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BACKGROUND Although digoxin is effective in the treatment of patients with chronic heart failure who are receiving diuretic agents, it is not clear whether the drug has a role when patients are receiving angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors, as is often the case in current practice. METHODS We studied 178 patients with New York Heart Association class(More)
BACKGROUND Thrombosis is a pivotal event in the pathogenesis of coronary disease. We hypothesized that the presence of blood factors that reflect enhanced thrombogenic activity would be associated with an increased risk of recurrent coronary events during long-term follow-up of patients who have recovered from myocardial infarction. METHODS AND RESULTS We(More)
BACKGROUND Abnormal glucose tolerance (AGT; diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance) is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, especially in women. Cardiovascular disease rates in women increase after menopause. The Women's Health Initiative found that postmenopausal hormone therapy (PHT) increased the risk of cardiovascular disease and(More)
Few data are available that address the prognostic implications of the response of the left ventricle (LV) to exercise in asymptomatic patients with aortic regurgitation (AR) who have normal resting LV function. Thirty-one such patients were contacted two to seven years after rest and exercise radionuclide ventriculography. Eleven had had significant(More)
OBJECTIVES This study evaluated the value of noninvasive testing to predict cardiac events in patients with stable coronary disease after hospital admission (and risk stratification) for an acute coronary event. BACKGROUND Exercise testing with thallium perfusion imaging identifies patients with obstructive coronary artery disease and has been used to(More)
The clinical and treatment characteristics of 71 patients who had acute myocardial infarction complicated by ventricular septal rupture were assessed retrospectively. A history of hypertension was strongly associated with "early" septal rupture (p < 0.001); other clinical and treatment characteristics, including the use and timing of thrombolytic therapy,(More)
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