in order to provide the most unbiased assessment of its prognostic capabilities. The only exception will be the presence of a left main stenosis >50%. This approach is supported by best available current evidence that, excluding left main disease, prophylatic revascularisation prior to non-cardiac surgery does not improve outcomes. An external safety and monitoring committee is overseeing the study and will review outcome data at regular intervals. Publications describing the results of the study will be submitted to major peer-reviewed journals and presented at international medical conferences. PMID:22855630

  8. Renal function after elective total hip replacement

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    Perregaard, Helene; Damholt, Mette B; Solgaard, Søren

    2016-01-01

    Background and purpose - Acute kidney injury (AKI) is associated with increased short-term and long-term mortality in intensive care populations and in several surgical specialties, but there are very few data concerning orthopedic populations. We have studied the incidence of AKI...... involving all primary elective total hip replacements performed from January 2003 through December 2012. Patient demographics and creatinine values were registered. We evaluated the presence of CKD and AKI according to the international guidelines for kidney disease (KDIGO Acute Kidney Injury Workgroup 2013...... reduced kidney function, was seen in 374 individuals (11%). Interpretation - Development of acute kidney injury appears to be a substantial problem compared to other complications related to elective total hip arthroplasty, i.e. luxation and infection. Patients with pre-existing chronic kidney disease may...

  9. Kawasaki Disease: Complications, Treatment and Prevention

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    ... Peripheral Artery Disease Venous Thromboembolism Aortic Aneurysm More Kawasaki Disease: Complications, Treatment and Prevention Updated:May 8, ... possibility of heart and coronary artery involvement makes Kawasaki disease unpredictable, but these problems usually are not ...

  10. Trust in Internet Election

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    Markussen, Randi; Ronquillo, Lorena; Schürmann, Carsten

    2014-01-01

    This paper discusses the Decryption and Counting Ceremony held in conjunction with the internet voting trial on election day in the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development of Norway in 2013. We examine the organizers' ambition of making the decryption and counting of electronic votes...... public in order to sustain trust in internet voting. We introduce a pragmatic approach to trust that emphasises the inseparability of truth from witnessing it. Based on this and on a description of how the event was made observable and how the complexities in the counting process were disclosed, we...... discuss what we term economy of truth from the perspective of the IT community involved in the ceremony. We claim that broadening the economy of truth by including more explicitly social and political perspectives in the ceremony, and in internet elections in general, and how witnessing is brought about...

  11. CT coronary angiography vs. invasive coronary angiography in CHD

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    2012-04-01

    identified. The first addressed ethical aspects regarding the principles of beneficence, autonomy and justice, and the second addressed those regarding radiation exposition, especially when used within studies.Discussion: The discriminatory power of CT coronary angiography to identify patients with obstructive (above 50 % coronary stenoses should be regarded as “high diagnostic evidence”, to identify patients without coronary stenoses as “persuasive diagnostic evidence”. The discriminatory power of both types of coronary angiography to identify patients with or without functionally relevant coronary stenoses should be regarded as “weak diagnostic evidence”. It can be assumed that patients with a high pretest probability of CHD will need invasive coronary angiography and patients with a low pretest probability of CHD will not need subsequent revascularisation. Therefore, CT coronary angiography may be used before performing invasive coronary angiography in patients with an intermediate pretest probability of CHD. For identifying or excluding of obstructive coronary stenosis, CT coronary angiography was shown to be more cost-saving at a pretest probability of CHD of 50 % or lower, and invasive coronary angiography at a pretest probability of CHD of 70 % or higher. The use of both types of coronary angiography to identify or to exclude functionally relevant coronary stenoses should be regarded as highly cost-consuming. With regard to ethical, social or legal aspects, the following possible implications were identified: under-provision or over-provision of health care, unnecessary complications, anxiety, social stigmatisation, restriction of self-determination, unequal access to health care, unfair resource distribution and legal disputes.Conclusion: From a medical point of view, CT coronary angiography using scanners with at least 64 slices should be recommended as a test to rule out obstructive coronary stenoses in order to avoid inappropriate invasive coronary

  12. Quantum Leader Election

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    Ganz, Maor

    2009-01-01

    Leader election between n parties is known to be impossible classically. This work gives a simple algorithm that does it, based on the weak coin flipping protocol with arbitrarily small bias derived by Mochon in 2007, and recently published and simplified in Aharonov et al in 2016. A protocol with linear number of coin flipping rounds is quite simple to achieve; We further provide an improvement to logarithmic number of coin flipping rounds. This is a much improved journal version of a prepri...

  13. And after the Elections!

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    What happens to the newly elected, and the re-elected delegates after the election of the new Staff Council? It is the outgoing Staff Council which is responsible for preparing the new staff representatives to take on their new roles. To do this, information days are organized in the form of assizes. This year they will take place on November 27 in the morning; as well as on November 28, bringing together the new Staff Council. These days mainly aim to inform delegates about the role of the Staff Association (SA) at CERN, the bodies, committees, forums, etc.; with whom the SA interacts, how the work of the SA is organized, the issues on which it works. These days are like a kind of "induction". Inform, but not only! Assizes are also aiming to integrate the newcomers, inviting them to discover the various internal committees of the SA, explaining to them the challenges ahead as well as defining the action plan for 2018. They offer new delegates, if they wish, a godparent (a kind of mentor). I...

  14. And after the elections!

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    What happens to the newly elected, and the re-elected delegates after the election of the new Staff Council? (see Écho No 47-48 / 2016). It is the outgoing Staff Council which is responsible for preparing the new staff representatives to take on their new roles. To do this, information days are organized in the form of assizes. This year they took place on November 23 in the afternoon; as well as on November 24, bringing together the new Staff Council. These days mainly aim to inform delegates about the role of the Staff Association (SA) at CERN, ist the organs, committees, forums, etc.; with whom the SA interacts, how the work of the Staff Association is organization, the issues on which it works (e.g., the Five-Yearly Review..). These days are like a kind of "induction". Inform, but not only! Assizes are also aiming to integrate the newcomers, inviting them to discover the various internal committees of the SA, explaining to them the challenges ahead as well as defining the act...

  15. Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

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    ... Health Topics / Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting What Is Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) ... multiple coronary arteries during one surgery. Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Figure A shows the location of the ...

  16. Postoperative Melagatran/Ximelagatran for the Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism following Major Elective Orthopaedic Surgery : Effects of Timing of First Dose and Risk Factors for Thromboembolism and Bleeding Complications on Efficacy and Safety.

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    Dahl, Ola E; Eriksson, Bengt I; Agnelli, Giancarlo; Cohen, Alexander T; Mouret, Patrick; Rosencher, Nadia; Panfilov, Seva; Bylock, Anders; Andersson, Magnus

    2005-01-01

    To examine the influence of timing of postoperative initiation of subcutaneous melagatran followed by oral ximelagatran, and of risk factors for venous thromboembolism (VTE; including deep vein thrombosis [DVT] and pulmonary embolism [PE]) and bleeding complications, on the efficacy and safety of this regimen, compared with preoperative enoxaparin sodium, following total hip replacement (THR) or total knee replacement (TKR) surgery. Statistical analyses of efficacy and safety in subgroups of the METHRO III intention-to-treat population. Main efficacy outcome measures were major VTE (proximal DVT, PE or VTE-related death) and total VTE (distal or proximal DVT, fatal or non-fatal PE). The main safety outcome measures were blood transfusion, severe bleeding events, blood loss, bleeding-related adverse events and need for reoperation. In the combined THR and TKR population, melagatran initiated 4 - postoperatively was non-inferior to enoxaparin sodium with respect to the risks of total VTE (absolute risk reduction [ARR] 0; 95% confidence interval [CI] -4.4, 4.4) and major VTE (ARR -0.63; 95% CI -2.94, 1.67). The rate of major VTE was unaffected by the different risk factors. In the combined THR and TKR population, blood transfusion requirements were lower with melagatran/ximelagatran than enoxaparin sodium (odds ratio 0.83; 95% CI 0.71, 0.96; p = 0.016). Melagatran/ximelagatran initiated 4 - postoperatively provided a comparable level of protection against total and major VTE to preoperative enoxaparin sodium. Major VTE rates and safety were consistent across different patient subgroups. Subcutaneous melagatran followed by fixed-dose oral ximelagatran offers an alternative to the standard European low molecular-weight heparin regimen in a wide range of patients.

  17. Predictors of early renal function decline in adults with Type 1 diabetes: the Coronary Artery Calcification in Type 1 Diabetes and the Pittsburgh Epidemiology of Diabetes Complications studies.

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    Bjornstad, P; Costacou, T; Miller, R G; Maahs, D M; Rewers, M J; Orchard, T J; Snell-Bergeon, J K

    2017-11-01

    Diabetic kidney disease is one of the leading complications of Type 1 diabetes, but its prediction remains a challenge. We examined predictors of rapid decline in estimated GFR (eGFR) in two Type 1 diabetes cohorts: the Coronary Artery Calcification in Type 1 Diabetes (CACTI) and the Pittsburgh Epidemiology of Diabetes Complications (EDC). A select subset of participants (CACTI: n = 210 and EDC: n = 98) diagnosed before 17 years of age with Type 1 diabetes duration ≥ 7 years, and follow-up data on eGFR by CKD-EPI creatinine for up to 8 years were included in the analyses. Early renal function decline was defined as annual decline in eGFR ≥ 3 ml/min/1.73 m 2 , and normal age-related decline as eGFR ≤ 1 ml/min/1.73 m 2 . Parallel logistic regression models were constructed in the two cohorts. Early renal function decline incidence was 36% in CACTI and 41% in EDC. In both cohorts, greater baseline eGFR (CACTI: OR 3.12, 95% CI 1.97-5.05; EDC: OR 1.92, 95% CI 1.17-3.15 per 10 ml/min/1.73 m 2 ) and log albumin-to-creatinine (ACR) (CACTI: OR 3.24, 95% CI 1.80-5.83; EDC: OR 1.87, 95% CI 1.18-2.96 per 1 unit) predicted greater odds of early renal function decline in fully adjusted models. Conversely, ACE inhibition predicted lower odds of early renal function decline in women in CACTI, but similar relationships were not observed in women in EDC. A substantial proportion of people with Type 1 diabetes in the EDC and CACTI cohorts experienced early renal function decline over time. ACE inhibition appeared to be protective only in women in CACTI where the prevalence of its use was twofold higher compared with the EDC. © 2017 Diabetes UK.

  18. Rural Bypass for Elective Surgeries.

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    Weigel, Paula A M; Ullrich, Fred; Finegan, Chance N; Ward, Marcia M

    2017-04-01

    Rural bypass of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for elective inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures has not been studied. Residents choosing to have their elective surgeries elsewhere, when the local CAH provides those surgical services, erode their rural hospital's financial base. The purpose of this research is to describe the elective surgical bypass rate, the procedures most commonly bypassed by rural residents, the distribution of volume among CAHs that offer elective surgical services, and factors predictive of bypass. A sample of elective surgery discharges was created from the 2011 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project State Inpatient Databases and State Ambulatory Surgery Databases for Colorado, North Carolina, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Frequencies of procedures bypassed and CAH volume distribution were performed. Logistic regression was used to model factors associated with rural bypass for elective surgical care. The rural bypass rate for elective surgical procedures is 48.4%. Procedures bypassed most are operations on the musculoskeletal system, eye, and digestive system. Annual volume distribution for elective surgical procedures among CAHs varied widely. Patients who are younger, medically complex, at higher surgical risk, and have private insurance are at higher odds of bypass. Patients are also more likely to bypass low-volume hospitals. Rural hospitals should consider developing surgical services that are performed electively and on an outpatient basis that are attractive to a broader rural population. CAHs that already offer elective surgical procedures and yet who are still bypassed must examine the mutable factors that drive bypass behavior. © 2015 National Rural Health Association.

  19. Immediate & Short Term Outcome of Using Single Bolus Eptifibatide in Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A Randomized Control Study.

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    Ahsan, S A; Haque, K S; Arzu, J; Mahmood, M; Fatema, N; Hasan, M N

    2017-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the immediate and short term outcome of single bolus dose of eptifibatide in elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We enrolled 146 patients who underwent elective PCI from May 2013 to May 2014 in University Cardiac Centre, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Dhaka, Bangladesh. Among 146 patients, seventy four patients received single bolus dose of eptifibatide (10 mg intra coronary single bolus dose) just after crossing the lesion were selected as case. The other 72 patients, who did not receive eptifibatide, were selected as control. All patients of both the groups were treated with aspirin, clopidogrel before and after the procedure and all received a single bolus dose of Clopidogrel (300mg) before the procedure. All patient received weight adjusted doses of heparin during and after the procedure. The outcome measures were 24-hours and 30-day morbidity (complications or adverse events) and mortality. The patients of eptifibatide group experienced significantly lower incidence of QMI lesions and complete absence of NQMI lesion in 24 hours of PCI as compared to 5.6% and 6.9% of the lesions respectively in their control counterparts (p=0.027 and p=0.025 respectively). However, the incidence of bleeding and target vessel revascularization (TVR) were no different between the groups (p=0.255 and p=0.117). There was no incidence of TVR at all in the eptifibatide group as opposed to 5.6% in the control group in 30 days following stenting (p=0.017). Single bolus dose of eptifibatite reduces the Major adverse cardiac events as immediate and short term outcome in elective percutaneous coronary intervention.

  20. Complications of laparoscopy.

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    Hulka, J F

    1980-09-01

    division) carried with them a higher relative risk of subsequent ectopic pregnancies, compared to the less damaging techniques of Pomeroy, band, and clip. In the UK survey, among the details of the complications, bleeding from pelvic vessels and mesosalpinx was again one of the major complications in sterilization, and bowel injuries were also prominent in both diagnostic and sterilization procedures. In both the US and the UK complications that were major and frightening in the early 1970s continue to occur but with reduced incidence. Both the UK and US surveys observed that the documented death rate from elective laparoscopy terilization is much less than the documented recurrent annual risk of death associated with oral contraception. Elective laparoscopic sterilization emerges as a safe alternative for a permanent method of sterilization.

  1. 2015 Elections to Staff Council

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    Make your voice heard, support your candidates! Be many to vote and to elect the new Staff Council. By doing so, you will be encouraging the men and women who will represent you over the next two years and they will without doubt appreciate your gratitude. The voting takes place from the 26th of October to the 9th of November, at noon at https://ap-vote.web.cern.ch/elections-2015.   Elections Timetable Monday 9 November, at noon Closing date for voting Monday 16 and Monday 23 November, publication of the results in Echo Tuesday 8 December, at 10.00 a.m. first meeting of the new Staff Council and election of the new Executive Committee The voting procedure will be monitored by the Election Committee, which is also in charge of announcing the results in Echo on 16 and 24 November. Candidates for the 2015 elections

  2. 2011 Elections to Staff Council

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    Vote Elections to fill all seats in the Staff Council are being organized this month. Voting will begin on Monday 31 October. Make your voice heard and be many to elect the new Staff Council. By doing so, you will be encouraging the men and women who will  represent you over the next two years and they will doubtless appreciate your gratitude. More details on the elections can be found on the Staff Association web site. (http://association.web.cern.ch) Elections Timetable Monday 31 October, at noon start date for voting Monday 14 November, at noon closing date for voting Monday 21 November, publication of the results in Echo Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 29 November Staff Association Assizes Tuesday 6 December, at 10.00 a.m. first meeting of the new Staff Council and election of the new Executive Committee The voting procedure is monitored by the Election Committee. 

  3. 2017 Elections to Staff Council

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    Make your voice heard, support your candidates! We hope that you will be many to vote and to elect the new Staff Council! By doing so, you can support and encourage the women and men, who will represent you over the next two years. The voting takes place from 23 October to 13 November, at noon at https://ap-vote.web.cern.ch/elections-2017. Elections Timetable Monday 13 November, at noon Closing date for voting Tuesday 21 November and Tuesday 5 December Publication of the results in Echo Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 November Staff Association Assizes Tuesday 5 December (afternoon) First meeting of the new Staff Council and election of the new Executive Committee The voting procedure will be monitored by the Election Committee, which is also in charge of announcing the results in Echo on 21 November and 5 December. Candidates for the 2017 Elections

  4. Coronary Rehabilitation

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    Dworkind, Michael

    1986-01-01

    This paper describes a team approach to coronary rehabilitation in a tertiary care hospital and the unique role of the family physician in a shared, multi-disciplinary service for in- and out-patients. Primary care physicians facilitate and supplement the work of the coronary-unit team in establishing an optimal rehabilitative program for MI patients and their families.

  5. [Is suction drainage necessary in elective total hip arthroplasty?].

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    Major, Tibor; Bikov, András; Holnapy, Gergely; Bejek, Zoltán; Bakos, Bernadett; Szendrői, Miklós; Skaliczki, Gábor

    2016-07-01

    Several studies have been published which questioned the use of suction drain during elective hip arthroplasty. In this prospective study the authors examined how the use of suction drainage affected complications related to perioperative blood loss and hemorrhage in patients undergoing elective hip arthroplasty. Eighty-six patients undergoing elective hip arthroplasty were divided into two groups. In 54 patients ("drain" group) suction drains were used during operation, whereas in 32 patients no suction drain was applied. Perioperative blood loss, use of tranexamic acid, method of thrombosis prophylaxis, transfusion requirement, incidental postoperative hemorrhage, septic complications, and all other postoperative complications were recorded. Perioperative blood loss was affected with the use of tranexamic acid but not with the use of drainage (p = 0.94). Patients without the use of drain showed a tendency of lower transfusion requirement (p = 0.08). There was no correlation between any complications and the use of drainage. In accordance with published results the authors conclude that the routine use of suction drainage during elective hip arthroplasty is not definitely necessary. Orv. Hetil., 2016, 157(29), 1171-1176.

  6. Coronary Artery Aneurysmal Disease and Acute Coronary Syndrome

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    Wesam Ostwani MD

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The patient is a 70-year-old male with no other atherogenic risk factors who presented with an acute coronary syndrome (ACS of unstable angina subsequently complicated by a non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI. The patient’s presentation posed 3 unique features: (1 cardiac catheterization demonstrated nonobstructive 3-vessel multi-aneurysmal coronary artery disease with sluggish antegrade coronary flow; (2 a nonobstructive aneurysmal dissection flap based on contrast staining of the mid left anterior descending artery, which may have led to in situ nonocclusive thrombosis and distal microvascular embolization; and (3 successful conservative medical therapy of coronary artery aneurysmal disease (CAAD complicated with ACS. CAAD has an incidence of 1.5% to 4.9% in adults. The most common etiology of CAAD is atherosclerotic coronary artery disease. There are no guidelines for the management of CAAD complicated by ACS, and controversies exist as to whether conservative, catheter-based, or surgical management should be pursued.

  7. Elections to Staff Council

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    Elections to fill all seats in the Staff Council are being organized this month. The voting takes place from the 28 of October to the 11th of November, at noon. As you may have noted when reading Echo, many issues concerning our employment conditions are on the agenda of the coming months, and in particular the Five-yearly-Review 2015, subject of the questionnaire that you probably recently filled out. All this will keep the next Staff Council very busy indeed. So, make your voice heard and take part in the elections for a new Staff Council. By doing so, you will be encouraging the men and women who will be representing you over the next two years and they will doubtless appreciate your gratitude. Every member of the Staff Association will have received an email containing a link to the webpage which will allow voting. If you are a member of the Staff Association and you did not receive such an email, please contact the Staff Association secretariat (staff.association@cern.ch). Do not forget to v...

  8. Neurodynamics of an election.

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    da Rocha, Armando Freitas; Rocha, Fábio Theoto; Burattini, Marcelo Nascimento; Massad, Eduardo

    2010-09-10

    Variables influencing decision-making in real settings, as in the case of voting decisions, are uncontrollable and in many times even unknown to the experimenter. In this case, the experimenter has to study the intention to decide (vote) as close as possible in time to the moment of the real decision (election day). Here, we investigated the brain activity associated with the voting intention declared 1 week before the election day of the Brazilian Firearms Control Referendum about prohibiting the commerce of firearms. Two alliances arose in the Congress to run the campaigns for YES (for the prohibition of firearm commerce) and NO (against the prohibition of firearm commerce) voting. Time constraints imposed by the necessity of studying a reasonable number (here, 32) of voters during a very short time (5 days) made the EEG the tool of choice for recording the brain activity associated with voting decision. Recent fMRI and EEG studies have shown decision-making as a process due to the enrollment of defined neuronal networks. In this work, a special EEG technique is applied to study the topology of the voting decision-making networks and is compared to the results of standard ERP procedures. The results show that voting decision-making enrolled networks in charge of calculating the benefits and risks of the decision of prohibiting or allowing firearm commerce and that the topology of such networks was vote- (i.e., YES/NO-) sensitive. 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. ELECTIONS - Pension Fund

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    CERN - EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH PENSION FUND ELECTIONS - Pension Fund This candidature has been duly registered and is hereby presented in accordance with paragraph 6.h of the Regulations for Elections to the Governing Board of the Pension Fund. Candidate: First name: Michel Name: Goossens The CERN/ESO Pension Fund represents, for most staff, the sole source of income when they retire. The health of our Pension Fund is thus of the utmost importance to ensure the payment of pensions up to the death of the last beneficiary. The 2003 actuarial review showed a large deficit and several corrective measures have already been taken. The next months will see the results of the 2006 actuarial review. We hope they will show that the measures taken last year are going in the right direction. However, we must remain proactive since further measures will no doubt be necessary. New and imaginative proposals must be prepared and discussed in the widest possible forum, by regular direct contact with staff...

  10. ELECTIONS - Pension Fund

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    CERN - EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH PENSION FUND ELECTIONS - Pension Fund This candidature has been duly registered and is hereby presented in accordance with paragraph 6.h of the Regulations for Elections to the Governing Board of the Pension Fund. Candidate: First name: Michel Name: Goossens The CERN/ESO Pension Fund represents, for most staff, the sole source of income when they retire. The health of our Pension Fund is thus of the utmost importance to ensure the payment of pensions up to the death of the last beneficiary. The 2003 actuarial review showed a large deficit and several corrective measures have already been taken. The next months will see the results of the 2006 actuarial review. We hope they will show that the measures taken last year are going in the right direction. However, we must remain proactive since further measures will no doubt be necessary. New and imaginative proposals must be prepared and discussed in the widest possible forum, by regular direct contact ...

  11. ELECTIONS - Pension Fund

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    CERN - EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH PENSION FUND ELECTIONS - Pension Fund This candidature has been duly registered and is hereby presented in accordance with paragraph 6.h of the Regulations for Elections to the Governing Board of the Pension Fund. Candidate: First name: Michel Name: Goossens The CERN/ESO Pension Fund represents, for most staff, the sole source of income when they retire. The health of our Pension Fund is thus of the utmost importance to ensure the payment of pensions up to the death of the last beneficiary. The 2003 actuarial review showed a large deficit and several corrective measures have already been taken. The next months will see the results of the 2006 actuarial review. We hope they will show that the measures taken last year are going in the right direction. However, we must remain proactive since further measures will no doubt be necessary. New and imaginative proposals must be prepared and discussed in the widest possible forum, by regular direct contact with staf...

  12. ELECTIONS PENSION FUND

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    ORGANISATION EUROPEENNE POUR LA RECHERCHE NUCLEAIRE CERN EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH CAISSE DE PENSIONS / PENSION FUND Caisse de Pensions - ELECTIONS - Pension Fund This candidature has been duly registered and is hereby presented in accordance with paragraph 6.h of the Regulations for Elections to the Governing Board of the Pension Fund. Candidate : Name : CHIAVERI First Name : Enrico I have been a CERN staff member since 1973 and have always been interested in our working conditions. As a member of the Executive Committee of the Staff Association I participated from 1980 to 1984 in the Working Group on Pensions mandated by the CERN Council. This commitment led to my becoming a member of the Governing Board of the Pension Fund in 1983, since when I have taken an active part in various commissions and working groups (Real Estate Asset Management Committee, Working Group on Actuarial Matters etc.); in so doing I have gained a thorough knowledge of different areas of the Pension Fund. Since ...

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

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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.

  14. 5 CFR 1600.12 - Contribution elections.

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    ... 1600.12 Administrative Personnel FEDERAL RETIREMENT THRIFT INVESTMENT BOARD EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTION ELECTIONS AND CONTRIBUTION ALLOCATIONS Elections § 1600.12 Contribution elections. (a) An employee may make... her employing agency. To make an election, employees may use either the paper election form provided...

  15. Should we perform elective inguinal hernia repair in the elderly?

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    Wu, J J; Baldwin, B C; Goldwater, E; Counihan, T C

    2017-02-01

    Many surgeons are reluctant to offer elective inguinal and femoral hernia repair (IHR) to the elderly due to concerns of increased risk. The authors sought to evaluate the outcomes of elderly patients undergoing IHR compared to the general population. We performed a retrospective review of the 2011 NSQIP database evaluating 19,683 patients undergoing IHR. Patients were divided by age into three categories: 80. Logistic regression analysis was used to assess impact of comorbid conditions and type of surgery on outcomes. Patients were analyzed for mortality and complications based on their age and the types of surgery (elective, urgent, emergent, laparoscopic versus open) and comorbid conditions. There were 17,375 male patients (88 %). 92.7 % were elective. 70 % were performed using an open technique. Age distribution was 63.4 % 80. Mortality was similar across age groups in elective repair. Mortality was increased in emergency repair in all age groups (p 80 (OR = 57, p 80 OR 56.5 and 14.9, respectively). Elective inguinal hernia repair carries a similar mortality in the elderly compared to the general population. Emergent IHR carries a very high risk of death in the elderly. The authors recommend considering elective IHR regardless of age.

  16. All quiet on election day? International election observation and incentives for pre-election violence in African elections

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    Daxecker, U.E.

    2014-01-01

    This article argues that the increasing international interest in elections as exemplified by the rise of international election monitoring induces temporal shifts in the use of violent intimidation by political actors. The presence of international electoral missions lowers the potential for

  17. [Organising an instrumental elective abortion].

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    Brûlé, Annie

    2015-12-01

    Family planning centres are structures designed to receive and care for women requesting elective abortions. Here the specially trained, dedicated teams offer personalised care. The instrumental elective abortion is prepared in the same way as a surgical procedure and is subject to the same monitoring. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  18. Pregnancy Complications

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    ... To receive Pregnancy email updates Enter email Submit Pregnancy complications Complications of pregnancy are health problems that ... pregnancy. Expand all | Collapse all Health problems before pregnancy Before pregnancy, make sure to talk to your ...

  19. The 2015 Nigerian General Elections

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    Nkwachukwu Orji

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The high level of success of Nigeria’s 2015 general elections was unexpected, considering the difficult political and security environment in which the elections were conducted. The major obstacles to the smooth conduct of the elections include the grave security threat posed by the Boko Haram insurgency, the competing claims to the presidency by northern and southern politicians, a keenly contested campaign smeared by inflammatory messages, and serious gaps in electoral preparations. Against the backdrop of these challenges, this article assesses Nigeria’s 2015 general elections, looking closely at the key issues that affected the polls, the major electoral outcomes, and the critical post-election issues raised by the outcomes.

  20. Sepsis after elective ureteroscopy.

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    Bloom, Jonathan; Fox, Cristina; Fullerton, Sean; Matthews, Gerald; Phillips, John

    2017-10-01

    We sought to determine our rate of postoperative sepsis after ureteroscopy as well as identifying associative factors, common antibiotic practices along with culture data. Records of all patients who underwent elective ureteroscopy from 2010 to 2015 at an urban tertiary care facility were retrospectively reviewed. Factors thought to be associated with infection were collected, along with comorbidities depicted as Charlson Age-Adjusted Comorbidity Index (CAACI) and American Society of Anesthesia (ASA) score. Each patient's course was reviewed to determine if they were treated for postoperative sepsis as defined by standardized criteria. A total of 345 patients underwent elective ureteroscopy with 15 (4.3%) being treated for sepsis postoperatively. This resulted in an additional 5.33 ± 3.84 days of hospitalization per patient. The sepsis group grew three gram positive organisms and five multi-drug resistant (MDR) gram negatives while 7/15 (46.7%) had negative cultures. The most common preoperative antibiotics used in the sepsis group were cefazolin (60.0%), gentamicin (48.5%) and ciprofloxacin (20.0%). Univariate analysis showed prior endoscopic procedures, recent treatment for urinary tract infections (UTI), multiple comorbidities and longer operative times associated with sepsis. However, significant variables after multivariate analysis were treatment for UTI within the last month, (OR) 7.19 (2.25-22.99), p = 0.001. Patients with multiple comorbidities, prior endoscopic procedures, longer operative times and especially those recently treated for a urinary infection should be carefully monitored after ureteroscopy for signs of sepsis. Perioperative antibiotics in these patients should be selected to cover both MDR organisms and gram positives.

  1. Plaque Composition by Intravascular Ultrasound and Distal Embolization After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

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    Claessen, Bimmer E.; Maehara, Akiko; Fahy, Martin; Xu, Ke; Stone, Gregg W.; Mintz, Gary S.

    2012-01-01

    Distal embolization after percutaneous coronary intervention occurs in 15% to 70% of patients, depending on the sensitivity of the diagnostic modality used, and is associated with a poor prognosis after elective and primary percutaneous coronary intervention. It has been hypothesized that imaging of

  2. NT-ProBNP Independently Predicts Long-Term Mortality in Patients Admitted for Coronary Angiography

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    Ruwald, Martin Huth; Goetze, Jens Peter; Bech, Jan

    2014-01-01

    Recently, research interests are focussed on biomarkers to predict the outcome in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). We examined whether the levels of N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) could predict outcome in patients who underwent elective or acute coronary...

  3. RESULTS OF 2011 STATE DUMA ELECTIONS: SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: Sociological forecasting of political processes arose as a powerful industry. Nevertheless, results of the polls conducted by the major agencies diverged significantly with the voting in 2011 State Duma elections. The article analyses major complications in forecasting results of elections using sociological data, including psychological factors, role of mass media and administrative resource. The author identifies strategies of the opposition, as well as proves predominant importance of Vladimir Putin for the electoral success of the ruling party on the basis of the polls.

  4. Repair of an Atherosclerotic Coronary Artery Aneurysm by Implantation of a Coronary Covered Stent

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    2002-05-01

    Full Text Available An atherosclerotic aneurysm of the right coronary artery complicated by a recent myocardial infarction was successfully treated with coronary artery stenting, using a device consisting of 2 stents with a layer of expandable polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE placed between them. A follow-up angiograph 5 months after the procedure showed sustained initial results.

  5. Repair of an Atherosclerotic Coronary Artery Aneurysm by Implantation of a Coronary Covered Stent

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    Portela, Antenor; Bastos, Raldir; Costa, Itamar; Paiva, Jayro

    2002-01-01

    An atherosclerotic aneurysm of the right coronary artery complicated by a recent myocardial infarction was successfully treated with coronary artery stenting, using a device consisting of 2 stents with a layer of expandable polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE) placed between them. A follow-up angiograph 5 months after the procedure showed sustained initial results.

  6. Glucose Variability Based on Continuous Glucose Monitoring Assessment Is Associated with Postoperative Complications after Cardiovascular Surgery.

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    Sato, Hiroki; Hosojima, Michihiro; Ishikawa, Tomomi; Aoki, Kenji; Okamoto, Takeshi; Saito, Akihiko; Tsuchida, Masanori

    2017-10-20

    This purpose of this prospective study was to use a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system to evaluate the suitability of our institution's glucose management protocol after cardiovascular surgery and to clarify the impact of glycemic variability on postoperative complications. In all, 76 patients who underwent elective cardiovascular surgery and were monitored perioperatively using a CGM system were evaluated. Postoperative glucose management consisted of continuous intravenous insulin infusion (CIII) in the intensive care unit, and subcutaneous insulin injections (SQII) after oral food intake started. CIII and subcutaneous injections were initiated when blood glucose level exceeded 150 mg/dL. CGM data were used to analyze perioperative glycemic variability and association with postoperative complications. Target glucose levels (71-180 mg/dL) were achieved during 97.1 ± 5.5% and 86.4 ± 19.0% of the continuous insulin infusion and subcutaneous injection periods, respectively. Major postoperative complications were surgical site infections, found in 6.6% of total patients, and atrial fibrillation, found in 44% of patients with off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting. High glycemic variability during SQII was associated with increased risk for both complications. Data analysis revealed that our glucose management protocol during CIII was adequate. However, the management protocol during SQII required improvement.

  7. Coronary artery rupture during high-pressure post-dilatation of coronary stent in a heavily calcified lesion of an ectatic right coronary artery

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Coronary artery perforation (CAP is a rare but feared complication of percutaneous coronary intervention. With the use of novel instruments, including hydrophilic and ultrarigid guidewires, rotablator devices, and cutting balloons, the success rate of intervention for coronary artery chronic total occlusion (CTOs and calcified lesions has increased. Along with these changes, the risk of CAP has also increased. In this case report, we present a tip III CAP due to high-pressure postdilatation of coronary stent in a heavily calcified lesion of an ectatic right coronary artery.

