Katherine C. Michelis

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BACKGROUND Although recent federal mandate provides incentives for physicians to use electronic prescribing (e-prescribing), clinical end points to support its use are lacking. HYPOTHESIS E-prescribing should improve low-density lipoprotein (LDL) goal attainment. METHODS In this retrospective cohort study, we queried the electronic medical records(More)
Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) involving the coronary arteries is an uncommon but important condition that can present as acute coronary syndrome, left ventricular dysfunction, or potentially sudden cardiac death. Although the classic angiographic "string of beads" that may be observed in renal artery FMD does not occur in coronary arteries, potential(More)
We read with great interest the study entitled, “Trouble Getting Started: Predictors of Primary Medication Nonadherence.” Fischer et al conclude that physicians’ attention o formulary status and cost of medication may considerably ffect adherence and recommend future study in this reard. We concur that patients’ cost must be minimized to optimize treatment(More)
The history of revascularization for cardiac ischemia dates back to the early 1960's when the first coronary artery bypass graft procedures were performed in humans. With this 50 year history of providing a new vasculature to ischemic and hibernating myocardium, a profound depth of experience has been amassed in clinical cardiovascular medicine as to what(More)
Endothelial to mesenchymal transition (EndMT) plays a major role during development, and also contributes to several adult cardiovascular diseases. Importantly, mesenchymal cells including fibroblasts are prominent in atherosclerosis, with key functions including regulation of: inflammation, matrix and collagen production, and plaque structural integrity.(More)
BACKGROUND Computed tomography coronary angiography (CTCA) provides an accurate noninvasive alternative to the invasive assessment of coronary artery disease. However, a specific limitation of CTCA is inability to assess hemodynamic data. OBJECTIVE We hypothesized that CTCA-derived measurements of contrast within the superior vena cava (SVC) and inferior(More)
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