Daily Archive: November 19, 2011

Nov 19

Catheter Induced Pseudoaneurysm of Femoral Artery-Detection and Treatment

Dr Vivek Kumar, Dr Preetam Patil,Fortis Escorts Heart Institute and Research Center, New-Delhi A Pseudoaneurysm is a pulsatile hematoma that communicates with an artery through a disruption in the arterial wall. Femoral Pseudoaneurysm is a common complication of invasive procedures. It occurs in 0.1% to 0.2% of diagnostic angiograms and 3.5% to 5.5% of interventional …

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Nov 19

BMV safe in Juvenile mitral stenosis

Symptomatic Juvenile mitral stenosis constitutes about one third of all cases of pure & dominant MS in India and is a challenging problem requiring early intervention. BMV in juvenile mitral stenosis has been shown to be an effective and a safe procedure with results comparable to those achieved in adults by Dr Vinay Kumar and …

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Nov 19

40% of patients with AMI develop AF in 2 years

AF is common during hospitalization for AMI and is associated with poorer outcomes. In one study 40% of 271 AMI patients with low EF and no prior AF developed AF by two years, and many of these episodes were asymptomatic. The development of AF was a significant predictor of adverse outcomes particularly in individuals whose …

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Nov 19

AHA Update: Low vitamin D linked to heart disease in children

Children with serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25(OH)D) level less than 20 ng/mL had a significant reduction in carotid artery dispensability, a measure of vascular function according to Geetha Raghuveer, MD, MPH, of Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Mo. The deficient children did not, however, have a higher average carotid artery intima-media thickness.

Nov 19

AHA Update: Early surgery for endocarditis

Infective endocarditis outcome is better with straight to surgery rather than waiting to see if antibiotics will resolve the infection. Early surgery yielded a composite rate of in hospital death and clinical embolic events, such as stroke or heart attack, of only 3% compared with 23% with the conventional antibiotics-first strategy (one patient of 37 …

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Nov 19

AHA Update : Ablation for AF

First-line treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation with catheter-based radiofrequency ablation gives patients more long-term relief from the cardiac rhythm disturbances than drug therapy said Jens C. Nielsen, MD, professor of medicine at Aarhus University Hospital, Selby, Denmark.

Nov 19

Facts and figures in cardiology

About 2.5% of patients die within 90 days following an NSTEMI ACS. The rate increases to about 6% within a year. EF < 40% identifies 31.7% of these deaths