  8. The effect of percutaneous coronary intervention on habitual physical activity in older patients

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    Charman, Sarah J.; van Hees, Vincent T.; Quinn, Louise; Dunford, Joseph R.; Bawamia, Bilal; Veerasamy, Murugapathy; Trenell, Michael I.; Jakovljevic, Djordje G.; Kunadian, Vijay

    2016-01-01

    Background Given the ongoing burden of cardiovascular disease and an ageing population, physical activity in patients with coronary artery disease needs to be emphasized. This study assessed whether sedentary behaviour and physical activity levels differed among older patients (?75?years) following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) consisting of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non STEMI (NSTEMI) versus an elective admission contr...

  9. Anesthesia related Complications in Pediatric GI Endoscopy

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    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Elective upper and lower GI endoscopy is usually performed in children on an outpatient basis with the child under sedation or general anesthesia (GA. The objective of this study was to describe Anesthesia related complications in   children undergoing elective GI endoscopy.   Materials and Methods: The study design was descriptive on 1388 patients undergoing elective GI endoscopy in Sheikh Hospital from 2009 to 2013. All patient received propofol or standard inhalational anesthesia. We examined patients’ demographic data  ,  location of GI endoscopy ,  perioperative vital singe ,  recovery time , respiratory and cardiac complications , post operative nausea and vomiting , agitation , diagnosis and outcome   Results: Pediatric patients aged 2 to 17 years. 29 % of elective GI endoscopy was upper GI endoscopy and 70.3 % was lower GI endoscopy and 0.7 was both of them. 47.7 % of Pediatric patients were female and 52.3 % was male. We haven’t significant or fatal anesthesia related respiratory and cardiac complications (no apnea, no cardiac arrest. 8 patients (0.5% have transient bradicardia in post operative care Unit. 83 patients (5.9% have post operative nausea and vomiting controlled by medication.  6 patients (0.4% have post operative agitation controlled by medication.   Conclusions: General anesthesia and deep sedation in children undergoing elective GI endoscopy haven’t significant or fatal anesthesia related complications. We suggest Anesthesia for infants, young children, children with neurologic impairment, and some anxious older children undergoing elective GI endoscopy. Keyword: Anesthesia, Complication, Endoscopy, Pediatric.

  10. Elections in November

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    Become a delegate, it’s simple! CERN’s employment conditions have had a rather hard time over the past few years. The Staff Association, with the support of the staff, has managed to avoid the worst on many occasions. The next few years will be decisive, which is why we must continue to be on the scene, active, a source of proposals, and a real negotiating partner. The Staff Association is your only formal representative vis-à-vis the Management and the Member States, and the Staff Council your voice. A rapidly evolving Staff Association In November, all 60 seats in the Staff Council must be filled. All delegates are therefore outgoing. About a dozen current delegates have informed us that they will not stand for election again, which corresponds to a standard turnover. We thank these outgoing delegates for their past investment. If you are interested in the work of the Staff Association, become involved. We need new, talented, enthusiastic people who are willing to inv...

  11. PENSION FUND - ELECTIONS

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    This candidature has been duly registered and is hereby presented in accordance with paragraph 6.h of the Regulations for Elections to the Governing Board of the Pension Fund.   Candidate: Name: RANJARD First Name: Florence Having been a member of the Governing Board of the Pension Fund since 1983 as Guy Maurin’s alternate, I am standing for a further 3-year term of office. Over the past few years work has concentrated essentially on following items: Monitoring of the work of the fund managers and their performances. The three-yearly study of the Fund’s actuarial situation. The pension guarantees ­ second phase. The Fund is approaching its maturity: the level of benefits exceeds contributions. In this context it has to strike a suitable balance between management of the risk from a dynamic investment policy, while by a prudent policy avoiding any significant loss of its capital. These will be my concerns within the Governing Board of the Pension Fund if you give me your support.

  12. PENSION FUND - ELECTIONS

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    This candidature has been duly registered and is hereby presented in accordance with paragraph 6.h of the Regulations for Elections to the Governing Board of the Pension Fund.   Candidate: Name: MAURIN First Name: Guy I have been a member of the personnel since 1967 and as early as 1972 I was involved, in my capacity as President of the Staff Association, in the improvement of the Pension Fund benefits. As for most of us the Pension Fund is the only social provident scheme to which we belong, it is important to ensure that it is well managed and in balance. As a member of the Governing Board since 1974 and Vice-Chairman of this Board since 1977, I have continued to pursue these objectives. One of the main responsibilities of the Governing Board is our asset investment policy. The Investment Committee, of which I am Chairman, must have an overall view of the management of our 4 billion Swiss francs and seek the best yield with minimum risk. The investment structure must continuously be adapted i...

  13. Early Post-Operative Coronary Thrombosis Following Repair of a Proximal Coronary Artery Fistula.

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    Chugh, Yashasvi; Lau, Bryan; Taub, Cynthia C

    2016-12-01

    Patients with aneurysmal coronary artery fistulas are often a treatment challenge. We hereby, report a case of aneurysmal left main coronary artery to coronary sinus fistula repair, complicated by an early post-operative thrombosis of the left main coronary artery, necessitating an orthotropic heart transplant. Routine use of peri-procedural and long-term anti-coagulation is usually not a standard recommendation in these cases; however, early institution of the same may prevent flow stasis, thrombus formation and unfavourable outcomes pre- or post-operatively.

  14. Obstetrical outcomes of emergency compared with elective cervical cerclage.

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    Gluck, Ohad; Mizrachi, Yossi; Ginath, Shimon; Bar, Jacob; Sagiv, Ron

    2017-07-01

    To study obstetric outcomes of emergency cerclage compared with elective cerclage. Retrospective cohort study of pregnancy outcomes of patients who underwent cervical cerclage, performed according to ACOG guidelines, between January 2006 and December 2014. Patients who underwent emergency cerclage, due to cervical shortening or cervical dilation (emergency cerclage group) were compared with patients who underwent history-indicated cerclage (elective cerclage group). Emergency cerclage was not performed in patients with uterine contractions, vaginal bleeding, or signs of chorioamnionitis. Procedure-related complications were defined as rupture of membranes or chorioamnionitis occurring after cerclage placement and before 24 weeks of gestation. Overall, 154 patients with elective cerclage and 47 patients with emergency cerclage were included. Mean gestational age at cerclage operation was 13.1 ± 1 and 20.2 ± 3 weeks, respectively. There were no differences between the emergency cerclage group and the elective cerclage group regarding mean gestational age at delivery (36.1 ± 3 versus 35.6 ± 3, respectively, p = 0.7), rate of deliveries beyond 34 weeks of gestation (81.81% versus 78.72%, respectively, p = 0.67), rate of deliveries beyond 37 weeks of gestation (64.93% versus 59.57%, respectively, p = 0.6), cesarean deliveries (33.11% versus 39.13%, p = 0.48, respectively), or birthweight (2848 versus 2862 grams, respectively, p = 0.9). Regarding procedure-related complications, there were no differences between the elective and the emergency cerclage groups in the rate of chorioamnionitis (1.29% versus 4.34%, respectively, p = 0.22), or ruptured membranes (1.29% versus 4.34%, respectively, p = 0.22). Pregnancy outcomes of emergency cerclage are comparable with those of elective cerclage.

  15. Lipoprotein subclass measurements by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy improve the prediction of Coronary Artery disease in type 1 diabetes. A prospective report from the Pittsburgh Epidemiology of Diabetes Complications study

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    Soedamah-Muthu, S.S.; Chang, Y.F.; Otvos, J.; Evans, R.W.; Orchard, T.J.

    2003-01-01

    Aim/hypothesis. To examine whether nuclear magnetic resonance lipoprotein spectroscopy improves the prediction of coronary artery disease in patients with Type 1 diabetes, independently of conventional lipid and other risk factors. Methods. A prospective nested case-control design of subjects with

  16. Increased serum levels of fibrinogen degradation products due to treatment with recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator for acute myocardial infarction are related to bleeding complications, but not to coronary patency

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    R.W. Brower (Ronald); D. Collen; G.A. van Es (Gerrit Anne); J. Lubsen (Jacob); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); M.L. Simoons (Maarten); M. Verstraete (Marc); A.E.R. Arnold (Alfred)

    1989-01-01

    textabstractThe association of increasing serum levels of fibrinogen degradation products after recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator (rt-PA) therapy with bleeding and early coronary patency was assessed in 242 patients with acute myocardial infarction. After administration of 5,000 IU

  17. Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in a Patient with Haemophilia A

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    S. Ashwin Reddy

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Haemophilia A is a rare genetic condition leading to coagulation factor VIII deficiency and thus predisposing to bleeding diathesis. Due to advances in treatment, life expectancy of haemophilia A sufferers is increasing, and the incidence and prevalence of coronary artery disease are rising. There have been many reported cases of acute myocardial infarction in such patients, who subsequently undergo elective percutaneous coronary intervention. We present the case of a 55-year-old gentleman presenting with an acute anterior full-thickness myocardial infarction who required emergency primary percutaneous coronary intervention.

  18. Teaching about Presidential Elections. ERIC Digest.

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    Vontz, Thomas S.; Nixon, William A.

    Although elections are an annual theme in many social studies classrooms, presidential election years prompt increased interest among students in the electoral process and offer an opportunity to teach about a national election as it happens. This ERIC Digest describes the legal requirements and traditions of U.S. presidential elections, processes…

  19. 42 CFR 422.60 - Election process.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 42 Public Health 3 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Election process. 422.60 Section 422.60 Public...) MEDICARE PROGRAM MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PROGRAM Eligibility, Election, and Enrollment § 422.60 Election process... plan, and in which the MA organization arranges for the employer to process elections for Medicare...

  20. Getting elections right? Measuring electoral integrity

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    van Ham, C.T.

    2015-01-01

    Holding elections has become a global norm. Unfortunately, the integrity of elections varies strongly, ranging from “free and fair” elections with genuine contestation to “façade” elections marred by manipulation and fraud. Clearly, electoral integrity is a topic of increasing concern. Yet electoral

  1. 11 CFR 9032.7 - Primary election.

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    2010-01-01

    ... Elections FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN FUND: PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY MATCHING... political party, including a run-off election, or a nominating convention or a caucus— (1) For the selection of delegates to a national nominating convention of a political party; (2) For the expression of a...

  2. Current practice of antibiotic prophylaxis during elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

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    Macano, Caw; Griffiths, E A; Vohra, R S

    2017-03-01

    INTRODUCTION Current guidelines do not recommend antibiotic prophylaxis in elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Despite this, there is wide variation in antibiotic prophylaxis during cholecystectomy in population-based studies. The aim of this survey was to establish the current rationale for antibiotic prophylaxis in elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy. METHODS A short questionnaire was designed and disseminated across collaborators for a population-based study investigating outcomes following cholecystectomy and via the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons, Researchgate and Surginet membership. RESULTS Responses were received from 234 people; 50.9% had no written policy for the use of prophylactic antibiotics in elective cholecystectomy; 5.6% never used antibiotics, while 30.8% always did and 63.7% selectively used antibiotics. Contamination with bile, stones and pus were scenarios in which antibiotics were most commonly used in selective practices to reduce infective complications. Interestingly, 87% of respondents would be happy to participate in a trial investigating the effectiveness of antibiotics in elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy where contamination has occurred. CONCLUSIONS The disparity between current practice and guidelines appears to arise because of a lack of evidence to show that antibiotics reduce surgical site infection following elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy where contamination has occurred. This question needs to addressed before practice will change.

  3. Maternal and Fetal Outcome in Elective versus Emergency Cesarean Section

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    Anupama Suwal

    2013-12-01

    Results: The incidence of cesarean section was 254 (22.30% out of which emergency cesarean section accounted for 167 (65.7% and elective cesarean section for 87 (34.3%. The usual indications of emergency cesarean section were fetal distress, previous cesarean section in labour, non progress of labour and prolonged second stage of labour. The usual indications of elective cesarean section were previous cesarean section, breech, cephalopelvic disproportion and cesarean section on demand. There was found to be no significant difference in age, period of gestation, blood loss and blood transfusion in emergency vs. elective cesarean section. There was significant difference seen in the length of hospital stay, fever, urinary tract infection, wound infection and low APGAR in five minutes indicating that these were more common in emergency cesarean section. Significant difference was also seen in the incidence of postpartum haemorrhage indicating that it was seen more in elective cesarean section. Conclusions: The incidence of cesarean section in Nepal Medical College Teaching Hospital is high and the overall complication rate is higher in emergency cesarean section than in elective cesarean section. Keywords: cesarean section; fetal and maternal outcome.

  4. Genetic contribution of the leukotriene pathway to coronary artery disease

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    We evaluated the genetic contribution of the leukotriene (LT) pathway to risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) in 4,512 Caucasian and African American subjects ascertained through elective cardiac evaluation. Of the three previously associated variants, the shorter "3" and "4" alleles of a promoter ...

  5. Local complications

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    van den Akker, H.P.; Baart, J.A.; Baart, J.A.; Brand, H.S.

    2017-01-01

    Local anaesthesia is frequently used in dentistry and seldom leads to serious local complications. Nevertheless, it is of great importance to be aware of the causes of each local complication and – if necessary – implement correct treatment. The patient must be informed extensively and, if

  6. Coronary CT angiography and MR angiography of Kawasaki disease

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    Goo, Hyun Woo [University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, 388-1 Poongnap-2dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul (Korea); Park, In-Sook; Ko, Jae Kon; Kim, Young Hwee [University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Department of Paediatric Cardiology, Asan Medical Center, Seoul (Korea)

    2006-07-15

    Although the incidence of coronary artery aneurysms has diminished in patients with Kawasaki disease, coronary artery involvement is still regarded as a major complication of the disease, significantly affecting morbidity and mortality. Recent technical advances in coronary CT angiography (CTA) and MR angiography (MRA) have led to the possibility of using these two imaging methods as minimally invasive alternatives to the more invasive diagnostic catheter angiography in evaluating coronary artery abnormalities, such as aneurysm, stenosis, and occlusion. In this article, we describe imaging techniques and findings of coronary CTA and MRA in Kawasaki disease. (orig.)

  7. Incidence and angiographic predictors of collateral function in patients with stable coronary artery disease scheduled for percutaneous coronary intervention

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    de Vries, Jessica; Anthonio, Rutger L.; van den Heuvel, Ad F. M.; Tan, Eng-Shiong; Jessurun, Gillian A.; de Smet, Bart J. G. L.; DeJongste, Mike J. L.; Zijlstra, Felix

    2007-01-01

    Objectives: To investigate the incidence and angiographic predictors of functional collateral perfusion in patients with stable coronary artery disease, scheduled for elective PCI. Background: Functional collateral perfusion is defined as a Pw/Pa ratio >= 0.24. Since this can only be measured

  8. Usefulness of one-stage coronary artery bypass grafting on the beating heart and abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.

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    Morimoto, Keisuke; Taniguchi, Iwao; Miyasaka, Shigeto; Aoki, Tetsuya; Kato, Ippei; Yamaga, Takeshi

    2004-02-01

    Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is commonly associated with coronary artery disease (CAD). Simultaneous coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) under cardiac arrest and AAA repair may be considerably invasive. Recently CABG under the beating heart without CPB has been reported as a less invasive method. We report the combined operation of CABG on a beating heart and AAA repair for AAA patients with CAD, and compare it with a separate operation. A retrospective review of the records of consecutive patients who underwent elective combined procedure or single operation for CABG on a beating heart and/or repair of the AAA between May 1999 and October 2001 was carried out. Ten patients underwent combined procedures. A single operation, CABG on a beating heart or repair of AAA, were performed in 27 or 19 patients. There were no significant differences with regard to intraoperative blood loss, transfusion and postoperative intubation time among the three groups. There was no operative mortality for any of the three groups. All cases were discharged without severe complications and with patent coronary bypass grafts. There was a decrease in mean total hospital costs for the combined operation group compared with the CABG group plus AAA repair group (3.34 million versus 5.87 million yen). Combined CABG on a beating heart and AAA repair on a one-step approach appears to be a safe and useful therapeutic strategy for AAA patients with CAD.

  9. Chronic subdural haematoma complicating spinal anaesthesia: A ...

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    Subdural haematoma is a rare but serious complication of dural puncture. We report a case of chronic subdural haematoma, which occurred following spinal anaesthesia for elective caesarean section. A 34-year-old multiparous woman presented with a post-dural puncture headache (PDPH) following spinal anaesthesia.

  10. Diagnostic value of hemoglobin A1c and fasting plasma glucose levels in coronary artery bypass grafting patients with undiagnosed diabetes mellitus.

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    Tekumit, Hayrettin; Cenal, Ali Riza; Polat, Adil; Uzun, Kemal; Tataroglu, Cenk; Akinci, Esat

    2010-05-01

    Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of diabetes are of utmost importance in preventing diabetic complications and improving short- and long-term outcomes in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting surgery. The aim of this study was to evaluate the ability of preoperative hemoglobin A1c (HbA(1c)) measurement, either alone or in combination with fasting plasma glucose (FPG), to detect glycometabolic disturbances among patients undergoing elective on-pump coronary surgery. A total of 166 patients who underwent elective isolated on-pump coronary surgery were included. Hemoglobin A1c and 8-hour FPG measurements were obtained by venous blood sampling on the day before the operation. After 1 month, an oral glucose tolerance test was performed in all discharged patients without known diabetes. The sensitivity and specificity for the diagnosis of diabetes were analyzed for FPG, HbA(1c), and for the combined use of HbA(1c) and FPG, in reference to the tolerance test results. Sixty percent of patients without known diabetes were diagnosed as diabetes or prediabetes with glucose tolerance test. Compared with either test alone, combined use of FPG and HbA(1c) had higher sensitivity and specificity. Positive predictive values for FPG, HbA(1c), and combined use of these two factors were 83.6%, 94%, and 97%, respectively. The combined use had a sensitivity and specificity of 84.4% and 94.1%, respectively. Fasting plasma glucose alone does not seem sufficient for diagnosing approximately half of the patients with dysglycemia. Our results suggest that the use of FPG and HbA(1c) measurements in combination may be a useful strategy to preoperatively identify coronary patients with unknown diabetes. Copyright (c) 2010 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. International electives in neurology training

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    Lyons, Jennifer L.; Coleman, Mary E.; Engstrom, John W.

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To ascertain the current status of global health training and humanitarian relief opportunities in US and Canadian postgraduate neurology programs. Background: There is a growing interest among North American trainees to pursue medical electives in low- and middle-income countries. Such training opportunities provide many educational and humanitarian benefits but also pose several challenges related to organization, human resources, funding, and trainee and patient safety. The current support and engagement of neurology postgraduate training programs for trainees to pursue international rotations is unknown. Methods: A survey was distributed to all program directors in the United States and Canada (December 2012–February 2013) through the American Academy of Neurology to assess the training opportunities, institutional partnerships, and support available for international neurology electives. Results: Approximately half of responding programs (53%) allow residents to pursue global health–related electives, and 11% reported that at least 1 trainee participated in humanitarian relief during training (survey response rate 61%, 143/234 program directors). Canadian programs were more likely to allow residents to pursue international electives than US programs (10/11, 91% vs 65/129, 50%, p = 0.023). The number of trainees participating in international electives was low: 0%–9% of residents (55% of programs) and 10%–19% of residents (21% of programs). Lack of funding was the most commonly cited reason for residents not participating in global health electives. If funding was available, 93% of program directors stated there would be time for residents to participate. Most program directors (75%) were interested in further information on global health electives. Conclusions: In spite of high perceived interest, only half of US neurology training programs include international electives, mostly due to a reported lack of funding. By contrast, the majority

  12. Patient and family satisfaction levels in the intensive care unit after elective cardiac surgery: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial of a preoperative patient education intervention.

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    Lai, Veronica Ka Wai; Lee, Anna; Leung, Patricia; Chiu, Chun Hung; Ho, Ka Man; Gomersall, Charles David; Underwood, Malcolm John; Joynt, Gavin Matthew

    2016-06-22

    Patients and their families are understandably anxious about the risk of complications and unfamiliar experiences following cardiac surgery. Providing information about postoperative care in the intensive care unit (ICU) to patients and families may lead to lower anxiety levels, and increased satisfaction with healthcare. The objectives of this study are to evaluate the effectiveness of preoperative patient education provided for patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery. 100 patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass graft, with or without valve replacement surgery, will be recruited into a 2-group, parallel, superiority, double-blinded randomised controlled trial. Participants will be randomised to either preoperative patient education comprising of a video and ICU tour with standard care (intervention) or standard education (control). The primary outcome measures are the satisfaction levels of patients and family members with ICU care and decision-making in the ICU. The secondary outcome measures are patient anxiety and depression levels before and after surgery. Ethical approval has been obtained from the Joint Chinese University of Hong Kong-New Territories East Cluster Clinical Research Ethics Committee (reference number CREC 2015.308). The findings will be presented at conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals. Study participants will receive a 1-page plain language summary of results. ChiCTR-IOR-15006971. 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/

  13. Coronary collaterals

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    Koerselman, Jeroen

    2004-01-01

    Cardiovascular diseases, in particular coronary artery disease, are the leading cause of death and disease in industrialized countries. Atherosclerotic changes of the arterial vessel wall constitute one of the major causes for the occurrence of cardiovascular disease. Important risk factors for

  14. Normothermic Versus Hypothermic Heart Surgery: Evaluation of Post-Operative Complications

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    H Akhlagh

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The recently introduced technique of warm heart surgery may be a very effective method of myocardial protection. Although the systemic effects of hypothermic cardiopulmonary bypass are well known, the effects of warm heart surgery are not. Methods: In a prospective trial, 60 patients undergoing an elective coronary artery bypass grafting were randomly allocated to normothermic(30 patients and hypothermic(30 patients group and assessments regarding renal, respiratory and neurologic complications and bleeding volume was done. Resulst: Eighty percent of hypothermic group and 86% of normothermic group were males (p=0/36. Mean age was 56.4 and 56.1 years in hypothermic and normothermic groups, respectively. Groups had similar central temperature, shivering, nipride usage, intake and output, bleeding volume, neurologic complications and ICU staying(p>0/05 but inotrop usage and incidence of phrenic nerve palsy were higher in hypothermic group(p<0/05. Conclusion: Hypothermic procedure leads to a lower rate of respiratory complications, therefore we recommend replacing hypothermic procedure by normothermic one.

  15. Diphtheria Complications

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    ... Search Form Controls Cancel Submit Search The CDC Diphtheria Note: Javascript is disabled or is not supported ... message, please visit this page: About CDC.gov . Diphtheria Home About Diphtheria Causes and Transmission Symptoms Complications ...

  16. Complicated Pancreatitis

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    Bakker, O.J.

    2015-01-01

    Research questions addressed in this thesis: What is the accuracy of serum blood urea nitrogen as early predictor of complicated pancreatitis? ; What is difference in clinical outcome between patients with pancreatic parenchymal necrosis and patients with extrapancreatic necrosis without necrosis

  17. Complicated rhinosinusitis

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    Hansen, F.S.

    2016-01-01

    Complicated rhinosinusitis: a title chosen for its multi-interpretable nature. In the Oxford dictionary ‘complicated’ is defined as ‘consisting of many interconnecting parts or elements’ and ‘involving many different and confusing aspects’ as well as ‘involving complications’ in medicine. It is the last definition that is applicable to chapter 2 which focuses on the medical complications of acute rhinosinusitis. Chapter 2.1 describes the incidence and management of orbital and intracranial co...

  18. AGU’s Upcoming Election

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    Grove, Timothy L.

    2009-11-01

    The 2010-2012 election, which runs from 4 January 2010 to 3 February 2010, marks the first time members will be asked to elect the AGU Board of Directors, which includes the Union officers, as well as section officers of the new AGU Council. The addition of a Board of Directors is new in AGU governance. In light of this, it may be helpful for you to know a bit more about the responsibilities of the Board and the Council and the kind of characteristics we are seeking in the member volunteers who will represent you in these bodies. The elected members of the Board of Directors are the president, president-elect, general secretary (who also serves as treasurer), international secretary, and six members elected by the Union's membership. Up to two members may be nominated by the Union president and approved by the Board. The immediate past president, vice chair of the Council, the Development Board chair, and the executive director are ex officio, meaning they are members of the board by virtue of the positions they hold.

  19. 2017 Elections to Staff Council

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    Make your voice heard, support your candidates! After verification by the Electoral Commission, all candidates for the elections to the Staff Council have been registered. It is now up to you, members of the Staff Association, to vote for the candidate(s) of your choice. We hope that you will be many to vote and to elect the new Staff Council! By doing so, you can support and encourage the women and men, who will represent you over the next two years. We are using an electronic voting system; all you need to do is click the link below and follow the instructions on the screen. https://ap-vote.web.cern.ch/elections-2017 The deadline for voting is Monday, 13 November at midday (12 pm). Elections Timetable Monday 13 November, at noon Closing date for voting Tuesday 21 November and Tuesday 5 December Publication of the results in Echo Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 November Staff Association Assizes Tuesday 5 December (afternoon) First meeting of the new Staff Council and election of the new Executive Committee The ...

  20. A Study of Global Health Elective Outcomes

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    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: To identify the effects of global health electives over a decade in a pediatric residency program. Methods: This was an anonymous email survey of the Boston Combined Residency alumni funded for global health electives from 2002 to 2011. A test for trend in binomial proportions and logistic regression were used to document associations between elective and participant characteristics and the effects of the electives. Qualitative data were also analyzed. Results: Of the 104 alumni with available email addresses, 69 (66% responded, describing 94 electives. Elective products included 27 curricula developed, 11 conference presentations, and 7 academic publications. Thirty-two (46% alumni continued global health work. Previous experience, previous travel to the site, number of global electives, and cumulative global elective time were associated with postresidency work in global health or with the underserved. Conclusions: Resident global electives resulted in significant scholarship and teaching and contributed to long-term career trajectories.

  1. Selective endothelin A-receptor blockade attenuates coronary microvascular dysfunction after coronary stenting in patients with type 2 diabetes

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    Nikolaos Östlund Papadogeorgos

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Nikolaos Östlund Papadogeorgos, Mattias Bengtsson, Majid KalaniKarolinska Institute, Department of Clinical Sciences, Department of Cardiology, Danderyd Hospital, Stockholm, SwedenBackground: Endothelin-1 may be involved in the development of diabetic microangiopathy. We studied the effect of endothelin-1 blockade on myocardial microcirculation during coronary stenting.Patients and methods: Patients with type 2 diabetes and stable coronary artery disease undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI were randomized to bolus dose of 500 mg bosentan (n = 4, a dual endothelin receptor blocker, or intracoronary administration of 0.03 mmol BQ123 (n = 6, a selective endothelin A-receptor blocker, or placebo (n = 5, respectively. Coronary flow reserve (CFR was measured immediately post-PCI. CFR was also measured in five nondiabetic controls post-coronary stenting.Results: Patients in the placebo group had (P < 0.05 lower values of CFR (2.3 ± 1.2 as compared to those who received endothelin blockade (n = 10; 3.1 ± 0.7 and nondiabetic controls (4.9 ± 2.3. Patients who received BQ123 showed significantly higher CFR (3.3 ± 0.5; P < 0.05 as compared to those on placebo. Nondiabetic patients had significantly higher CFR as compared to patients with diabetes (4.9 ± 2.3 and 2.8 ± 1.0, respectively; P < 0.05. Conclusion: Coronary microvascular dysfunction is present during coronary stenting in patients with type 2 diabetes and may be reversed by selective endothelin A-receptor blockade. Targeting endothelin system may be of importance in protecting the myocardium against ischemic events during elective PCI in type 2 diabetic patients.Keywords: coronary flow reserve, diabetes, endothelin-1, coronary artery disease, coronary angioplasty

  2. Two hour ambulation after coronary angioplasty and stenting with 6 F guiding catheters and low dose heparin

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    Koch, K. T.; Piek, J. J.; de Winter, R. J.; Mulder, K.; Schotborgh, C. E.; Tijssen, J. G.; Lie, K. I.

    1999-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the feasibility and safety of ambulation of patients two hours after elective coronary angioplasty or stenting, or both. METHODS: Coronary angioplasty and stenting were performed using 6 F guiding catheters by the femoral approach and a standard dose of heparin 5000 IU. There

  3. A randomized multicenter double-blind comparison of urapidil and ketanserin in hypertensive patients after coronary artery surgery

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    van der Stroom, J. G.; van Wezel, H. B.; Langemeijer, J. J.; Korsten, H. H.; Kooyman, J.; van der Starre, P. J.; Kal, J. E.; Porsius, M.; van den Ende, R.; van Zwieten, P. A.

    1997-01-01

    To compare the hemodynamic responses, safety, and efficacy of urapidil and ketanserin in hypertensive patients after coronary artery surgery. Randomized double-blind study. Multi-institutional. One hundred twenty-two patients undergoing elective coronary artery surgery. When hypertension (defined as

  4. The Predictive Value of Integrated Pulmonary Index after Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: A Prospective Observational Study

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    Evgenia V. Fot

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available BackgroundThe early warning scores may increase the safety of perioperative period. The objective of this study was to assess the diagnostic and predictive role of Integrated Pulmonary Index (IPI after off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB.Materials and MethodsForty adult patients undergoing elective OPCAB were enrolled into a single-center prospective observational study. We assessed respiratory function using IPI that includes oxygen saturation, end-tidal CO2, respiratory rate, and pulse rate. In addition, we evaluated blood gas analyses and hemodynamics, including ECG, invasive arterial pressure, and cardiac index. The measurements were performed after transfer to the intensive care unit, after spontaneous breathing trial and at 2, 6, 12, and 18 h after extubation.Results and DiscussionThe value of IPI registered during respiratory support correlated weakly with cardiac index (rho = 0.4; p = 0.04 and ScvO2 (rho = 0.4, p = 0.02. After extubation, IPI values decreased significantly, achieving a minimum by 18 h. The IPI value ≤9 at 6 h after extubation was a predictor of complicated early postoperative period (AUC = 0.71; p = 0.04 observed in 13 patients.ConclusionIn off-pump coronary surgery, the IPI decreases significantly after tracheal extubation and may predict postoperative complications.

  5. A psychodynamic perspective on elections.

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    Clemens, Norman A

    2010-11-01

    In a democracy, elections are the way in which the collective thought processes of the voters arrive at a decision to direct their government. The author explores how the individual voter assesses and resolves many conflicting internal and external forces to arrive at a vote. The midterm elections of 2010 illustrate the parallel between individual resolution of conflicting forces and the process of a campaign leading to the outcome of an election. The psychodynamic concepts of conflict and compromise, affects, aggression, unconscious forces, mechanisms of defense, superego, and the ego's integrative functions are evident in both the individual voter and the collective electoral process. The author expresses concern about the historical vulnerability of democracies and the unbalancing effect of allowing limitless infusion of anonymous corporate money to pour into campaigns.

  6. Certification of ICTs in Elections

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    Schürmann, Carsten; Barrat, Jordi; Bolo, Eden

    2015-01-01

    Information and communication technologies play a critical role in the administration and organization of modern elections. Any breakdown of an election technology, security breach or programming error can incur tremendous cost for the electoral management body (EMB)—and may undermine voters’ trust...... voting or tabulation systems. The key elements of quality control are certification and evaluation. Certification refers to the confirmation proof of compliance with a given standard. Evaluation is the most labour intensive part of the quality control process during which the requirements, designs......, starting during the feasibility study, and especially if it is bound by law to provide such a certification. The evaluation reports and related documents can also be used to increase the transparency of the election, improve the dialogue between EMBs and voters, and increase the EMB’s credibility....

  7. Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

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    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Also known as coronary angioplasty. Percutaneous coronary intervention ( ... heart for more information about this topic. Related reading Angina Arrhythmia Atherosclerosis Blood Tests Cardiac Catheterization Cardiac ...

  8. 2014 Election forecast - a post-election analysis

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    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available General elections are held every five years in South Africa. During the 12 to 24 hour period after the close of the voting booths, the expected final results are of huge interest to the electorate and politicians. In the past, the Council...

