Claire B. Hunter

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BACKGROUND Perioperative myocardial infarction or cardiac arrest is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The Revised Cardiac Risk Index is currently the most commonly used cardiac risk stratification tool; however, it has several limitations, one of which is its relatively low discriminative ability. The objective of the present study was to(More)
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common complication following coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG). Post-CABG AF occurs most commonly on the second postoperative day and declines in incidence thereafter. A number of risk factors have been found to be associated with a higher frequency of post-CABG AF. These risk factors include advanced age, a(More)
BACKGROUND There is conflicting data regarding the mortality benefit of statins in patients with heart failure. The objectives of our study were to determine whether statin therapy is associated with decreased all-cause mortality and to assess the effect of incremental duration of therapy. METHODS We studied 10,510 consecutive patients from the Veterans(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the efficacy and long-term safety of transulnar approach in complex coronary interventions. BACKGROUND The success rate of transulnar approach in complex coronary interventions and its long-term safety remains to be proven. METHODS We conducted a retrospective chart review of patients undergoing transulnar coronary angiography and(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the possible development of antiarrhythmic resistance to cifenline, an investigational Class I agent. METHODS Forty patients with chronic ventricular premature depolarizations (VPDs) underwent dose-ranging studies with cifenline, an investigational Class I antiarrhythmic agent. Patients had a minimum of 30 VPDs/h detected by(More)
BACKGROUND We describe a case of transient left midventricular ballooning in 68-year-old male patient presented with picture of acute coronary syndrome. CASE PRESENTATION The left ventriculogram showed mid ventricular akinesis and dilatation along with hypercontractile apex and basal segments. Follow up echocardiogram after one month showed resolution of(More)
Pregnancy-associated alpha2-glycoprotein (alpha2-PAG) was identified by immunofluorescence on the surface membrane of mononuclear cells from normal individuals with an extensive range of plasma concentrations of the glycoprotein. The incidence of positive cells did not correlate with plasma levels but was significantly raised in chronic lymphocytic(More)