Darryl P. Leong

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OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to assess the diagnostic accuracy of TAG320 in predicting functional stenosis severity evaluated by fractional flow reserve (FFR). BACKGROUND Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) has limited specificity for predicting functionally significant stenoses. Recent studies suggest that contrast gradient(More)
A set of broad-range PCR primers for the 16S rRNA gene in bacteria were tested, along with three series of oligonucleotide probes to detect the PCR product. The first series of probes is broad in range and consists of a universal bacterial probe, a gram-positive probe, a Bacteroides-Flavobacterium probe, and two probes for other gram-negative species. The(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to characterize the relationship between pericardial fat and atrial fibrillation (AF). BACKGROUND Obesity is an important risk factor for AF. Pericardial fat has been hypothesized to exert local pathogenic effects on nearby cardiac structures above and beyond that of systemic adiposity. METHODS One hundred ten(More)
OBJECTIVES The goal of this study was to compare the diagnostic accuracy of combined computed tomography perfusion (CTP) + computed tomography angiography (CTA), transluminal attenuation gradient by 320-detector row computed tomography (TAG320) + CTA, and CTP + TAG320 + CTA (multidetector computed tomography-integrated protocol [MDCT-IP]) assessment in(More)
BACKGROUND Left atrial (LA) mechanics in patients with severe mitral regurgitation (MR) remain largely unexplored. The aim of the present evaluation was to assess the effect of severe MR on LA function, its potential relation with conventional surgical indications, and long-term postoperative survival. METHODS Two-dimensional speckle-tracking strain and(More)
BACKGROUND Reduced muscular strength, as measured by grip strength, has been associated with an increased risk of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality. Grip strength is appealing as a simple, quick, and inexpensive means of stratifying an individual's risk of cardiovascular death. However, the prognostic value of grip strength with respect to the number(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to determine the accuracy of combined coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) and computed tomography stress myocardial perfusion imaging (CTP) in the detection of hemodynamically significant stenoses using fractional flow reserve (FFR) as a reference standard in patients with suspected coronary artery disease. BACKGROUND CTP(More)
OBJECTIVE The use of fasting plasma glucose (FPG) level > or =7.0 mmol/l leads to underdiagnosis of type 2 diabetes compared with the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). The OGTT is of limited use for population screening. Most of the increase in cardiovascular risk in relation to increasing blood glucose occurs before the threshold at which the diagnosis(More)
INTRODUCTION Long-term right ventricular apical (RVA) pacing has been associated with adverse effects on left ventricular systolic function; however, the comparative effects of right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) pacing are unknown. Our aim was therefore to examine the long-term effects of septal RVOT versus RVA pacing on left ventricular and atrial(More)
AIMS To determine whether the extent of myocardial fibrosis by late-gadolinium enhancement cardiovascular magnetic resonance (LGE-CMR), and echocardiographic ventricular dyssynchrony are independently associated with response to medical therapy in patients with newly diagnosed idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Myocardial fibrosis and ventricular(More)