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Journal: Minerva cardioangiologica


The effects of beta–blockers in pediatric and congenital heart disease (CHD) patients suffering from heart failure are controversial. We performed a meta–analysis to determine whether beta–blockers are effective for heart failure in pediatric and CHD patients.

Concepts: Medicine, Myocardial infarction, Hypertension, Cardiology, Heart failure


Transradial access has nowadays become a standard of care for percutaneous coronary angiography and intervention. This approach has demonstrated significant reduction in bleeding rate, length of hospital stay, and improvement in clinical outcomes when compared to the traditional transfemoral approach. Due to its advantages this new access is also increasingly being used in non-coronary visceral or peripheral interventions. However, this novel approach may lead to severe catheter kinking and twisting and further manipulation may be required to unravel the catheter and avoid complication. Purpose of this technical review is to present the current techniques and trends in preventing and resolving issues related to radial access catheter kinks.

Concepts: Present, Time, Atherosclerosis, Cardiology, Atheroma, Angiography, Intervention, The Current


Palliative care is an alternate therapeutic approach that involves specialized medical care of a patient diagnosed with serious life threatening illness like heart failure. The prime aim of the palliative care is to provide patient with relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress of the diagnosed disease. The palliative care helps in improving the quality of life for both the patient and the family. Advanced heart failure (HF) is a disease process that carries a high burden of symptoms, suffering, and death. Palliative care can complement traditional care to improve symptom amelioration, patient–caregiver communication, emotional support, and medical decision making. The present review summarized all the available on alternative palliative approaches provided to heart patient by a team of physicians , nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Concepts: Health care, Medicine, Disease, Medical terms, Patient, Illness, Symptomatic treatment, Suffering


The efficacy of RADPAD ® (a sterile, lead–free drape) has been demonstrated to reduce the scatter radiation to the primary operator during fluoroscopic procedures. However, the use of the RADPAD ® during TAVI procedures has not been studied. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) is now an established treatment for patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis who are deemed inoperable or at high risk for conventional surgical aortic valve replacement (AVR). Consequently the radiation exposure to the patient and the interventional team from this procedure has become a matter of interest and importance. Methods to reduce radiation exposure to the interventional team during this procedure should be actively investigated.

Concepts: Radiology, Aortic valve stenosis


Chronic increase in left ventricular filling pressure represents one of the most important mechanism underlying the structural, as well as the electrical, atrial chamber remodeling leading to atrial fibrillation. The present pilot pathophysiological study sought to investigate possible relationship between short–period cross–spectral coherence of P–Q, R–R and P–P intervals and echocardiographic indices of left ventricular and atrial function.

Concepts: Blood, Cardiology, Ejection fraction, Heart, Atrial fibrillation, Ventricle, Semitone, Jugular venous pressure


This registry study evaluated the effects of Pycnogenol® on edema and thrombotic complications in long-haul flights; jet lag was also evaluated.

Concepts: Jet airliner, Flight length, Great circle


This retrospective registry study evaluated different managements on the development of post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) and recurrent deep venous thrombosis (R-DVT). The effects of aspirin (100 mg/day), added to the “standard management” (SM) (IUA consensus), were observed in patients after a proximal DVT.


Rapid effective triage is integral to emergency care in patients hospitalized for heart failure, to guide the type and intensity of therapy. Several indexes and scores have been proposed to predict outcome; most of the them are complex and unfit to use at the bedside.


Left main coronary artery (LMCA) stenting is an evolving technique. Whether follow-up computed tomography angiography (CTA) might have clinical impact in these patients is controversial. The aim of present study is to compare clinical outcomes of patients with LMCA stenting followed with CTA versus patients with conventional clinical follow-up.

Concepts: Atherosclerosis, Atheroma, Medical imaging, Coronary circulation


To investigate the relationships between lipase gene polymorphisms and coronary artery disease (CAD) risk.

Concepts: Coronary artery disease, Artery, Coronary circulation