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PURPOSE In patients with massive ascites, large volume paracentesis may be associated with complications as circulatory dysfunction. Selection of appropriate patients might reduce such side effects. PATIENTS AND METHODS Forty-five patients known to have liver cirrhosis and presenting with massive ascites were included. There were 27 males and 18 females,(More)
BACKGROUND Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is a powerful diagnostic and prognostic tool for evaluating coronary artery disease (CAD). Several studies have shown Type 2 diabetics are at increased risk for having CAD. In addition, insulin resistance is generally considered to be of major importance in the pathophysiology of Type 2 diabetes mellitus.(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Increased xanthine oxidase (XO) activity may contribute to heart failure pathophysiology. This study evaluated whether a XO inhibitor, allopurinol produces clinical and functional benefits in patients with New York Heart Association functional class III to IV heart failure due to systolic dysfunction receiving optimal medical therapy as(More)
INTRODUCTION Several studies have shown that ventricular dysfunction is increased in individuals with diabetes. Insulin resistance (IR) may precede type 2 diabetes, and is a pathogenic factor for it. Furthermore, IR has been shown to be an independent predictor of cardiovascular disease in diabetes. Given that glucose intolerance and IR precede the(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine if individualized education before Ramadan results in a safer fast for people with type 2 diabetes. METHODS Patients with type 2 diabetes who received care from participating clinics in Egypt, Iran, Jordan and Saudi Arabia and intended to fast during Ramadan 2014 were prospectively studied. Twelve clinics participated.(More)
BACKGROUND A decrease in the compliance of the arterial system, termed arterial stiffness, results in increased cardiac workload. Several studies have shown that arterial stiffness is increased in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Also, insulin resistance is generally considered to be of major importance in the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes mellitus(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Rheumatic fever is still a common cause of acquired heart disease in children and young adult in many developing countries. The aim was to investigate the role of myocardial involvement in the hemodynamic changes in patients with acute rheumatic fever using cardiac troponin assay and echocardiography. DESIGN A prospective cohort study(More)
INTRODUCTION Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systemic, inflammatory disease, which is associated with an excess of cardiovascular events. A decrease in the compliance of the arterial system, termed arterial stiffness, results in increased cardiac workload. Primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a priority for modern medicine.(More)
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