Myocardial Infarction- Third Universal definition and classification

Definition of myocardial infarction Criteria for acute myocardial infarction : The term acute myocardial infarction (MI) should be used when there is evidence of myocardial necrosis in a clinical setting consistent with acute myocardial ischaemia. Under these conditions any one of the following criteria meets the diagnosis for MI: • Detection of a rise and/or […]

Revised Jones Criteria for Acute Rheumatic Fever – 2015 guideline

Acute rheumatic fever remains a serious healthcare concern for the majority of the world’s population despite its decline in incidence in Europe and North America. This statement reviews the historic Jones criteria used to diagnose acute rheumatic fever in the context of the current epidemiology of the disease and updates those criteria to also taking into account the […]

Top 10 Cardiology Articles of the week

Top 10 Cardiology Articles of the week (02.03.2015-08.03.2015) 1. Low-Level Transcutaneous Electrical Vagus Nerve Stimulation (LLTS) Suppresses Atrial Fibrillation Conclusion: LLTS suppresses AF and decreases inflammatory cytokines in patients with paroxysmal AF. The results support the emerging paradigm of neuromodulation to treat AF. 2. Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Therapy in Brugada Syndrome:A 20-Year Single-Center Experience Background: Patients […]

Calculation of heart rate from ECG

Calculation of heart rate from ECG In my last post I have enumerated the points for studying an ECG. The first step is to check the calibration and paper speed. Then comes the calculation of heart rate. There are various methods of calculating the heart rate from ECG. We will discuss about the most commonly […]

Top 10 Cardiology Articles of the week

Top 10 Cardiology Articles of the week (17.11.14-23.11.14) 1. A Polypill Strategy to Improve Adherence:Results From the FOCUS Project Compared with the 3 drugs given separately, the use of a polypill strategy met the                   primary endpoint for adherence for secondary prevention following an acute MI 2. Six-month versus […]

Sudden cardiac death

What is sudden cardiac death (SCD) ? Sudden cardiac death is defined as natural death from cardiac causes, heralded by abrupt loss of consciousness within 1 hour of the onset of an acute change in cardiovascular status. Related terms are sudden cardiac arrest and cardiovascular collapse. Sudden cardiac arrest means abrupt cessation of cardiac mechanical […]

Coronary artery disease

Coronary artery disease The heart like any other organ in the body needs constant supply of blood to survive. Blood reaches different parts of the heart through the coronary arteries.  Coronary arteries are of vital importance for the sustenance of life. The different  normal functions of the coronary arteries include: 1. Carrying blood to different […]

APPROACH TO SYNCOPE

APPROACH TO SYNCOPE History taking in cardiology cont. Syncope has been defined by the European society of cardiology as “A transient loss of consciousness due to transient global cerebral hypoperfusion characterized by rapid onset, short duration, and spontaneous recovery.” Syncope is a common problem, it causes significant agony and apprehension and may result in serious […]

APPROACH TO PALPITATION

APPROACH TO PALPITATION History taking in cardiology contd… Palpitation is a common symptom in cardiac patients as well as in patients with a variety of other diseases, sometimes even without diseases. History taking represents a major part of evaluation of patients with palpitation as most patients by the time they visit a physician have no […]

Approach to chest pain

History taking in cardiology cont.. Chest pain is a common symptom of a variety of diseases. Developing a clear and thorough approach to chest pain is immensely important for your day to day practice and also for students for their assessments and exams. The spectrum of diseases producing chest pain range from innocuous conditions like […]

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