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Mentz R.J.,Duke University | O'Connor C.M.,Inova Heart and Vascular Institute
Nature Reviews Cardiology | Year: 2016

Acute heart failure (AHF) is a complex syndrome characterized by worsening heart failure (HF) symptoms that requires escalation of therapy. Intrinsic cardiac abnormalities and comorbid conditions, including lung and renal disease, and sleep-disordered breathing, can contribute to the development of AHF. In this Review, we summarize and discuss the literature on the clinical evaluation and underlying pathophysiology of AHF. Important features of AHF evaluation include identification of precipitating factors to the disease, and assessment of circulatory-renal limitations associated with use of HF medications, prior HF hospitalizations, congestion and perfusion profiles, and end-organ dysfunction. The pathophysiological contributions of endothelial dysfunction, neurohormonal activation, venous congestion, and myocardial injury to the development of AHF are also discussed. These potential causative mechanisms provide a framework for clinicians to evaluate and manage patients with AHF and highlight possible future targets for therapies designed to improve clinical outcomes. © 2015 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.


Ad N.,Inova Heart and Vascular Institute
The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery | Year: 2012

Despite growing awareness of the clinical significance of atrial fibrillation (AF) and observational data demonstrating the safety and efficacy of surgical therapy, AF ablation is variably performed among patients with AF undergoing cardiac surgery. We examined the national trends of surgical ablation and perioperative outcomes for stand-alone surgical ablation of AF. Using the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Adult Cardiac Surgery Database, 91,801 (2005-2010) surgical AF ablations were performed of which 4893 (5.3%) were stand-alone procedures. The outcomes of 854 propensity-matched pairs having "on" versus "off" cardiopulmonary bypass stand-alone ablation were compared. The percentage of patients with preoperative AF increased from 2005 to 2010 (from 10.0% to 12.2%). Overall, 40.6% of patients with AF underwent concomitant surgical ablation-a significant decline of 1.6% from 2005 to 2010. The number of stand-alone surgical ablations increased significantly from 552 to 1041 cases (2005-2010). Overall, the stand-alone group had a mean age of 60 years, 71% were men, and 80% were treated "off" cardiopulmonary bypass. The "on" cardiopulmonary bypass group had significantly more pulmonary disease, diabetes, and congestive heart failure. Overall, the operative mortality and stroke rate was 0.7% for each. After propensity matching, the "off" cardiopulmonary bypass group underwent significantly fewer reoperations for bleeding and had a lower incidence of prolonged ventilation and shorter hospitalization. New pacemaker implantation was low, without group differences. The prevalence of AF in patients undergoing cardiac surgery has increased, as has the number of stand-alone surgical ablations. The treatment of concomitant disease declined slightly. Isolated surgical ablation is safe, performed "on" or "off" cardiopulmonary bypass. These results support consideration of surgical AF ablation as an alternative to percutaneous ablation for patients with lone AF. Copyright © 2012 The American Association for Thoracic Surgery. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.


Speir A.,Inova Heart and Vascular Institute
The Journal of heart valve disease | Year: 2013

The study aim was to determine the health-related quality of life (HRQL) in conjunction with clinical outcomes following aortic valve replacement (AVR) surgery. In these times of healthcare change, quality measures of the success of a procedure go beyond clinical outcomes, with patient reports of HRQL considered important. All patients who had undergone AVR surgery were followed prospectively through the authors' valve registry and the local Society of Thoracic Surgery (STS) database. The HRQL (Short-Form 12 and Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire) was collected preoperatively, and at six and 12 months after surgery. Since 2005, a total of 459 patients have undergone isolated AVR surgery. The mean age, ejection fraction and STS risk score were 65.8 +/- 13.6 years, 57.7 +/- 11.0%, and 2.8 +/- 3.5 (range: 0.4-47.9), respectively. The median (IQR) length of hospital stay was 5 (3-7) days. Compared to the STS national norms, all clinical outcomes were excellent. A Kaplan-Meier analysis showed the two year cumulative survival as 92.0%. After 12 months the physical and mental HRQL had improved significantly, surpassing age and heart disease norms (p < 0.001 and p = 0.02, respectively). Multivariate analysis determined that a higher 12-month physical HRQL was predicted by a lower STS risk score (B = -1.3, p < 0.001) and a lower perioperative morbidity (B = -5.5, p = 0.02) after adjustment for baseline HRQL, age, and gender. In a subset of patients classified as 'symptomatic', as determined by higher MLHF scores, the HRQL scores were increased to age norms and surpassed the heart disease norms. Patients who undergo AVR can expect excellent clinical and HRQL outcomes, with greater benefits the earlier the surgery is carried out. The tracking of HRQL is valuable in understanding the success of a procedure from the patients' perspective.


Hunt S.,Inova Heart and Vascular Institute
Journal for healthcare quality : official publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality | Year: 2011

Improving outcomes is a central theme in the national healthcare reform discussions and the ongoing debate centers on ways to limit escalating costs while maintaining excellent patient outcomes. Facilities need to be able to make sense of their "numbers," implement appropriate change in practice, evaluate the impact of this change, and understand what the new numbers are really conveying to the public. The need for a dynamic, longitudinal data system that allows rapid response to new insights and discoveries must be available on a local level. Atrial fibrillation, an electrical conduction disorder of the heart that carries significant morbidity with its onset, is a chronic condition that currently affects over 2 million people in the United States. Our institute has performed over 450 surgeries for atrial fibrillation and is one of the few facilities nationwide that offers surgery for atrial fibrillation. As an exemplar, we describe our experience with the establishment of a database process that links hospital databases together as well as creates a patient's longitudinal record of follow-up that includes later events, interventions, and outcomes out to 5 years. Furthermore, we discuss how these data have changed our practice and go beyond the reporting of just numbers. © 2011 National Association for Healthcare Quality.


Gurbel P.A.,Inova Heart and Vascular Institute | Jeong Y.-H.,Gyeongsang National University | Navarese E.P.,Inova Heart and Vascular Institute | Tantry U.S.,Inova Heart and Vascular Institute
Circulation Research | Year: 2016

The pivotal role that platelets play in thrombosis and resultant ischemic event occurrences in patients with high-risk coronary artery disease is well established. This role provides the fundamental basis for the current wide implementation of dual antiplatelet therapy with aspirin and a P2Y12 receptor inhibitor. The development of user friendly point-of-care methods to assess platelet reactivity to adenosine diphosphate has increased the frequency of platelet function testing in clinical practice. Recent large observational studies have established an independent relation between the results of point-of-care platelet function testing and clinical event occurrence in patients undergoing coronary artery stenting. However, prospective, randomized trials have failed to demonstrate that personalized antiplatelet therapy based on point-of-care assessment of platelet function is effective in reducing ischemic event occurrences. Important limitations were associated with these trials. In addition, the concept of a therapeutic window of P2Y12 receptor reactivity with an upper threshold associated with ischemic event occurrence and a lower threshold associated with bleeding has also been proposed. In the absence of strong prospective evidence to support personalized antiplatelet therapy, clinical decision making about antiplatelet therapy rests on the large body of observational data and the fundamental importance of platelet physiology in catastrophic event occurrence in patients with high-risk coronary artery disease. © 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.

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