Bilal Saeed

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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)
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)
Ictal asystole (IA) is a life-threatening complication of epilepsy and is a potential mechanism of sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP). This entity has been proven by multiple case reports and small case series. The management of the patients with IA is still in early phase of discussion. We report a patient with medically intractable cryptogenic(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)
The use of drug-eluting stents (DES) in aortocoronary saphenous vein bypass grafts (SVGs) remains controversial. We reviewed 14 published studies that examined the outcomes after DES implantation in SVG lesions. All studies, except two, were retrospective, and reported follow-up for approximately 1 year or less. Ten of the 14 studies were single-center. Six(More)
Modern health care system requires certain critically ill patients to monitor their blood pressure continuously through non-invasive techniques. The pulse transit time (PTT) and other parameter such as RS2 have been used previously for continuous BP monitoring. In this study, a system is designed using trial axis accelerometer as a sensor to collect(More)
BACKGROUND Our aim was to characterize the association of lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A(2) (Lp-PLA(2)) with coronary and aortic atherosclerosis in a large population-based study. METHODS Lp-PLA(2) mass and activity were measured in 2171 subjects 30-65 years old participating in the Dallas Heart Study. We examined the association of Lp-PLA(2)(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)
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 We present our single center experience of 27 patients of hyperadrenergic postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). METHODS In a retrospective analysis, we reviewed the charts of 300 POTS patients being followed at our autonomic center from 2003 to 2010, and found 27 patients eligible for inclusion in this study. POTS was defined as(More)