Karen Ann Larimer

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Cardiac autonomic neuropathy associated with diabetes can cause silent myocardial ischemia and may influence the way that patients perceive symptoms of acute coronary syndromes (ACS). The purpose of this study was to examine symptoms of ACS in patients with and without diabetes while controlling for length of time with diabetes. A convenience sample of 256(More)
BACKGROUND First impression is influenced by facial appearance and improved by cosmetic surgery. OBJECTIVE We wanted to determine if treatment with botulinum toxin A (BTxnA) would improve first impression. MATERIALS AND METHODS Women received BTxnA in the forehead. Photos were taken prior to, and 1 week after, final BTxnA injection in smiling and relaxed(More)
infections, it can also cause highly invasive and potentially lethal infections, including necrotizing pneumonia, septic cavernous sinus thrombosis, and pyogenic brain abscess. The fulminant nature of these unusual cases has led many investigators to speculate that CA-MRSA may be more virulent than HA-MRSA. In fact, CA-MRSA strains have been shown to be(More)
BACKGROUND There is significant variability in the perioperative management of patients with cardiac implanted electronic devices (CIEDs) undergoing procedures requiring electrosurgery. METHODS We performed a multicenter registry from February 2014 to August 2015 at three suburban Chicago hospitals. Patients with transvenous CIEDs undergoing procedures(More)
BACKGROUND The number of implanted devices (pacemakers [PMs] and implantable cardioverter defibrillators [ICDs]) is increasing. Because of technological advances, these devices are used in greater numbers in children and adolescents. Challenges of having these devices have been well studied in adults, but little is known about the lived experiences from the(More)
BACKGROUND There are insufficient data to guide perioperative implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) management for patients undergoing surgical procedures using electrocautery. METHODS We conducted a multicenter randomized controlled trial of patients with ICDs undergoing surgery with monopolar electrocautery. Subjects were randomized to an "Off"(More)
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in Hispanic Americans. Social and physical determinants of health unique to this community must be understood before interventions can be designed and implemented. This article describes a CVD risk assessment conducted in a primarily Mexican American community, using Healthy People 2020 as a model.(More)
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