  9. Elective intubation and positive pressure ventilation for transbronchial lung biopsy.

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    Asai, Megumi; Samayoa, Andres X; Hodge, Caitlin; Shadis, Ryan M; Lashari, Bilal; Patel, Rajesh R

    2017-11-01

    The safety of transbronchial lung biopsy (TBLB) on positive pressure mechanical ventilation has been controversial due to a presumed risk of pneumothorax. Data are especially limited on TBLB with elective intubation and mechanical ventilation. In this study, we compared complications of TBLB in patients who were electively mechanically ventilated for the procedure to those who were not. A retrospective review of nonventilator-dependent patients who underwent TBLB in our institution from January 2010 to May 2016 was performed. The mechanical ventilation (MV) and nonmechanical ventilation (NMV) groups were compared with respect to patient demographics, numbers of lobes biopsied (single or multiple), preprocedure and postprocedure diagnoses, and complications. Complications were defined as pneumothorax of any size, major hemorrhage, prolonged intubation, and reintubation within 72 hours from TBLB. A total of 394 patients were identified. The MV group had 351 patients with mean age of 64.6 years, and the NMV group had 43 patients with mean age of 60.0 years. There were no significant differences with regards to age, gender, or number of lobes biopsied. There was no significant difference in the occurrence of pneumothorax (5.4% versus 4.7%, P = 1.00), hemorrhage (1.7% versus 4.7%, P = 0.21), and prolonged intubation or reintubation (3.1% versus 2.3%, P = 1.00) between the two groups. When performing TBLB, there was no significant difference observed in the rate of complications between MV and NMV groups. Elective positive pressure mechanical ventilation for TBLB for nonventilator-dependent patients is safe and does not increase the risk of complications. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Infective endocarditis presenting as acute coronary syndrome | El ...

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    We report tow cases of infective endocarditis (IE) presenting as acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Case 1: A 60-year-old man with the diagnosis of mitral IE complicated by an ST segment elevation myocardial infarction. Primary percutaneous coronary intervention with aspiration of the thrombus at the distal leftanterior ...

  11. Outcomes after off-pump coronary bypass surgery

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    Dijk, Diederik van

    2002-01-01

    The complications associated with in coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) using cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) have led to a renewed interest in coronary bypass surgery on the beating heart. The primary objective of the Octopus Study was to compare cognitive outcome between patients randomized to

  12. LATTE - Log and Time Tracking for Elections

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    Office of Personnel Management — LATTE - Log and Time Tracking for Elections is a time tracking and voucher preparation system used to schedule employees to cover elections, to document their time...

  13. to enhance re-election

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    West African Journal of Industrial and Academic Research Vol.9 No.1 December 2013 96. Assessing the Impact of ...... Cluster 1. This question and hypothesis attemped to confirm if the deployment of Information. Technology particularly the use of websites for election campaign may or may NOT reinforce positive image ...

  14. 2015 Elections to Staff Council

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    Elections Timetable Monday 26 October, at noon Start date for voting Monday 9 November, at noon Closing date for voting Monday 16 and Monday 23 November, publication of the results in Echo Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 November Staff Association Assizes Tuesday 1st December, at 10.00 a.m. first meeting of the new Staff Council and election of the new Executive Committee The voting procedure will be monitored by the Election Committee, which is also in charge of announcing the results in Echo on 16 and 24 November. During its meeting of March 17 2015, the Staff Council approved the election rules, which define the allocation of seats in each department, as follows:   Number of seats in the electoral colleges Departments BE EN TE DG/DGS FP GS HR/PF IT PH Career paths AA - D 2 3 3 1 1 2 1 1 2 Career paths E - G 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 3   Global CERN Career paths AA - G 14     Number of seats for fellows representatives Global CERN 5 For more informat...

  15. 2015 Elections to Staff Council

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    Elections Timetable Monday 21 September, at noon Start date for receipt of the application Friday 16 October, at noon Closing date for receipt of the applications Monday 26 October, at noon Start date for voting Monday 9 November, at noon Closing date for voting Monday 16 and Monday 23 November, publication of the results in Echo Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 November Staff Association Assizes Tuesday 1st December, at 10.00 a.m. first meeting of the new Staff Council and election of the new Executive Committee The voting procedure will be monitored by the Election Committee, which is also in charge of announcing the results in Echo on 16 and 24 November. During its meeting of March 17 2015, the Staff Council approved the election rules, which define the allocation of seats in each department, as follows:   Number of seats in the electoral colleges Departments BE EN TE DG/DGS FP GS HR/PF IT PH Career paths AA - D 2 3 3 1 1 2 1 1 2 Career paths E - G 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 3   ...

  16. Fiscal Worries Shadow State Elections

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    McNeil, Michele

    2008-01-01

    This article reports that the new class of governors and state legislators to be elected November 4 will inherit financial problems that pose both immediate and long-term threats to existing education programs, while constraining their ability to mount new initiatives. The prospect of a deepening economic slowdown--with state-level budget deficits…

  17. Nicorandil in patients with acute coronary syndrome and stable angina undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: literature review

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    Neda Partovi

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Percutaneous coronary intervention is an option for the treatment of coronary artery disease such as acute coronary syndrome and stable angina.Acute coronary syndrome has two groups including acute myocardial infarction and unstable angina.Periprocedural myocardial infarction is a frequent and prognostically important complication of percutaneous coronary intervention and can be easily monitored by measuring myocardial enzymes. Coronary microvascular dysfunction in patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention for the treatment of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction is associated with poor prognosis. Even after recanalization, reperfusion injury often occurs including no-reflow or slow-flow in which sufficient myocardial blood flow cannot be obtained and results in a poor outcome of cardiac function in the long term.Nicorandil is the opener of the adenosine triphosphate-sensitive potassium channel and is known to have an antiarrhythmic effect and myocardial protective functions such as reduction of the coronary microvascular resistance by relaxing the smooth muscles of blood vessesl and preconditioning.In this literature review, we evaluate articles about acute coronary syndrome and stable angina undergoing PCI. 

  18. Fatal right coronary artery rupture following blunt chest trauma: detection by postmortem selective coronary angiography.

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    Inokuchi, Go; Makino, Yohsuke; Motomura, Ayumi; Chiba, Fumiko; Torimitsu, Suguru; Hoshioka, Yumi; Iwase, Hirotaro

    2016-05-01

    Coronary artery injury is a rare complication following blunt chest trauma (BCT), and can be fatal. Here we report findings on postmortem selective coronary angiography of right coronary artery rupture after an assault involving blunt trauma to the chest. A woman in her 60s died after her son stomped on her chest. There were no appreciable signs of injury on external examination, and cause of death could not be determined by postmortem computed tomography (PMCT). Internal findings indicated that an external force had been applied to the anterior chest, as evidenced by subcutaneous hemorrhage and pericardial and cardiac contusions. Postmortem coronary angiography revealed irregularity of the intima and of the fat tissue surrounding the proximal part of the right coronary artery associated with a local filling defect. Histopathological examination suggested coronary rupture with dissection of the tunica media and compression of the lumen cavity. The key points in the present case are that no fatal injuries could be determined on external examination, and the heart and coronary artery injuries were not evident on PMCT. Criminality might be overlooked in such cases, as external investigation at the crime scene would be inadequate and could result in a facile diagnosis of cause of death. This is the first report of coronary artery rupture with dissection that was detected by CT coronary angiography, and provides helpful findings for reaching an appropriate decision both forensically and clinically.

  19. Complicated Grief

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    ... that may increase the risk of developing complicated grief include: An unexpected or violent death, such as death from a car accident, or the murder or suicide of a loved one Death of a child Close or dependent relationship to the deceased person Social isolation or loss ...

  20. Complicated rhinosinusitis

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    Hansen, F.S.

    2016-01-01

    Complicated rhinosinusitis: a title chosen for its multi-interpretable nature. In the Oxford dictionary ‘complicated’ is defined as ‘consisting of many interconnecting parts or elements’ and ‘involving many different and confusing aspects’ as well as ‘involving complications’ in medicine. It is the

  1. Mechanical bowel preparation for elective colorectal surgery.

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    Guenaga, K F; Matos, D; Castro, A A; Atallah, A N; Wille-Jørgensen, P

    2003-01-01

    For more than a century the presence of bowel content during surgery has been related to anastomotic leakage. Mechanical bowel preparation has been considered an efficient agent against leakage and infections complications. This dogma is not based on solid evidence, but more on observational data and expert's opinions. To determine the security and effectiveness of prophylactic mechanical bowel preparation for morbidity and mortality rates in colorectal surgery. The following hypothesis was tested: "The use of mechanical bowel preparation before elective colorectal surgery reduces the incidence of postoperative complications". All publications describing mechanical bowel preparation before elective colorectal surgery was sought through computerized searches of EMBASE, LILACS, MEDLINE, and Cochrane Library; by hand-searching in relevant medical journals, from major gastroenterological congresses, without limitation for date and language, using the search strategy described by the Colorectal Cancer Review Group. In addition, randomised clinical trials will be searched through personal communication with colleagues and from conference proceedings All randomised, clinical trials, that were performed in order to answer the hypothesis. Patients submitted elective colorectal surgery. Any strategy in mechanical bowel preparation compared with no mechanical bowel preparation. 1. Anastomosis leakage- stratified for rectum and colon 2. Overall anastomotic leakage 3. Mortality 4. Peritonitis 5. Re operation 6. Wound Infection 7 Infectious extra-abdominal complication 8. Non-infection extra-abdominal 9. Overall surgical site infections Data was independently extracted by two reviewers and cross-checked. The methodological quality of each trial was assessed by the same two reviewers. Details of the randomisation (generation and concealment), blinding, whether an intention-to-treat analysis was done, and the number of patients lost to follow-up was recorded. The results of each

  2. Multimodal Pain Management in Older Elective Arthroplasty Patients.

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    Brooks, Elaine; Freter, Susan H; Bowles, Susan K; Amirault, David

    2017-09-01

    Pain management after elective arthroplasty in older adults is complicated due to the risk of undertreatment of postoperative pain and potential adverse effects from analgesics, notably opioids. Using combinations of analgesics has been proposed as potentially beneficial to achieve pain control with lower opioid doses. We compared a multimodal pain protocol with a traditional one, in older elective arthroplasty patients, measuring self-rated pain, incidence of postoperative delirium, quantity and cost of opioid analgesics consumed. One hundred fifty-eight patients, 70 years and older, admitted to tertiary care for elective arthroplasty were prospectively assessed postoperative days 1-3. Patients received either traditional postoperative analgesia (acetaminophen plus opioids) or a multimodal pain protocol (acetaminophen, opioids, gabapentin, celecoxib), depending on surgeon preference. Self-rated pain, postoperative delirium, and time to achieve standby-assist ambulation were compared, as were total opioid doses and analgesic costs. Despite receiving significantly more opioid analgesics (traditional: 166.4 mg morphine-equivalents; multimodal: 442 mg morphine equivalents; t = 10.64, P multimodal group ( t = 9.15, P multimodal approach to pain control demonstrated no benefit over traditional postoperative analgesia in elective arthroplasty patients, but with significantly higher amounts of opioid consumed. This poses a potential risk regarding tolerability in frail older adults and results in increased drug costs.

  3. Antiplatelet therapy at the time of coronary artery bypass grafting

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    Kremke, Michael; Jensen, Mariann Tang; Bak, Mikkel

    2013-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this multicentre cohort study was to examine the relationship between antiplatelet therapy (APT) at the time of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and postoperative bleeding complications, transfusion requirements and adverse cardiovascular events. METHODS: A matched...

  4. Immunonutrition for patients undergoing elective surgery for gastrointestinal cancer: impact on hospital costs

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    Mauskopf Josephine A

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Oral or enteral dietary supplementation with arginine, omega 3 fatty acids and nucleotides (known as immunonutrition significantly improve outcomes in patients undergoing elective surgery. The objective of the study was to determine the impact on hospital costs of immunonutrition formulas used in patients undergoing elective surgery for gastrointestinal cancer. Methods US hospital costs of stay with and without surgical infectious complications, and average cost per day in the hospital for patients undergoing elective surgery for gastrointestinal cancer were estimated using data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project’s 2008 Nationwide Inpatient Sample. These costs were then used to estimate the impact of perioperative immunonutrition on hospital costs using estimates of reduction in infectious complications or length of stay from a meta-analysis of clinical trials in patients undergoing elective surgery for gastrointestinal cancer. Sensitivity of the results to changes in baseline complication rates or length of stay was tested. Results From the meta-analysis estimates, use of immunonutrition resulted in savings per patient of $3,300 with costs based on reduction in infectious complication rates or $6,000 with costs based on length of hospital stay. Cost savings per patient were present for baseline complication rates above 3.5% or when baseline length of stay and infectious complication rates were reduced to reflect recent US data for those with upper and lower GI elective cancer surgery (range, $1,200 to $6,300. Conclusions Use of immunonutrition for patients undergoing elective surgery for gastrointestinal cancer is an effective and cost-saving intervention.

  5. Elections and Social Conflict in Africa

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    2013-02-01

    democracies—namely those countries with checks on executive power, free political participation , and meaningful competition—the frequency of election...democracy, including the openness and competitiveness of recruitment for the executive, constraints on executive authority, and the extent of political ... participation . While elections are COUNTRY ELECTION DATE DEATHS Kenya December, 2007 1502 South Africa April, 1994 239 Nigeria April, 2007 226 Cote

  6. 75 FR 32273 - Representation Election Procedure

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    2010-06-08

    ... 29 CFR Parts 1202 and 1206 RIN 3140-ZA00 Representation Election Procedure AGENCY: National Mediation... delaying the effective date of its rule regarding representation election procedures from June 10, 2010 to... Representation Election Procedure Rule have been made. The NMB will notify participants if there are any further...

  7. Media and the 2013 Kenyan election

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    Gustafsson, Jessica

    2016-01-01

    In March 2013, Kenya held its first election after the post-election violence (PEV) in 2008, which media were blamed for contributing to by partisan reporting and hate speech. Prior to the 2013 election, several organizations worked to raise awareness of the negative consequences of hate speech...

  8. 29 CFR 44.3 - Election process.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 true Election process. 44.3 Section 44.3 Labor Office of the Secretary of Labor PROCESS FOR ELECTING STATE AGENCY EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS REPRESENTATIVES FOR CONSULTATIONS WITH DEPARTMENT OF LABOR § 44.3 Election process. (a) Process. The Commissioner of Labor Statistics of...

  9. New England Takes Stock of Midterm Elections

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    Harney, John O.; Morwick, Carolyn

    2014-01-01

    The recent midterm elections brought New England two new governors. Rhode Island elected its first woman chief executive in Gina Raimondo (D). Massachusetts elected Charlie Baker (R), a former Harvard Pilgrim CEO and official in the Weld and Cellucci administrations. Otherwise, the New England corner offices cautiously welcomed back incumbents:…

  10. 5 CFR 1604.3 - Contribution elections.

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    ... part 1600. A service member may elect to contribute sums to the TSP from basic pay, incentive pay, and special pay (including bonuses). However, the service member must elect to contribute to the TSP from... service member may elect to contribute from special pay or incentive pay (including bonuses) in...

  11. Acute Right Ventricular Dysfunction Complicating Prolonged ...

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    We report a case of transient right ventricular dysfunction associated with prolonged cardiac tamponade, an unusual complication of uncertain etiology. We believe that in this case dynamic coronary flow restriction resulted in ischemic injury and stunning of the right ventricle. Other possible causes are briefly reviewed. Right ...

  12. Contribution of optical coherence tomography imaging in management of iatrogenic coronary dissection

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    Barber-Chamoux, Nicolas, E-mail: nbarber-chamoux@chu-clermontferrand.fr [Department of Cardiology, Gabriel Montpied University Hospital, Clermont-Ferrand (France); Souteyrand, Géraud; Combaret, Nicolas [Department of Cardiology, Gabriel Montpied University Hospital, Clermont-Ferrand (France); ISIT, CaVITI, CNRS (UMR-6284), Auvergne University, Clermont-Ferrand (France); Ouedraogo, Edgar; Lusson, Jean René [Department of Cardiology, Gabriel Montpied University Hospital, Clermont-Ferrand (France); Motreff, Pascal [Department of Cardiology, Gabriel Montpied University Hospital, Clermont-Ferrand (France); ISIT, CaVITI, CNRS (UMR-6284), Auvergne University, Clermont-Ferrand (France)

    2016-03-15

    Iatrogenic coronary dissection is a rare but potentially serious complication of coronary angiography and angioplasty. Treatment with angioplasty guided only by angiography is often difficult. Optical coherence tomography imaging seems to be an interesting technique to lead the management of iatrogenic coronary dissection. Diagnosis can be made by optical coherence tomography; it can also eliminate differential diagnosis. Furthermore, this technique can guide safely the endovascular treatment. - Highlights: • Iatrogenic coronary dissection remains a challenging problem in angiography. • Endocoronary imaging is helpful for the diagnosis of iatrogenic coronary dissection. • OCT is a safe option to manage the endovascular treatment of coronary dissection.

  13. Iatrogenic giant coronary artery pseudoaneurysm with "daughter aneurysm" formation: serial imaging findings and natural history.

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    Cabarrus, Miguel; Yang, Bo; Schiller, Nelson; Miller, D Craig; Ordovas, Karen

    2012-11-01

    Coronary pseudoaneurysms rarely occur spontaneously; rather, they are more commonly seen as a complication of coronary intervention. We present a case of a giant right coronary artery pseudoaneurysm with partial thrombosis after arterial perforation during percutaneous intervention for acute myocardial infarction and formation of a "daughter aneurysm" due to a contained rupture 12 years later. Right coronary pseudoaneurysm repair and coronary artery bypass grafting were eventually performed 16 years after the acute event. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, coronary computed tomography angiography, and autopsy findings are shown.

  14. Coronary Calcium Scan

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    ... Back To Health Topics / Coronary Calcium Scan Coronary Calcium Scan Also known as Calcium Scan Test A coronary calcium scan is a CT scan of your heart that detects and measures the amount of calcium in the walls of your coronary arteries. Overview ...

  15. [Current percutaneous coronary intervention technology for management of coronary artery disease].

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    Miyazawa, Akiyoshi; Kozuma, Ken

    2011-02-01

    Enormous advance was obtained in the field of percutaneous coronary intervention, treatment for coronary artery disease. Drug eluting stent (DES) offers advantages over bare metal stent (BMS) such as reduction in restenosis rates. However, several concerns were proposed when compared with BMS. Currently, numerous technologies are under development to avert the complications of DES, such as stent thrombosis, or to challenge complex lesion, such as left main trunk/bifurcation. We summarized some of the development that is emerging on current management of coronary intervention.

  16. Depression and Coronary Artery Disease: The Association, Mechanisms, and Therapeutic Implications

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    Khawaja, Imran Shuja; Westermeyer, Joseph J.; Gajwani, Prashant; Feinstein, Robert E.

    2009-01-01

    We performed a comprehensive review of the literature to determine whether or not a relationship between depression and coronary artery disease exists. Our literature search supports the following: Depression and coronary artery disease have a bidirectional relationship, i.e., coronary artery disease can cause depression and depression is an independent risk factor for coronary artery disease and its complications; depression may contribute to sudden cardiac death and increase all causes of c...

  17. Improving outcomes in older people undergoing elective surgery.

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    Dhesi, J

    2010-12-01

    Older people have much to gain from surgery, but pose a significant challenge not only in emergency surgery but also in elective surgery. Despite significant progress in the care of older surgical patients, they remain more likely to 'fail' pre-assessment and have higher rates of post-operative complications than younger people. The evidence suggests that this is a consequence of age-related increases in co-morbidities and reduction in physiological reserve. Numerous studies have demonstrated improvements in outcome when individual co-morbidities are appropriately assessed and optimised. However, current models of care do not allow for the translation of this evidence into routine clinical practice, particularly in those with complex co-morbidities and functional dependence. This article explores the reasons for poor outcome in older people and describes an alternative model of care for the older elective surgical patient.

  18. Evaluation of a smoking cessation service in elective surgery.

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    Saxony, Jennifer; Cowling, Lis; Catchpole, Leanne; Walker, Natalie

    2017-05-15

    No best practice service models exist for promoting preoperative smoking cessation support, despite smokers experiencing more perioperative complications than nonsmokers. A novel specialist stop smoking service for patients undergoing elective surgery (called 'ELECT') was established in 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand (NZ). An evaluation of the service was undertaken in 2014. The ELECT service involved regular staff training and the development of setting-specific and easy-to-use referral procedures. Cessation treatment emphasized temporary abstinence around the time of surgery, as opposed to long-term smoking abstinence. Information on referral rates and cessation outcomes were collated for the evaluation. Summary statistics are reported, with multiple logistic regression analysis undertaken to determine key associations between outcome variables. A total of 527 patients were referred to ELECT over a 27 mo period, representing one-fifth of all identified smokers. Nearly 60% (n = 308) of those referred received at least one treatment session involving intense behavioral support and nicotine replacement treatment; for Māori (indigenous NZers), this figure was 75%. A shorter time to contact of referred patients, older age, being Māori (versus NZ European) and being referred through the surgical hospital services were all positively associated with likelihood of receiving at least one treatment session (P < 0.05). Of the 123 patients who set a formal quit date, 68% (n = 82) self-reported sustained abstinence 4 wk post-quit, and 48% (n = 58) were still abstinent 12 wk post-quit. The ELECT service appears both feasible and sustainable over time and has a clear impact on helping patients achieve smoking abstinence. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Nuclear technology requires free elections

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    Synek, Miroslav

    1999-10-01

    The historical development on our planet has reached a powerful technology of nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles, conceivably controllable through a computerized ``push-button." If this technology ever falls under the control of an irresponsible, miscalculating, or insane DICTATOR, with powerful means of a mass-produced nuclear built-up, anywhere on our planet, the very SURVIVAL OF ALL HUMANITY on our planet could be threatened. Therefore, it is a historical urgency that this technology is under the control by the people, through a sufficiently secure system of FREE ELECTIONS, in any country, wherever and whenever such a threatening possibility exists. Of course, a starting system of FREE ELECTIONS, even if quite rudimentary, should try to provide for its continuous functioning, with an underlying appropriate freedom of expression and with rules for its continuation, while aiming towards continuous improvements.

  20. Impact of Geriatric Nutritional Risk Index on cardiovascular outcomes in patients with stable coronary artery disease.

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    Kunimura, Ayako; Ishii, Hideki; Uetani, Tadayuki; Aoki, Toshijirou; Harada, Kazuhiro; Hirayama, Kenshi; Negishi, Yosuke; Shibata, Yohei; Sumi, Takuya; Kawashima, Kazuhiro; Tatami, Yosuke; Kawamiya, Toshiki; Yamamoto, Dai; Suzuki, Susumu; Amano, Tetsuya; Murohara, Toyoaki

    2017-01-01

    The association between malnutrition and cardiovascular prognosis in patients with stable coronary artery disease remains unclear. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between Geriatric Nutritional Risk Index (GNRI), a simple tool to assess nutritional risk, and long-term outcomes after elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). This study consisted of 802 patients (age, 70±10 years, male, 69%) who underwent elective PCI. GNRI was calculated at baseline as follows: GNRI=[14.89×serum albumin (g/dl)+[41.7×(body weight/body weight at body mass index of 22)

  1. A DESCRIPTIVE STUDY ON COMPLICATIONS OF TRACHEOSTOMY

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    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Tracheostomy is a lifesaving procedure that has stood the test of time. Reports of surgically securing the airway dates back to ancient times. However, Chevalier Jackson is credited with the first clear open surgical description in 1909. Only during the last three decades has this operation assumed its rightful place as a simple and safe procedure. During recent years, the complications and deaths due to tracheostomy have markedly decreased. But, complications do occur and there is not much published data, especially in the recent years on complications of tracheostomy. Hence, this study was conducted at Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, to assess the incidence of immediate, intermediate and late complications of tracheostomy and to study the steps taken to manage these complications. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study was conducted on 205 patients who underwent tracheostomy, both emergency and elective between June 2013 and December 2014 at Medical College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram. RESULTS The incidence of complications was found to be 28.3%. The most common immediate complications were bleeding and cardiopulmonary arrest. The most common intermediate complication was infection and difficult decannulation was the most common late complication. CONCLUSION Knowledge of probable complications and their causative factors is necessary to tackle and prevent them. Majority of the complications can be avoided by using non-metallic tracheostomy tubes, patients seeking early treatment, the expertise of the surgeon, adequate tracheostomy care and regular follow up.

  2. Non-Elective Paraesophageal Hernia Repair Portends Worse Outcomes in Comparable Patients: a Propensity-Adjusted Analysis.

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    Tam, Vernissia; Luketich, James D; Winger, Daniel G; Sarkaria, Inderpal S; Levy, Ryan M; Christie, Neil A; Awais, Omar; Shende, Manisha R; Nason, Katie S

    2017-01-01

    Patients undergoing non-elective paraesophageal hernia repair (PEHR) have worse perioperative outcomes. Because they are usually older and sicker, however, these patients may be more prone to adverse events, independent of surgical urgency. Our study aimed to determine whether non-elective PEHR is associated with differential postoperative outcome compared to elective repair, using propensity-score weighting. We abstracted data for patients undergoing PEHR (n = 924; non-elective n = 171 (19 %); 1997-2010). Using boosted regression, we generated a propensity-weighted dataset. Odds of 30-day/in-hospital mortality and major complications after non-elective surgery were determined. Patients undergoing non-elective repair were significantly older, had more adverse prognostic factors, and significantly more major complications (38 versus 18 %; p < 0.001) and death (8 versus 1 %; p < 0.001). After propensity weighting, median absolute percentage bias across 28 propensity-score variables improved from 19 % (significant imbalance) to 5.6 % (well-balanced). After adjusting propensity-weighted data for age and comorbidity score, odds of major complications were still nearly two times greater (OR 1.67, CI 1.07-2.61) and mortality nearly three times greater (OR 2.74, CI 0.93-8.1) than for elective repair. Even after balancing significant differences in baseline characteristics, non-elective PEHR was associated with worse outcomes than elective repair. Symptomatic patients should be referred for elective repair by experienced surgeons.

  3. Anterolateral papillary muscle rupture after intervention of the right coronary artery.

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    Morris, Liam; Desai, Anand; Akkus, Nuri Ilker

    2015-11-01

    Rupture of the anterolateral papillary muscle following a right coronary artery occlusion is extremely rare, and when complicated by a right ventricular infarction, can be fatal. The literature on optimal management of this complication is limited. We present an unusual case of anterolateral papillary muscle rupture following intervention of the right coronary artery. Published by Elsevier España.

  4. Nuclear Age Requires Free Elections

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    Synek, M.

    1998-03-01

    Human society on our planet, in its historical develoment, has reached the technology of nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles. If this technology falls into the hands of an irresponsible, miscalculating, or insane dictator with powerful means, the very survival of humanity on our planet could be threatened. Therefore, it is a historical urgency that this technology is under the control by the people, through the system of free elections, in any country , wherever and whenever such a threatening possibility exists.

  5. Results of the 2017 elections

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    The election of the Staff Council for the period 2018-2019 is now over and the first lesson is a turnout for the vote of 56.15 %, higher than for the previous election. This clearly shows the interest that members of the Staff Association attach to the work and dedication of their delegates. Of course we also thank all those who stood up as candidates and expressed their commitment to actively defend the interests of the staff and of CERN. This newly-elected Staff Council (see its composition below) is truly representative of all sectors and professions of the Organization. This will be a major asset when representatives of the Staff Association discuss with Management and Member States on issues which we will have to address during the next two years. Strong with this vote of confidence, we are certain that we can count on your active and ongoing support of our members and all personnel at CERN for the future. We know there will be no shortage of challenges. Together we will be stronger and more creative to ...

  6. Results of the 2017 elections

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    The election of the Staff Council for the period 2018-2019 is now over and the first lesson is a turnout for the vote of 56.15 %, higher than for the previous election. This clearly shows the interest that members of the Staff Association attach to the work and dedication of their delegates. Of course we also thank all those who stood up as candidates and expressed their commitment to actively defend the interests of the staff and of CERN. This newly-elected Staff Council (see its composition below) is truly representative of all sectors and professions of the Organization. This will be a major asset when representatives of the Staff Association discuss with Management and Member States on issues which we will have to address during the next two years. Strong with this vote of confidence, we are certain that we can count on your active and ongoing support of our members and all personnel at CERN for the future. We know there will be no shortage of challenges. Together we will be stronger and more creative to...

  7. 2011 Elections to Staff Council

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    Elections Timetable Starting with Echo of 26 September, posters, etc. call for applications Wednesday 26 October, at noon closing date for receipt of the application Monday 31 October, at noon start date for voting Monday 14 November, at noon closing date for voting Monday 21 November, publication of the results in Echo Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 29 November Staff Association Assizes Tuesday 6 December, at 10.00 a.m. first meeting of the new Staff Council and election of the new Executive Committee The voting procedure will be monitored by the Election Committee, which is also in charge of announcing the results in Echo on 21 November. In its meeting on 19 September 2011, the Electoral Commission decided on the following distribution of seats in colleges 0.1 to 0.6: Sector Department Career path AA – A – B – C – D Career path E – F – G – H Accelerators and Technology BE TE EN Electoral college 0.1 18 si&e...

  8. 2013 Elections to Staff Council

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    Elections Timetable Starting with Echo of 16 September, posters, etc. call for applications Monday 21 October, at noon closing date for receipt of the applications Monday 28 October, at noon start date for voting Monday 11 November, at noon closing date for voting Monday 18 and Monday 25 November, publication of the results in Echo Tuesday 19 November Staff Association Assizes Tuesday 3 December, at 10.00 a.m. first meeting of the new Staff Council and election of the new Executive Committee The voting procedure is monitored by the Election Committee, which is also in charge of announcing the results in Echo on 18 and 25 November. n its meeting on 11 September 2013, the Electoral Commission decided on the following distribution of seats in colleges O.1 to O.6: Sectors Departments Career paths AA – A – B – C – D Career paths E – F – G – H Accelerators and Technology BE TE EN Electoral college 0.1 13 si&...

  9. 2013 Elections to Staff Council

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    Elections Timetable Starting with Echo of 16 September, posters, etc. call for applications Monday 21 October, at noon closing date for receipt of the applications Monday 28 October, at noon start date for voting Monday 11 November, at noon closing date for voting Monday 18 and Monday 25 November, publication of the results in Echo Tuesday 19 November Staff Association Assizes Tuesday 3 December, at 10.00 a.m. first meeting of the new Staff Council and election of the new Executive Committee The voting procedure is monitored by the Election Committee, which is also in charge of announcing the results in Echo on 18 and 25 November. n its meeting on 11 September 2013, the Electoral Commission decided on the following distribution of seats in colleges O.1 to O.6: Sectors Departments Career paths AA – A – B – C – D Career paths E – F – G – H Accelerators and Technology BE TE EN Electoral colle...

  10. Results of the 2009 elections

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    The elections to renew the Staff Council for the 2010-2011 period are now behind us and we are very pleased to have had at least as many candidates as posts in five of the six electoral colleges. Furthermore, the average rate of participation of 56.8% in these elections is a very good result compared to previous years. We thank the candidates who have committed themselves to actively defending the interests of the staff, and all our members have shown, by voting, their full support of the candidates in their college and Department. This newly-elected Staff Council (see its composition on the following page) will therefore be truly representative of all the sectors and professions of the Organization, which will be a major asset when the Staff Association representatives begin discussions with the Management and Member States in 2010 on the key issues of the five-yearly review and the measures to be taken to absorb the deficit of our Pension Fund. Armed with this vote of confidence, we know that we can count o...

  11. The influence of contrast media on kidney function in patients with stable coronary artery disease

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    Reuter, Simon Bertram; Harutyunyan, Marina; Mygind, Naja Dam

    2014-01-01

    AIMS: To investigate the incidence of contrast media-induced nephropathy (CIN) in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) referred for elective coronary intervention following hydration routines. The reversibility of CIN was followed in a 6 month-period. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total...... of 447 patients referred for elective coronary intervention due to suspected CAD were included. Blood samples were collected before and 24 h after intervention and medical records were obtained. Patients had no drinking fluid restrictions and were routinely treated with a 1000 ml saline infusion. All...... coronary interventions. Kidney function and the amount of contrast media used was not a predictor of CIN development. The induced CIN was not completely normalized in a 6-month follow-up period....

  12. Incidence and predictors of coronary stent thrombosis

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    D'Ascenzo, Fabrizio; Bollati, Mario; Clementi, Fabrizio

    2013-01-01

    Stent thrombosis remains among the most feared complications of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with stenting. However, data on its incidence and predictors are sparse and conflicting. We thus aimed to perform a collaborative systematic review on incidence and predictors of stent thrombo...

  13. [EXPERIENCE WITH THE USE OF EPTIFIBATIDE IN ACUTE CORONARY SYNDROME DURING CORONARY INTERVENTION IN PATIENTS OLDER AGE GROUP].

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    Teplyakov, D V; Nazarov, E M; Tkhagapsov, A Z; Volkov, A V

    2016-01-01

    Acute coronary syndrome is the leading cause of death in patients older age group. Primary PCI is nearly uncontested revascularization method because of its efficacy in reperfusion achievement and less hemorrhagic complications compared to systemic thrombolytic therapy. Nevertheless, the age of the patients is a significant bleeding risk factor, sophisticating the choice and dosing antiplatelet and anticoagulant therapy during coronary angioplasty and stenting. Blocker 2b/3a receptor eptifibatide are used to avoids the development of ischemic complications and improves myocardial perfusion, but accompanied with bleeding risk during common infusion (12-18 hours). Combined intracoronary and intravenous infusion eptifibatide during only coronary intervention enhance procedure safety.

