John F. Heitner

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Diabetics have impaired cognitive performance relative to age-matched control subjects, but the pathologic basis for this impairment is unknown. Because Alzheimer-type lesions, including both senile plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, contain glycated proteins and glycation is known to be increased in diabetes, we hypothesized that cognitive impairment in(More)
BACKGROUND In patients with sarcoidosis, sudden death is a leading cause of mortality, which may represent unrecognized cardiac involvement. Delayed-enhancement cardiovascular magnetic resonance (DE-CMR) can detect minute amounts of myocardial damage. We sought to compare DE-CMR with standard clinical evaluation for the identification of cardiac(More)
BACKGROUND p38 MAPK inhibition has potential myocardial protective effects. We assessed losmapimod, a potent oral p38 MAPK inhibitor, in patients with non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) in a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial. METHODS From October, 2009, to November, 2011, NSTEMI patients were assigned oral losmapimod(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to assess the prevalence and markers of left ventricular (LV) thrombus among patients with systolic dysfunction. BACKGROUND Prior studies have yielded discordant findings regarding prevalence and markers of LV thrombus. Delayed-enhancement cardiovascular magnetic resonance (DE-CMR) identifies thrombus on the basis of tissue(More)
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BACKGROUND Detecting and quantifying the severity of mitral regurgitation is essential for risk stratification and clinical decision-making regarding timing of surgery. Our objective was to assess specific visual parameters by cine-magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the determination of the severity of mitral regurgitation and to compare it to previously(More)
M itral annulus calcification (MAC) is a common finding in the elderly. A rare manifestation of MAC is lique-faction necrosis that can be mistaken for a tumor or an abscess. Because its course is most often benign, a correct diagnosis is imperative to avoid unnecessary workup or treatment. Case A 76-year-old woman with history of hypertension and(More)
AIMS To investigate the association of pericardial, mediastinal, and intrathoracic fat volumes with the presence and severity of coronary artery disease (CAD), metabolic syndrome (MS), and cardiac risk factors (CRFs). METHODS AND RESULTS Two hundred and sixteen consecutive patients who underwent cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging and had a coronary(More)
BACKGROUND Magnetic resonance global coherent free precession (GCFP) is a new technique that produces cine projection angiograms directly analogous to those of x-ray angiography noninvasively and without a contrast agent. In this study, we compared GCFP blood flow with "gold standards" to determine the accuracy of noninvasive GCFP blood flow measurements.(More)