Isaac R Whitman

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OBJECTIVES The study aimed to assess the diagnostic properties of electrocardiographic (ECG) criteria for right ventricular hypertrophy (RVH) measured by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (cMRI) in adults without clinical cardiovascular disease. BACKGROUND Current ECG criteria for RVH were based on cadaveric dissection in small studies. METHODS MESA(More)
Multiple studies demonstrate a strong independent association between CKD and cardiovascular events including death, heart failure, and myocardial infarction. This review focuses on recent clinical studies that expand this spectrum of adverse cardiovascular events to include ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. In addition, experimental models(More)
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly used in patients with coronary artery disease and depression, but they have been reported to increase the risk for bleeding. However, data on the short-term outcomes comparing SSRI and non-SSRI antidepressant use after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) are limited. A retrospective analysis(More)
BACKGROUND The Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) has benchmarked 6:00 AM blood sugars on postoperative days (PODs) 1 and 2 at <200 mg/dL as an indicator of overall glycemic control (GC) in postoperative cardiac surgery patients. However, even in demonstration hospitals that publicly report for incentive payments, only 10% are compliant with this(More)
Despite the equipoise regarding alcohol's cardiovascular effects and absence of relevant rigorous controlled trials, the lay press frequently portrays alcohol as "heart healthy." The public perception of alcohol's heart effects, the sources of those perceptions, and how they may affect behavior are unknown. We performed a cross-sectional analysis of data(More)
BACKGROUND Cigarette smoking is a risk factor for atrial fibrillation (AF), but whether secondhand smoke (SHS) impacts the risk of AF remains unknown. OBJECTIVE To determine if SHS exposure is associated with an increased risk of AF. METHODS We performed a cross-sectional analysis of data from participants enrolled in the Health eHeart Study, an(More)
BACKGROUND Catheter ablation for ventricular tachycardia and premature ventricular complexes (PVCs) is common. Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation is associated with a risk of cerebral emboli attributed to cardioversions and numerous ablation lesions in the low-flow left atrium, but cerebral embolic risk in ventricular ablation has not been evaluated.(More)
BACKGROUND Understanding the relationship between alcohol abuse, a common and theoretically modifiable condition, and the most common cause of death in the world, cardiovascular disease, may inform potential prevention strategies. OBJECTIVES The study sought to investigate the associations among alcohol abuse and atrial fibrillation (AF), myocardial(More)
To improve outcomes in open heart surgery (OHS) patients, the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) requires 6 am postoperative day (POD) 1 and 2 blood glucose (BG) to be ≤200mg/dL. This study examined risk factors for SCIP noncompliance when using an insulin infusion protocol (IIP) and evaluated this SCIP metric as a surrogate for glycemic control. The(More)
clinically useful (maximum 12%)” (Table 4 in their paper). Use of these criteria for the diagnosis of RVH may be different in patients with cardiac disease, although “the clinical usefulness of screening ECG would be precisely in individuals without a previous diagnosis of significant cardiac disease.” This boils down to giving up on the ECG for the(More)