Irena Peovska Mitevska, Jelka Daceva Pavlovska, Maja Zdravkovska and Marina Zdravskovska
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the intermediate prognostic value of normal myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in asymptomatic diabetic patients with intermediate and high coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores. Methods: A total of 115 asymptomatic diabetic patients with no known coronary artery disease (CAD) underwent MPI after multi-slice computed tomography CAC assessment for the detection of suspected CAD. The study included 75 patients with normal MPI results. A 17-segment model for myocardial perfusion and function analysis was used. Patients were divided into three groups: I gr-20 patients with a diabetes duration between 1-5 years; II gr-24 patients with a diabetes duration 5-10 years; and III gr-31 patients with a diabetes duration >10 years. End points (cardiac death, non-fatal myocardial infarction, heart failure, new angina, revascularization) were assessed at 6, 12 and 24 months.
All patients had normal resting left ventricular function and normal myocardial perfusion scans. Forty patients had moderate coronary artery calcification with an average CAC of 290+/−95. Thirty-five patients had severe coronary calcification with an average CAC of 568+/−67. A correlation was found between diabetes duration and CAC severity (r-0,62 for diabetes duration over 10 years). Three cardiac events were identified at 24--month follow-up (new angina with percutaneous coronary intervention-PCI). Hard events (cardiac death, nonfatal myocardial infarction) were observed at a rate of 0% in group I, 4.2% in group II and 6.4% in group III. The overall event rate at 24--month follow-up was 4.0%.
MPI and CAC are valuable techniques for the preclinical assessment of CAD in asymptomatic diabetic patients. This could guide decision-making to result in optimal treatment and prognosis. Even diabetic patients with normal MPI are at increased intermediate risk for CV events.
Shahinul Alam, SKM Nazmul Hasan, Golam Mustafa, Mahabubul Alam, Mohammad Kamal and Nooruddin Ahmad
Only few studies and pilot trials of PTX[ 14 - 16 ] suggested that pentoxifylline reduced plasma TNF- α and IL-6, ALT and AST levels but there is scarcity of data to observe improvement of NAFLD activity score (NAS) and fibrosis score in patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). The aim of this study was to observe the effect of pentoxifylline on histological activity and fibrosis of Bangladeshi nonalcoholic steatohepatitis patients.
Materials and methods
This study was conducted from August 2014 to December 2015 as an open label Randomized
Nikolina Basic-Jukic, Bozidar Vujicic, Josipa Radic, Dragan Klaric, Zeljka Grdan, Goran Radulovic, Klara Juric, Karmela Altabas, Marko Jakic, Valentina Coric-Martinovic, Ivana Kovacevic-Vojtusek, Marijana Gulin, Nikola Jankovic, Dragan Ljutic and Sanjin Racki
Introduction. Residual diuresis (RD) is an important predictor of mortality and cardiovascular (CV) deaths in peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients, and contributes more to overall survival compared to PD clearance. In this study we investigated the correlation between RD and CV outcomes in PD patients.
Methods. A total of 190 PD patients from 13 dialysis centers, a national representation, were included in this analysis. Biomarkers of anemia, nutritional status [malnutrition inflammation score (MIS), subjective global assessment (SGA), serum albumin, anthropometric measurements including body mass index (BMI)], dialysis dose (Kt/V) and laboratory measurements were determined. RD was estimated using the volume of daily urine.
Results. There were 78(41.05 %) females and 112 (58.95 %) males; aged 57.35±14.41 years, on PD for 24.96±24.43 months. Fifty-six patients had diabetes type II (44 as primary kidney disease). The mean RD was 1170±673.6 ml (range 0-3000 mL). Statistically significant correlations between RD and BMI, hip circumference, time on PD, Kt/V, MIS, SGA, erythrocytes (E), Hemoglobin (Hb), PTH, and serum albumin were observed.
Conclusions. We demonstrated a significant correlation between RD and MIS score, SGA, anthropometry and albumin. Every effort should be invested to maintain RD for as long as possible to achieve optimal treatment results and to decrease CV mortality in PD population.
Milorad M. Stojadinovic, Damjan N. Pantic and Miroslav M. Stojadinovic
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suffer major defecation dysfunction due to nerve and sphincter damage combined with poor neorectal capacity ( 4 ). The term Low Anterior Resection Syndrome (LARS) was introduced to describe this complex range of symptoms and the LARS score (LARSS) was defined to assess the severity of complaints and its negative impact on the quality of life (QoL) of patients ( 4 ). These patients typically fall into one of two categories: those with faecal incontinence, frequency, and urgency, and those with constipation and feelings of incomplete emptying. Some report features of
Daniel Mon-López, Maria S. Zakynthinaki, Carlos Alberto Cordente and Jorge García-González
There are many factors that affect performance in Olympic shooting. Elite shooters are capable of reaching extreme levels of precision and accuracy. In female air pistol shooting, the best shooters often reach scores as high as the current world record (393/400), or in other words success of 98.2% hitting the ten points score. Considering that the maximum score of a shot (10 points) represents accuracy within a circle of a diameter of 11.5 mm ± 0.1 mm from a shooting distance of 10 meters, failure or important loss in performance due to
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Juraj Pivko, V. Alexander Makarevich, Elena Kubovičova, Jan Rafay and Peter Chrenek
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