David Sharpe

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INTRODUCTION Approximately 20% of patients with colorectal cancer have metastases at the time of presentation. Such patients are often offered systemic chemotherapy but debate continues as to whether these patients benefit from resection of the primary tumour. We describe our ten years experience of managing the primary tumours in patients with stage IV(More)
The prevalence of patent foramen ovale in patients presenting with non-haemorrhagic stroke or transient ischaemic attacks under the age of 40 years was determined by contrast echocardiography. Studies were performed at rest and with a Valsalva manoeuvre in 40 stroke patients and in an age and sex matched control group. Right-to-left shunting was found in 20(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the efficacy of simvastatin in a large patient cohort. DESIGN In an open multicentre study, after a four week placebo phase, patients were treated with simvastatin for 24 weeks; a subgroup continued therapy for a further 24 weeks. Efficacy of simvastatin (a) with prolonged use over three years, and (b) in combination with bezafibrate(More)
OBJECTIVES Whether beta-blockers reduce atrial arrhythmias and, when added to an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, ventricular arrhythmia is unknown. BACKGROUND Ventricular and atrial arrhythmias are common after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and are associated with a poor prognosis. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors reduce the(More)
The clinical and investigative features of 102 episodes of infective endocarditis were analysed retrospectively. The most frequent presenting symptoms (malaise, fever, sweats, myalgia, weight loss) were non-specific. Fever, cardiac murmur, tachycardia, vascular phenomena and a change in mental state were the most common physical signs at admission. Anaemia(More)
A number of studies have shown short-term hemodynamic and symptomatic improvement in patients with congestive heart failure treated with angiotensin converting-enzyme inhibitors. The long-term efficacy of the oral long-acting converting-enzyme inhibitor enalapril remains to be established in controlled studies. We evaluated this drug in 36 patients with New(More)
Scleroderma affects the left heart directly and indirectly via the effects of systemic hypertension. Using transthoracic echocardiography, we evaluated 35 patients with scleroderma and compared them with matched control subjects. Compared with controls, there were no differences between left ventricular dimensions, wall thickness, calculated mass or(More)
A case of Torulopsis glabrata endocarditis occurring in a patient 14 months after aortic homograft valve replacement is reported. The infection was not controlled by amphotericin B which led to progressive renal impairment. Re-operation was delayed by the development of multiple infarctions due to coronary emboli. The infection was subsequently eradicated(More)
To evaluate determinants of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction in chronic renal failure (CRF), M-mode and two-dimensional echocardiography were performed in 38 undialyzed patients with CRF (serum creatinine > or = 3.4 mg/dL), 54 patients receiving continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis, 30 patients receiving(More)
The acute haemodynamic effects of low doses of the oral converting-enzyme inhibitor, captopril, were studied in 18 patients with severe chronic heart failure. The effects of long-term therapy were also evaluated. Increasing doses (1 mg, 2.5 mg, 6.25 mg, 12.5 mg, and 25 mg) of captopril were given at 2 h intervals with haemodynamic monitoring. Graded(More)