Linda B. Piller

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CONTEXT Blood pressure control (<140/90 mm Hg) rates for hypertension fall far short of the US national goal of 50% or more. Achievable control rates in varied practice settings and geographic regions and factors that predict improved blood pressure control are not well identified. OBJECTIVE To determine the success and predictors of blood pressure(More)
CONTEXT Clinical trial results suggest that intracoronary delivery of autologous bone marrow mononuclear cells (BMCs) may improve left ventricular (LV) function when administered within the first week following myocardial infarction (MI). However, because a substantial number of patients may not present for early cell delivery, the efficacy of autologous(More)
CONTEXT Previous studies using autologous bone marrow mononuclear cells (BMCs) in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy have demonstrated safety and suggested efficacy. OBJECTIVE To determine if administration of BMCs through transendocardial injections improves myocardial perfusion, reduces left ventricular end-systolic volume (LVESV), or enhances(More)
CONTEXT While the delivery of cell therapy after ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) has been evaluated in previous clinical trials, the influence of the timing of cell delivery on the effect on left ventricular function has not been analyzed. OBJECTIVES To determine the effect of intracoronary autologous bone marrow mononuclear cell (BMC)(More)
Several previous studies have demonstrated that administration of autologous bone marrow-derived mononuclear cells (BMMNCs) improves cardiac function in patients after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). However, optimum timing of administration has not been investigated in a clinical trial. The Cardiovascular Cell Therapy Research Network was developed and(More)
BACKGROUND Conventional dissemination of clinical trial results has inconsistent impact on physician practices. A more comprehensive plan to influence determinants of prescribing practices is warranted. PURPOSE To report the response from the Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood(More)
BACKGROUND We considered that women with prior preterm birth (PTB) would have evidence of subclinical atherosclerosis, endothelial dysfunction, and arterial stiffness. METHODS Four to 12 years after pregnancy, blood pressure and fasting lipids were analyzed, and women underwent evaluation, following standardized protocols, of carotid intima-media(More)
BACKGROUND Recent work has demonstrated a link between retinopathy, a marker of microvascular disease, and the development of heart failure, a finding particularly relevant in individuals with diabetes. Our objective was to assess the relationship between retinopathy and cardiac structure and function in a cohort of individuals with type 2 diabetes(More)
BACKGROUND The role of lipid modification in stroke prevention is controversial, although increasing evidence suggests that HMG-CoA reductase inhibition may reduce cerebrovascular events in patients with prevalent coronary artery disease. METHODS AND RESULTS To test the hypothesis that cholesterol reduction with pravastatin may reduce stroke incidence(More)
Background—The role of lipid modification in stroke prevention is controversial, although increasing evidence suggests that HMG-CoA reductase inhibition may reduce cerebrovascular events in patients with prevalent coronary artery disease. Methods and Results—To test the hypothesis that cholesterol reduction with pravastatin may reduce stroke incidence after(More)