Raja Ravi Varma

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The prevalence of adequate blood pressure control was investigated in 614 patients (mean age 60 +/- 16 years) with systemic hypertension followed in a university cardiology or general medicine clinic. Systemic hypertension was adequately controlled in 46 of 122 patients (38%) who had to pay for their medications (self-pay or Medicare patients) versus 342 of(More)
Coronary angiography was performed because of chest pain in 198 patients (146 women, 52 men; mean age 66 years) who had dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry scans of the spine and left hip because of suspected osteoporosis or osteopenia. Of the 198 patients, 53 (27%) had osteoporosis, 79 (40%) had osteopenia, and 66 (33%) had normal bone mineral density (BMD).(More)
In a study of 514 patients with increased serum low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol followed in a general medicine clinic at a university hospital, the serum LDL cholesterol in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD), other atherosclerotic vascular disease, or diabetes mellitus was <100 mg/dl in 219 of 276 patients (79%) with Medicaid or private(More)
Forty-one patients, mean age 61 +/- 13 years, had stenting of bifurcation coronary artery lesions. Of the 41 patients, a crushing stent was used in 33 patients (80%), a T stent in 6 patients (15%), a kissing stent in 1 patient (2%), and side branch angioplasty in 1 patient (2%). Mean follow-up was 12 months (range 7-17 months). At follow-up, of the 41(More)
Of 137 patients (mean age 63 years) who underwent hemodialysis for chronic renal failure, 65 (47%) had mitral valve calcium, mitral annular calcium, or aortic valve calcium. Thirty-eight of 65 patients (59%) who had valve calcium died at 3.5-year follow-up versus 21 of 72 patients (29%) who did not have valve calcium and who died at 4.3-year follow-up (p =(More)
Cardiac disease is the leading cause of death in patients having end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Patients with ESRD have a higher risk for developing coronary artery disease (CAD) than one would estimate from the presence of traditional risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and cigarette smoking. Patients with milder forms of renal(More)
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