  14. The effects of fenoldopam on coronary conduit blood flow after coronary artery bypass graft surgery.

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    Halpenny, M

    2012-02-03

    OBJECTIVE: To quantify the effects of fenoldopam, 0.1 microg\\/kg\\/min, on left internal mammary artery (LIMA) and saphenous vein blood flow after coronary anastomosis. DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. SETTING: University teaching hospital, single institution. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty-one American Society of Anesthesiologists III patients undergoing elective coronary revascularization. INTERVENTIONS: A perivascular ultrasonic flow probe (Linton Instrumentation, Norfolk, UK) was placed around the LIMA and saphenous vein graft after coronary anastomosis. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Immediately before and at 5-minute intervals for 15 minutes after starting the infusion, blood flow was measured in the LIMA and one saphenous vein graft using a transit time ultrasonic flow probe. Heart rate, blood pressure, and central venous pressure were documented at these time points. Administration of fenoldopam, 0.1 microg\\/kg\\/min, did not alter heart rate or blood pressure. A small, nonsignificant increase in LIMA blood flow occurred during the 15-minute study period (30 +\\/- 12 to 35 +\\/- 10 mL\\/min) in patients who received fenoldopam. No significant changes occurred in the placebo group. CONCLUSIONS: The findings indicate that fenoldopam, 0.1 microg\\/kg\\/min, did not influence coronary conduit blood flow to a clinically significant extent. The small increase in LIMA blood flow may be of greater importance in high-risk patients or in the prevention of coronary arterial spasm.

  15. Risk factors for maintenance hemodialysis patients undergoing elective and emergency abdominal surgery.

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    Abe, Hayato; Mafune, Ken-ichi

    2014-10-01

    To identify the risk factors for morbidity and mortality after elective and emergency abdominal surgeries in maintenance hemodialysis patients. We retrospectively evaluated the medical records of 63 hemodialysis patients who underwent elective (group 1) and 24 who underwent emergency (group 2) abdominal surgeries, and classified them according to the presence/absence of postoperative complications. The clinical, laboratory and procedure-related data were obtained and compared between the groups. Group 2 had significantly higher morbidity and mortality rates than group 1 (58.3 and 16.6 % vs. 33.3 and 16.6 %, respectively, P high BUN levels in the elective surgery patients and hypoproteinemia, hypoalbuminemia, a longer operation and older age in patients undergoing emergency surgery. Perioperative blood transfusion was also associated with a high complication rate in the emergency surgery group.

  16. Elective open bedside tracheostomy in the neurosurgical intensive care unit

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    Niran Maharjan

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available JCMSBackground and Objectives: Tracheostomy is electively performed in critically ill patients requiring prolonged respiratory support. The risk of transporting, the increasing associated cost and operative room schedule are some of the obstacles for wider acceptance of this procedure. The use of rigid selection criteria exclude many patients who would benefit of this approach. The present study was designed to determine the safety of open bedside tracheostomy (OBT as a routine intensive care units (ICU procedure without any selection criteria, considering its peri and postoperative complications.Materials & Methods: Retrospective medical chart review of all patients that underwent elective tracheostomy between June 2014 and January 2015.Results: The study group comprised 52 patients with a mean age of 40.4±15.1 years. The incidence of intra-procedure complications was 5.7% and post-procedure complications was 3.8%.Conclusions: Open bedside tracheostomy seems to be a safe and simple procedure, even when performed by a trained resident under controlled circumstances, and should be considered as an option for ICU patients.JCMS Nepal. 2015;11(1: 9-11

  17. What Is Coronary Heart Disease?

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    ... Back To Health Topics / Coronary Heart Disease Coronary Heart Disease Also known as Coronary Artery Disease Leer en ... type of fat. Other Risks Related to Coronary Heart Disease Other conditions and factors also may contribute to ...

  18. Living with Coronary Heart Disease

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    ... Back To Health Topics / Coronary Heart Disease Coronary Heart Disease Also known as Coronary Artery Disease Leer en ... type of fat. Other Risks Related to Coronary Heart Disease Other conditions and factors also may contribute to ...

  19. Vascular complications in orthopedic surgery.

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    Chervu, A; Quinones-Baldrich, W J

    1988-10-01

    Vascular complications may be seen secondary to trauma or in the perioperative period following elective surgery. Prompt recognition and correction of these problems are of utmost importance to assure functional viability of the affected extremity. Evaluation may be complicated by the presence of preexisting atherosclerotic occlusive disease in the elderly patient. Relevant points in the history and physical examination include mechanism of injury, preexisting disease, evaluation of motor and sensory function, and presence and character of pulses. Noninvasive vascular studies should be obtained in all patients. Absolute indications for angiography include absent pulses, signs and symptoms of ischemia, a bruit, and a posterior knee dislocation; decreased pulses, a significant hematoma, and proximity of the fracture fragment are relative indications. Controversial issues in the management of combined orthopedic and vascular injuries include the use of internal versus external fixation, the use of prosthetic versus autogenous material, and the need for venous reconstruction. Popliteal artery trauma is still associated with a high limb loss rate, and careful evaluation of knee injuries is necessary. Vascular compromise may also complicate joint replacement surgery. These complications are preventable, and management is greatly simplified by a detailed preoperative evaluation.

  20. Elective vs non-elective radial artery grafts: comparing midterm results through 64-Slice computed tomography Enxertos de artéria radial eletivos vs emergência: comparando resultados em seguimento a médio prazo

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    Roberto Rocha-e-Silva

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Left internal thoracic artery to left anterior descending artery (LITA-LADA grafting has become a fundamental part of the coronary artery bypass graft procedure (CABG. This grafting in turn has led to an increased use of other arterial conduits, of which the radial artery (RA is most popular. Whether RA grafting can be used in the emergency patient is controversial. METHODS: 47 patients with critical stenosis (>70% in all target vessels underwent CABG with LITA and RA grafts from 1996 to 2003. Patients were divided into elective (23 patients and non-elective groups (24 patients with LITA and RA grafts per patient being similar in both groups. Of these 47 patients, 5 died from non-cardiac complications and 12 were unavailable. Thus, 30 patients (71% of survivors were studied by multidetector computed tomography. A total of 36 LITA and 64 RA grafts were studied. RESULTS: The RA patency rate for elective and non-elective grafts were 82% (31/38 and 85% (22/26, respectively (p=0.75. The RA had a similar patency rate for all target vessels ranging from 73% to 100%. Only one patient had a redo CABG and 29 (97% are free from angina or re-intervention. LITA-LADA had a 92% (11/12 and 100% (10/10 patency rate for elective and non-elective groups, respectively (p=0.37. The sequential LITA-diagonal-LADA in the elective group had a 50% (03/06 patency rate, which was significantly lower than the 100% (08/08 patency rate of the non-elective group (p=0.02. CONCLUSION: Radial Artery grafts can be used in both elective and non-elective patients with excellent results.INTRODUÇÃO: A anastomose da artéria torácica interna esquerda com a artéria descendente anterior (ATIE-DA se tornou parte fundamental da cirurgia de revascularização do miocárdio (RM. Esta técnica levou ao aumento de utilização de outros enxertos arteriais, entre os quais, a artéria radial (AR é muito usasa. Na literatura há controvérsia se a AR pode ser usada em pacientes

  1. Right Ventricular Dysfunction in Acute Myocardial Infarction Complicated by Cardiogenic Shock: a Hemodynamic Analysis of the SHould We Emergently Revascularize Occluded Coronaries for Cardiogenic shocK (SHOCK) Trial and Registry.

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    Lala, Anuradha; Guo, Yu; Xu, Jinfeng; Esposito, Michele; Morine, Kevin; Karas, Richard; Katz, Stuart D; Hochman, Judith S; Burkhoff, Daniel; Kapur, Navin K

    2017-10-11

    The prevalence and significance of right ventricular dysfunction (RVD) in patients with cardiogenic shock due to acute myocardial infarction (AMI-CS) has not been well characterized. We hypothesized that RVD is common in AMI-CS and associated with worse clinical outcomes. We retrospectively analyzed patients with available hemodynamics enrolled in the SHould we emergently revascularize Occluded coronaries for Cardiogenic shocK (SHOCK) Trial (n=139) and Registry (n=258) to identify RVD in AMI-CS. RVD was defined by an elevated central venous pressure (CVP), elevated CVP/ pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) ratio, decreased pulmonary artery pulsatility index (PAPi), and decreased right ventricular stroke work index (RVSWI). A p value of less than 0.01 was used to infer significance. In both the SHOCK trial and registry, 38% and 37% of patients had RVD, however RVD was not associated with 30-day or 6-month survival (HR 1.51 (0.92, 2.49) p=0.10). RV failure using inclusion criteria from the Recover Right Trial for RV failure (RR-RVF) requiring percutaneous mechanical circulatory support included an elevated CVP, CVP/PCWP ratio, and a low cardiac index despite ≥1 inotrope or vasopressor. In both the SHOCK trial and registry, 45% (n=63/139) and 38% (n=98/258) of patients met RR-RVF criteria respectively. The RR-RVF criteria were not significantly associated with 30-day mortality in the registry cohort (HR 1.44 (1.01,2.04), p=0.04), or in the trial cohort (HR 1.51(0.92,2.49), p=0.10). Hemodynamically defined RVD is common in AMI-CS. Routine assessment with PA catherization allows detection of RVD; however, further work is needed to identify interventions that will result in improved outcomes for these patients. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  2. Diverticulosis of the colon and complications

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    Waldmann, D.; Farthmann, E.H.

    1983-12-01

    Colonic diverticula in reality are herniations of the mucosa through a thickened musculature of the bowel wall where it is penetrated by the vasa recta. Their prevalence increases with western food and with age. Low-residue diet and increased intraluminal pressure are considered to be etiologic factors. Diverticular disease is characterised by inflammatory and bleeding complications. Diverticulitis may lead to peridiverticulitis and pericolitis with frank peritonitis. Uncomplicated diverticulosis warrants observation only under dietary guidance. Repeated complications indicate elective operation by one-stage-resection. Perforation, abscess and massive bleeding necessitate immediate operative treatment aimed at elimination of the involved segment.

  3. Applied Formal Methods for Elections

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    Wang, Jian

    2016-01-01

    Information technology is changing the way elections are organized. Technology renders the electoral process more efficient, but things could also go wrong: Voting software is complex, it consists of over thousands of lines of code, which makes it error-prone. Technical problems may cause delays...... to voting software producing evidence so that can be retroactively analyzed, in case that something went wrong. There are two possible ways to analyze implementations for verifiability, first statically, i.e. before the technology is deployed, which gives the developers the opportunity to fix issues during...

  4. The Singapore general election 1997

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    Li, Jinshan; Elklit, Jørgen

    1999-01-01

    The parliamentary eklection in singapore in January 1997 is examined, as is the particular electoral system ('the party block vote') which is found to be a central element in the electoral strategy of the ruling party, PAP. the functioning of this rare electoral system is, however, only one element...... in explaining how PAP has been able to win comfortable majorities in the House. The analysis contributes to the understandi9ng of how a semi-democratic regime can stay in power. The political and electoral process in relation to the 1997 election is also analysed...

  5. ELECTIVE ABDOMINAL HYSTERECTOMY: INDICATIIONS AND ...

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    Approximately two-thirds of the complications involved the urinary tract or the abdominal incision wound. We conclude that although the hysterectomy rate in Enugu, Nigeria, is lower than in advanced countries, the indications and complications of the operation are similar to those from the latter countries. Suggestions are ...

  6. 2010 Election Administration and Voting Survey

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    Election Assistance Commission — This dataset contains data about domestic absentee voting, provisional balloting, poll books, polling place, precincts, poll workers, and voting technology used in...

  7. 2008 Election Administration and Voting Survey

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    Election Assistance Commission — This dataset contains data about domestic absentee voting, provisional balloting, poll books, polling place, precincts, poll workers, and voting technology used in...

  8. C1-esterase inhibitor deficiency and elective caesarean section.

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    Griffiths, R J; O'Sullivan, G

    2005-07-01

    C1-esterase inhibitor deficiency is a rare disorder of the complement system characterised by episodes of cutaneous and mucosal oedema. Life-threatening airway oedema can follow airway instrumentation or minor trauma. We describe the successful management of a 37-year-old primiparous woman with inherited C1-esterase inhibitor deficiency who was admitted at 38 weeks' gestation for elective caesarean section. Whilst undergoing general anaesthesia 18 months previously she had experienced facial and pharyngeal oedema despite prophylaxis (one unit of fresh frozen plasma). On this occasion she underwent elective caesarean section following intrathecal anaesthesia with 0.5% hyperbaric bupivacaine 2 mL and diamorphine 300 microg. Cardiovascular stability was ensured using glycopyrolate and intravenous Hartmann's solution 2 L; a live female infant was delivered successfully. There were no peri- or postoperative complications. Regional anaesthesia is the safest method for providing surgical anaesthesia in the obstetric patient. We believe elective caesarean section under regional anaesthesia should be considered if there are predicted difficulties with vaginal delivery.

  9. Coronary artery disease (image)

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    ... through these arteries is critical for the heart. Coronary artery disease usually results from the build-up of fatty material and plaque, a condition called atherosclerosis. As the coronary arteries narrow, the flow of blood to the ...

  10. Counseling the Coronary Patient

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    Semmler, Caryl; Semmler, Maynard

    1974-01-01

    The article discusses counseling sessions designed to a) help the coronary patient adjust to cardiovascular disease, b) diminish patient anxieties and fears, and c) educate the patient and family members on controlling risk factors to deter another coronary attack. (JS)

  11. Relative performance of three formulas to assess renal function at predicting in-hospital hemorrhagic complications in an acute coronary syndrome population. What does the new CKD-EPI formula provide?

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    Cabanas-Grandío, Pilar; Abu-Assi, Emad; Raposeiras-Roubin, Sergio; Alvarez-Alvarez, Belén; González-Cambeiro, Cristina; Romaní, Santiago Gestal; Pereira-López, Eva; Bouzas-Cruz, Noelia; López-López, Andrea; Rodríguez-Girondo, Mar; Pedreira, Milagros; García-Acuña, José María; González-Juanatey, José Ramón

    2014-09-01

    Assessment of renal function is important for bleeding risk stratification in acute coronary syndrome (ACS). There are three formulas routinely used to assess renal function: the Cockroft-Gault (C-G) formula, the MDRD-4 formula and the new Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) equation. Our aim was to compare the ability of these formulas to predict the risk of in-hospital bleeding in patients with ACS. The study included 3270 patients with ACS. The performance of each formula with respect to in-hospital TIMI (Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction) major or TIMI minor bleeding were assessed using continuous data and by dividing patients into four subgroups according to the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR): ≥90, 89-60, 30-59 and formula than for MDRD-4 and CKD-EPI formulas, as evaluated by the area under the curve (AUC); continuous eGFR AUCs: 0.73, 0.69 and 0.71, respectively; categorical eGFR AUCs: 0.71, 0.66 and 0.68, respectively. Net reclassification improvement based on the eGFR categories was significantly positively favored C-G: 9.5% (95% confidence interval (CI) 1.8-17.2%) and 19.1% (95% CI 11.3-26.9%) compared with CKD-EPI and MDRD-4, respectively. After multivariable adjustment, the C-G formula predicted in-hospital bleeding better than MDRD-4 formula (severe renal dysfunction vs. normal renal function: odds ratio 7.98, 95% CI 2.61-24.38 with C-G; odds ratio 3.76, 95% CI 1.63-8.69 with MDRD-4; and odds ratio 5.77, 95% CI 2.18-15.24 with CKD-EPI. Our findings suggest that the C-G eGFR may improve risk prediction of in-hospital bleeding more than the MDRD-4 equation and the new CKD-EPI equation in patients with ACS. © The European Society of Cardiology 2014.

  12. Results of the 2011 elections

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    The elections to renew the Staff Council for the period 2012–2013 are now behind us and we welcome the turnout for the vote was 63.6%, This clearly shows the interest that members of the Staff Association attach to the work and dedication of their delegates and expresses their full support for the candidates of their college and department. We also thank all candidates who committed themselves to actively defend the interests of the staff. This newly-elected Staff Council (see its composition on the following page) is meant to be truly representative of all sectors and professions of the Organization, and this will be a major asset when representatives of the Staff Association will have discussions with Management and Member States on issues we have will have to treat the next two years. Armed with this vote of confidence, we are certain that we can count on your active and ongoing support in the future. We know there will be no shortage of challenges. Together we will be stronger to take them o...

  13. Results of the 2015 Elections

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    The elections to renew the Staff Council for the period 2016-2017 are now behind us and we welcome the turnout for the vote of 55.9 %, which was considerably higher than that of last time. This clearly shows the interest that members of the Staff Association attach to the work and dedication of their delegates and expresses their full support for the candidates of their department. We also thank all candidates who committed themselves to actively defend the interests of the staff. This newly-elected Staff Council (see its composition below) is meant to be truly representative of all sectors and professions of the Organization. This will be a major asset when representatives of the Staff Association will have discussions with Management and Member States on issues which we will have to address the next two years. Strong with this vote of confidence, we are certain that we can count on your active and ongoing support in the future. We know there will be no shortage of challenges. Together we will be stronger t...

  14. Model for election night forecasting applied to the 2004 South African elections

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    Greben, JM

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available A novel model has been developed to predict elections on the basis of early results. The electorate is clustered according to their behaviour in previous elections. Early results in the new elections can then be translated into voter behaviour per...

  15. High-sensitive cardiac troponin T measurements in prediction of non-cardiac complications after major abdominal surgery.

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    Noordzij, P G; van Geffen, O; Dijkstra, I M; Boerma, D; Meinders, A J; Rettig, T C D; Eefting, F D; van Loon, D; van de Garde, E M W; van Dongen, E P A

    2015-06-01

    Postoperative non-cardiac complication rates are as high as 11-28% after high-risk abdominal procedures. Emerging evidence indicates that postoperative cardiac troponin T elevations are associated with adverse outcome in non-cardiac surgery. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between postoperative high-sensitive cardiac troponin T elevations and non-cardiac complications in patients after major abdominal surgery. This prospective observational single-centre cohort study included patients at risk for coronary artery disease undergoing elective major abdominal surgery. Cardiac troponin was measured before surgery and at day 1, 3, and 7. Multivariable logistic regression analysis was performed to examine the adjusted association for different cut-off concentrations of postoperative myocardial injury and non-cardiac outcome. In 203 patients, 690 high-sensitive cardiac troponin T measurements were performed. Fifty-three patients (26%) had a non-cardiac complication within 30 days after surgery. Hospital mortality was 4% (8/203). An increase in cardiac troponin T concentration ≥100% compared with baseline was a superior independent predictor of non-cardiac postoperative clinical complications (adjusted odds ratio 4.3, 95% confidence interval 1.8-10.1, Phigh-sensitive cardiac troponin T increase ≥100% is a strong predictor of non-cardiac 30 day complications, increased hospital stay and hospital mortality in patients undergoing major abdominal surgery. NCT02150486. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Journal of Anaesthesia. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  16. Metabolic syndrome and mortality in stable coronary heart disease: relation to gender

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    Kragelund, Charlotte; Køber, Lars; Faber, Jens

    2007-01-01

    is unknown. METHODS: 1041 patients with stable coronary heart disease, referred for elective coronary angiography were included in this study. At baseline, history of hypertension, body mass index, lipids, fasting plasma glucose, and insulin were recorded. All-cause mortality was determined after a median...... follow-up of 9.2 years. RESULTS: At follow-up 296 (28%) patients had died. 315 (30%) patients had MS based on the definition by the World Health Organization. Patients with MS more frequently had diabetes and three-vessel disease of the coronary arteries. Men had a more severe risk profile than women...

  17. The human coronary vasodilatory response to acute mental stress is mediated by neuronal nitric oxide synthase.

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    Khan, Sitara G; Melikian, Narbeh; Shabeeh, Husain; Cabaco, Ana R; Martin, Katherine; Khan, Faisal; O'Gallagher, Kevin; Chowienczyk, Philip J; Shah, Ajay M

    2017-09-01

    Mental stress-induced ischemia approximately doubles the risk of cardiac events in patients with coronary artery disease, yet the mechanisms underlying changes in coronary blood flow in response to mental stress are poorly characterized. Neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) regulates basal coronary blood flow in healthy humans and mediates mental stress-induced vasodilation in the forearm. However, its possible role in mental stress-induced increases in coronary blood flow is unknown. We studied 11 patients (6 men and 5 women, mean age: 58 ± 14 yr) undergoing elective diagnostic cardiac catheterization and assessed the vasodilator response to mental stress elicited by the Stroop color-word test. Intracoronary substance P (20 pmol/min) and isosorbide dinitrate (1 mg) were used to assess endothelium-dependent and -independent vasodilation, respectively. Coronary blood flow was estimated using intracoronary Doppler recordings and quantitative coronary angiography to measure coronary artery diameter. Mental stress increased coronary flow by 34 ± 7.0% over the preceding baseline during saline infusion (P nitric oxide synthase in the human coronary circulation.Listen to this article's corresponding podcast at http://ajpheart.podbean.com/e/nnos-and-coronary-flow-during-mental-stress/. Copyright © 2017 the American Physiological Society.

  18. Elective pediatric surgical care in a forward deployed setting: What is feasible vs. what is reasonable.

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    Neff, Lucas P; Cannon, Jeremy W; Charnock, Kathryn M; Farmer, Diana L; Borgman, Matthew A; Ricca, Robert L

    2016-03-01

    To describe the scope and outcomes of elective pediatric surgical procedures performed during combat operations. The care of patients in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) includes elective humanitarian surgery on Afghan children. Unlike military reports of pediatric trauma care, there is little outcome data on elective pediatric surgical care during combat operations to guide treatment decisions. All elective surgical procedures performed on patients≤16years of age from May 2012 through April 2014 were reviewed. Procedures were grouped by surgical specialty and were further classified as single-stage (SINGLE) or multi-stage (MULTI). The primary endpoint was post-operative complications requiring further surgery, and the secondary endpoint was post-operative follow up. A total of 311 elective pediatric surgical procedures were performed on 239 patients. Surgical specialties included general surgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, neurosurgery and urology. 178 (57%) were SINGLE while 133 (43%) were MULTI. Fifteen patients required 32 procedures for post-operative complications. Approximately half of all procedures were performed as outpatient surgery. Median length of stay for inpatient was 2.2days, and all patients survived to discharge. The majority of patients returned for outpatient follow-up (207, 87%), and 4 patients (1.7%) died after discharge. Elective pediatric surgical care in a forward deployed setting is feasible; however, limitations in resources for perioperative care and rehabilitation mandate prudent patient selection particularly with respect to procedures that require prolonged post-operative care. Formal guidance on the process of patient selection for elective humanitarian surgery in these settings is needed. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  19. Strengthening Democratic Governance through ICTs : Post Election ...

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    Strengthening Democratic Governance through ICTs : Post Election Reconstruction in Kenya. Kenya's failure to create and maintain the momentum of reform has had several consequences, culminating in the disputed general elections of December 2007. International concern over the breakdown of law and order during ...

  20. [Electives at the dental school in Groningen].

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    Raghoebar-Krieger, H M J; Huysmans, M C D N J M; Molenaar, W M; Tams, J

    2005-01-01

    To offer a more comprehensive curriculum in various dental topics, the dental school of the University of Groningen developed electives. This article gives an overview of the learning objectives of the different electives, the program and the way in which students are examined. Attention is also

  1. Automatic thematic classification of election manifestos

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    Verberne, S.; D'hondt, E.; van den Bosch, A.; Marx, M.

    2014-01-01

    We digitized three years of Dutch election manifestos annotated by the Dutch political scientist Isaac Lipschits. We used these data to train a classifier that can automatically label new, unseen election manifestos with themes. Having the manifestos in a uniform XML format with all paragraphs

  2. Uganda's 2006 multiparty elections: consolidating democracy and ...

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    However, in conditions where such elections are shrouded in constitutional manipulation, political opaqueness, greed and consolidation of personal rule, they may instead, entrench an authoritarian regime. This article looks at the effects of the recent multiparty elections on the process of democratization and peace building ...

  3. Nerio: Leader Election and Edict Ordering

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    van Renesse, Robbert; Schneider, Fred B.; Gehrke, Johannes

    2011-01-01

    Coordination in a distributed system is facilitated if there is a unique process, the leader, to manage the other processes. The leader creates edicts and sends them to other processes for execution or forwarding to other processes. The leader may fail, and when this occurs a leader election protocol selects a replacement. This paper describes Nerio, a class of such leader election protocols.

  4. Strategies and Procedures for Expediting Election Petitions

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    Strategies and Procedures for Expediting Election Petitions and Appeals. 323. In order to achieve expeditious resolution of electoral disputes, various attempts have been made using the rules of court to fast track election petitions. The most significant of all is the Practice Direction issued by the then president of the. Court of ...

  5. Repair of a Mycotic Coronary Artery Aneurysm with an Intact Prosthetic Aortic Valve.

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    Ogawa, Mitsugu; Bell, David; Marshman, David

    2016-01-01

    We describe the case of a 75-year-old man with a mycotic right coronary artery aneurysm without evidence of prosthetic valve endocarditis. Eight years previously he had undergone coronary artery bypass surgery and aortic valve replacement. He presented with methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus septicaemia after a prolonged hospital admission. Further investigation revealed a large mycotic right coronary artery aneurysm prompting urgent surgical repair. This case, of a mycotic coronary artery aneurysm in an atherosclerotic native coronary artery, is an extremely rare entity, which is further complicated by the presence of a prosthetic aortic valve. Crown Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. 2008 Presidential General Election, County Results - Direct Download

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This data set portrays election results, by counties for 49 States and by election districts for Alaska, for the 2008 Presidential general election. Reported for...

  7. 2004 Presidential General Election, County Results - Direct Download

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This data set portrays election results, by counties for 49 States and by election districts for Alaska, for the 2004 Presidential general election. Reported for...

  8. Aortic valve endocarditis complicated by ST-elevation myocardial infarction.

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    Jenny, Benjamin E; Almanaseer, Yassar

    2014-12-01

    Infective endocarditis complicated by abscess formation and coronary artery compression is a rare clinical event with a high mortality rate, and diagnosis requires a heightened degree of suspicion. We present the clinical, angiographic, and echocardiographic features of a 73-year-old woman who presented with dyspnea and was found to have right coronary artery compression that was secondary to abscess formation resulting from diffuse infectious endocarditis. We discuss the patient's case and briefly review the relevant medical literature. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of abscess formation involving a native aortic valve and the right coronary artery.

  9. [Coronary angioplasty of moderate lesions (50 to 60%)].

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    Tanajura, L F; Sousa, A G; Feres, F; Mattos, L A; Maldonado, G; Cano, M N; Pinto, I M; Sousa, J E

    1991-04-01

    To assess the efficacy of transluminal coronary angioplasty in patients with moderate (50-60%) coronary lesions. One hundred and thirty nine patients, 108 (78%) male, mean age was 55 years, who underwent coronary angioplasty from August 1983 to January 1989. Clinical findings included stable angina in 91 (65%) and unstable angina in 48 (35%). Single vessel disease was the case for 117 (84%), whereas 22 (16%) had two vessel coronary artery disease. Primary success rate was 130 (94%). All patients with two vessel disease had complete revascularization. In the failure group there were 2 acute myocardial infarction (1.4%), and 4 (2.8%) emergency coronary artery by-pass surgery. There were no in-hospital deaths. Of the 130 patients with success, 119 (92%) had late follow-up (mean time 31 months). At the end of the follow-up period we found 85 (71%) asymptomatic, while 27 (23%) had recurrence of symptoms. There were 2 late cardiovascular deaths. Fifty four patients underwent late angiography and 42 (78%) had maintenance of the result while 12 (22%) had restenosis, with a mean degree more severe than pre-coronary angioplasty. Coronary angioplasty of moderate lesions has a high success rate (94%); nevertheless the rate of major complications and restenosis is very similar to that of coronary angioplasty for severe stenosis. Such findings led us to reserve the indication of coronary angioplasty for moderate lesions for patients at higher risk with clear evidence of myocardial ischemia.

  10. Moral individualism and elective death.

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    Prado, C G

    2013-01-01

    Moral individualism (Brooks, 2011; Smith, 2011) is a contemporary interpretation of morality as entirely a matter of personal choice. It is a popular rather than theory-based interpretation and has a number of social generative sources related to present-day preoccupation with individuality and personal distinctiveness. A key generative source is popularization of postmodernism, which prioritizes self-reinvention and provides moral individualism with the appearance of intellectual legitimacy. Moral individualism is a deeply flawed misconception of morality because it abolishes moral communality. My concern in this paper is that in doing so, it seriously jeopardizes productive discussion of the moral permissibility of elective death or choosing to die in despairingly and dire circumstances. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Pregnancy Complications: Bacterial Vaginosis

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    ... baby Common illnesses Family health & safety Complications & Loss Pregnancy complications Preterm labor & premature birth The newborn intensive care ... Point, NY 10980 Close X Home > Complications & Loss > Pregnancy complications > Bacterial vaginosis and pregnancy Bacterial vaginosis and pregnancy ...

  12. Pregnancy Complications: Placenta Previa

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    ... baby Common illnesses Family health & safety Complications & Loss Pregnancy complications Preterm labor & premature birth The newborn intensive care ... Point, NY 10980 Close X Home > Complications & Loss > Pregnancy complications > Placenta previa Placenta previa E-mail to a ...

  13. Pregnancy Complications: HELLP Syndrome

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    ... baby Common illnesses Family health & safety Complications & Loss Pregnancy complications Preterm labor & premature birth The newborn intensive care ... Point, NY 10980 Close X Home > Complications & Loss > Pregnancy complications > HELLP syndrome HELLP syndrome E-mail to a ...

  14. Association of coronary microvascular dysfunction with restenosis of left anterior descending coronary artery disease treated by percutaneous intervention.

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    De Vita, Antonio; Milo, Maria; Sestito, Alfonso; Lamendola, Priscilla; Lanza, Gaetano A; Crea, Filippo

    2016-09-15

    Several patients with successful percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) show evidence of coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMVD), which can be responsible for persistent positivity of electrocardiographic exercise stress test (EST). In this study, we assessed whether post-PCI CMVD may predict clinical outcome in patients undergoing successful elective PCI of an isolated stenosis of the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery. We studied 29 patients (age 64±6, 23 M) with stable coronary artery disease and isolated stenosis (>75%) of the LAD coronary artery who underwent successful PCI with stent implantation. Coronary blood flow (CBF) velocity response to adenosine and to cold-pressor test (CPT) was assessed in the LAD coronary artery by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography 24h and 3months after PCI. The primary end-point was a combination of death, admission for acute coronary syndromes (ACS) or target vessel revascularization (TVR). No death or ACS occurred during 36months of follow-up, but TVR was performed in 5 patients (17.2%). CBF response to CPT at 3months after PCI was 1.31±0.2 vs. 1.71±0.4 in patients with or without TVR, respectively (p=0.03), whereas CBF response to adenosine at 3months in these two groups was 1.70±0.3 vs. 2.05±0.4 (p=0.059). Our data suggest that, in patients with successful PCI of LAD coronary artery stenosis, lower CBF response to the endothelium-dependent vasodilator stimulus CPT is associated with long-term recurrence of restenosis. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Feasibility and safety of xenon compared with sevoflurane anaesthesia in coronary surgical patients: a randomized controlled pilot study.

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    Stoppe, C; Fahlenkamp, A V; Rex, S; Veeck, N C; Gozdowsky, S C; Schälte, G; Autschbach, R; Rossaint, R; Coburn, M

    2013-09-01

    To date, only limited data exist about the use of xenon as an anaesthetic agent in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. The favourable cardio- and neuroprotective properties of xenon might attenuate postoperative complications, improve outcome, and reduce the incidence of delirium. Thus, the aims of this study were to investigate the feasibility and safety of balanced xenon anaesthesia in patients undergoing cardiac surgery and to gather pilot data for a future randomized multicentre study. Thirty patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass grafting were enrolled in this randomized, single-blind controlled trial. They were randomized to receive balanced general anaesthesia with either xenon (45-50 vol%) or sevoflurane (1-1.4 vol%). The primary outcome was the occurrence of adverse events (AEs). Secondary outcome parameters were feasibility criteria (bispectral index, perioperative haemodynamic, and respiratory profile) and safety parameters (dosage of study treatments, renal function, intraoperative blood loss, need for inotropic support, regional cerebral tissue oxygenation). Furthermore, at predefined time points, systemic and pulmonary haemodynamics were assessed by the use of a pulmonary artery catheter. There were no patient characteristic differences between the groups. Patients undergoing xenon anaesthesia did not differ with respect to the incidence of AE (6 vs 8, P=0.464) compared with the sevoflurane group. No differences were detected regarding secondary feasibility and safety criteria. The haemodynamic and respiratory profile was comparable between the treatment groups. Balanced xenon anaesthesia is feasible and safe compared with sevoflurane anaesthesia in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery. Acronym CARDIAX: A pre- and post-coronary artery bypass graft implantation disposed application of xenon. Clinical trial registration ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT01285271; EudraCT-number: 2010-023942-63. Approved by the ethics committee 'Ethik

  16. Transcatheter aortic valve implantation with either CoreValve or SAPIEN XT devices in patients with a single coronary artery.

