Homeyar K Dinshaw

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We review data from epidemiologic and population-based studies that demonstrate the impact of abnormal left ventricular geometric patterns, including both concentric remodeling and left ventricular hypertrophy, on major cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. We also review studies from Ochsner Clinic Foundation that assessed the impact of various left(More)
Ultrasonography was performed on eight patients with confirmed amebic colitis to determine whether it is possible to differentiate amebic colitis from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Bowel wall thickening was similar to that found in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis; thus, other tests should be used to confirm sonographic findings. However,(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the prevalence of left atrial (LA) enlargement (LAE) and its association with all-cause mortality in 10,719 patients with an early diastolic transmitral flow velocity (E) to early diastolic mitral annular velocity (e') ratio-determined normal left ventricular (LV) filling pressure and preserved LV ejection fraction (LVEF). METHODS We(More)
In 111 patients with left ventricular ejection fraction < or =30% who required hospitalization for heart failure, we examined the association between outpatient dose of diuretic agents and all-cause mortality. In comparison to patients who were not on treatment with diuretics prior to hospitalization, patients being treated with 'low' doses of diuretics(More)
We describe our process for quality improvement (QI) for a 3-year accreditation cycle in echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) for a large group practice. Echocardiographic laboratory accreditation by the IAC was introduced in 1996, which is not required but could impact reimbursement. To ensure high-quality patient care and(More)
Degenerative mitral stenosis (DMS) is characterized by decreased mitral valve (MV) orifice area and increased transmitral pressure gradient due to chronic noninflammatory degeneration and subsequent calcification of the fibrous mitral annulus and the MV leaflets. The "true" prevalence of DMS in the general population is unknown. DMS predominantly affects(More)
Cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) produces excellent anatomic information of the coronary arteries and other cardiac structures. A high negative predictive value (99%) for the exclusion of coronary lesions establishes CCTA as a highly effective noninvasive alternative to invasive coronary angiography. It is, however, less accurate for(More)
An increase in QT dispersion (QTd) is associated with myocardial ischemia and may serve as a marker of ischemia and ventricular arrhythmia. We studied the effect of early reperfusion with rheolytic thrombectomy using an angiojet catheter (Possis, Minneapolis, MN) on QTd in 12 patients who presented with acute myocardial infarction. QTd and QT dispersion,(More)
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