Deborah H. Kwon

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OBJECTIVES In hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) patients undergoing surgical myectomy, we sought to determine the association between pre-operative cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) findings, small intramural coronary arteriole dysplasia (SICAD) on histopathology, and ventricular tachycardia (VT). BACKGROUND Myocardial scarring (fibrosis) and SICAD are(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of the study was to determine whether the extent of left ventricular scar, measured with delayed hyperenhancement cardiac magnetic resonance (DHE-CMR), predicts survival in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) and severely reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). BACKGROUND Patients with ICM and reduced LVEF have(More)
Epicardial fat is a metabolically active fat depot that is strongly associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome, and coronary artery disease (CAD). The relation of epicardial fat to diastolic function is unknown. We sought to (1) understand the relation of epicardial fat volume (EFV) to diastolic function and (2) understand the role of EFV in relation to(More)
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a complex disorder with significant heterogeneity in clinical characteristics and natural history. Traditionally, the diagnosis has been based on clinical assessment and echocardiography; however, persistent challenges in its noninvasive evaluation remain. Hence, improved diagnostic techniques could lead to better risk(More)
Acute pulmonary dysfunction remains a frequent and severe complication of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (SCT). Almost half of the pulmonary insults that occur in this seating are noninfectious in origin and are referred to as idiopathic pneumonia syndrome (IPS). In this series of 3 patients, etanercept (Enbrel; Immunex, Seattle, WA), a soluble,(More)
BACKGROUND Abnormal papillary muscles (PM) are often found in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). OBJECTIVE To assess the relationship between morphological alterations of PM in patients with HCM and left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and echocardiography. METHODS Fifty-six patients with HCM (mean(More)
BACKGROUND Regadenoson is a pharmacologic stress agent, which was recently approved for stress myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). Aside from the initial protocol-driven studies, clinical experience with this stress agent is limited. Furthermore, low-level treadmill testing in a large population with regadenoson has not previously been evaluated. We(More)
BACKGROUND Both aortic atherosclerosis (AA) and renal dysfunction are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. We sought to assess the association between AA and renal dysfunction. METHODS The study consisted of 200 consecutive patients (62% were male, mean age 69 +/- 11 years) who underwent transesophageal echocardiography. Demographic and(More)
BACKGROUND Accurate assessment of right ventricular (RV) size (RVS) and RV systolic function (RVSF) is vital in the management of various conditions, but their assessment is challenging using echocardiography. The aim of this study was to determine the accuracy and interobserver concordance of qualitative and quantitative RV echocardiography. METHODS(More)
Left ventricular ejection fraction as determined by echocardiography has a limited sensitivity in predicting risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD). Subsequent efforts to improve cost-effectiveness of device implantation and identify a better risk-stratifying tool have been quite desirable. The presence of scar and myocardial tissue heterogeneity has been(More)