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    Sorbets, Emmanuel; Choby, Michael; Tchetche, Didier

    2012-07-01

    Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is associated with a risk of coronary obstruction. This complication is potentially lethal when the origin of the coronary arteries is anomalous. We describe two cases of TAVI with the SAPIEN XT (Edwards Lifesciences) and CoreValve devices (Medtronic) in patients with a single coronary artery. The tools and techniques used to anticipate the risk of acute coronary occlusion are discussed.

  17. [VIABILITY OF MYOCAROIUM AS RISK FACTOR FOR MORTALITY IN EARLY AND LATE PERIOD AFTER BYPASS SURGERY OF CORONARY ARTERIES IN PATIENTS WITH CORONARY HEART DISEASE AND SEVERE LEFT VENTRICULAR DYSFUNCTION].

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    Todurov, B M; Zelenchuk, V; Kuzmich, I M; Ivanyuk, N B; Nikolaichuk, M V

    2015-06-01

    In coronary heart disease and low ejection fraction of the left ventricle (LV) in patients after coronary artery bypass surgery tend mortality and complication rate higher than preserved LV systolic function. Significant preoperative predictors of early mortality and remote in these patients, and the incidence of complications in the early postoperative period were reveald.

  18. Agreement and Correlation between Arterial and Central Venous Blood Gas Following Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery.

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    Esmaeilivand, Masoumeh; Khatony, Alireza; Moradi, Gholamreza; Najafi, Farid; Abdi, Alireza

    2017-03-01

    Arterial blood sampling, used to assess patients in acute conditions, may result in complications such as thrombosis and embolism. However, it can be replaced by venous blood sampling, but there is a dearth of information on this. To assess the correlation and agreement between the arterial and central venous blood gases analyses in patients undergoing elective Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) surgery. In this cross-sectional study, 100 ICU patients undergoing elective CABG surgery were recruited. 2 mm arterial and a 2 mm venous blood samples were obtained from each patient's arterial and central venous lines, respectively. To predict Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) values based on central Venous Blood Gas (VBG) values, the linear regression analysis was used and for evaluating their agreement Bland-Altman method was used. In total of 200 samples were obtained. The mean and Standard Deviation (SD) of age was 58.9±9.1 years and 51% of the participants were female. There was a strong correlation between ABG and central VBG values regarding pH, partial Pressure of Carbon Dioxide (PCO2), Bicarbonate (HCO3) and Base Excess (BE) (r= 0.73, r=0.74, r=0.67 and r=0.71, respectively; panalysis showed an excellent agreement between all the variables (panalysis cannot replace ABG analysis in measuring exact PO2 status, necessitating arterial sampling in some matters, but with respect to the accuracy of pulse oximetry measurements in determining the exact PO2 status, for the rest of the indices a central VBG rather than an ABG can be utilised for determining patient's acid-base status. Particularly in patients who are hospitalised for a long time and have a central venous catheter in place like patients who have undergone CABG, thus reducing the risk and need for invasive arterial sampling.

  19. Chest pain after percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with stable angina

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    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Chao-Chien Chang,1–3 Yueh-Chung Chen,4,5 Eng-Thiam Ong,1 Wei-Cheng Chen,1 Chia-Hsiu Chang,1 Kuan-Jen Chen,1 Cheng-Wen Chiang1 1Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Cathay General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC; 2Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC; 3Department of Pharmacology, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC; 4Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Taipei City Hospital Ren-Ai branch, Taipai, Taiwan, ROC; 5Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC Background: Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI has been widely used to treat acute coronary syndrome but is only recommended as an additional treatment to medical therapy and risk modification in patients with refractory or progressing angina. The number of PCI in this patient population is still increasing. Post-PCI chest pain (PPCP is one of the common problems of PCI. Its presentation and causes in patients with stable angina are poorly understood.Patients and methods: This study retrospectively collected clinical information of 167 patients who had stable angina and underwent elective PCI, including 70 patients with PPCP 24 hours after procedure and 97 patients without PPCP. The incidence and predictors of PPCP were analyzed.Results: The incidence of PPCP was 41.9% (70/167. Compared with non-PPCP patients, PPCP patients had more abnormal post-PCI electrocardiogram (ECG changes (new Q-waves, ST-segment shifts, or T-waves inversion and serum cardiac troponin I (cTnI elevation, more PCI vessels, and stent placement (all P<0.05. More PPCP patients required repeat revascularization than non-PPCP patients after PCI (P=0.043. PPCP was correlated with abnormal post-PCI ECG changes (P<0.0001, cTnI elevation (P<0.0001, post-PCI serum level of cTnI (P<0.0001, number of stents placed (P=0.009, and pre-PCI cTnI level (P=0.049. The strongest predictors of

  20. The MGuard coronary stent: safety, efficacy, and clinical utility

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Montserrat Gracida, Rafael Romaguera, Francisco Jacobi, Joan A Gómez-Hospital, Angel Cequier Heart Diseases Institute, Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge – IDIBELL, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain Abstract: Atheromatous and thrombotic embolization during percutaneous coronary revascularization is a feared complication that may cause impaired myocardial reperfusion even with a patent epicardial vessel. The MGuard stent is a cobalt chromium bare metal stent with a porous net attached to its outer surface that has been designed to prevent thrombus fragmentation and distal embolization during stent implantation. This review summarizes the available evidence supporting the use of the MGuard stent in different scenarios such as lesions with high thrombus burden, saphenous vein graft interventions, coronary perforations, or carotid lesions. Keywords: Coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, coronary stent, complication, thrombus, no-reflow phenomenon

  1. ELECTIONS: Perspectives on Activities and Challenges Across the Nation

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    2001-01-01

    Events surrounding the 2000 presidential election raised such issues as the reliability of different types of voting equipment, the role of election officials, the disqualification of absentee ballots...

  2. Technical Considerations of Giant Right Coronary Artery Aneurysm Exclusion

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    James Barr

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Giant coronary artery aneurysms are rare clinical entities. We report the case of a 49-year-old man who presented with dyspnoea and exertional chest pain. Investigations confirmed an aneurysmal right coronary artery measuring 4 cm with a fistulous communication to the right atrium. Following right atriotomy, the fistula was oversewn and the aneurysmal right coronary artery ligated at its origin and at several points along its course. A saphenous vein graft was anastomosed to the posterior descending artery. Persistent ventricular fibrillation occurred upon chest closure, attributed to ischaemia following ligation of the aneurysmal coronary artery. Emergent resternotomy and internal defibrillation were successfully performed. The sternum was stented open to reduce right ventricular strain and closed the following day. The patient made an unremarkable recovery. We here address the technical challenges associated with surgical repair of right coronary aneurysms and the physiology and management of potential complications.

  3. The influence of depression and anxiety in the development of heart failure after coronary angioplasty.

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    Gegenava, T; Gegenava, M; Kavtaradze, G

    2009-03-01

    The aim of our study was to investigate the association between history of depressive episode and anxiety and complications in patients after 6 months of coronary artery angioplasty. The research was conducted on 70 patients, the grade of coronary occlusion that would not respond to therapeutic treatment and need coronary angioplasty had been established. Complications were estimated in 60 patients after 6 months of coronary angioplasty. To evaluate depression we used Beck depression scale Anxiety was assessed by Spilberger State-trait anxiety scale. Statistic analysis of the data was made by means of the methods of variation statistics using Students' criterion and program of STATISTICA w 5.0. Complications were discovered in 36 (60%) patients; 24 (40%) patients had not complications. There was not revealed significant statistical differences in depression and anxiety degree in coronary angioplasty period and after 6 months of coronary angioplasty. There was not revealed significant statistical differences in depression and anxiety degree in coronary angioplasty period and after 6 months of coronary angioplasty. Our study demonstrated that complications were revealed in patients who had high degree of depression and anxiety.

  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. Giant coronary artery aneurysm after Takeuchi repair for anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery.

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    Dunlay, Shannon M; Bonnichsen, Crystal R; Dearani, Joseph A; Warnes, Carole A

    2014-01-01

    A 33-year-old woman with an anomalous left coronary artery arising from the pulmonary artery who had undergone Takeuchi repair at age 7 years presented for evaluation. The Takeuchi procedure creates an aortopulmonary window and an intrapulmonary tunnel that baffles the left coronary artery to the aorta. A mediastinal mass was identified as a giant aneurysm of the left coronary artery resulting in compression of the pulmonary artery and left upper pulmonary vein. The patient underwent open repair with patch closure at the aortic entrance of the left coronary Takeuchi repair and resection and evacuation of the aneurysm. A saphenous vein graft to the left anterior descending artery was performed. Postoperative echocardiography demonstrated normal left ventricular function. This is the first reported case of giant aneurysm formation after Takeuchi repair. The reported complications have included the development of pulmonary artery stenosis at the intrapulmonary baffle, baffle leak, decreased left ventricular function, and mitral regurgitation. In conclusion, late complications of the Takeuchi procedure are common, underscoring the importance of lifelong follow-up at a center with experience in treating coronary anomalies. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Perioperative ascorbic acid supplementation does not reduce the incidence of postoperative atrial fibrillation in on-pump coronary artery bypass graft patients.

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    Antonic, Miha; Lipovec, Robert; Gregorcic, Franc; Juric, Peter; Kosir, Gorazd

    2017-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia following cardiac surgery. It is associated with increased hemodynamic instability, systemic embolization, and complications linked to anticoagulant therapy. Oxidative stress and consequent electrophysiological remodeling have been proposed as a cause of postoperative atrial fibrillation. Ascorbic acid supplementation was suggested as a novel and effective preventive agent. The aim of this study was to evaluate the capability of ascorbic acid to reduce the incidence of postoperative atrial fibrillation in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) patients. A prospective randomized single-center trial was conducted in patients scheduled for an elective on-pump CABG surgery. Subjects in the ascorbic acid group received 2g of ascorbic acid 24h and 2h before the surgery and 1g twice a day for five days after the surgery. Postoperatively, the patients were monitored for atrial fibrillation and other complications. The ascorbic acid group consisted of 52 patients and the control group included 53 patients. The groups were well matched for baseline demographics, preoperative medications, comorbidities, and had similar intraoperative characteristics. The incidence of atrial fibrillation in the ascorbic acid group was 13.5% and 18.9% in the control group (p=0.314). No difference was found between groups in the time of occurrence of atrial fibrillation (3.71±1.89 vs. 2.91±1.58 days after the surgery; p=0.342). There was also no difference in the other observed postoperative complications. The results of this study do not support the effectiveness of ascorbic acid supplementation in reducing the incidence of postoperative atrial fibrillation in elective on-pump CABG patients. Copyright © 2016 Japanese College of Cardiology. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Giant aortic arch aneurysm complicating Kawasaki′s disease

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    Kaouthar Hakim

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Kawasaki disease (KD is a common acute vasculitis in pediatric population that usually involves small- and middle-sized arteries, commonly coronary arteries. Although the incidence and natural course of coronary aneurysms after KD are well documented in studies, related reports on peripheral arterial and aortic aneurysms are scarce. We report the occurrence of a giant aortic aneurysm involving the horizontal part of aortic arch in a 28-month-old boy diagnosed with KD. This complication was managed by steroids therapy in the beginning. Because of mechanical complication and potential risk of rupture, surgery was undertaken.

  8. Pathogenetic relationship between coronary heart disease and osteopenic syndrome

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    N. S. Mykhailovskaya

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The importance of the comorbidity problem of coronary heart disease and osteoporosis is caused by the rising prevalence, lack of early detection, prevention, severe complications and significant impact on the quality of life of the patients. Aim. In order to compile and submit a current point of view on the pathogenetic relationship between the coronary heart disease and the osteopenic syndrome we reviewed specialized literature. Conclusion. We established that coronary heart disease and osteoporosis have common mechanisms of progression involving a cascade of proinflammatory cytokines, osteoprotegerin, endothelial dysfunction, estrogen, calcium deficiency, the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone and sympathetic nervous system.

  9. [Aftermaths of lesions of coronary arteries in Kawasaki disease].

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    Vostokova, A A; Grunina, E A; Klemenov, A V

    2016-01-01

    Kawasaki disease, also known as cutaneous-mucous-glandular mucocutaneous glandular syndrome, is acute systemic vasculitis of small-to-medium calibre arteries, frequently involving coronary arteries, affect almost exceptionally children, with reports concerning cases of Kawasaki syndrome in 20-to-30-year-old adults being extremely rare. The most serious manifestation of Kawasaki disease is coronaritis and formation of coronary artery aneurysms. The dynamics of the formed coronary aneurysms and, consequently, the fate of patients may be different. Thrombosis of an aneurysm in the early period of the disease and stenosing of the affected coronary artery later on present possible complications of Kawasaki disease and potential causes of myocardial infection in young adults. Increased risk of coronary artery thromboses in Kawasaki disease is conditioned by a decrease in velocity of blood flow and its turbulent pattern in the aneurysms, endothelial dysfunction due to currently existing or endured coronaritis and thrombocytosis typical of this pathology. Predisposing factors of coronary artery stenosing are unfavourable haemodynamic conditions appearing at the sites of the "entry" and "exit" of the aneurysm. Described herein are two case reports of myocardial infarction, one of which being a complication of an acute case of Kawasaki disease in a 29-year-old patient, with the second one being a consequence of coronary artery stenosing in a 25-year-old patient who had endured Kawasaki disease in his childhood.

  10. Perioperative management in minimally invasive coronary surgery.

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    Pavie, A; Lima, L; Bonnet, N; Regan, M; Aktar, R; Gandjbakhch, I

    1999-11-01

    It is important to apply the same rules used for classical coronary revascularization to beating heart coronary surgery. The surgeons must have a strategy, and be prepared for adverse events, and complications. A careful analysis of the coronarography is essential to predict eventual contraindications or causes of possible operative difficulties. All the team must be involved in the surgical protocol. Three main problems need to be solved: the prevention of ischemia during the procedure, good stabilization of the anastomotic site and arterial occlusion. The first goal is reached by using a pre-conditioning technique or an intracoronary shunt. Vessel stabilization may be obtained by several methods: pressure adhesion devices, patch technique or suction devices. The final problem is to have a blood free field, this requires arterial occlusion which may be achieved in several ways: silastic Snares or sutures, aclan clamps, coronary occluder. We have developed at la Pitié a protocol to apply all these principles. From February 1997 to November 1998, multiple revascularization was performed on 167 patients. A total of 344 coronary anastomosis were carried out (mean: 2.05 graft/patient). Some simple rules had to be applied to reduce the rate of complications to the minimum: a good clinical case selection, use of a routine protocol, and recognize the need to adapt the indications to the learning curve of the operator.

  11. Retrospective analysis of stoma-related complications

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    İsmet Özaydın

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective: One of the few factors, that affect life of peoplehave stoma negatively, are complications developing intissues where placed stomas or near stomas. We aimedto evaluate the stoma practices performed frequently inour clinic.Methods: Between January 2008 and December 2011,the records of 96 patients who had stoma retrospectively.Factors indication for stoma, emergency procedure, preoperativestoma, type of stoma and complications sitingrecorded.Results: Ninety-six stoma patients were examined. Ofthem 66 (68% of them was male, 30 (32% of them wasfemale. The mean age was 58.8±12.6 years. The mostcommon colostomy patients were diagnosed obstructionof colon(66% and ileostomy patients were diagnosedanastomosis protective ((75%. The most common typeof stoma were as follows 54 loop colostomy, 16 end colostomy,10 tube gastrostomy and 7 loop ileostomy. Theoverall complication rate was 48%. Both elective andemergency stomas had similar complication rates. Themost common complication included peristomal skin irritation(63%, peristomal infection (25% and prolapse(5% The stoma with the highest complications rate wasloop colostomy (57%.Conclusion: In our opinion, mortality and morbidity ofstomas may be decreased with the meticulous surgicalprinciple, regular follow- up and patient education. J ClinExp Invest 2013; 4 (1: 63-66Key words: Stoma, colostomy, ileostomy, complication

  12. Coronary plaque morphology on multi-modality imagining and periprocedural myocardial infarction after percutaneous coronary intervention

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    Akira Sato

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI may be complicated by periprocedural myocardial infarction (PMI as manifested by elevated cardiac biomarkers such as creatine kinase (CK-MB or troponin T. The occurrence of PMI has been shown to be associated with worse short- and long-term clinical outcome. However, recent studies suggest that PMI defined by biomarker levels alone is a marker of atherosclerosis burden and procedural complexity but in most cases does not have independent prognostic significance. Diagnostic multi-modality imaging such as intravascular ultrasound, optical coherence tomography, coronary angioscopy, near-infrared spectroscopy, multidetector computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging can be used to closely investigate the atherosclerotic lesion in order to detect morphological markers of unstable and vulnerable plaques in the patients undergoing PCI. With the improvement of technical aspects of multimodality coronary imaging, clinical practice and research are increasingly shifting toward defining the clinical implication of plaque morphology and patients outcomes. There were numerous published data regarding the relationship between pre-PCI lesion subsets on multi-modality imaging and post-PCI biomarker levels. In this review, we discuss the relationship between coronary plaque morphology estimated by invasive or noninvasive coronary imaging and the occurrence of PMI. Furthermore, this review underlies that the value of the multimodality coronary imaging approach will become the gold standard for invasive or noninvasive prediction of PMI in clinical practice.

  13. Radial pseudoaneurysm following diagnostic coronary angiography

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    Shankar Laudari

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The radial artery access has gained popularity as a method of diagnostic coronary catheterization compared to femoral artery puncture in terms of vascular complications and early ambulation. However, very rare complication like radial artery pseudoaneurysm may occur following cardiac catheterization which may give rise to serious consequences. Here, we report a patient with radial pseudoaneurysm following diagnostic coronary angiography. Adequate and correct methodology of compression of radial artery following puncture for maintaining hemostasis is the key to prevention.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/jcmsn.v10i3.12776 Journal of College of Medical Sciences-Nepal, 2014, Vol-10, No-3, 48-50

  14. Early rise in C-reactive protein is a marker for infective complications in laparoscopic colorectal surgery.

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    Nason, Gregory J

    2014-02-01

    Infective complications are the most significant cause of morbidity associated with elective colorectal surgery. It can sometimes be difficult to differentiate complications from the normal postoperative course. C-reactive protein (CRP) is an acute phase reactant which has been reported to be predictive of postoperative infective complications.

  15. Pension Fund - ELECTIONS - Irene SEIS

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    CERN - EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH PENSION FUND   This candidature has been duly registered and is hereby presented in accordance with paragraph 6.h of the Regulations for Elections to the Governing Board of the Pension Fund. Candidate: Name: SEIS First Name : Irene Our Pension Fund (that of CERN and ESO personnel) is for most of us the only social protection when we retire. Its purpose is to give us a pension, which permits to maintain a certain standard of living for us, and for our dependants. I have worked in the Governing Board of the Pension Fund, as well as in numerous working groups on pension matters, since 11 years, either in my role as a Staff Association delegate, or as a member of the Governing Board. In both environments, I defend the principles of solidarity, which are part of our social security system, and I stand up for maintaining its primary principle, being a defined benefit scheme. Another of my preoccupations is the long-term future of the fund, including the gu...

  16. Deep Vein Thrombosis after Coronary Angiography

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    Vivek Singh Guleria

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Deep vein thrombosis (DVT is a rare but potentially serious complication of coronary angiography (CAG, incidence being just 0.05%. Only a few clinical cases of DVT after diagnostic transfemoral catheterization have been reported. Here, we describe the case of a 54-year-old woman who developed significant DVT after CAG without venous thromboembolism (VTE and, which was treated with anticoagulants.

  17. Contribution of optical coherence tomography imaging in management of iatrogenic coronary dissection.

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    Barber-Chamoux, Nicolas; Souteyrand, Géraud; Combaret, Nicolas; Ouedraogo, Edgar; Lusson, Jean René; Motreff, Pascal

    2016-03-01

    Iatrogenic coronary dissection is a rare but potentially serious complication of coronary angiography and angioplasty. Treatment with angioplasty guided only by angiography is often difficult. Optical coherence tomography imaging seems to be an interesting technique to lead the management of iatrogenic coronary dissection. Diagnosis can be made by optical coherence tomography; it can also eliminate differential diagnosis. Furthermore, this technique can guide safely the endovascular treatment. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Missing left main ostio-proximal coronary artery disease during angiography using tiger catheter

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    Biswajit Majumder

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Coronary angiography by right radial artery route using Optitorque Tiger catheter is on the rise given the low rate of local complications and feasibility to perform it as a day-care procedure. We report here a case of coronary angiography performed using Optitorque Tiger catheter (5-French which resulted in a diagnostic error, missing the ostio-proximal left main coronary artery disease which was later detected using EBU 3.5 guide catheter (7-French while performing angioplasty.

  19. Local government elections – Some personal perspectives

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    Ittmann, HW

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available and television stations and the broadcaster's website. Subsequently, other media houses also request specific explanations or analysis. This, in itself, poses challenges. This paper will briefly outline the forecasting model used in the elections, what...

  20. Presidential General Election Results - 2012 - Direct Download

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This map layer portrays Presidential general election results for 2012, with results reported by county or county equivalent, for the 50 United States and the...

  1. Bacteremia during quinsy and elective tonsillectomy

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    Klug, Tejs Ehlers; Henriksen, Jens-Jacob; Rusan, Maria

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Aims: Bacteremia during elective tonsillectomy is well recognized, whereas bacteremia during quinsy tonsillectomy has never been studied. The aim of the present study was to explore the incidence of bacteremia during elective and quinsy tonsillectomy in order to evaluate the antibiotic...... prophylaxis recommendations to patients at high risk of infective endocarditis who are undergoing tonsillectomy. Methods: A prospective study was conducted on 80 patients undergoing elective tonsillectomy and 36 patients undergoing acute tonsillectomy due to peritonsillar abscess. Blood cultures, tonsillar...... swabs, core tissue, and pus aspirates were analyzed by standard microbiological techniques. Results: Bacteremia was detected in 73% of patients during elective tonsillectomy compared to 56% during quinsy tonsillectomy (P ¼ .089, Fishers exact test). Significantly more blood culture bottles were positive...

  2. Local Election Campaign in Social Media

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    Bock Segaard, Signe; Agger Nielsen, Jeppe

    In this paper we focus on the usage of social media in political election campaigns. These new arenas have become increasingly important for democratic purposes, such as opinion sharing and discussions between candidates and voters. But there is a lack of research on how social media is used...... in local election campaigns. Therefore, the aim of this study is to investigate the use of social media as it was intended to be central arenas for local election campaigns in Norwegian municipalities. For that purpose we first develop a model of political communication in social media that conceptualise...... candidates, content registration of local blogs, and log file data of local blogs through Google Analytics). In contrast to the democratic vision for social media the analysis demonstrates that the election blogs primarily are used by those who are most politically active in advance. The analysis also shows...

  3. [Cardiovascular complications of hypertensive crisis].

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    Rosas-Peralta, Martín; Borrayo-Sánchez, Gabriela; Madrid-Miller, Alejandra; Ramírez-Arias, Erick; Pérez-Rodríguez, Gilberto

    2016-01-01

    It is inexorable that a proportion of patients with systemic arterial hypertension will develop a hypertensive crisis at some point in their lives. The hypertensive crises can be divided in hypertensive patients with emergency or hypertensive emergency, according to the presence or absence of acute end-organ damage. In this review, we discuss the cardiovascular hypertensive emergencies, including acute coronary syndrome, congestive heart failure, aortic dissection and sympathomimetic hypertensive crises (those caused by cocaine use included). Each is presented in a unique way, although some patients with hypertensive emergency report non-specific symptoms. Treatment includes multiple medications for quick and effective action with security to reduce blood pressure, protect the function of organs remaining, relieve symptoms, minimize the risk of complications and improve patient outcomes.

  4. Urgent percutaneous coronary intervention leads to a decrease in serum concentrations of soluble CD40 ligand

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    Ratković Nenad

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Inflammation as a consequence of vascular injury after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI is a pathological substrate of restenosis and of its complications. The aim of the study was to examine perprocedural inflammatory response expressed by soluble CD40 ligand (sCD40L and C-reactive protein (CRP in patients treated with PCI and dual antiplatelet therapy. Methods. The experimental group included 52 patients (80.8% men, age 60 ± 9 years with angina pectoris treated by PCI (22 urgent PCI with stent implantation, and dual antiplatelet therapy (tienopiridins and aspirin, according to the current recommendations for the execution of the intervention. The control group consisted of 8 patients (70.5% men, age 59 ± 7 years with angina pectoris, who had undergone coronarography taking aspirin 3 days prior to it. In all the patients 24 hours before and after the PCI concentrations of CRP and sCD40L in the blood were determined. Results. In the experimental group, the concentration of sCD40L was lower as compared to the control (p < 0.02. In 34 (65% patients postprocedural decrease in sCD40L was recorded, in 18 (34.6% of them increase, while in 50 (96% patients there was a rise in CRP. The patients with postprocedural fall in sCD40L hod greater preprocedural concentration of sCD40L (p < 0.001, and less postprocedural concentration of sCD40L (p < 0.001, compared to the group with an increase in sCD40L after the PCI, while CRP levels tients treated with emergency PCI compared to elective patietns had a postprocedural decrease in sCD40L (p = 0.02. Increase in the level of CRP was higher in the group with emergency PCI in relation to elective PCI (p < 0.01. Conclusion. Emergency PCI procedures in the treatment of patients with unstable angina pectoris lead to a postprocedural fall in the serum concentration of sCD40L. Dual antiplate therapy with tienopiridins and aspirin inhibits the release of sCD40L. Regardless a clinical presentation

  5. Election Media and Youth Political Engagement

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    Diana Owen

    2009-01-01

    Election campaigns are regular opportunities for heightened political engagement and socialization. For many young people, politics becomes most visible and concrete during electoral contests. However, campaign media, at least in the United States, typically have not targeted young voters with messages that enhance their participation and turnout. In fact, much traditional election media coverage of youth has emphasized their lack of interest and involvement, and thus works to discourage the ...

  6. 26 CFR 701.9006-1 - Presidential Election Campaign Fund.

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    ... 26 Internal Revenue 20 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Presidential Election Campaign Fund. 701.9006-1...) INTERNAL REVENUE PRACTICE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN FUND § 701.9006-1 Presidential Election Campaign Fund. (a) Transfer of amounts to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund. The Secretary shall determine...

  7. 5 CFR 1600.11 - Types of elections.

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    ... employee contributions. (b) Contribution allocation. A participant may make or change the manner in which....11 Administrative Personnel FEDERAL RETIREMENT THRIFT INVESTMENT BOARD EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTION ELECTIONS AND CONTRIBUTION ALLOCATIONS Elections § 1600.11 Types of elections. (a) Contribution elections. A...

  8. 5 CFR 842.605 - Election of insurable interest rate.

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    ... 5 Administrative Personnel 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Election of insurable interest rate. 842... Election of insurable interest rate. (a) At the time of retirement, an employee or Member in good health and who is applying for a non-disability annuity may elect an insurable interest rate. An election...

  9. 5 CFR 1620.42 - Processing TSP contribution elections.

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    ... 5 Administrative Personnel 3 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Processing TSP contribution elections... Military Service § 1620.42 Processing TSP contribution elections. (a) Current contribution election. If the... contributions. An employee's right to make retroactive TSP contributions will expire if an election is not made...

  10. From Elections to Accountability in Africa?

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    Michael Bratton

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Competitive elections are becoming institutionalized in Africa. But elections have proven an uncertain mechanism for guaranteeing the accountability of political leaders. One reason is that political accountability has numerous attitudinal, behavioral and institutional requirements, of which popular participation in open elections is only one. Instead, we propose a framework of four elements that together comprise a holistic system of political accountability: (a demand for vertical accountability; (b supply of vertical accountability; (c demand for horizontal accountability; and (d supply of horizontal accountability.The article measures each of these elements using data from Afrobarometer Round 5 (2011–13. On one hand, we find that the weakest link in the chain of accountability remains the vertical one between largely passive electors and evasive legislative agents. On the other hand, we find that the African citizens surveyed think that elections strengthen the institutional autonomy of parliament, thus enabling a greater measure of horizontal accountability. But this pattern of accountability begs several lingering concerns. We wonder whether citizens have sufficient information to accurately monitor the relationship between president and parliament under a democratic constitution, and we find that the quality of elections, along with the partisan predispositions of electoral winners, condition the effect of elections on popular perceptions of accountability.

  11. The mathematics of elections and voting

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    Wallis, W D

    2014-01-01

    The Mathematics of Elections and Voting  takes an in-depth look at the mathematics in the context of voting and electoral systems, with focus on simple ballots, complex elections, fairness, approval voting, ties, fair and unfair voting, and manipulation techniques. The exposition opens with a sketch of the mathematics behind the various methods used in conducting elections. The reader is lead to a comprehensive picture of the theoretical background of mathematics and elections through an analysis of Condorcet’s Principle and Arrow’s Theorem of conditions in electoral fairness. Further detailed discussion of various related topics include: methods of manipulating the outcome of an election, amendments, and voting on small committees. In recent years, electoral theory has been introduced into lower-level mathematics courses, as a way to illustrate the role of mathematics in our everyday life.  Few books have studied voting and elections from a more formal mathematical viewpoint.  This text wi...

  12. Evidence for early oral feeding of patients after elective open colorectal surgery: a literature review.

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    Ng, Wai Quin; Neill, Jane

    2006-06-01

    To review research on early oral feeding following elective, open colorectal surgery. Fasting following gastrointestinal surgery is a traditional surgical practice, based on fears of causing postoperative complications if oral intake begins before bowel function returns, but fasting following elective surgery is questionable as a best practice. Searches in Journals@Ovid CINAHL, MEDLINE, PubMed, Web of Science and The Cochrane Library for primary studies, published during 1995-2004, used the keywords: 'surgery', 'postoperative', 'elective, 'colorectal', 'bowel, 'colon', 'oral', 'enteral', 'feeding', 'early', 'traditional'. Studies of adults undergoing elective, open colorectal surgery who were allowed fluids and food before bowel function returned (early feeding) were included. Outcomes of interest were safety, tolerability, duration of gastrointestinal ileus and length of hospital stay. Critical appraisal of randomized and controlled studies was undertaken following inclusion. Fifteen studies comprising 1352 patients were reviewed. All studies concluded early feeding was safe, based on complications rates. Total complications were 12.5% (range 0-25%) for 935 early feeding patients, with no increased risk of anastomotic leak, aspiration pneumonia, or bowel obstruction. For all studies an average of 86% patients (range 73-100%) tolerated early feeding. Studies demonstrating faster resolution of postoperative ileus or shorter hospitalization were associated with multimodal perioperative care, including early mobilization, epidural analgesia and comprehensive patient education. Appraisal of five randomized trials revealed no blinding and inadequate randomization. This review supports early oral feeding after elective, open colorectal surgery and challenges the traditional practice of fasting patients until return of bowel function. Early feeding was safe, well-tolerated and easy to implement. Reduced length of ileus and shorter hospitalization may occur with multimodal

  13. Pregnancy Complications: Gonorrhea

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    ... online community Home > Complications & Loss > Pregnancy complications > Gonorrhea Gonorrhea E-mail to a friend Please fill in ... gonorrhea each year in the United States. Can gonorrhea cause complications during pregnancy and for your baby? ...

  14. On-Pump Versus Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery in Elderly Patients

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    Houlind, Kim; Kjeldsen, Bo Juul; Madsen, Susanne Nørgaard

    2012-01-01

    Conventional coronary artery bypass grafting performed with the use of cardiopulmonary bypass is a well-validated treatment for patients with ischemic heart disease. Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB) has been suggested to reduce the number of perioperative complications, especially...

