Cara A Wasywich

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BACKGROUND Clozapine is a unique anti-psychotic medication that is most effective in the treatment of refractory schizophrenia and reducing suicidality. Cardiomyopathy is among the side effects of this medication that limits its use. There are a number of case reports, case series and expert opinion papers discussing clozapine induced cardiomyopathy, but(More)
The risk of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is increased after organ transplantation. Management of KS in the cardiac transplant population may be difficult because reduction of immunosuppression is often not practical. This report describes a case of KS occurring in the early post-transplant period. Modification of immunosuppression with the use of sirolimus led to(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) and congestive heart failure (HF) often coexist, but there is conflicting data regarding the association of AF with outcome in HF. To examine this further we have evaluated the prognostic effect of AF in two complementary CHF populations; a population based data set of 55,106 patients admitted to hospital with CHF, and a(More)
AIMS To describe changes in heart failure (HF) epidemiology in New Zealand between 1988 and 2008 using the number of days alive and out of hospital after a first hospitalization for HF, and to use these data to evaluate the overall impact of changing patterns of hospitalization and survival. METHODS AND RESULTS We performed a population analysis of all HF(More)
INTRODUCTION Return to work and social re-integration following heart transplantation is a significant challenge for patients. The aim of this study is to provide a snapshot of the current employment status and factors associated with return to work in New Zealand recipients over the past decade. METHODS Consecutive surviving patients who underwent heart(More)
BACKGROUND Heart failure (HF) and atrial fibrillation (AF) are common, associated with significant morbidity and mortality, and frequently coexist. It is uncertain from published data if the presence of AF in patients with HF is associated with an incremental adverse outcome. The aim of this study was to combine the results of all studies investigating(More)
BNP and echocardiographic E/Ea are variables helpful in the management of patients with heart failure (HF). The response of E/Ea to treatment for acute decompensated HF remains uncertain. This pilot study aimed to explore this relationship. 24 patients (17 male, mean age 69 years, median ejection fraction 26%) hospitalized with HF were enrolled in this(More)
Solid organ transplantation often leads to the return of fertility in recipients. In females of childbearing age this can be accompanied by a desire to have children. The present paper discusses a planned pregnancy in a heart transplant recipient and outlines important -management issues. These principles of management can be applied to most solid organ(More)
Demonstration that aldosterone synthesis occurs in the myocardium would suggest that the clinical benefits of aldosterone receptor antagonists may extend to patients with normal circulating plasma levels of aldosterone. Previous studies have reported myocardial aldosterone synthesis in patients with heart failure. This study determined whether myocardial(More)