Joseph Lebzelter

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BACKGROUND Over the past decade, lasers and light-based systems have become a common modality to treat a wide variety of skin-related conditions, including acne vulgaris. In spite of the various oral and topical treatments available for the treatment of acne, many patients fail to respond adequately or may develop side effects. Therefore, there is a growing(More)
The pulmonary function test (PFT) alone may be inadequate for predicting work-related exercise capacity in patients who file workers' compensation claims for respiratory limitation and compensation. Two hundred sixteen ambulatory patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (forced expiratory volume in 1 second = 54.1 +/- 16.8% predicted) were(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES To compare the oxygen pulse curve (O(2)P-C) as measured during cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) with left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (LVEF) rest-exercise response as measured by multigated equilibrium (99m)Tc radionuclide cineangiography (MUGA) in patients with different degrees of ischemic heart disease (IHD). PATIENTS(More)
BACKGROUND Hypoxemia is a common complication of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and a major factor in patients' prognosis and quality of life. The response to exercise has been evaluated by various means but no standardization has been accepted. OBJECTIVES To suggest a simple outpatient technique for evaluating the response of arterial oxygen(More)
UNLABELLED In patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) the limitation on unsupported arm exercise (UAE) is predominantly respiratory muscle function-dependent. It is characterized by neuromechanical dysfunction (thoracoabdominal dyssynchrony) of the inspiratory muscles (diaphragm, accessory), superimposed by lung mechanics dysfunction. The(More)
BACKGROUND Exercise testing with multigated acquisition technetium radionuclide cineangiography (MUGA) is a useful modality that can discriminate systolic and diastolic performance in patients with ischemic heart disease. However, some patients may have abnormal left ventricular filling dynamics with normal regional and global systolic function. (More)
Twenty-nine patients with documented coronary artery disease underwent cardiopulmonary exercise tests before and following a percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). The patients medication regimen and exercise protocols remained the same in both cases. Following PTCA, significant improvement (p < 0.001-0.0001) was noted in oxygen consumption(More)
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may demonstrate great variability between results on the pulmonary function test (PFT) compared to those on the cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPXT). The purpose of this study was to correlate PFT and CPXT indices and to identify PFT threshold values for predicting exercise capacity in patients with(More)
Flying may expose passengers to hypoxic conditions, which may induce hypoxemia, particularly in those with chronic heart and/or lung disease. Onset of dyspnea, wheezing, chest pain, cyanosis and right heart failure can lead to urgent need for oxygen during flight. The hypoxia inhalation test (HIT) provides a safe and simple means of identifying those who(More)
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