Ramzan M Zakir

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We report a case of a 52-year-old man with multiple myeloma and rapidly progressive heart failure who died unexpectedly from a probable arrhythmia. Postmortem examination revealed infiltrative amyloid cardiomyopathy, a rare cause of predominantly diastolic myocardial disease. Cardiac amyloidosis should be considered in any patient presenting with congestive(More)
In many patients, the treatment of heart failure (HF) cannot be optimized because of pre-existing or treatment-induced hypotension. Midodrine, a peripheral alpha1-adrenergic agonist may allow for up-titration of neurohormonal antagonist therapy leading to improved outcomes. Ten consecutive patients with HF due to systolic dysfunction and symptomatic(More)
Pulmonary hypertension, which may lead to right ventricular (RV) failure, increases with left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction severity. The prevalence and determinants of RV failure were analyzed in 120 patients admitted with acute left heart (LH) failure. Patients were divided into RV failure (n=50) and non-RV failure (n=70) groups. The prevalence(More)
It is well recognized that patients with severe left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction develop pulmonary venous hypertension or postcapillary pulmonary hypertension, which leads to an increase in pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) and right ventricular (RV) systolic failure. It is often underrecognized, however, that patients with heart failure with(More)
We report a case of Gemella morbillorum mitral bioprosthetic valve endocarditis with perivalvular extension in a 44-year-old human immunodeficiency virus-positive man who is an active intravenous drug user together with review of all published cases. This is only the second reported case of Gemella morbillorum endocarditis in a patient with a prosthetic(More)
We present a case of a 46-year-old man with advanced acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and congenitally bicuspid aortic valve endocarditis caused by methicillin- and gentamicin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Endocarditis led to root abscess formation, a complete heart block, and fistulous tract formation between the ascending aorta and the right(More)
A 36-year-old immigrant from El Salvador, who had had a heart murmur since childhood, presented after recent-onset dyspnea on exertion and several episodes of “turning blue.” A physical examination revealed a resting oxygen saturation of 98% on room air, blood pressure of 114/70 mmHg, and a regular heart rate of 76 beats/min. There was a normal S1, an(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the safety and efficacy of a novel optical coherence tomography (OCT)-guided atherectomy catheter in treating patients with symptomatic femoropopliteal disease. METHODS The VISION trial ( ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT01937351) was a single-arm, multicenter, global investigational device exemption study enrolling 158 subjects (mean(More)
Hirudin, a direct thrombin inhibitor, has potential advantages over indirect thrombin inhibitors and is increasingly used in clinical settings. There are, however, large variations in individual responses to this drug and no recognized clinical laboratory tests used to monitor its anticoagulant effects. We evaluated the use of the thromboelastograph, a(More)
BACKGROUND Engagement of the brachiocephalic vessels during carotid angiography is performed using a JR-4, Vitek, or other catheters with variable success. These catheters require additional training for safe manipulation. In this study, we evaluated the feasibility of using the 3D RCA catheter which requires less manipulation in the aorta, and less(More)