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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
AIMS To compare the intravascular ultrasonography (IVUS) findings between saphenous vein grafts (SVG) treated with paclitaxel-eluting stents (PES) vs. bare metal stents (BMS) in the Stenting Of Saphenous Vein Grafts (SOS) trial. METHODS AND RESULTS Of the 80 SOS trial patients, 38 had both baseline and follow-up IVUS examination and were included in this(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)