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Isopropyl alcohol-containing hand rubs are widely used in healthcare for hand decontamination. Ten healthy adult volunteers applied a commercially available isopropyl alcohol-containing hand rub to their hands every 10 min over a 4 h period. Blood isopropyl alcohol levels were measured at the beginning and end of the study. At the end of the study,(More)
Erythropoietin has been reported to improve symptoms of orthostatic intolerance in patients suffering from orthostatic hypotension. Previous reports on the use of erythropoietin in patients with postural orthostatic tachycardia (POTS) have included only a very small number of patients. In the current study, we report on the use of erythropoietin in patients(More)
AIM To perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies reporting outcomes after drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation in chronic total occlusions (CTOs). METHODS A review of publications and online databases in January 2010 retrieved 17 published studies that reported outcomes after DES implantation in CTOs: eight uncontrolled studies, seven(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to report the long-term outcomes after drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation in saphenous vein graft (SVG) lesions in the SOS (Stenting of Saphenous Vein Grafts) trial. BACKGROUND The long-term outcomes after DES implantation in SVGs are poorly studied. Apart from the SOS trial, the only other randomized trial comparing DES(More)
BACKGROUND The long-term efficacy of pyridostigmine, a reversible acetyl cholinesterase inhibitor, in the treatment of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) patients remains unclear. We report our retrospective, single-center, long-term experience regarding the efficacy and adverse effect profile of pyridostigmine in the treatment of POTS(More)
Limited contemporary data exist on the cardiovascular risk of patients with prior coronary artery bypass grafting surgery (CABG) requiring diagnostic coronary angiography. We examined the prevalence and control of coronary artery disease risk factors and the outcomes of 367 prior CABG patients who underwent diagnostic coronary angiography between October 1,(More)
BACKGROUND Autonomic dysfunction is common in patients with the joint hypermobility syndrome (JHS). However, there is a paucity of reported data on clinical features of Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) in patients suffering from JHS. METHODS This retrospective study was approved by our local Institutional Review Board (IRB). Over a period(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to compare the clinical presentation and angiographic patterns of saphenous vein graft (SVG) failure after stenting with a paclitaxel-eluting stent (PES) versus a similar bare-metal stent (BMS). BACKGROUND The mode of SVG failure after stenting has been poorly characterized. METHODS The SOS (Stenting Of Saphenous Vein Grafts) trial(More)
There have been reports on the use of octreotide in patients with orthostatic hypotension, postural tachycardia syndrome, and orthostatic syncope. However, there are little if any data on the use of octreotide in patients who have failed multiple other medications. This study was a retrospective chart analysis and was approved by our Institutional Review(More)
AIMS A systematic review of the outcomes after drug-eluting stents (DES) implantation in saphenous vein grafts (SVGs) was performed. METHODS AND RESULTS The majority of the 33 published studies were retrospective with only two prospective randomised trials. Late loss and binary restenosis was reduced compared to bare metal stents (BMS) in all seven(More)