Farooq A Chaudhry

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Arterial stiffness is a well-established biomarker for cardiovascular risk, especially in the case of hypertension. The progressive stages of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) have also been associated with varying arterial stiffness. Pulse wave imaging (PWI) is a noninvasive, ultrasound imaging-based technique that uses the pulse wave-induced arterial(More)
AIMS A transthoracic echocardiographic (TTE) parameter that would stratify atrial fibrillation (AF) risk would be useful. Tissue Doppler imaging can quantify left atrial appendage contraction velocity (LAA A(M)). METHODS AND RESULTS We studied 141 patients referred for transoesophageal echocardiogram (TEE); 48 were in AF. We obtained TEE and TTE LAA A(M)(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to evaluate the risk of cardiac events in patients with normal stress echocardiography (SE) who attained maximal age-predicted heart rate (APHR) compared with those who did not in the setting of both normal and abnormal SE. BACKGROUND SE is an important tool in the risk stratification and prognosis of patients with(More)
BACKGROUND The systolic variation of mitral regurgitation (MR) is a pitfall in its quantification. Current recommendations advocate using quantitative echocardiographic techniques that account for this systolic variation. While prior studies have qualitatively described patterns of systolic variation no study has quantified this variation. METHODS This(More)
AIMS Echocardiographic contrast (EC) improves the diagnostic accuracy of suboptimal echocardiograms. In October 2007, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) placed a black box warning on the label of the perflutren-based agents Definity and Optison, contraindicating their use in patients with pulmonary hypertension (PHT) and unstable cardiopulmonary status,(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial thrombus formation in patients with atrial flutter raises concerns of stroke risk. We investigated patients with isthmus-dependent atrial flutter for coagulation abnormalities before and after cardioversion to sinus rhythm by catheter ablation, and evaluated the relationship of the abnormalities to the echocardiographic risk markers of(More)
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