  15. Pregnancy-related conditions and premature coronary heart disease in adult offspring

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    Qanitha, Andriany; De Mol, Bastianus A.J.M.; Burgner, David P.; Kabo, Peter; Pabittei, Dara R.; Yusuf, Irawan; Uiterwaal, Cuno S.P.M.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/136603947

    2017-01-01

    Objective To investigate the association between complications during pregnancy and premature coronary heart disease in adult offspring. Methods We conducted a population-based case-control study of 153 Indonesian patients with a first acute coronary syndrome (ACS) (age ≤55 years) and 153

  16. Development and Validation of a Stent Thrombosis Risk Score in Patients With Acute Coronary Syndromes

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    Dangas, George D.; Claessen, Bimmer E.; Mehran, Roxana; Xu, Ke; Fahy, Martin; Parise, Helen; Henriques, José P. S.; Ohman, E. Magnus; White, Harvey D.; Stone, Gregg W.

    2012-01-01

    Objectives This study sought to develop a practical risk score to predict the risk of stent thrombosis (ST) after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for acute coronary syndromes (ACS). Background ST is a rare, yet feared complication after PCI with stent implantation. A risk score for ST after

  17. Acute coronary syndrome after levamisole-adultered cocaine abuse.

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    Michaud, Katarzyna; Grabherr, Silke; Shiferaw, Kebede; Doenz, Franceso; Augsburger, Marc; Mangin, Patrice

    2014-01-01

    Cocaine is a well known trigger of acute coronary syndromes. Over the last 10 years levamisole, a veterinary anthelminthic drug has been increasingly used as an adulterant of cocaine. Levamisole was used to treat pediatric nephritic syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis before being withdrawn from the market due to its significant toxicity, i.e. hematological complications and vasculitis. The major complications of levamisole-adultered cocaine reported up to now are hematological and dermatological. The case reported here is of a 25 year old man with a history of cocaine abuse who died at home after complaining of retrosternal pain. Postmortem CT-angiography, autopsy, and chemical and toxicological analyses were performed. An eroded coronary artery plaque was found at the proximal segment of the left anterior descending coronary artery. Two myocardial infarct scars were present in the left ventricle. Microscopic examination of the coronary artery revealed infiltration of eosinophils into the adventitia and intima. Toxicological examination confirmed the presence of cocaine and its metabolites in the peripheral blood, and of levamisole in the urine and pericardial fluid. Eosinophilic inflammatory coronary artery pathologies have been clinically linked to coronary dissection, hypersensitivity coronary syndrome and vasospastic allergic angina. The coronary pathology in the presented case could be a complication of levamisole-adultered cocaine use, in which an allergic or immune-mediated mechanism might play a role. The rise in cocaine addiction worldwide and the increase of levamisole adulterated cocaine highlights the importance of updating our knowledge of the effects of adultered cocaine abuse. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd and Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. All rights reserved.

  18. Conversion after off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting: the CORONARY trial experience.

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    Stevens, Louis-Mathieu; Noiseux, Nicolas; Avezum, Alvaro; Ayapati, Dharma Rakshak; Chen, Xin; Lucchese, Fernando Antonio; Cacheda, Horacio; Parvathaneni, Sirish; Ou, Yongning; Lamy, André

    2017-03-01

    Emergent and late conversions form OFF-to-ON pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) have been associated with worse outcomes, however, it remains unclear as to which risk factors are associated with conversion and how to prevent them. Among 4718 patients who randomly underwent off- or on-pump CABG, the incidence of off-pump to on-pump cross-over, or 'OFF-to-ON conversion', was 7.9% (186/2356). The primary outcome was a composite of death, stroke, myocardial infarction, or new renal failure requiring dialysis. We assessed the risk factors and outcomes of converted patients. Emergent OFF-to-ON conversions, defined as conversions for hypotension or ischaemia, were required for 3.2% of patients ( n  = 75), while most elective conversions were due to small or intramuscular coronaries ( n  = 83). OFF-to-ON converted patients required increased surgery time, blood transfusions, intensive care unit stay, and presented a higher incidence at 1 year of the composite outcome compared with non-converted off-pump patients (all P pump patients ( P  = 0.35). Independent predictors of emergent conversions included higher heart rate or chronic atrial fibrillation, urgent surgery, more grafts planned and surgeon experience with off-pump CABG. Emergent OFF-to-ON conversion is associated with worse outcomes compared with elective conversion or no conversion. In the presence of risk factors for emergent conversion, an early and elective conversion approach is a judicious strategy.

  19. The Treatment's Trend of Complicated Diverticulitis

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    Mehmet Ince

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Recurrent attacks are less likely to respond to medical treatment and have a high mortality rate; thus, most authorities agree that elective resection is indicated after two attacks of uncomplicated diverticulitis. Complicated diverticular disease refers to diverticulitis associated with bleeding, obstruction, free perforation, a fistula, or an abscess. A CT scan is an essential tool in the management of the complicated diverticulitis. Surgery is recommended for complicated diverticulitis after the first episode because of the risk of recurrent disease, and has changed over time from a three-stage approach to resection with primary anastomosis with or without protective loop ileostomy. Parameters for the treatment of complicated diverticulitis have changed because of advances in medical therapy, diagnostic modalities, and surgical techniques such as laparoscopic surgery in the two recent decades. The use of primary anastomosis has been recommended in all instances of complicated diverticulitis except purulent or fecal peritonitis. Therefore, our aim is to update our understanding of the treatment of patients with complicated diverticulitis in the current era. [Arch Clin Exp Surg 2014; 3(2.000: 107-114

  20. Myocardial Infarction as a Complication of Bronchial Artery Embolization

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    Labbé, Hugo, E-mail: hugo.labbe.1@ulaval.ca [Université Laval, Department of Medicine (Canada); Bordeleau, Simon [Université Laval, Department of Emergency Medicine (Canada); Drouin, Christine [Université Laval, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (Canada); Archambault, Patrick [Université Laval, Department of Emergency Medicine (Canada)

    2017-03-15

    Bronchial artery embolization is now a common treatment for massive pulmonary hemoptysis if flexible bronchoscopy at the bedside failed to control the bleeding. Complications of this technique range from benign chest pain to devastating neurological impairments. We report the case of a 41-year-old man who developed an ST elevation myocardial infarction during bronchial artery embolization, presumably because of coronary embolism by injected particles. In this patient who had no previously known coronary artery disease, we retrospectively found a communication between the left bronchial artery and the circumflex coronary artery. This fistula was not visible on the initial angiographic view and likely opened because of the hemodynamic changes resulting from the embolization. This case advocates for careful search for bronchial-to-coronary arterial fistulas and the need for repeated angiographic views during embolization procedures.

  1. Mode of first delivery and severe maternal complications in the subsequent pregnancy

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    Colmorn, Lotte B.; Krebs, Lone; Klungsøyr, Kari

    2017-01-01

    deliveries (17%), 75% were emergency and 25% elective. Severe complications at second delivery were more frequent in women with a first cesarean than a first vaginal delivery and rates of abnormally invasive placenta, uterine rupture and severe postpartum hemorrhage were higher after a first elective than...... a first emergency cesarean delivery (RR 4.1 CI; 2.0-8.1, RR 1.8 CI; 1.3-2.5, RR 2.3 CI; 1.5-3.5). A first cesarean accounted for up to 97% of the severe complications in the second pregnancy. Induction of labor was associated with an increased risk of uterine rupture and severe hemorrhage. CONCLUSION......: Elective repeat cesarean nearly prevents complete uterine rupture at the second delivery, while the risk of severe obstetric hemorrhage, abnormally invasive placenta and peripartum hysterectomy is unchanged by the intended mode of second delivery in women with a first cesarean. Women with a first elective...

  2. The influence of contrast media on kidney function in patients with stable coronary artery disease.

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    Reuter, Simon Bertram; Harutyunyan, Marina; Mygind, Naja Dam; Jørgensen, Erik; Kastrup, Jens

    2014-08-01

    To investigate the incidence of contrast media-induced nephropathy (CIN) in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) referred for elective coronary intervention following hydration routines. The reversibility of CIN was followed in a 6 month-period. A total of 447 patients referred for elective coronary intervention due to suspected CAD were included. Blood samples were collected before and 24 h after intervention and medical records were obtained. Patients had no drinking fluid restrictions and were routinely treated with a 1000 ml saline infusion. All patients were invited to a 6-month examination and collection of blood samples. A total of 19 patients (4.3%) developed CIN. CIN patients had a pre-investigation higher estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGRF), lower level of kidney failure and lower creatinine level than non-CIN patients. Kidney function was not normalized in CIN patients 6 months after the intervention. Two patients still met the definition of CIN. With no restriction in fluid intake and supplementary infusion of saline, only a few patients with stable CAD developed early indications of CIN during elective coronary interventions. Kidney function and the amount of contrast media used was not a predictor of CIN development. The induced CIN was not completely normalized in a 6-month follow-up period.

  3. Pathophysiology of Coronary Collaterals#

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    Stoller, Michael; Seiler, Christian

    2014-01-01

    While the existence of structural adaptation of coronary anastomoses is undisputed, the potential of coronary collaterals to be capable of functional adaptation has been questioned. For many years, collateral vessels were thought to be rigid tubes allowing only limited blood flow governed by the pressure gradient across them. This concept was consistent with the notion that although collaterals could provide adequate blood flow to maintain resting levels, they would be unable to increase blood flow sufficiently in situations of increased myocardial oxygen demand. However, more recent studies have demonstrated the capability of the collateral circulation to deliver sufficient blood flow even during exertion or pharmacologic stress. Moreover, it has been shown that increases in collateral flow could be attributed directly to collateral vasomotion. This review summarizes the pathophysiology of the coronary collateral circulation, ie the functional adapation of coronary collaterals to acute alterations in the coronary circulation. PMID:23701025

  4. complications des otites moyennes chroniques complications of ...

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    logique, avec dans l'ordre de fréquence : Proteus mirabi- lis(40%), Staphylococcus aureus (15%), et Pseudomonas aeruginosa (15%). 3-5- Répartition des complications : La répartition des complications est donnée tableaux III et IV.Dix-neuf (19) (33%) patients présentaient plus d'une complication, soit au total 76 cas de ...

  5. Second-rate election campaigning? An analysis of campaign styles in European parliamentary elections

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    de Vreese, C.H.

    2009-01-01

    The literature on professionalization of political campaigns is strongly biased toward first-order (national) elections and the U.S. and U.K. contexts. This study expands that scope. Based on a survey of candidates for the 2004 European elections in eight European Union countries, we tested whether

  6. 2014 Election forecast - a post-election analysis | Ittmann | ORiON

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    In the past, the Council for Scientic and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed an election forecasting model in order to provide the media and political analysts with forecasts of the final results during this period of peak interest. In formulating this model, which forecasts the election results as the results from voting ...

  7. Antithrombotic strategies in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention for acute coronary syndrome

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    Son V Pham

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Son V Pham1, Phuong-Chi T Pham2, Phuong-Mai T Pham3, Jeffrey M Miller4, Phuong-Thu T Pham5, Phuong-Anh T Pham61Bay Pines VA Medical Center, Department of Cardiology, Bay Pines, FL, USA; 2Department of Medicine, Nephrology Division, UCLA-Olive View Medical Center, 3Department of Medicine, Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center, 4Department of Medicine, Hematology-Oncology Division, UCLA-Olive View Medical Center, 5Department of Medicine, Nephrology Division, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA; 6Mercy General Hospital, Heart and Vascular Institute, Department of Cardiology, Sacramento, CA, USAAbstract: In patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI for acute coronary syndrome (ACS, both periprocedural acute myocardial infarction and bleeding complications have been shown to be associated with early and late mortality. Current standard antithrombotic therapy after coronary stent implantation consists of lifelong aspirin and clopidogrel for a variable period depending in part on the stent type. Despite its well-established efficacy in reducing cardiac-related death, myocardial infarction, and stroke, dual antiplatelet therapy with aspirin and clopidogrel is not without shortcomings. While clopidogrel may be of little beneficial effect if administered immediately prior to PCI and may even increase major bleeding risk if coronary artery bypass grafting is anticipated, early discontinuation of the drug may result in insufficient antiplatelet coverage with thrombotic complications. Optimal and rapid inhibition of platelet activity to suppress ischemic and thrombotic events while minimizing bleeding complications is an important therapeutic goal in the management of patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. In this article we present an overview of the literature on clinical trials evaluating the different aspects of antithrombotic therapy in patients

  8. Elective Thoracolumbar Spine Fusion Surgery in Patients with Parkinson Disease.

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    Puvanesarajah, Varun; Jain, Amit; Qureshi, Rabia; Carstensen, S Evan; Tyger, Rosemarie; Hassanzadeh, Hamid

    2016-12-01

    Few data are available concerning clinical outcomes in patients with Parkinson disease who undergo elective thoracolumbar spine fusion surgery. The goal of this study is to elucidate complication and revision rates after posterior thoracolumbar fusion surgery in patients with Parkinson disease, with a focus on how Parkinson disease modifies these rates. The PearlDiver database (2005-2012) was queried for patients who underwent posterior approach thoracolumbar fusion from 2006 to 2011. Cohorts of patients with a previous diagnosis of Parkinson disease (n = 4816) and without (n = 280,702) were compared. Multivariate analysis that included various comorbidities and demographics was used to calculate effects of Parkinson disease on development of postoperative infection and major medical complications within 90 days and revision surgery within 1 year. For analyses, significance was set at P Parkinson disease was significantly associated with an increased risk for medical complications (adjusted odds ratio, 1.22; 95% confidence interval, 1.11-1.34; P Parkinson disease are more likely to require revision surgery and have higher rates of adverse medical events postoperatively. Patients with Parkinson disease should be appropriately selected to ensure favorable clinical outcomes. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  9. Intercorrências clínicas no membro submetido à exérese de veia safena magna para revascularização do miocárdio Clinical complications of limb undergone harvesting of great saphenous vein for coronary artery bypass grafting using bridge technique

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    Cleusa Ema Quilici Belczak

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar as intercorrências clínicas nos membros submetidos a retirada da veia safena magna por técnica de incisões escalonadas para sua utilização como enxerto venoso na revascularização do miocárdio. MÉTODOS: Selecionou-se aleatoriamente 44 pacientes submetidos a revascularização do miocárdio utilizando a veia safena magna retirada por incisões escalonadas há mais de 3 meses. Critérios de exclusão: retirada da veia safena de ambos os lados; safenectomia prévia do membro contralateral; etiologias de edema de causas sistêmicas, tais como cardíacas, renais, tireoideanas, hepáticas e insuficiência venosa nos membros inferiores (MMII, representada por varizes exuberantes com ou sem alterações tróficas. Foram avaliados as seguintes variáveis: idade, sexo, diabetes, tempo de cirurgia, presença de intercorrências, como edema, parestesias, infecção, linforréia, erisipela e trombose venosa profunda. A avaliação foi clínica e o diagnóstico do diabete foi feito pelos exames do pré-operatório para cirurgia. Para análise estatística foram empregados o teste qui-quadrado, teste exato de Fisher e teste t de Student, considerando erro alfa de 5%. RESULTADOS: O tempo entre avaliação e cirurgia foi de 3 a 187 meses, com média 47,3 + 42,5 meses. Detectou-se 25% de infecção no leito da safena, edema em 52,3% dos casos, parestesia em 29,5%, erisipela em 9,1%, linforréia em 4,5% e trombose venosa profunda em 2,3%. Não houve associação entre diabetes com as intercorrências. CONCLUSÃO: A exérese escalonada da veia safena magna para revascularização do miocárdio não elimina as intercorrências clínicas no leito da safena, como parestesias, infecção e edemaOBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess clinical complications of limbs undergone harvesting of the great saphenous vein for venous coronary artery bypass graft surgery using bridge technique. METHODS: Fourty-four patients who had undergone CABG

  10. Coronary microvascular dysfunction equivalent to left main coronary artery disease.

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    Panç, Cafer; Kocaağa, Mehmet; Erdoğan, Onur; Sarıkaya, Remzi; Umman, Sabahattin

    2017-04-01

    Coronary microvascular dysfunction, also known as cardiac syndrome X, is a clinical syndrome presenting with typical angina and evidence of myocardial ischemia in the absence of flow-limiting stenosis on coronary angiography. Of patients undergoing coronary angiography due to suspected myocardial ischemia, 50% are found to have normal or near-normal coronary arteries. Described in this case report is a patient who developed hypotension and ST segment depressions during treadmill exercise test. Left main coronary artery or multivessel disease was suspected. Coronary angiography was normal, but coronary flow reserve measurement revealed severe microvascular dysfunction.

  11. Preoperative alcohol cessation prior to elective surgery

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    Oppedal, Kristian; Møller, Ann Merete; Pedersen, Bolette

    2012-01-01

    Hazardous drinking has been associated with an increased postoperative complication rate after surgery. Common complications include postoperative infections, cardiopulmonary complications, and bleeding episodes. Preoperative abstinence may to some degree reverse alcohol-induced pathophysiological...

  12. Validity of the European society of cardiology's psychosocial screening interview in patients with coronary heart disease : The THORESCI study

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    van Montfort, E.M.J.; Denollet, J.; Widdershoven, J.W.M.G.; Kupper, N.

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    Objective: The aim of the study was to examine the validity of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) psychosocial screening instrument. Methods: A total of 508 acute (67%) or elective (33%) percutaneous coronary intervention patients (mean [standard deviation]age = 63 [10] years, 81% male)

  13. Validity of the European society of cardiology's psychosocial screening interview in patients with coronary artery disease : The THORESCI study

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    van Montfort, E.M.J.; Denollet, J.; Widdershoven, J.W.M.G.; Kupper, N.

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    Objective: The aim of the study was to examine the validity of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) psychosocial screening instrument. Methods: A total of 508 acute (67%) or elective (33%) percutaneous coronary intervention patients (mean [standard deviation]age = 63 [10] years, 81% male)

  14. Preoperative fasting times in elective surgical patients at a referral Hospital in Botswana

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    Abebe, Worknehe Agegnehu; Rukewe, Ambrose; Bekele, Negussie Alula; Stoffel, Moeng; Dichabeng, Mompelegi Nicoh; Shifa, Jemal Zeberga

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    Introduction Adults and children are required to fast before anaesthesia to reduce the risk of regurgitation and aspiration of gastric contents. However, prolonged periods of fasting are unnecessary and may cause complications. This study was conducted to evaluate preoperative fasting period in our centre and compare it with the ASA recommendations and factors that influence fasting periods. Methods This is a cross-sectional study of preoperative fasting times among elective surgical patients...

  15. International free and fair election instruments developed by UN and OSCE

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    2012-01-01

    After collapse of USSR, the international society confronted with a complicated challenge.After this, free and fair election standards became an essential component to establishing ademocratic governments in the new independent states. In order to conduct free and fairelection, the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europeelection standards played main role the respectively in the context of international andregional level. The Article briefly describes the im...

  16. Type 2 diabetes mellitus : prevention of macrovascular complications

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    Meeuwisse-Pasterkamp, Susanne H; van der Klauw, Melanie M.; Wolffenbuttel, Bruce HR

    2008-01-01

    Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a disease that affects a rapidly increasing number of patients. Most patients with Type 2 diabetes will develop vascular complications. This may be microvascular disease, such as nephropathy, retinopathy or polyneuropathy, and also macrovascular disease, such as coronary

  17. Woven Coronary Artery Anomaly Associated with Acute Coronary Syndrome

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    Ayhan, Selim; Ozturk, Serkan; Tekelioglu, Umit Yasar; Ocak, Tarik

    2013-01-01

    The woven coronary artery anomaly is a rare congenital anomaly in which a coronary artery is divided into thin channels that merge again into the distal lumen. Only a few cases of woven coronary artery have been reported in the literature. This anomaly is accepted as a benign condition. We describe a case of acute coronary syndrome in a patient with woven coronary artery anomaly. PMID:24436585

  18. CT coronary angiography vs. invasive coronary angiography in CHD

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    Anja Hagen; Schönermark, Matthias P.; Vitali Gorenoi

    2012-01-01

    Scientific background Various diagnostic tests including conventional invasive coronary angiography and non-invasive computed tomography (CT) coronary angiography are used in the diagnosis of coronary heart disease (CHD). Research questions The present report aims to evaluate the clinical efficacy, diagnostic accuracy, prognostic value cost-effectiveness as well as the ethical, social and legal implications of CT coronary angiography versus invasive coronary angiography in the diagnosis of C...

  19. Presidential elections: centrality, context, and implications

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    Lima Junior Olavo Brasil de

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    Full Text Available The author argues that the conjugation of certain democratic, socioeconomic and political factors has led to the "nationalization" of presidential elections in Brazil since 1960. The expansion of the electoral market resulting from urbanization and the growth of the electorate, together with the progressive removal of the obstacles to voting - due to income, gender, age, and education - has democratized the electoral process by diversifying the social structure of the electorate. Since then, the president's election has ceased to depend solely upon rural political forces and now involves multiple combinations of rural and urban political forces. Candidates can no longer count on specific social groups in order to guarantee their election, and need to widen their appeal. Based on the results of the direct presidential elections of 1960, 1989, 1994 and 1998, the author contends that the "nationalization" of the vote is part of the political integration of Brazilian society and that this, together with the social complexity of the electorate, means that the candidate's appeal and political stance need to be more wide-ranging in order to prevent potential conflicts from arising during the election campaign.

  20. The Management Impact of Elected Leaders

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    Melissa Williams

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The study of management has focused increasingly on the specific and unique demands of the government/public sector. Government agencies function in political turmoil which is most experienced by career employees and staff who remain despite changing administrations. Using a qualitative phenomenological research design, this study sought to understand and explain the experiences of government employees working under the management of elected leaders at various Offices of the Attorney General. Ten staff ranging from assistant attorneys general to administrative assistants were interviewed to solicit their perceptions on being managed by a popularly elected leader. Analyses resulted in four themes of necessity: (a consistent delivery of management, (b consistent levels of communication, (c stronger presence of the AG as leader/manager, and (d removing stagnation of agency progress. Findings suggest that elected leaders should actively work to assist in the management of government employees by increasing transition communication, maintaining regular communication directly with the agency, and supporting a management program for current and potential managers. The study offers a new perspective regarding the challenges elected leaders face when beginning to lead and the frustrations the employees have in knowing what the elected leader is doing.

  1. The Effects of Preoperative Volume Replacement in Diabetic Patients Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial (VeRDiCT Trial).

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    Clout, Madeleine; Harris, Tracy; Rogers, Chris; Culliford, Lucy; Taylor, Jodi; Angelini, Gianni; Narayan, Pradeep; Reeves, Barnaby; Hillier, James; Ashton, Kate; Sarkar, Kunal; Ascione, Raimondo

    2017-06-19

    Diabetes mellitus is a major risk factor for prolonged hospital stays, renal failure, and mortality in patients having coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Complications pose a serious threat to patients and prolong intensive care and hospital stays. Low glomerular filtration rate (GFR) due to existing renal impairment or volume depletion may exacerbate acute renal impairment/failure in these patients. Preoperative volume replacement therapy (VRT) is reported to increase the GFR and we hypothesize that VRT will reduce renal impairment and related complications in diabetic patients. The objective of this study is to establish the efficacy of preoperative VRT in reducing postoperative complications in diabetic patients undergoing CABG surgery. Time to "fit for discharge", incidence of postoperative renal failure, cardiac injury, inflammation, and other health outcomes will be investigated. In this open parallel group randomized controlled trial, 170 diabetic patients undergoing elective or urgent CABG surgery received 1 mL/kg/hour of Hartmann's solution for 12 consecutive hours prior to surgery, versus routine care. The primary outcome was time until participants were "fit for discharge", which is defined as presence of: normal temperature, pulse, and respiration; normal oxygen saturation on air; normal bowel function; and physical mobility. Secondary outcomes included: incidence of renal failure; markers of renal function, inflammation, and cardiac damage; operative morbidity; intensive care stay; patient-assessed outcome, including the Coronary Revascularization Outcome Questionnaire; and use of hospital resources. Recruitment started in July 2010. Enrolment for the study was completed in July 2014. Data analysis commenced in December 2016. Study results will be submitted for publication in the summer of 2017. VRT is a relatively easy treatment to administer in patients undergoing surgical procedures who are at risk of renal failure. This experimental protocol

  2. Nutritional risk screening 2002 and ASA score predict mortality after elective liver resection for malignancy

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    Ferreira, Nelio

    2017-01-01

    Introduction The aim of the study was to evaluate whether Nutritional risk screening 2002 (NRS 2002) at hospital admission may predict postoperative mortality and complications within 90 days after elective liver resection for malignancy. Material and methods A retrospective cohort study of a prospective database was performed. Two-hundred and three patients with elective liver resection for malignancy between 9 November 2007 and 27 May 2014 were included. Clinical data, NRS 2002, surgical procedures and histology were recorded. The primary endpoint was 90-day mortality. Complications were registered within 90 days postoperatively according to the Clavien-Dindo classification. Results The 90-day mortality was 5.9% and the overall complication rate was 59.1%. Multivariate analysis identified NRS 2002 score ≥ 4 (odds ratio (OR) = 9.24; p = 0.005) and American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) score ≥ 3 (OR = 6.20; p = 0.009) as predictors of 90-day mortality. The 90-day mortality was 27.6% (8/29) for patients with both risk factors (NRS 2002 score ≥ 4 and ASA score ≥ 3) vs. 2.3% (4/174) for patients without or with only one risk factor (p < 0.001). Conclusions In the present study NRS 2002 score ≥ 4 and ASA score ≥ 3 were predictors of 90-day mortality after elective liver resection for malignancy. PMID:28261289

  3. The Effects of Metabolic Syndrome on Left Main Coronary Artery Stenosis in Coronary Angiograms of Patients: A Two Year Study

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    Full Text Available Background: Left main coronary artery (LMCA stenosis is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in many countries. Metabolic syndrome (MS is a risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD. The effects of MS on left main coronary artery stenosis are not well-defined. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of MS on left main coronary artery stenosis.Methods: A total number of 495 patients who underwent elective coronary angiography in the Catheter Laboratory of Cardiovascular in Shariati Hospital 2008-2010 were included in the study. MS definition was based on the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP- Adult Treatment Panel III (ATP III criteria. The stenosis in left main coronary arteries was determined by examining the coronary angiograms of the patients.Results: The study population consisted of 249 (50.3% men, and 246 (49.7% women. The mean age of the participants was 58.01±10 years. MS was present in 86 (17.4% of the patients based on NCEP- ATP III criteria. LMCA stenosis was seen in 25 (5% patients. A positive correlation was found between MS and LMCA stenosis (r=0.305, P=0.012. Moreover, a positive correlation was found between age (r=0.192, P=0.05, sex (r=0.334, P=0.007, smoking (r=0.336, P=0.01 and diabetes (r=0.253, P=0.03 and LMCA stenosis.Conclusion: The metabolic syndrome correlates with LMCA stenosis. LMCA stenosis and its correlation with MS is precipitated by high FBG, age, male sex, and smoking which may synergistically increase the risk for the disease.

  4. MODEL OF VILLAGE HEAD ELECTION ARRANGEMENT IN VILLAGE GOVERNANCE LAW

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    Sekar Anggun Gading Pinilih

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    Full Text Available This study aims to examine the right model in the arrangement of village head elections after the stipulation of Law No. 6 year 2014 on Village. This research is a normative law research by laws, historical, and conceptual approach. The result shows that a direct and simultaneous election model shall be the solution for the next Village Head Election. Simultaneous election model is designed since it is philosophically considered to make efficiency of the Village Head Elections, in terms of efficiency of budget, time and effort. The principle of this policy is an attempt to create a more equitable simultaneous democratization to minimize the chances of cheating. Since if the elections were not held simultaneously, it would give chance to the outsider to involve. The simultaneous election requires a coherent policy. This coherence will produce an effective synchronization of all types of elections implementation in Indonesia. Keywords: head of village, model, election, arrangement

  5. ELECTIONS PENSION FUND 3rd candidate

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    ORGANISATION EUROPEENNE POUR LA RECHERCHE NUCLEAIRE CERN EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH CAISSE DE PENSIONS / PENSION FUND Caisse de Pensions - ELECTIONS - Pension Fund This candidature has been duly registered and is hereby presented in accordance with paragraph 6.h of the Regulations for Elections to the Governing Board of the Pension Fund. Candidate : Name : Hauviller First Name : Claude Dear colleague of CERN and ESO, For the first time, I am standing and requesting your support to become a member of the Governing Board of our Pension Fund. CERN staff member since 1974, I have already carried elective mandates: I have been Delegate to the Staff Council and Member of the Senior Staff Consultative Committee (the Nine). For the majority of us, our Pension Fund is our only social provident scheme and source of retirement income; I believe I can usefully contribute to its successful management and help ensure its balance. Our Fund reaches its majority: soon, there will be more beneficiaries tha...

  6. ELECTIONS PENSION FUND CANDIDATE NR 3

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    ORGANISATION EUROPEENNE POUR LA RECHERCHE NUCLEAIRE CERN EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH CAISSE DE PENSIONS / PENSION FUND Caisse de Pensions - ELECTIONS - Pension Fund This candidature has been duly registered and is hereby presented in accordance with paragraph 6.h of the Regulations for Elections to the Governing Board of the Pension Fund. Candidate : Name : HAUVILLER First Name : Claude Dear colleague of CERN and ESO, For the first time, I am standing and requesting your support to become a member of the Governing Board of our Pension Fund. CERN staff member since 1974, I have already carried elective mandates: I have been Delegate to the Staff Council and Member of the Senior Staff Consultative Committee (the Nine). For the majority of us, our Pension Fund is our only social provident scheme and source of retirement income; I believe I can usefully contribute to its successful management and help ensure its balance. Our Fund reaches its majority: soon, there will be more beneficiaries tha...

  7. ELECTIONS PENSION FUND 4th candidate

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    ORGANISATION EUROPEENNE POUR LA RECHERCHE NUCLEAIRE CERN EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH CAISSE DE PENSIONS / PENSION FUND Caisse de Pensions - ELECTIONS - Pension Fund This candidature has been duly registered and is hereby presented in accordance with paragraph 6.h of the Regulations for Elections to the Governing Board of the Pension Fund. Candidate : Name : MYERS First Name : Stephen I have been at CERN since 1972, and was elected member of the Governing Board for the first time in 1998. The Governing Board then nominated me to the Investments Committee where I have been a member since the beginning of 1999. Since then I have actively participated in redefining and transforming the investment portfolio in order to improve the overall return and where possible reduce the risk. The portfolio has recently been greatly improved and now allows much simpler more transparent monitoring of our investment. I have also actively participated and hopefully made useful contributions in discussions conc...

  8. ELECTIONS PENSION FUND CANDIDATE NR 4

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    ORGANISATION EUROPEENNE POUR LA RECHERCHE NUCLEAIRE CERN EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH CAISSE DE PENSIONS / PENSION FUND Caisse de Pensions - ELECTIONS - Pension Fund This candidature has been duly registered and is hereby presented in accordance with paragraph 6.h of the Regulations for Elections to the Governing Board of the Pension Fund. Candidate : Name : MYERS First Name : Stephen I have been at CERN since 1972, and was elected member of the Governing Board for the first time in 1998. The Governing Board then nominated me to the Investments Committee where I have been a member since the beginning of 1999. Since then I have actively participated in redefining and transforming the investment portfolio in order to improve the overall return and where possible reduce the risk. The portfolio has recently been greatly improved and now allows much simpler more transparent monitoring of our investment. I have also actively participated and hopefully made useful contributions in discussions conc...

  9. Register for the local elections in France

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    If you are a European Union citizen residing in France and wish to vote in the forthcoming local elections you must register on the supplementary register at your town hall (mairie) before 31 December 2007. EU citizens are regarded as residing in France if their primary residence is in France or if they live there continuously. To be eligible to vote you must: be a national of one of the 26 listed States of the European Union and present a valid identification document. Residence permits are valid; be at least 18 years old by the closing date of revision of the supplementary electoral register, i.e. by the last day of February; enjoy civic rights both in France and in your State of origin. For more information: http://vosdroits.service-public.fr/particuliers/F1937.xhtml?&n=Elections&l=N4&n=Elections%20politiques&l=N47

  10. Effect of Ascorbic Acid on Postoperative Acute Kidney Injury in Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Patients: A Pilot Study.

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    Antonic, Miha

    2017-10-24

    Even minor postoperative reductions in renal function influence the outcome of cardiac surgery. The mechanisms of postoperative renal injury in cardiac surgery are multifactorial and include ischemia-reperfusion injury. The study investigates the effect of the antioxidant ascorbic acid on the postoperative acute kidney injury after elective CABG surgery. A prospective randomized single-center trial was conducted in on-pump coronary artery bypass patients. The patients in the ascorbic acid group received 2 grams of ascorbic acid 24 hours and 2 hours preoperatively and 1 gram twice daily five days after the surgery.  Postoperatively, the subjects were monitored for renal dysfunction and other complications. 100 patients were included, with 50 patients in each study group. The groups were well matched for baseline demographics, preoperative medications, comorbidities, and had similar intraoperative characteristics. The incidence of postoperative acute kidney injury in the ascorbic acid group was 16% and 14% in the control group (P = .779). The groups also did not differ in peak postoperative serum creatinine (83 [33] µmol/L versus 83 [39] µmol/L; P = .434), the lowest postoperative creatinine clearance (96.40 ± 35.78 mL/min versus 90.89 ± 36.18 mL/min; P = .766), and time from surgery to the onset of peak postoperative serum creatinine (1.64 ± 1.34 days versus 1.92 ± 1.54 days; P = .393). There was no dialysis required in any patient. Conclusion: The results of this study did not demonstrate a significant protective effect of ascorbic acid on the incidence of postoperative acute renal injury in elective on-pump CABG patients.

