Penny L Houghtaling

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BACKGROUND The presence of systemic inflammation determined by elevations in C-reactive protein (CRP) has been associated with persistence of atrial fibrillation (AF). The relationship between CRP and prediction of AF has not been studied in a large population-based cohort. METHODS AND RESULTS CRP measurement and cardiovascular assessment were performed(More)
BACKGROUND Lipid-lowering agents are known to reduce long-term mortality in patients with stable coronary disease or significant risk factors. However, the effect of lipid-lowering therapy on short-term mortality immediately after an acute coronary syndrome has not been determined. We did an observational study using data from two randomised trials to(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of interferon beta-1a (IFNbeta-1a) combined with methotrexate (MTX), i.v. methylprednisolone (IVMP), or both in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) with continued disease activity on IFNbeta-1a monotherapy. METHODS Eligibility criteria included RRMS, Expanded Disability(More)
BACKGROUND Since the advent of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs), technological advances, adjunctive pharmacotherapy, and increasing operator experience have contributed to lowering the occurrence of major complications. However, emergency coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) for failed PCI is still associated with important morbidity and(More)
BACKGROUND We sought to determine whether location of the second internal thoracic artery (ITA) graft used for bilateral ITA grafting affects mortality and morbidity of patients with 3-system coronary artery disease and to identify factors associated with second ITA location. METHODS AND RESULTS From January 1972 to June 2006, 3611 patients with 3-system(More)
Background- A reactivation of ischemia after the discontinuation of intravenous heparin in acute coronary syndromes has been described. The effect of glycoprotein IIb/IIIa blockade on heparin rebound is unknown. Methods and Results- Patients with acute coronary syndromes who received heparin therapy but not initial revascularization in the Platelet IIb/IIIa(More)
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