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OBJECTIVES Characterize the incidence, clinical and etiologic features and outcomes of advanced congestive heart failure. BACKGROUND This condition is frequent, severe and costly, yet no population-based epidemiological data are available that take into account modern advances in diagnosis and therapy. METHODS The EPICAL (Epidémiologie de l'Insuffisance(More)
To adapt the DUKE Health Profile, a 17-item self-report generic health related quality of life measure cross-culturally in french. A multidisciplinary expert committee was provided with three translations independent of each other, each backtranslated to the original language, and produced a synthesis version equivalent to the original. A cohort of 963(More)
Various types of visual analogue scales (VAS) are used in epidemiologic and clinical research. This paper reports on a randomized controlled trial to investigate the effects of variations in the orientation and type of scale on bias and precision in cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses. This trial was included in the pilot study of the SU.VI.MAX(More)
OBJECTIVES Several studies suggest a beneficial overall effect of spa therapy in chronic musculoskeletal diseases. The present open controlled study investigated the effects of spa therapy at Bourbonne-Les-Bains, France, in patients with hip or knee osteoarthritis or low back pain. PATIENTS AND METHODS In 1998, 102 men and women older than 50 years were(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to determine whether antianginal medications modify the prognostic significance of exercise single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) ischemia. BACKGROUND Antianginal medications (especially beta-adrenergic blocking agents) limit exercise SPECT ischemia, but it is not known whether such medications also(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to evaluate the prognostic role of exercise thallium-201 (Tl-201) single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease. BACKGROUND Compared with planar Tl-201 scintigraphy, Tl-201 SPECT allows enhanced assessment of myocardial perfusion abnormalities. However, the(More)
OBJECTIVES We compared the ability of rest single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) with [123I]-16-iodo-3-methylhexadecanoic acid (MIHA) and the thallium-201 (Tl-201) rest-reinjection technique to detect myocardial viability after infarction. BACKGROUND After myocardial infarction, MIHA frequently shows increased uptake in the areas with(More)
BACKGROUND No data on snoring prevalence obtained with a standard questionnaire exist for France. Major nose-throat abnormalities have been demonstrated in cases with obstructive sleep apnea; evidence of "minor" abnormalities in community studies is scarce. OBJECTIVES The first objective of our study was to estimate the prevalence of habitual snoring in a(More)
BACKGROUND In patients with congestive heart failure (CHF), clinical trials have demonstrated the benefit of a number of drugs on morbidity and mortality. Nevertheless so far, there is no published controlled study of long-term antithrombotic therapy in patients with CHF. The aim of this work was to identify the relationship between cardiovascular drug use,(More)
BACKGROUND Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors have been demonstrated to reduce morbidity and mortality rates in patients with heart failure with left ventricular systolic dysfunction. Nevertheless, these drugs are underutilized in current practice and prescribed at doses below those usually recommended. The aim of this work was to identify the(More)