  11. [Complications of breast reduction about 715 breasts].

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    Robert, G; Duhamel, A; Alet, J-M; Pelissier, P; Pinsolle, V

    2014-04-01

    Breast reduction is one of the most frequent operations in elective plastic surgery. The main objective of this study was to describe complications due to breast reduction, and to determine the risk factors. Our comparative retrospective study reviewed the medical files of 715 operated breasts between 2004 and 2009. Statistical analyses were performed with bivariate analyses and multivariable analysis. Smoking, resected mammary gland mass and stretch marks were the three risk factors associated with complications after breast reduction. Smoking was also associated with a high risk of hypertrophics carring. Body-mass index was not associated with a risk of general complications but with a risk of wound dehiscence. The superior pedicle and free nipple graft surgical techniques presented a higher complication rate than the postero-superior and postero-inferior pedicle techniques. These results incite us to postpone and even contraindicate breast reduction surgery in obese and smoking patients. These results also incite us to prefer surgical techniques with optimum security in terms of vascular supply. Complications of breast reduction about 715 breasts. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  12. [Is coronary artery disease different in women?].

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    Schiele, François; Chopard, Romain

    2014-01-01

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the primary cause of death in women. Although acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is relatively infrequent in young women, failure to recognize ACS in this population can incur a major risk and registry data show that there is still plenty of room for improvement in this area. Women may suffer from "classical" CAD with development of atherosclerosis with a delay of about 10 years as compared to men, reflecting hormonal protection in women. Besides this classical presentation, angina in women often corresponds to impaired microcirculation, a syndrome known to associate typical angina, demonstrable myocardial ischemia, but no lesions on the coronary angiography. Finally, spasm, spontaneous dissection or coronary thrombosis through endothelial rupture are more frequent in women. The influence of risk factors on the development of CAD is comparable in both women and men. Recent registry studies show that in France, in particular, diabetes, obesity, and smoking are all risk factors that are on the rise in women. In addition, certain other risk factors are more specific to women, namely psycho-social stress. The methods to evaluate risk and detect CAD were mainly developed in male study populations, and these tools thus perform less well in female patients. In case of ACS, women benefit just as much from invasive management, but are at greater risk of iatrogenic complications, particularly with anti-thrombotic therapy or during revascularization procedures. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  13. Acute effects of chewing tobacco on coronary microcirculation and hemodynamics in habitual tobacco chewers

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    Vikas Thakran

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Long-term adverse cardiovascular effects of smokeless tobacco are well established, however, the effect of chewing tobacco on coronary microcirculation and hemodynamic have not been studied. We intended to analyze the acute effect of chewing tobacco on coronary microcirculation and hemodynamics in habitual tobacco chewers with stable coronary artery disease undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI. Materials and Methods: We prospectively enrolled seven habitual tobacco chewers with stable coronary artery disease with single vessel disease or double vessel disease satisfying the criteria for elective PCI. Patients were instructed to keep 1 g of crushed dried tobacco leaves in the mouth after a successful PCI. Lesion in last stented vessels was evaluated for fractional flow reserve (FFR, coronary flow reserve (CFR, and index of microcirculatory resistance (IMR post-PCI, after 15 min and 30 min of tobacco chewing along with the measurement of serum cotinine levels. Results: Oral tobacco led to high levels of cotinine in the majority of patients. There was an insignificant rise in heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure following tobacco consumption. Baseline CFR (median 1.6, range 1.1–5.5 was low in tobacco chewers after PCI even after optimum FFR (0.9 ± 0.05 in the majority of patients suggesting abnormal microvascular hemodynamics (high IMR in 3 patients, overall median 14.2, range 7–36.2. However, there was no significant change in the estimated CFR or IMR values following tobacco chewing. One patient had bradycardia and hypotension which may be related to vagal reaction or acute nicotine poisoning. Conclusion: Tobacco chewers have abnormal coronary microcirculation hemodynamics even following a successful PCI. However, the coronary micocirculation and hemodynamics do not change acutely following tobacco chewing despite high serum cotinine concentrations.

  14. Coronary aneurysm formation after primary coronary angioplasty

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    Pavlakis, Georgios P.; Stella, Pieter R.

    2008-01-01

    We describe the case of a man who underwent primary angioplasty with stenting for acute myocardial infarction and subsequently developed a coronary artery aneurysm at the site of stent deployment. The aneurysm grew rapidly in size over a few weeks and required treatment with a covered stent. The use

  15. The role of elective amputation in patients with traumatic brachial plexus injury.

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    Maldonado, Andrés A; Kircher, Michelle F; Spinner, Robert J; Bishop, Allen T; Shin, Alexander Y

    2016-03-01

    Despite undergoing complex brachial plexus, surgical reconstructions, and rehabilitation, some patients request an elective amputation. This study evaluates the role of elective amputation after brachial plexus injury. A retrospective chart review was performed for all the 2140 patients with brachial plexus injuries treated with elective amputation between 1999 and 2012 at a single institution. Analysis was conducted on the potential predisposing factors for amputation, amputation level, and postamputation complications. Patients were evaluated using pre- and postamputation Disabilities of the Shoulder, Arm, and hand scores in addition to visual analog pain scores. The following three conditions were observed in all nine patients who requested an elective amputation: (1) Pan-plexus injury; (2) non-recovery (mid-humeral amputation) or elbow flexion recovery only (forearm amputation) 1 year after all other surgical options were performed; and (3) at least one chronic complication (chronic infection, nonunion fractures, full-thickness burns, chronic neck pain with arm weight, etc.). Pain improvement was found in five patients. Subjective patient assessments and visual analog pain scores before and after amputation did not show a statistically significant improvement in Disabilities of the Shoulder, Arm, and Hand Scores. However, four patients reported that their shoulder pain felt "better" than it did before the amputation, and two patients indicated they were completely cured of chronic pain after surgery. Elective amputation after brachial plexus injury should be considered as an option in the above circumstances. When the informed and educated decision is made, patients can have satisfactory outcomes regarding amputation. Copyright © 2015 British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Coronary Artery Bypass

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    Kadri Ceberut

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Ancient schwannoma is a rare variant of neural tumors though rarely seen in the thorax. The combination with coronary artery diseases is also rare. Here we describe a 66 year-old male who had undergone one-stage combined surgery for thoracic ancient schwannomas removal and coronary artery disease. The masses were, respectively, 13 cm in the middle mediastinum and 5 cm in diameter originating from the intercostal nerve. The tumors were successfully removed using sternotomy, and then a coronary artery bypass grafting was performed. Here we discuss this rare tumor in relation to the relevant literature.

  17. FORMATION OF SIX SIGMA INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE CORONARY STENTING PROCESS

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    Mehmet Tolga Taner

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to show how a tertiary care center in Turkey operating mainly in cardiology initiated Six Sigma principles to reduce the number of complications occuring during coronary stent insertion process. A Six Sigma’s Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (DMAIC model for coronary stent insertion is suggested. Data were collected for 24-months. Twenty-two Critical-to-Quality (CTQ factors were identified for successful coronary stent insertion. The most frequent causes of complications in the process were found to be patients with previous bypass surgery or PCI, inexperience of staff members, highly damaged vessel structure, thin and/or long vessel diameter, inappropriate selection of stent type, inappropriate selection of balloon type and poor image quality.

  18. The Artery of Percheron Infarction after Coronary Angiography

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    Haitham Mazek

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Coronary angiography is the golden choice for coronary artery disease evaluation and management. However, as with any invasive procedures, there is a risk of complications. We are reporting a case of 69-year-old male with past medical history of cardiac bypass surgery, CHF, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia who was admitted to the hospital to evaluate his chest pain. He had treadmill stress test that showed ischemic induced exercise. Patient underwent coronary angiography that showed proximal complete occlusion of the RCA with a patent graft. At the end of the procedure, the patient did not wake up and remained minimally responsive. An urgent brain MRI was ordered and showed infarctions consistent with an artery of Percheron infarction. Later, patient has improved slowly and was discharged home. We briefly here discuss this rare complication including the risk factor, clinical presentation, and the management.

  19. Leprosy in Pakistan: LEPRA elective study.

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    Ladhani, S

    1998-06-01

    As part of the curriculum, medical students at the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals (UMDS), London, are encouraged to spend an elective period of 8 weeks in their final year anywhere in the world, studying any field of medicine they are interested in. Having lived in Tanzania for 10 years, I have had contact with people suffering from leprosy and my interest in leprosy continued after I moved to Europe to continue my education. I therefore decided to use my elective to gain hands-on experience with the disease so that I could understand and appreciate the impact of leprosy in developing countries such as Pakistan.

  20. The 2016 Presidential Election: Reality vs. Myths.

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    Gardner, Deborah B

    2016-01-01

    Politics in a democracy requires governance through debate. Nurses are an important part of the voting public and we need to assess our own anger, expectations, and values for this election. Recognizing four myths during this election season can improve the political conversation. This conversation must acknowledge different groups, interests, and opinions and then seek ways to balance or reconcile those interests. Using this as a mental model to define our politics rather than succumbing to divisive rhetoric, we can take a major step toward building a better political system.

  1. Three consequences of the 2012 general elections

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    Daniel Buti

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The article represents an analysis of the 2012 general elections and their consequences on the Romanian political system. The variables analysed in the study are: the effective number of parties (N, the level of electoral disproportionality (G and the nature of bicameralism. Although measured indicators appear to call for an institutional approach and a formal analysis, the article tries to capture and simultaneously takes into account the functional dimension of the political system too. Thus, the consequences of the 2012 parliamentary elections reveal not necessarily the imbalance in the party system or the improvisation of a delegitimized electoral formula, but rather the current makeshift relationships between actors.

  2. Coronary occlusion after the Manouguian procedure in a patient with a single coronary artery: a case report

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    Yochun Jung

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The association between the anatomy of a single coronary artery (SCA and the surgical risk of aortic valve replacement (AVR remains unclear due to a lack of studies on this topic. Case presentation A 73-year-old woman underwent AVR for aortic stenosis. Preoperative coronary angiography results showed a SCA arising from the left coronary sinus. The Manouguian procedure was performed for a small aortic annulus. Intraoperatively, an extracorporeal membrane oxygenator (ECMO was needed for bypass weaning failure due to newly developed right ventricular dysfunction. Coronary angiography was performed on postoperative day 4, and the findings showed a right coronary artery occlusion just after its origin. After emergent coronary artery bypass surgery, she could be weaned from the ECMO. She was discharged on postoperative day 70 and followed up without complications for 12 months. Conclusions AVR with the annular enlargement procedure in those with a SCA can result in an unexpected coronary artery occlusion, which should be, therefore, suspected when unexplained myocardial dysfunction occur. For reducing this risk, the use of a small prosthesis should be considered over the annular enlargement procedure when performing AVR in those with a small aortic annulus and a SCA.

  3. Genetic contribution of the leukotriene pathway to coronary artery disease

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    Hartiala, Jaana; Li, Dalin; Conti, David V; VIKMAN, Susanna; Patel, Yesha; Wilson Tang, W. H.; Brennan, Marie-Louise; Newman, John W.; Stephensen, Charles B.; Armstrong, Patrice; Hazen, Stanley L.; Allayee, Hooman

    2011-01-01

    We evaluated the genetic contribution of the leukotriene (LT) pathway to risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) in 4,512 Caucasian and African American subjects ascertained through elective cardiac evaluation. Of the three previously associated variants, the shorter “3” and “4” alleles of a promoter repeat polymorphism in ALOX5 increased risk of CAD in African Americans (OR = 1.4, 95% CI 1.0–1.9; p = 0.04), whereas a haplotype of LTA4H (HapK) was associated with CAD in Caucasians (OR = 1.2, 95...

  4. ST Elevation Infarction after Heart Transplantation Induced by Coronary Spasms and Mural Thrombus Detected by Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Tor Skibsted Clemmensen

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The case illustrates the possible link between coronary spasms, intraluminal thrombus formation, and widespread organized and layered thrombi in HTx patients. Furthermore, the case underlines the clinical value of OCT as a novel method for high-resolution vessel imaging in heart-transplanted (HTx patients with coronary spasms and suspected coronary artery disease. Coronary spasms and sudden death are frequent complications after HTx. The underlying mechanisms leading to these complications are unknown. The present case displays the clinical course of a 19-year-old HTx patient who was hospitalized due to acute myocardial infarction induced by severe coronary spasms. The patients remained unstable on conservative therapy. Therefore, an optical coherence tomography (OCT was performed and revealed massive, organized thrombi in the left main coronary artery, the circumflex coronary artery, and the left anterior descending coronary artery. The patient was stabilized after percutaneous coronary intervention. As a mural thrombus often goes undetected by coronary angiography, OCT may prove benefit in HTx patients with myocardial infarction or suspected coronary spasms.

  5. HDL-bound sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) predicts the severity of coronary artery atherosclerosis.

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    Sattler, Katherine; Lehmann, Isa; Gräler, Markus; Bröcker-Preuss, Martina; Erbel, Raimund; Heusch, Gerd; Levkau, Bodo

    2014-01-01

    We have recently demonstrated a reduction in HDL-bound sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD). In the current study, we tested whether HDL-associated S1P is predictive for the degree of coronary stenosis, restenosis and overall CAD severity on follow up in patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Coronary angiography of patients with CAD (n=59) undergoing elective PCI and presenting for a follow up after 6 months (n=48) was graded for disease severity defined clinically as 1- or multi-vessel disease. Target lesion stenosis was quantified by quantitative coronary angiography (QCA). S1P in plasma and isolated HDL were measured by mass spectrometry in the initial samples and in 32 available follow up samples. HDL-bound S1P levels remained stable over time and correlated closely at first visit and follow up. While not associated with the extent of target lesion stenosis or restenosis, HDL-bound S1P correlated negatively with the overall severity of CAD and discriminated 1-vessel-disease from multi-vessel disease. Furthermore, low HDL-bound S1P was predictive for CAD extent. In stable CAD, HDL-bound S1P does not predict the degree of stenosis or restenosis of the target lesion but constitutes a marker of clinically defined disease burden.

  6. HDL-Bound Sphingosine 1-Phosphate (S1P Predicts the Severity of Coronary Artery Atherosclerosis

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    Katherine Sattler

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: We have recently demonstrated a reduction in HDL-bound sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD. In the current study, we tested whether HDL-associated S1P is predictive for the degree of coronary stenosis, restenosis and overall CAD severity on follow up in patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI. Methods: Coronary angiography of patients with CAD (n=59 undergoing elective PCI and presenting for a follow up after 6 months (n=48 was graded for disease severity defined clinically as 1- or multi-vessel disease. Target lesion stenosis was quantified by quantitative coronary angiography (QCA. S1P in plasma and isolated HDL were measured by mass spectrometry in the initial samples and in 32 available follow up samples. Results: HDL-bound S1P levels remained stable over time and correlated closely at first visit and follow up. While not associated with the extent of target lesion stenosis or restenosis, HDL-bound S1P correlated negatively with the overall severity of CAD and discriminated 1-vessel-disease from multi-vessel disease. Furthermore, low HDL-bound S1P was predictive for CAD extent. Conclusion: In stable CAD, HDL-bound S1P does not predict the degree of stenosis or restenosis of the target lesion but constitutes a marker of clinically defined disease burden.

  7. A pilot study of coronary angioplasty in outpatients

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    Laarman, G. J.; Kiemeneij, F.; van der Wieken, L. R.; Tijssen, J. G.; Suwarganda, J. S.; Slagboom, T.

    1994-01-01

    Is it safe to discharge patients from hospital on the same day as percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)? The hypothesis tested was that careful pre and post angioplasty selection of patients can identify a group that is at very low risk of postprocedural complications and that these

  8. The Irish General Election of February 2016: Towards a New Politics or an Early Election?

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    Little, Conor

    2017-01-01

    The general election that followed the ‘earthquake’ of 25 February 2011 (Gallagher and Marsh 2011; Hutcheson 2011; Little 2011) was always going to be an important staging post on the journey from the Fianna Fáil party’s predominance towards some new dispensation. That election took place five......) after a general election. He achieved this by negotiating a minority coalition with several non-party (‘Independent’) TDs (MPs) and a ‘confidence and supply’ agreement with Fianna Fáil. However, the durability of these arrangements is in doubt....

  9. Corticosteroids and immunomodulators: postoperative infectious complication risk in inflammatory bowel disease patients.

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    Aberra, Faten N; Lewis, James D; Hass, David; Rombeau, John L; Osborne, Benjamin; Lichtenstein, Gary R

    2003-08-01

    Many patients with inflammatory bowel disease receive corticosteroids and 6-mercaptopurine/azathioprine during elective bowel surgery. We investigated the postoperative infection risk for patients undergoing elective bowel surgery who were receiving corticosteroids and/or 6-mercaptopurine/azathioprine before surgery compared with patients not receiving these medications. A retrospective cohort study was conducted on 159 patients with inflammatory bowel disease who underwent elective bowel surgery. There were 56 patients receiving corticosteroids alone, 52 patients receiving 6-mercaptopurine/azathioprine alone or with corticosteroids, and 51 patients receiving neither corticosteroids nor 6-mercaptopurine/azathioprine. Postoperative infectious complications to time of discharge were categorized into major and minor complications. Patients receiving corticosteroids had an adjusted odds ratio for any and major infectious complications of 3.69 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.24-10.97) and 5.54 (95% CI, 1.12-27.26), respectively. The adjusted odds ratio for patients receiving 6-mercaptopurine/azathioprine for any and major infectious complications was 1.68 (95% CI, 0.65-4.27) and 1.20 (95% CI, 0.37-3.94), respectively. Preoperative use of corticosteroids in patients with inflammatory bowel disease who are undergoing elective bowel surgery is associated with an increased risk of postoperative infectious complications. 6-Mercaptopurine/azathioprine alone and the addition of 6-mercaptopurine/azathioprine for patients receiving corticosteroids was not found to significantly increase the risk of postoperative infectious complications.

  10. Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

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    ... don't help, you may need coronary artery bypass surgery. The surgery creates a new path for ... narrowed area or blockage. This allows blood to bypass (get around) the blockage. Sometimes people need more ...

  11. Acute coronary syndrome

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    ... Have plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean meats. Try to limit foods high in cholesterol ... et al. 2014 AHA/ACC guideline for the management of patients with non-ST-elevation acute coronary ...

  12. Coronary artery spasm

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    ... blocker or a long-acting nitrate long-term. Beta-blockers are another type of medicine that is used with other coronary artery problems. However, beta-blockers may make this problem worse. They should be ...

  13. Combined transdiaphragmatic off-pump and minimally invasive coronary artery bypass with right gastroepiploic artery and abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.

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    Gürer, Onur; Haberal, Ismail; Ozsoy, Deniz

    2013-01-01

    Male, 74 FINAL DIAGNOSIS: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) Symptoms: Palpable abdominal mass Medication: - Clinical Procedure: Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair Specialty: Surgery. Rare disease. Coronary artery disease is common in elderly patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms. Here we report a case of the combination of surgical repair for abdominal aortic aneurysm and off-pump and minimally invasive coronary artery bypass surgery. A 74-year-old man who presented at our clinic with chest pain was diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm. His medical history included right coronary artery stenting. Physical examination revealed a pulsatile abdominal mass on the left side and palpable peripheral pulses. Computed tomography scans showed an infrarenal abdominal aneurysm with a 61-mm enlargement. Coronary angiography revealed 80% stenosis in the stent within the right coronary artery and 20% stenosis in the left main coronary artery. The patient underwent elective coronary artery bypass grafting and abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair and transdiaphragmatic off-pump and minimal invasive coronary artery bypass grafting with right gastroepiploic artery were performed simultaneously in a single surgery. We report this case to emphasize the safety and effectiveness of transdiaphragmatic off-pump and minimally invasive coronary artery bypass surgery with abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. This combined approach shortens hospital stay and decreases cost.

  14. Emerging Risk Factors and Prevention of Perioperative Pulmonary Complications

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    Priyanka Bhateja

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Modern surgery is faced with the emergence of newer “risk factors” and the challenges associated with identifying and managing these risks in the perioperative period. Obstructive sleep apnea and obesity hypoventilation syndrome pose unique challenges in the perioperative setting. Recent studies have identified some of the specific risks arising from caring for such patients in the surgical setting. While all possible postoperative complications are not yet fully established or understood, the prevention and management of these complications pose even greater challenges. Pulmonary hypertension with its changing epidemiology and novel management strategies is another new disease for the surgeon and the anesthesiologist in the noncardiac surgical setting. Traditionally most such patients were not considered surgical candidates for any required elective surgery. Our review discusses these disease entities which are often undiagnosed before elective noncardiac surgery.

  15. A Rare and Serious Unforeseen Complication of Cutting Balloon Angioplasty

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    Praveen Vemula

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Cutting balloon angioplasty (CBA is one of the adept ways of treating “in-stent restenosis.” Various complications related to cutting balloon angioplasty have been reported including arterial rupture, delayed perforation and fracture of microsurgical blades. Here we report a very unusual and inadvertent extraction of a stent previously deployed in the ramus intermedius coronary branch by a cutting balloon catheter. This required repeat stenting of the same site for an underlying dissection. Even though stent extraction is a rare complication it can be serious due to dissection, perforation, and closure of the artery. Physicians performing coronary artery interventions would need to be aware of this rare and serious complication especially if any difficulty is encountered while withdrawing the cutting balloon. Therefore, after removal, cutting balloon should be examined thoroughly for possible stent dislodgment or extraction when used for “in-stent restenosis.”

  16. Small dense LDL particles - a predictor of coronary artery disease evaluated by invasive and CT-based techniques: a case-control study

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    Andreasen Annette

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Coronary angiography is the current standard method to evaluate coronary atherosclerosis in patients with suspected angina pectoris, but non-invasive CT scanning of the coronaries are increasingly used for the same purpose. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL cholesterol and other lipid and lipoprotein variables are major risk factors for coronary artery disease. Small dense LDL particles may be of particular importance, but clinical studies evaluating their predictive value for coronary atherosclerosis are few. Methods We performed a study of 194 consecutive patients with chest pain, a priori considered of low to intermediate risk for significant coronary stenosis (>50% lumen obstruction who were referred for elective coronary angiography. Plasma lipids and lipoproteins were measured including the subtype pattern of LDL particles, and all patients were examined by coronary CT scanning before coronary angiography. Results The proportion of small dense LDL was a strong univariate predictor of significant coronary artery stenosis evaluated by both methods. After adjustment for age, gender, smoking, and waist circumference only results obtained by traditional coronary angiography remained statistically significant. Conclusion Small dense LDL particles may add to risk stratification of patients with suspected angina pectoris.

  17. Is there a role for robotic totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass in patients with a colostomy?

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    Gibber, Marc; Lehr, Eric J; Kon, Zachary N; Wehman, P Brody; Griffith, Bartley P; Bonatti, Johannes

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    Preoperative colostomy presents a significant risk of sternal wound complications, mediastinitis, and ostomy injury in patients requiring coronary artery bypass grafting. Less invasive procedures in coronary surgery have a potential to reduce the risk of sternal wound healing problems. Robotic totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass grafting in patients with a colostomy has not been reported. We describe a case of completely endoscopic coronary surgery using the da Vinci Si system in a patient with a transverse colostomy. Single left internal mammary artery grafting to the left anterior coronary artery was performed successfully on the beating heart. We regard this technique as the least invasive method of surgical coronary revascularization with a potential to reduce the risk of surgical site infection and mediastinitis in patients with a colostomy.

  18. 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.

  19. Incidence of perioperative complications in total hip and knee arthroplasty in patients with Parkinson disease.

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    Sharma, Tankamani; Hönle, Wolfgang; Handschu, René; Adler, Werner; Goyal, Tarun; Schuh, Alexander

    2018-02-15

    The aim of this study is to evaluate the difference in perioperative complication rate in total hip, bipolar hemiarthroplasties and total knee arthroplasty in patients with Parkinson disease in trauma and elective surgery in our Musculoskeletal Center during a period of 10 years. Between 2006 and 2016, 45 bipolar hemiarthroplasties in trauma surgery, 15 total knee and 19 total hip arthroplasties in patients with Parkinson's disease were performed. We divided the patients in two groups. Group I included trauma cases (45) and group II elective surgery cases (34). Complications were documented and divided into local minor and major complications and general minor and major complications. Fisher's exact test was used for statistical evaluation. In both groups, there was one local major complication (p > 0.05): In group I, there was one case of loosening of a K-wire which was removed operatively. In group II, there was one severe intraarticular bleeding requiring puncture of the hematoma. In group I, there were 38 general complications; in group II, there were 17 general complications. There was no statistical difference in complication rate (p > 0.05). Total hip arthroplasty, bipolar hemiarthroplasties and knee arthroplasty in patients with Parkinson disease is possible in elective and trauma surgery. Complication rate is higher in comparison with patients not suffering from Parkinson disease, but there is no difference in complication rate in elective and trauma surgery. Nevertheless, early perioperative neurological consultation in patients with Parkinson disease is recommended to minimize complications and improve early outcomes after arthroplasty.

  20. Coronary microvascular function

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    Solberg, Ole Geir

    2017-01-01

    Coronary heart disease is a major contributor to death and reduced quality of life in the developed parts of the world. The disease spectrum spans from sudden cardiac death to myocardial infarctions, unstable angina and angina pectoris, to silent ischaemia and ischaemic heart failure. Following flow-limiting obstructions and occlusions of the epicardial vessels being established as the cause of these disease entities, the possibility to visualize the coronary arteries was a major breakthrough...

  1. Modern antiplatelet agents in coronary artery disease.

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    Power, Rachel F

    2012-10-01

    Dual antiplatelet therapy is well recognized in the prevention of thrombotic complications of acute coronary syndrome and percutaneous coronary interventions. Despite clinical benefits of aspirin and clopidogrel therapy, a number of limitations curtail their efficacy: slow onset of action, variability in platelet inhibitory response and potential drug-drug interactions. Furthermore, the single platelet-activation pathway targeted by these agents allows continued platelet activation via other pathways, ensuring incomplete protection against ischemic events, thus, underscoring the need for alternate antiplatelet treatment strategies. A number of novel antiplatelet agents are currently in advance development and many have established superior effects on platelet inhibition, clinical outcomes and safety profile than clopidogrel in high-risk patients. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of the current status of P2Y12 receptor inhibition and PAR-1 antagonists in determining a future strategy for individualized antiplatelet therapy.

  2. Acute coronary syndrome of paradoxical origin.

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    Ferreira, Ana Rita; Freitas, António; Magno, Pedro; Soares, Ana Oliveira; Farto e Abreu, Pedro; Neves, José Pedro; Gil, Victor M

    2013-10-01

    We describe a rare case of acute myocardial infarction secondary to paradoxical embolism complicating acute pulmonary embolism. A 44-year-old woman presented to the emergency department with chest pain. The physical examination was unremarkable except for oxygen saturation of 75%, and the electrocardiogram showed ST-segment elevation in the inferior leads. Urgent coronary angiography showed a distal occlusion of the right coronary artery and multiple thrombi were aspirated. Despite relief of chest pain and electrocardiogram normalization, her oxygen saturation remained low (90%) with high-flow oxygen by mask. The transthoracic echocardiogram showed a mass in the left atrium and dilatation of the right chambers, while the transesophageal echocardiogram showed a thrombus attached to the interatrial septum in the region of the foramen ovale. Color flow imaging was consistent with a patent foramen ovale. Thoracic computed tomography angiography documented thrombi in both branches of the pulmonary trunk. After five days on anticoagulation, the patient underwent surgical foramen ovale closure.

  3. Pregnancy Complications: Anemia

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    ... online community Home > Complications & Loss > Pregnancy complications > Anemia Anemia E-mail to a friend Please fill in ... anemia at a prenatal care visit . What causes anemia? Usually, a woman becomes anemic (has anemia) because ...

  4. Complications and Deaths - National

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Complications and deaths - national data. This data set includes national-level data for the hip/knee complication measure, the Agency for Healthcare Research and...

  5. Complications and Deaths - State

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Complications and deaths - state data. This data set includes state-level data for the hip/knee complication measure, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality...

  6. Complications and Deaths - Hospital

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Complications and deaths - provider data. This data set includes provider data for the hip/knee complication measure, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality...

  7. Pregnancy Complications: Preeclampsia

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    ... online community Home > Complications & Loss > Pregnancy complications > Preeclampsia Preeclampsia E-mail to a friend Please fill in ... even if you’re feeling fine. What is preeclampsia? Preeclampsia is a serious blood pressure condition that ...

  8. Mechanisms of diabetic complications

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    Forbes, Josephine M; Cooper, Mark E

    2013-01-01

    .... These complications occur in the majority of individuals with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Among the most prevalent microvascular complications are kidney disease, blindness, and amputations, with current therapies only slowing disease progression...

  9. Elective ventilation for organ donation: law, policy and public ethics.

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    Coggon, John

    2013-03-01

    This paper examines questions concerning elective ventilation, contextualised within English law and policy. It presents the general debate with reference both to the Exeter Protocol on elective ventilation, and the considerable developments in legal principle since the time that that protocol was declared to be unlawful. I distinguish different aspects of what might be labelled elective ventilation policies under the following four headings: 'basic elective ventilation'; 'epistemically complex elective ventilation'; 'practically complex elective ventilation'; and 'epistemically and practically complex elective ventilation'. I give a legal analysis of each. In concluding remarks on their potential practical viability, I emphasise the importance not just of ascertaining the legal and ethical acceptability of these and other forms of elective ventilation, but also of assessing their professional and political acceptability. This importance relates both to the successful implementation of the individual practices, and to guarding against possible harmful effects in the wider efforts to increase the rates of posthumous organ donation.

  10. 2008 Presidential General Election, State Results - Direct Download

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This data set portrays election results by State for the 2008 Presidential general election. It includes data for electoral votes and popular votes for the...

  11. 2004 Presidential General Election, State Results - Direct Download

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This data set portrays election results by State for the 2004 Presidential general election. It includes data for electoral votes and popular votes for the...

  12. 5 CFR 847.204 - Elections of FERS coverage.

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    2010-01-01

    ...) from an FERS-covered position to an NAFI may elect to continue FERS coverage. (b) An employee who elects FERS coverage under this section will be covered by FERS during all periods of future service not...

  13. Presidential Elections in the Age of Television.

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    Rothwell, Jennifer Truran

    2000-01-01

    Explores the role of television in politics providing historical examples of the use of television and its possible effects on elections. Focuses on television as the dominant medium for politics, the connections among television, advertising, and political money, and ideas for reforming the electoral process. Includes a teaching activity on…

  14. Electoral marketing and engineering problems of election

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    O. Ye. Shinkarenko

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available In the article considers the problem associated with the most important prerequisites for the application of electoral marketing, namely the creation of the state and because of her competing in the elections political parties, politicians conditions by which they acquire certain advantages in the struggle for victory. The questions of the legitimacy of the use of such technologies electoral engineering , in particular, changes in the electoral law, the manipulation of boundaries of electoral districts , the selection loyal electoral commissions, the use of judicial procedures for resolving the problems and others. Experience organizing and conducting election campaigns around the world, including in Ukraine show that in addition to these two main factors, both directly address political power, its use and effectiveness of the campaign of the candidate, often less important is another important factor. The main reasons for the use of electoral engineering during election campaigns are the marketing needs of participants who wish to solve certain problems associated with the correction of the election results in their favor. As technology advances and procedures in electoral engineering, they have developed and implemented during the marketing campaign.

  15. School Board Elections: Theories Meet Reality

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    Garn, Gregg; Copeland, Gary

    2014-01-01

    This exploratory article relies on qualitative data generated from observations and focus group interviews to investigate what motivates citizens to vote in school board elections and how they choose among candidates. Our review of literature suggests that capture theory, dissatisfaction theory, retrospective voting, partisanship, issue voting,…

  16. The medical elective: A unique educational opportunity

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    including the core values of service learning. The community, students and medical schools should all benefit from this arrangement. Foreign students may choose South Africa (SA) for an international health elective (IHE) when their university affords them a period away from formal studies. The process involves advance ...

