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BACKGROUND The use of balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV) has resurged since the development of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). The aim of our study was to determine the procedural and long-term outcomes of patients treated by BAV in the early TAVR era. METHODS From 2005 to 2008, 323 consecutive patients presenting with severe aortic(More)
Ankylosing spondylitis is associated with a decreased survival that appears attributable to cardiovascular causes. To determine whether alterations in systolic or diastolic cardiac function precede overt cardiac disease, 20 ankylosing spondylitis patients without clinical evidence of cardiovascular disease and 25 healthy age and gender matched controls were(More)
Patients with acute coronary syndromes who are considered ineligible for thrombolytic therapy are at high risk of recurrent ischemia and death. This trial randomized 201 patients to triage angiography in the first 24 hours of hospital admission versus conventional medical care. Of the 165 patients who underwent angiography that was either protocol-driven or(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to determine if early triage angiography with revascularization, if indicated, favorably affects clinical outcomes in patients with suspected acute myocardial infarction who are ineligible for thrombolysis. BACKGROUND The majority of patients with acute myocardial infarction and other acute coronary syndromes are(More)
The majority of patients with acute myocardial infarction and other acute coronary syndromes (ACS) are considered ineligible for thrombolysis and do not routinely receive reperfusion therapy. We hypothesized that predictors and outcomes of angiographically impaired culprit vessel flow can be identified and compared. This trial evaluated the outcomes(More)
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