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BACKGROUND There is interest in measuring and comparing outcomes of percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) other than death, but there are no accepted methods for adjusting these outcomes for preprocedure differences in populations. We sought to identify independent predictors of functional outcome after PTCA. METHODS AND RESULTS We(More)
BACKGROUND Public awareness and understanding of risk factors for atherosclerotic vascular disease are essential for successful primary and secondary prevention. The American Heart Association is committed to reducing cardiovascular disease. METHODS A professional market survey company conducted a structured national telephone survey of English-speaking(More)
Pressure to lower the cost of health care delivery has fostered widespread efforts to limit patients' access to specialists such as cardiologists. However, there is concern that diminished specialist involvement may lead to poorer patient outcomes for specific clinical conditions. As part of a state-sponsored effort to improve the quality of health care in(More)
Medication errors are common and harm hospitalized patients. The authors designed and implemented an automated system to complement an existing computerized order entry system by detecting the administration of excessive doses of medication to adult in-patients with renal insufficiency. Its impact, in combination with feedback to prescribers, was evaluated(More)
Early studies conflict regarding improved patient outcomes with cardiologist-directed care for acute myocardial infarction (AMI). We sought to assess the magnitude and mechanism of the influence of physician specialty on inpatient mortality for AMI. Using data from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council and elsewhere, we developed(More)
This case report describes a patient with pulmonary embolism (PE) in whom transesophageal echocardiography showed a thrombus in the right atrium attached to the eustachian valve (EV). The EV is typically absent in the adult, but when present it is considered to be benign. It is an uncommon site for thrombus formation. This patient was treated with systemic(More)