Emad F. Aziz

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Malnutrition is common at hospital admission and tends to worsen during hospitalization. This controlled population study aimed to determine if serum albumin or moderate and severe nutritional depletion by Nutritional Risk Index (NRI) at hospital admission are associated with increased length of hospital stay (LOS) in patients admitted with acute(More)
OBJECTIVE We performed a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of statin loading prior to percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). BACKGROUND Statin loading prior to PCI has been shown to decrease peri-procedural myocardial infarction (pMI) but less is known regarding the clinical benefit of pre-procedural statin loading. METHODS We searched(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have shown that hypertension is inversely correlated with bone mineral density (BMD) as determined by dual energy x-ray absorptiometery (DXA) in different ethnic groups. But in most published studies, either the sample size was small or the study was limited by different measurement methods. These limitations leave this association(More)
There is robust evidence to support the concept that critical pathways, derived from evidence-based guidelines, are an effective strategy for bridging the gap between published guidelines and clinical practice. It was with this idea in mind that in 2004 we developed an innovative novel program at our institution, that is, the "Advanced Cardiac Admission(More)
BACKGROUND Subacute pericardial tamponade can present without signs of cardiogenic shock. Symptoms and signs lack both sensitivity and specificity. METHODS We conducted a case-control study in consecutive hospitalized patients with moderate-to-large pericardial effusion who had no evidence of hemodynamic compromise upon admission. Patients with(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to determine the incidence of ineffective capture using 12-lead Holter monitoring and to assess whether this affects response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). BACKGROUND Cardiac resynchronization therapy is used in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), prolonged QRS duration, and heart failure in the setting of(More)
About 65 million Americans, one fourth of the adult population in the United States, and over 1 billion people worldwide have hypertension (HTN). HTN therefore is present in 1 of every 4 patients admitted to any US hospital. Surprisingly, no guidelines are available for the management of inpatient HTN. Based on a comprehensive search of the literature we(More)
BACKGROUND Heart failure and atrial fibrillation (AFib) are the twin epidemics of modern cardiovascular disease. The incidence of new-onset AFib in acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) patients is difficult to predict and the short- and long-term outcomes of AFib in a cohort of patients admitted with ADHF are unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS A total of(More)
The diagnosis and management of pericardial disease are very challenging for clinicians. The evidence base in this field is relatively scarce compared with other disease entities in cardiology. In this article, we outline a unified, stepwise pathway-based approach for the management of pericardial disease. We used the "CHASER" acronym to define the entry(More)
BACKGROUND Atrioesophageal fistula (AEF) is a rare but serious adverse event of atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. OBJECTIVE To identify the clinical characteristics of AEF following ablation procedures for AF and determine the associated mortality. METHODS A systematic review of observational cases of AEF following ablation procedures for AF was(More)