Rebecca M Leleiko

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Our objectives were to evaluate the prognostic value of several biomarkers in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) through an evaluation of the 30-day clinical outcomes. Multiple biomarkers have emerged as potentially useful in risk stratification of ACS. Specifically, markers of vascular inflammation and oxidative stress might be helpful in the(More)
Patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) have higher cardiovascular event rates than patients with established coronary artery disease (CAD) and abnormal endothelial function predicts cardiovascular risk in PAD and CAD. We investigated the hypothesis that PAD is associated with a greater degree of impairment in vascular function than CAD. We used(More)
We report a case of an 81-year-old man with bacterial myocarditis presenting with elevated troponins and sepsis, who succumbed due to a ruptured ventricle. The infecting organism was found to be methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Bacterial myocarditis is a rare occurrence when independent of infective endocarditis. Generally, this is a(More)
Cocaine use is associated with increased cardiovascular mortality and can promote acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Use of beta-blockers is controversial in patients who use cocaine, and the safety and efficacy of these medications in ACS in patients actively using cocaine is unknown. We enrolled 90 patients with ACS and positive urine drug screen for cocaine.(More)
Sugar substitutes are important in the dietary management of diabetes mellitus. Erythritol is a non-caloric dietary bulk sweetener that reverses endothelial dysfunction in diabetic rats. We completed a pilot study to examine the effects of erythritol on vascular function in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Participants (n = 24) consumed erythritol 36(More)
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