Jonathan B Finkel

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OBJECTIVE This study tested the hypothesis that coronary artery disease patients with higher depression scores have lower heart rate variability during daily life. METHOD Thirty-three men and nine women, ranging in age from 46 to 79, with coronary artery disease and exercise-induced ischemia were studied. The standard deviation of normal R-R intervals(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the relationship between depression scores and (1) anginal indices during exercise including time to onset of angina, duration of angina, and severity of angina and (2) beta-endorphin at rest and in response to exercise. DESIGN Prospective clinical trial. SETTING Tertiary-care university hospital. PATIENTS Fifty-eight patients(More)
The 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults represents a major shift from prior cholesterol management guidelines. The new guidelines include data from individual randomized trials as well as the most comprehensive meta-analyses,(More)
Using a novel graded outcomes scale, the investigators evaluated whether left atrial (LA) volume measured by cardiac computed tomographic angiography is a predictor of pulmonary vein isolation success in patients with nonparoxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) and paroxysmal AF (PAF). Data from 45 patients who underwent electrocardiographically gated computed(More)
This study tested the hypothesis that coronary artery disease (CAD) patients with high depressed mood scores differ in sympatho-vagal balance during mental stress compared to patients with low depressed mood scores. Using electrocardiographic monitoring, heart variability data from spectral analysis and hemodynamic parameters were obtained prior to and(More)
Every year more than 500,000 patients present to the emergency department with cocaine-associated complications, most commonly chest pain. Many of these patients undergo extensive work-up and treatment. Much of the evidence regarding cocaine's cardiovascular effects, as well as the current management of cocaine-associated chest pain and acute coronary(More)
Vitamin D is a secosterol that is naturally synthesized in the skin upon contact with ultraviolet rays. This vitamin can also be acquired from dietary and nutritional supplements. The active form, vitamin D3, is primarily responsible for calcium homeostasis and bone health. However, many recent studies have associated low levels of vitamin D3 with asthma(More)
Clopidogrel is one of the most commonly prescribed medications and is currently recommended along with aspirin as treatment to be used for 1 year in all patients without contraindications following an acute coronary syndrome. Patients who are committed to clopidogrel therapy due to recent coronary artery stent implantation may require noncardiac surgery(More)
The detection of atrial fibrillation (AF) by a cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) in patients without a prior history of AF is increasing. This trend is the result of the increased number of CIEDs being implanted in a population whose multiple medical comorbidities are known to predispose to AF. Cardiac implantable electronic device-detected(More)