  17. The 2015 National Elections in Switzerland

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    Bochsler, Daniel; Gerber, Marlène; Zumbach, David

    2016-01-01

    The 2015 election to the Swiss Parliament marks a return to an already observed trend that was only interrupted in 2011: a shift to the right and an increase in polarization. The vote share of the nationalist-conservative Swiss People's Party (SVP) has now reached a historical height of 29.4% (+2...

  18. What about the superfluous half? (Israeli elections)

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    Reinhart, T.

    1999-01-01

    In the US, fifty percent of the citizens do not take part in the elections -an outcome of a long tradition of two candidates, identical in deeds though different in style. Both represent the same "market forces" but the Democrats have more respect to the liberal values of the west: the

  19. 75 FR 26062 - Representation Election Procedure

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    ... CFR Parts 1202 and 1206 RIN 3140-ZA00 Representation Election Procedure AGENCY: National Mediation... provide that, in representation disputes, a majority of valid ballots cast will determine the craft or.../indicator of employee sentiment in representation disputes and provide employees with clear choices in...

  20. DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT

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    Dr Tanya du Plessis

    delivered at a colloquium on The Effect of Globalisation on the Development of .... perceptions or allegations of manipulation or bias. 13. The guiding ... This means that it should manage elections cost effectively, yet ... by law to act in accordance with the principle of transparency and openness ... fairness and accountability.

  1. Taking on Congress in an Election Year.

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    Green, Mark; And Others

    1980-01-01

    Suggests how to press an issue upon legislators during the final campaign months of an election year when legislators are more responsive to constituents. Information is presented on making use of campaign finance reports, creating a chart showing performance of various legislators and devising political organizing techniques. A directory of…

  2. Critical Care Specialty Elective: Nursing 401A.

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    Jepson, Cheri A.

    This course guide describes an elective speciality course on critical/intensive care nursing. A rationale for the course is followed by general information, including a description of the theoretical and clinical course components, an enumeration of major goals and objectives, a detailed outline of the units of instruction, a calendar of…

  3. Elections and Electoral Tribunal in Nigeria

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    Apr 19, 2011 ... Nigeria, is yet another big question to be answered by the judiciary and the political class. Before the inauguration of the tribunals investigating allegations of election malpractices in 2007, previous tribunals that adjudicated electoral cases of 1979, 1999 and 2003 contributed immensely to the decay of the ...

  4. Elective abdominal hysterectomy: Appraisal of indications and ...

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    There was no mortality recorded during the period under review. Discussion. The rate of elective abdominal hysterectomy in this study was. 3.3% which was lower than the 10.0% reported by Omokanye et al. in Ilorin,[6] and 18.2% reported by Anzaku and Musa in. Jos.[26] This is partly attributed to the general aversion to.

  5. 12 CFR 1261.7 - Election process.

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    ... 12 Banks and Banking 7 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Election process. 1261.7 Section 1261.7 Banks and Banking FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANKS FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK DIRECTORS..., derivatives, project development, organizational management and any other area of knowledge or experience set...

  6. School governing body election deficiencies – deliberative ...

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    As forums, School Governing Bodies have the makings of a great and unique South African democratic tradition as they reflect local deliberations, participative decision-making by stakeholders in education. The main contention of this article is that the SGB election processes at many public schools in South Africa are ...

  7. CMA president-elect traverses wildernesses

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    Collier, Roger

    2011-01-01

    ... better," says Reid, who was officially chosen on Aug. 23 as president- elect of the Canadian Medical Association at its 144th annual general meeting in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Reid's journey back to the political side of medicine began when a colleague asked her to help the Northwest Territories Medical Association. Then, in 2009, ...

  8. Patient blood management in elective orthopaedic surgery

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    So-Osman, Cynthia

    2012-01-01

    Chapter 2 describes the results of a RCT on the effect of a restrictive trigger on RBC sparing. In three hospitals, a restrictive transfusion policy was compared with standard care transfusion policy. A randomised comparison of transfusion triggers in elective orthopaedic surgery using

  9. Predonated autologous blood transfusion in elective orthopaedic ...

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    Background: The use of homologous blood carries significant risk of viral infections and immune-mediated reactions. Preoperative autologous blood donation is an attractive alternative to homologous transfusion and has become common in elective orthopaedic surgery. Objective: To present our experience with the use of ...

  10. Clinical and economic studies of eptifibatide in coronary stenting

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    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Tilak Pasala, Prasongchai Sattayaprasert, Pradeep K Bhat, Ganesh Athappan, Sanjay Gandhi The Heart and Vascular Center, Case Western Reserve University/MetroHealth, Cleveland, OH, USA Abstract: Platelet adhesion and aggregation at the site of coronary stenting can have catastrophic clinical and economic consequences. Therefore, effective platelet inhibition is vital during and after percutaneous coronary intervention. Eptifibatide is an intravenous antiplatelet agent that blocks the final common pathway of platelet aggregation and thrombus formation by binding to glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptors on the surface of platelets. In clinical studies, eptifibatide was associated with a significant reduction of mortality, myocardial infarction, or target vessel revascularization in patients with acute coronary syndrome undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. However, recent trials conducted in the era of dual antiplatelet therapy and newer anticoagulants failed to demonstrate similar results. The previously seen favorable benefit of eptifibatide was mainly offset by the increased risk of bleeding. Current American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines recommend its use as an adjunct in high-risk patients who are undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention with traditional anticoagulants (heparin or enoxaparin, who are not otherwise at high risk of bleeding. In patients receiving bivalirudin (a newer safer anticoagulant, routine use of eptifibatide is discouraged except in select situations (eg, angiographic complications. Although older pharmacoeconomic studies favor eptifibatide, in the current era of P2Y12 inhibitors and newer safer anticoagulants, the increased costs associated with bleeding make the routine use of eptifibatide an economically nonviable option. The cost-effectiveness of eptifibatide with the use of strategies that decrease the bleeding risk (eg, transradial access is unknown. This review provides an

  11. Coronary Artery Anomalies in Animals

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    Brian A. Scansen

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Coronary artery anomalies represent a disease spectrum from incidental to life-threatening. Anomalies of coronary artery origin and course are well-recognized in human medicine, but have received limited attention in veterinary medicine. Coronary artery anomalies are best described in the dog, hamster, and cow though reports also exist in the horse and pig. The most well-known anomaly in veterinary medicine is anomalous coronary artery origin with a prepulmonary course in dogs, which limits treatment of pulmonary valve stenosis. A categorization scheme for coronary artery anomalies in animals is suggested, dividing these anomalies into those of major or minor clinical significance. A review of coronary artery development, anatomy, and reported anomalies in domesticated species is provided and four novel canine examples of anomalous coronary artery origin are described: an English bulldog with single left coronary ostium and a retroaortic right coronary artery; an English bulldog with single right coronary ostium and transseptal left coronary artery; an English bulldog with single right coronary ostium and absent left coronary artery with a prepulmonary paraconal interventricular branch and an interarterial circumflex branch; and a mixed-breed dog with tetralogy of Fallot and anomalous origin of all coronary branches from the brachiocephalic trunk. Coronary arterial fistulae are also described including a coronary cameral fistula in a llama cria and an English bulldog with coronary artery aneurysm and anomalous shunting vessels from the right coronary artery to the pulmonary trunk. These examples are provided with the intent to raise awareness and improve understanding of such defects.

  12. Coronary risk in candidates for abdominal aortic aneurysm repair: a word of caution.

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    Borioni, Raoul; Tomai, Fabrizio; Pederzoli, Alessio; Fratticci, Laura; Barberi, Filippo; De Luca, Leonardo; Albano, Marzia; Garofalo, Mariano

    2014-11-01

    Current guidelines do not recommend routine coronary evaluation preceding abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) repair in low-risk patients. The purpose of the present study is to report the incidence of coronary lesions in candidates for AAA repair with a Revised Cardiac Risk (Lee) Index (RCRI) coronary angiography and myocardial revascularization (percutaneous coronary intervention, PCI; coronary artery bypass grafting, CABG) before elective open or endovascular AAA repair (January 2005-December 2012). Severe coronary artery disease (CAD) was revealed in 43 patients (28.9%), who underwent successful myocardial revascularization by means of PCI (n.35) or off-pump CABG (n.8). The incidence of severe CAD in patients resulted at low risk on the basis of risk models was approximately 25%. The incidence of severe CAD in asymptomatic patients was 29.8%. Endovascular (n.52, 35.1%) and open (n.96, 64.9%) AAA repair was performed with low morbidity (0.6%) and mortality (0.6%) in 148 patients. The long-term estimated survival (freedom from fatal cardiovascular events) was 97% at 60 months and 82% at 90 months. The incidence of severe correctable CAD is not negligible in low-risk patients scheduled for AAA repair. Waiting for further recommendations based on large population studies of vascular patients, a more extensive indication to coronary angiography and revascularization should be considered in many candidates for AAA repair.

  13. Coronary computed tomography angiography - tolerability of β-blockers and contrast media, and temporal changes in radiation dose.

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    Pedersen, Charlotte; Thomsen, Camilla F; Hosbond, Susanne E; Thomassen, Anders; Mickley, Hans; Diederichsen, Axel C P

    2014-10-01

    To determine the risk in administering β-blockers, contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) and the trend in X-ray use, during coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA). A total of 416 patients were referred for elective CCTA. To achieve a resting heart rate below 60 beats per minute, oral and/or intravenous β-blockers were administered. Using questionnaires, information on the adverse effects of β-blockers was collected from the patients. The levels of s-creatinine and estimated GFR (eGFR) were measured before and after contrast enhanced CCTA. Radiation exposure was compared with the exposure 3 years earlier. There was no significant difference in the symptoms (dizziness, lipothymia and palpitations) between patients with and patients without β-blocker pretreatment. Compared to baseline values, the decrease in s-creatinine was not significant (75.2 vs. 74.6 μmol/L, p = 0.09), while the increase in eGFR was not significant (78 vs. 79 mL/min, p = 0.17). Also, subgroups of patients with hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes or pre-existing slight impairment in renal function did not develop CIN. The mean radiation exposure decreased from 17.5 to 6.7 mSv, p < 0.0001. In terms of the side effects of β-blockers and contrast media, there were no short term complications to CCTA. Furthermore, the radiation dose has been dramatically diminished over the last three years.

  14. The Relationship Between Coronary Artery Disease and Undiagnosed Glucose Metabolism Disorders in Patients who Have Undergone Angiography

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    Halil Akbulut

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Diabetes mellitus (DM and coronary artery disease (CAD, seen frequently in the general population, are major causes of morbidity and mortality. DM, controllable through treatment, is one of the most important risk factors for the development of cardiovascular diseases. Material and Method: Our study included patients who had undiagnosed glucose metabolism disorders and had undergone an angiography under elective conditions. To diagnose the glucose metabolism disorders, these patients were given the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT (75 g within 5-10 days after angiography. Results: In our study, 24.5% (n=79 of patients had isolated impaired fasting glucose, 9.3% (n=30 had isolated impaired glucose tolerance, 21.1% (n=68 had both impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance, and 5% (n=16 had DM. None of these patients knew about their condition beforehand. Only 40.1% (n=129 of patients had normal OGTT results. Discussion: If patients with suspected CAD found to have blocked arteries after an angiography are screened for DM, glucose metabolism disorders can be diagnosed early. When caught early, the long-term complications can be avoided, resulting in significant savings for health care costs. Turk Jem 2013; 17: 111-5

  15. Cardioprotective effects of glucose and insulin administration while maintaining normoglycemia (GIN therapy) in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting.

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    Carvalho, George; Pelletier, Patricia; Albacker, Turki; Lachapelle, Kevin; Joanisse, Denis R; Hatzakorzian, Roupen; Lattermann, Ralph; Sato, Hiroaki; Marette, André; Schricker, Thomas

    2011-05-01

    Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is complicated by ischemia-reperfusion injury jeopardizing myocyte survival. The aim of the study was to investigate whether glucose and insulin administration, while maintaining normoglycemia (GIN therapy) using a hyperinsulinemic-normoglycemic clamp technique, is cardioprotective in patients undergoing CABG. We conducted a randomized controlled trial at a tertiary care university teaching hospital. We studied 99 patients undergoing elective CABG. Patients were randomly assigned to receive either GIN from the beginning of surgery until 24 h after CABG (GIN, n = 49) or standard metabolic care (control, n = 50). We measured plasma concentrations of cardiac troponin I and free fatty acids, cardiac function as assessed by transesophageal echocardiography, glycogen content, glycogen synthase activity, and the expression of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and protein kinase B (AKT) in cardiomyocytes. Patients receiving GIN therapy showed an attenuated release of cardiac troponin I (P GIN group, whereas it increased in the control group (P GIN. However, there was no evidence for AKT-dependent AMPK inhibition. GIN therapy protects the myocardium and inhibits ischemia-induced AMPK activation.

  16. Relationship between time of day and periprocedural myocardial infarction after elective angioplasty.

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    Fournier, Stephane; Puricel, Serban; Morawiec, Beata; Eeckhout, Eric; Mangiacapra, Fabio; Trana, Catalina; Tapponnier, Maxime; Iglesias, Juan F; Michiels, Vincent; Stauffer, Jean-Christophe; Beggah, Ahmed; Monney, Pierre; Gobet, Stéphanie; Vogt, Pierre; Cook, Stéphane; Muller, Olivier

    2014-03-01

    To test if the time of day significantly influences the occurrence of type 4A myocardial infarction in elective patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Recent studies have suggested an influence of circadian rhythms on myocardial infarction size and mortality among patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction. The aim of the study is to investigate whether periprocedural myocardial infarction (PMI) is influenced by the time of day in elective patients undergoing PCI. All consecutive patients undergoing elective PCI between 2007 and 2011 at our institutions with known post-interventional troponin were retrospectively included. Patients (n = 1021) were divided into two groups according to the starting time of the PCI: the morning group (n = 651) between 07:00 and 11:59, and the afternoon group (n = 370) between 12:00 and 18:59. Baseline and procedural characteristics as well as clinical outcome defined as the occurrence of PMI were compared between groups. In order to limit selection bias, all analyses were equally performed in 308 pairs using propensity score (PS) matching. In the overall population, the rate of PMI was statistically lower in the morning group compared to the afternoon group (20% vs. 30%, p < 0.001). This difference remained statistically significant after PS-matching (21% vs. 29%, p = 0.03). Multivariate analysis shows that being treated in the afternoon independently increases the risk for PMI with an odds ratio of 2.0 (95%CI: 1.1-3.4; p = 0.02). This observational PS-matched study suggests that the timing of an elective PCI influences the rate of PMI.

  17. Surgical management of coronary arterial disease in the elderly.

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    Stemmer, E A; Aronow, W S

    1998-01-01

    Coronary artery angioplasty or bypass is being performed for increasing numbers of patients in their seventh, eighth, ninth and even tenth decades of life. Because of the cost involved, justification for performing these procedures in the elderly has become a topic of daily discussion among those responsible for funding healthcare. Both silent and overt coronary artery disease (CAD) are more common in the population over 65 years of age. Because CAD in the elderly often presents in an atypical manner, diagnosis of the disease is frequently delayed. Partly because of the delayed diagnosis and partly because of cost considerations, coronary arterial bypass (CABG) is more often performed as an emergency procedure in the elderly with the results that both operative mortality and costs are increased over those observed in a younger population. Nevertheless, it is clear that performance of coronary revascularization procedures in the elderly can both prolong life and improve the quality of life beyond what can be achieved using alternative methods of treatment. Greater efforts directed toward detection of ischemic heart disease in the these patients and earlier, elective surgery could significantly reduce both the mortality and disability associated with CAD in the elderly.

  18. Late thrombosis of coronary bare-metal stent: Case report

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    Apostolović Svetlana

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Stent thrombosis remains the primary cause of death after percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI. Despite modern concepts of PCI, stent thrombosis occurs in 0.5% -2% of elective procedures and even 6% of patients with the acute coronary syndrome (ACS. Stent thrombosis most often develops within the first 48 hours after the PCI, and rarely after a week of stent implantation. Angiographically documented late (>6 months thrombosis of coronary bare-metal stent (BMS is rare, because the stent endothelialization is considered to be completed after four weeks of the intervention. Our patient is a 41 year old male and he had BMS thrombosis 345 days after the implantation, which was clinically manifested as an acute myocardial infarction in the inferoposterolateral localization. Stent Clinical Centre of Serbia, Belgrade thrombosis occurred despite a long term dual antiplatelet therapy and control of known risk factors. Thrombolytic therapy (Streptokinase in a dose of 1 500 000 IU was not successful in reopening the occluded vessel, so the flow through the coronary artery was achieved by rescue balloon angioplasty, followed by implantation of drug eluting stent in order to prevent restenosis.

  19. Differential associations of renal function with coronary and peripheral atherosclerosis.

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    Stamatelopoulos, Kimon S; Lekakis, John P; Tseke, Paraskevi; Ikonomidis, Ignatios; Kollias, George E; Alevizaki, Maria; Kanakakis, Ioannis; Voidonikola, Paraskevi; Zakopoulos, Nikolaos; Papamichael, Christos M

    2009-06-26

    The aim of this study was to examine the impact of renal dysfunction on both coronary and peripheral atherosclerosis in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) without severe renal impairment. One hundred and eighty-seven consecutive patients referred for elective coronary angiography were enrolled. Mean IMT and the presence of plaques were measured in the carotid and femoral arteries prior to angiography as markers of subclinical peripheral atherosclerosis. The severity of CAD was evaluated by the Gensini score. Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) was estimated by the MDRD formula. Significant CAD (>50% stenosis) was identified in 139 patients. GFR independently correlated with the presence and severity of CAD with incremental value over that of IMT. Renal function was significantly but not independently correlated with carotid IMT in CAD patients. Femoral IMT and the presence of plaques did not show any significant correlations with GFR in patients with or without CAD. Renal function is an important predictor of the presence and severity of angiographic CAD in patients without severe renal impairment with incremental value over traditional risk factors for CAD and IMT. The contrasting weak or no associations of GFR with IMT and the presence of plaques suggest that renal dysfunction may exert differential effects on the development of coronary and peripheral atherosclerosis.

  20. The 2005 parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan: influencing factors

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    Nuriev, Elkhan

    2006-01-01

    Two years after he was elected head of state, Ilkham Aliev was confronted with the threat of a possible political crisis in Azerbaijan. On 6 November, 2005, the country went to the polls to elect the parliament. According to the opposition leaders, the process abounded in serious violations and massive falsifications of the election results. The ruling elite, however, insists that the country had all the conditions for a fair, transparent, and democratic election campaign. From the very begin...

  1. Complications of prostate biopsy

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    Anastasiadis, Anastasios; Zapała, Lukasz; Cordeiro, Ernesto; Antoniewicz, Artur; Dimitriadis, Georgios; de Reijke, Theo

    2013-01-01

    Biopsy of the prostate is a common procedure with minor complications that are usually self-limited. However, if one considers that millions of men undergo biopsy worldwide, one realizes that although complication rate is low, the number of patients suffering from biopsy complications should not be

  2. Development of Geospatial Map Based Election Portal

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    Gupta, A. Kumar Chandra; Kumar, P.; Vasanth Kumar, N.

    2014-11-01

    The Geospatial Delhi Limited (GSDL), a Govt. of NCT of Delhi Company formed in order to provide the geospatial information of National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCTD) to the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) and its organs such as DDA, MCD, DJB, State Election Department, DMRC etc., for the benefit of all citizens of Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD). This paper describes the development of Geospatial Map based Election portal (GMEP) of NCT of Delhi. The portal has been developed as a map based spatial decision support system (SDSS) for pertain to planning and management of Department of Chief Electoral Officer, and as an election related information searching tools (Polling Station, Assembly and parliamentary constituency etc.,) for the citizens of NCTD. The GMEP is based on Client-Server architecture model. It has been developed using ArcGIS Server 10.0 with J2EE front-end on Microsoft Windows environment. The GMEP is scalable to enterprise SDSS with enterprise Geo Database & Virtual Private Network (VPN) connectivity. Spatial data to GMEP includes delimited precinct area boundaries of Voters Area of Polling stations, Assembly Constituency, Parliamentary Constituency, Election District, Landmark locations of Polling Stations & basic amenities (Police Stations, Hospitals, Schools and Fire Stations etc.). GMEP could help achieve not only the desired transparency and easiness in planning process but also facilitates through efficient & effective tools for management of elections. It enables a faster response to the changing ground realities in the development planning, owing to its in-built scientific approach and open-ended design.

  3. The archaeology of uncommon interventions: Articulating the rationale for transcatheter closure of congenital coronary artery fistulas in asymptomatic children.

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    McElhinney, Doff B

    2016-02-15

    Transcatheter closure of coronary artery fistulas can be executed successfully in infants and children with few serious procedural complications. Indications for and long-term outcomes of closure of coronary artery fistulas remain poorly defined. Registries may offer the best opportunity for advancing our knowledge about uncommon interventions such as coil or device closure of coronary artery fistulas, but to do so, they must include sufficient data and evaluate factors potentially associated with salutary or adverse outcome. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. Characteristics and in-hospital outcomes of patients with acute coronary syndromes and heart failure in the United Arab Emirates

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    Shehab, Abdulla; Al-Dabbagh, Bayan; Almahmeed, Wael; Bustani, Nazar; Nagelkerke, Nicolaas; Yusufali, Afzal; Wassef, Adel; Ibrahim, Mohamed; Brek, Azan Bin

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Heart failure (HF) is a serious complication of acute coronary syndromes (ACS), and is associated with high in-hospital mortality and poor long-term survival. The aims of this study were to describe the clinical characteristics, management and in-hospital outcomes of coronary syndrome (ACS) patients with HF in the United Arab Emirates. Findings The study was selected from the Gulf Registry of Acute Coronary Events (Gulf RACE), a prospective multi-national, multicenter regi...

  5. Coronary Anomalies: Left Main Coronary Artery Aneurysm

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    Varda, Rajsekhar; Chitimilla, Santosh Kumar; Lalani, Aslam

    2012-01-01

    Coronary artery aneurysm is one of the rarest anomalies that we see in our medical practice and they are mostly associated with obstructive lesions due to atherosclerotic changes. Management of these aneurysm patients (conservative or surgical repair) usually depends on obstructive lesions and associated symptoms. We are presenting a case of left main aneurysm measuring around 1 4 × 2 8  mm with other obstructive leisons. It was treated with surgical repair in view of obstructive lesions and ...

  6. Coronary Anomalies: Left Main Coronary Artery Aneurysm

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    Rajsekhar Varda

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Coronary artery aneurysm is one of the rarest anomalies that we see in our medical practice and they are mostly associated with obstructive lesions due to atherosclerotic changes. Management of these aneurysm patients (conservative or surgical repair usually depends on obstructive lesions and associated symptoms. We are presenting a case of left main aneurysm measuring around 14×28 mm with other obstructive leisons. It was treated with surgical repair in view of obstructive lesions and symptoms.

  7. Economic Cost of Elections in Nigeria: Lessons from the 2011 ...

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    Election is a process where people make choices of the people they want as their leaders within a democratic system. In recent time, elections in Nigeria have been characterised by fierce competition, corruption, violence and rigging. Election in Nigeria is executed at great cost by the government, political parties and ...

  8. 26 CFR 1.853-4 - Manner of making election.

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    2010-04-01

    ... (CONTINUED) INCOME TAXES Regulated Investment Companies and Real Estate Investment Trusts § 1.853-4 Manner of... investment company must file a statement of election as part of its Federal income tax return for the taxable year. The statement of election must state that the regulated investment company elects the application...

  9. 29 CFR 452.131 - Casting of ballots; delegate elections.

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    ... 29 Labor 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Casting of ballots; delegate elections. 452.131 Section 452... REPORTING AND DISCLOSURE ACT OF 1959 Election Procedures; Rights of Members § 452.131 Casting of ballots; delegate elections. The manner in which the votes of the representatives are cast in the convention is not...

  10. Election cycles in natural resource rents : Empirical evidence

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    Klomp, Jeroen; de Haan, Jakob

    We examine whether governments' natural resource rents are affected by upcoming elections and if so, whether the incumbent uses these additional rents for re-election purposes. Estimates of a dynamic panel model for about 60 countries for 1975-2011 suggest that elections increase natural resource

  11. Elective Hysterectomy at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital: A ...

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    Elective Hysterectomy at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital: A 3-Year Review. AM Abasiattai, EA Bassey, AJ Umoiyoho. Abstract. A 3-year review of elective hysterectomies performed at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital was carried out. The aim was to determine the indications and outcome of elective ...

  12. 37 CFR 1.146 - Election of species.

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    ... 37 Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Election of species. 1.146... One Application; Restriction § 1.146 Election of species. In the first action on an application... species embraced thereby, the examiner may require the applicant in the reply to that action to elect a...

  13. Congo: Elections and the Battle for Mineral Resources

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    Twenty million voters cast ballots July 30, 2006, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's first free election since 1960. A runoff election three months later, between transitional president Joseph Kabila and transitional vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba, gave Kabila a mandate to lead the war-torn nation for five more years. The elections, in…

  14. 75 FR 55257 - Definition of Federal Election Activity

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    ... 11 CFR Part 100 Definition of Federal Election Activity AGENCY: Federal Election Commission. ACTION.... Specifically, these final rules modify the definitions of ``voter registration activity'' and ``get-out-the... regarding ``Federal election activity,'' including the definitions of the terms ``voter registration...

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    Adebayo Fayoyin

    Possible explanations for re-electing corrupt incumbents are that elections are not free and fair, or that voters are uninformed or misinformed about incumbents' corruption. After adjusting for election freedom and press freedom, this study addresses (1) whether voters in developing countries punish incumbent parties for ...

  16. Corruption and re-election chances of incumbent parties in ...

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    Possible explanations for re-electing corrupt incumbents are that elections are not free and fair, or that voters are or misinformed about incumbents' corruption. After adjusting for election freedom and press freedom, study addresses (1) whether voters in developing countries punish incumbent parties for corruption, ...

  17. Short-term outcomes following elective transcatheter arterial embolization for splenic artery aneurysms: data from a nationwide administrative database.

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    Naganuma, Michio; Matsui, Hiroki; Koizumi, Jun; Fushimi, Kiyohide; Yasunaga, Hideo

    2015-09-01

    Splenic artery aneurysm (SAA) rupture is life-threatening. Although elective transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) suggested low in-hospital death in previous studies, there has been no large multi-center study of elective TAE for SAA. To examine the short-term outcomes of TAE for splenic artery aneurysm (SAA) and analyze the factors associated with the outcomes, including liver cirrhosis, using a nationwide administrative inpatient database. We identified patients who received elective TAE with a principal diagnosis of SAA. We assessed the patient background characteristics, comprising age, sex, and specific co-morbidities, including liver cirrhosis. The outcomes included the rate of TAE-related complications (acute pancreatitis, splenic infarction, splenic abscess, or intraperitoneal hematoma), length of stay, and in-hospital mortality. Among 18.3 million inpatients in the database between July 2010 and March 2013, we identified 534 patients who received elective TAE for SAA at 229 participating hospitals. Fifty-four (10.1%) patients had liver cirrhosis. No in-hospital deaths were observed. Thirty-two (6.0%) patients had at least one TAE-related complication. A multivariate linear regression analysis revealed that liver cirrhosis was significantly associated with longer length of stay (9.5 days; 95% confidence interval [CI], 7.0-12.0 days; P < 0.001). A logistic regression analysis showed that liver cirrhosis was not significantly associated with TAE-related complications (odds ratio, 0.99; 95% CI, 0.29-3.39; P = 0.980). The results revealed no in-hospital mortality and a low complication rate associated with elective TAE for SAA including liver cirrhosis patients.

  18. The effects of preoperative cardiology consultation prior to elective abdominal aortic aneurysm repair on patient morbidity.

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    Boniakowski, Anna E; Davis, Frank M; Phillips, Amanda R; Robinson, Adina B; Coleman, Dawn M; Henke, Peter K

    2017-08-01

    Objectives The relationship between preoperative medical consultations and postoperative complications has not been extensively studied. Thus, we investigated the impact of preoperative consultation on postoperative morbidity following elective abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. Methods A retrospective review was conducted on 469 patients (mean age 72 years, 20% female) who underwent elective abdominal aortic aneurysm repair from June 2007 to July 2014. Data elements included detailed medical history, preoperative cardiology consultation, and postoperative complications. Primary outcomes included 30-day morbidity, consult-specific morbidity, and mortality. A bivariate probit regression model accounting for the endogeneity of binary preoperative medical consult and patient variability was estimated with a maximum likelihood function. Results Eighty patients had preoperative medical consults (85% cardiology); thus, our analysis focuses on the effect of cardiac-related preoperative consults. Hyperlipidemia, increased aneurysm size, and increased revised cardiac risk index increased likelihood of referral to cardiology preoperatively. Surgery type (endovascular versus open repair) was not significant in development of postoperative complications when controlling for revised cardiac risk index ( p = 0.295). After controlling for patient comorbidities, there was no difference in postoperative cardiac-related complications between patients who did and did not undergo cardiology consultation preoperatively ( p = 0.386). Conclusions When controlling for patient disease severity using revised cardiac risk index risk stratification, preoperative cardiology consultation is not associated with postoperative cardiac morbidity.

  19. Surgeon specialty and outcomes after elective spine surgery.

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    Seicean, Andreea; Alan, Nima; Seicean, Sinziana; Neuhauser, Duncan; Benzel, Edward C; Weil, Robert J

    2014-09-01

    Retrospective cohort analysis of prospectively collected clinical data. To compare outcomes of elective spine fusion and laminectomy when performed by neurological and orthopedic surgeons. The relationship between primary specialty training and outcome of spinal surgery is unknown. We analyzed the 2006 to 2012 American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Project database of 50,361 patients, 33,235 (66%) of which were operated on by a neurosurgeon. We eliminated all differences in preoperative and intraoperative risk factors between surgical specialties by matching 17,126 patients who underwent orthopedic surgery (OS) to 17,126 patients who underwent neurosurgery (NS) on propensity scores. Regular and conditional logistic regressions were used to predict adverse postoperative outcomes in the full sample and matched sample, respectively. The effect of perioperative transfusion on outcomes was further assessed in the matched sample. Diagnosis and procedure were the only factors that were found to be significantly different between surgical subspecialties in the full sample. We found that compared with patients who underwent NS, patients who underwent OS were more than twice as likely to experience prolonged length of stay (LOS) (odds ratio: 2.6, 95% confidence interval: 2.4-2.8), and significantly more likely to receive a transfusion perioperatively, have complications, and to require discharge with continued care. After matching, patients who underwent OS continued to have slightly higher odds for prolonged LOS, and twice the odds for receiving perioperative transfusion compared with patients who underwent NS. Taking into account perioperative transfusion did not eliminate the difference in LOS between patients who underwent OS and those who underwent NS. Patients operated on by OS have twice the odds for undergoing perioperative transfusion and slightly increased odds for prolonged LOS. Other differences between surgical specialties in 30-day

  20. Comparing Coronary Atheroma Progression Rates and Coronary Events in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe.

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    Puri, Rishi; Nicholls, Stephen J; St John, Julie; Tuzcu, E Murat; Kapadia, Samir R; Uno, Kiyoko; Kataoka, Yu; Wolski, Kathy; Nissen, Steven E

    2016-12-01

    We explored for geographic variations in coronary atheroma progression rates in the United States compared to other world regions (Canada, Latin America, Western Europe, and Central-Eastern Europe) and sought to ascertain if this associated with regional differences in major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE; cardiovascular death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, coronary revascularization). Across 7 randomized trials with a global recruitment pattern, 5,451 participants with angiographic coronary disease underwent serial coronary intravascular ultrasonography during 18 or 24 months, with adjudicated MACE. Change in coronary percent atheroma volume (ΔPAV) and MACE in the United States versus other world regions were assessed. Despite similar baseline angiographic and plaque characteristics across participants and regions, following propensity-weighted and multivariate analysis, US (n = 3,706) versus non-US (n = 1,745) participants demonstrated marginal but significantly greater annualized ΔPAV (least-square means ± SE: 0.27 ± 0.14% vs 0.062 ± 0.14%, p = 0.005). However, MACE rates were disproportionately higher in US compared to non-US participants (23.5% vs 10.9%, p <0.001), driven by a doubling in crude rates of coronary revascularization procedures (16.1% vs 7.8%, p <0.001). The US participants hospitalized with unstable angina demonstrated more significant disease progression than their non-US counterparts (ΔPAV: 0.57 ± 0.19% vs -0.30 ± 0.36%, p = 0.033) and greater MACE (9.1% vs 4.8%, p <0.001). A US geographic disposition independently associated with MACE (hazard ratio 1.53, 95% confidence interval 1.22 to 1.92, p <0.001). In conclusion, in participants with stable coronary disease, coronary atheroma progression rates are modestly higher in US-based compared to non-US-based participants. Elective coronary revascularization rates however are disproportionately greater in US-based participants. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.