Naomi F Botkin

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BACKGROUND Little contemporary data exist describing changes over time in the postdischarge prognosis of hospital survivors of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The purpose of our study was to examine recent and multidecade-long (1975-2001) trends in the long-term prognosis of greater Worcester (MA) residents discharged from all metropolitan Worcester(More)
BACKGROUND Past receiver operating characteristic (ROC) studies have demonstrated that single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) perfusion imaging by use of iterative reconstruction with combined compensation for attenuation, scatter, and detector response leads to higher area under the ROC curve (A(z)) values for detection of coronary artery(More)
Routine physical examination and noninvasive imaging frequently lead to the diagnosis of valvular heart disease in asymptomatic patients. The decision to proceed to surgical repair or replacement is based on an informed evaluation of the risks of surgery versus those encountered with a nonoperative course. In determining whether symptoms are present, stress(More)
The diagnosis and treatment of aortic valve disease can be challenging for the clinician. Aortic regurgitation (AR) may be evaluated with Doppler echocardiography or catheterization. Medical therapy consists of vasodilators. Surgery may be appropriate for patients with symptoms, left ventricular dilatation or diminished left ventricle systolic function.(More)
Aortic stenosis is a common valvular abnormality. Surgical valve replacement is the standard of care for symptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis and is appropriate for certain asymptomatic patients. Statin therapy may slow progression of the disease. Contrary to conventional wisdom, vasodilator therapy may in fact be safe and effective in certain(More)
The American College of Cardiology In-Training Exam (ACC-ITE) is incorporated into most U.S. training programs, but its relationship to performance on the American Board of Internal Medicine Cardiovascular Disease (ABIM CVD) Certification Examination is unknown. ACC-ITE scores from third-year fellows from 2011 to 2014 (n = 1,918) were examined. Covariates(More)
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