Benjamin D Pollock

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Studies examining outcomes after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) by gender and/or race have shown conflicting results. It remains to be determined if, or how, gender and race are independent risk factors for CABG operative mortality. Using all consecutive patients who underwent isolated CABG at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, from(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine changes in representation of women among first authors of original research published in high impact general medical journals from 1994 to 2014 and investigate differences between journals. DESIGN Observational study. STUDY SAMPLE All original research articles published in Annals of Internal Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine,(More)
OBJECTIVE Female sex is considered a risk factor for adverse outcomes following isolated coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. We assessed the association between sex and short-term mortality following isolated CABG, and estimated the 'excess' deaths occurring in women. METHODS Short-term mortality was investigated in 13 327 consecutive isolated(More)
BACKGROUND New-onset atrial fibrillation (AF) after coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) is associated with increased morbidity and poorer long-term survival. Although many studies show differences in outcome in women versus men after CABG, little is known about the sex-specific incidence and characteristics of post-CABG AF. METHODS AND RESULTS(More)
Inverse associations between Body Mass Index (BMI) and Body Surface Area (BSA) with mortality in patients after Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) have been reported. This “obesity paradox” is controversial, and it remains unclear which parameter, BMI or BSA, is of greater prognostic value. The aim of this study was to investigate the(More)
OBJECTIVES The high prevalence of obesity makes accurately estimating the impact of anthropometric measures on cardiac surgery outcomes critical. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery risk model includes body surface area (as a continuous variable, using spline functions), but most studies apply various categorizations(More)
We aim to evaluate the contemporary role and outcomes of balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV), based on physician intent, for the management of severe aortic stenosis. This is a prospective, 2-center study of 100 consecutive high-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis who underwent BAV. Before BAV, physicians assigned intent as (1) bridge to decision(More)
AIMS To evaluate several adult diabetes risk calculation tools for predicting the development of incident diabetes and pre-diabetes in a bi-racial, young adult population. METHODS Surveys beginning in young adulthood (baseline age ≥18) and continuing across multiple decades for 2122 participants of the Bogalusa Heart Study were used to test the(More)