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BACKGROUND Periprocedural thromboembolic and hemorrhagic events are worrisome complications of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF). The periprocedural anticoagulation management could play a role in the incidence of these complications. Although ablation procedures performed without warfarin discontinuation seem to be associated with lower(More)
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is considered an integral part of metabolic syndrome (MS). We aimed to explore the inter-relations of MS and dietary composition in subjects with and without hepatic steatosis and to identify the nutritional risk factors contributing to NAFLD. SUBJECTS/METHODS In all 98 subjects with(More)
BACKGROUND Periprocedural anticoagulation management with uninterrupted warfarin and a "therapeutic" international normalized ratio is the best approach for reducing both thromboembolic and bleeding complications in the setting of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF). OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and feasibility(More)
The effective use of information technology (IT) is a crucial component for the delivery of effective services in health care. Current approaches to medical informatics (MI) research have significantly contributed to the success of IT use in health care but important challenges remain to be addressed. We believe that expanding the multi-disciplinary basis(More)
An emerging area of great impact and significance is the application of pervasive computing technologies in healthcare. Pervasive healthcare refers to the set of technologies designed to seamlessly integrate health education, interventions, and monitoring technology into our everyday lives, regardless of space and time. This approach can increase both the(More)
Emotions are an often overlooked aspect of work since they are not included in formal work models. However, they continue provide critical information as well as be part of a rich social context for action. The following study focuses on the expression of emotions within the context of a particular work environment -- an emergency room -- and high-lights(More)
Pathology of the hip abductor muscles and their associated tendons is implicated in the aetiology of lateral hip pain (LHP). Muscle atrophy is an important factor to consider in the diagnosis of this condition as it could result in reduced muscle volume and associated decreases in strength. (1) To estimate the volumes of the gluteus medius (GMed), gluteus(More)
Mental health problems are common and pose a tremendous societal burden in terms of cost, morbidity, quality of life, and mortality. The great majority of people experience barriers that prevent access to treatment, aggravated by a lack of mental health specialists. Digital mental health is potentially useful in meeting the treatment needs of large numbers(More)
BACKGROUND The left atrial appendage (LAA) is a well-known source of atrial arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation (AF). OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine whether LAA exclusion using the LARIAT device would decrease AF burden. METHODS A total of 50 patients with AF and cardiac implantable electronic devices who underwent successful LAA(More)