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Cutaneous leishmaniasis or ''Kal Dana'' (''the year-long sore''), as it is known locally, not only leaves a disfiguring scar on your face, but permanently changes your perception of your own self (Figure 1). ''This is not me,'' said the woman from Chaman, as she explained her encounter with the disease and the stigmatization associated with it. This… (More)
BACKGROUND Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is associated with many cardiovascular and psychiatric diseases. Day-time sleepiness is a common consequence of sleep apnea and correlates with road-traffic accidents (RTA). Pakistan has a high prevalence of factors which predispose an individual to OSA and death from RTAs are a huge burden. However there is a dearth… (More)
In this review, we will highlight the role of late gadolinium enhancement, along with other strengths available by cardiac MRI, in determining the underlying etiology of various nonischemic cardiomyopathies. Furthermore, we will also emphasize how late gadolinium enhancement may serve as a novel risk stratification tool to further impact patient care.
Ingestion of mushrooms from the genus Amanita can present detrimental consequences to the human body. The mushroom is frequently found in the coastal Pacific Northwest, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Ohio. Amanitin, one of the two distinct toxins isolated from the Amanita mushroom, is responsible for the majority of symptoms and signs seen with mushroom… (More)
BACKGROUND Atherosclerotic coronary artery disease (CAD) has long been shown to involve chronic low-grade subclinical inflammation. However, whether there is association between hematological indices assessed by complete blood count (CBC) and coronary atherosclerotic burden has not been well studied. MATERIALS AND METHODS Consecutive 868 patients without… (More)
UNLABELLED The purpose of this study was to determine whether stress myocardial perfusion (SPECT) optimized with stress-only (SO) imaging is comparable to cardiac CT angiography (CTA) for evaluating patients with acute chest pain (ACP). METHODS This was a prospective randomized observational study in 598 ACP patients who underwent CTA versus SPECT. The… (More)
Single coronary artery (SCA) is a very rare finding. Although most cases of SCA are found incidentally on coronary angiography, it can potentially lead to different clinical repercussions.1, 2 Herein we describe a patient with SCA who had unstable angina with subsequent sudden cardiac arrest, and we provide a brief review of the recent literature.
Obesity paradox has been described in various populations of coronary artery disease, mainly asymptomatic subjects. However, relationship between obesity and coronary artery calcification detected by cardiac CT in symptomatic patients has rarely been demonstrated. This study seeks to investigate whether the paradoxical relationship between obesity and… (More)