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Thirty- to 35% of patients after transcatheter aortic valve implantation undergo implantation of a permanent pacemaker (PPM) because of development of atrioventricular block (AVB) or development of a condition with high risk of progression to AVB. There are insufficient data regarding long-term follow-up on pacing dependency. From February 2009 to July(More)
We make a comprehensive study of the theory and phenomenology of a low energy supersymmetric standard model originating from a string-inspired E 6 grand unified gauge group. The Exceptional Supersymmetric Standard Model (ESSM) considered here is based on the low energy SM gauge group together with an extra Z ′ corresponding to an extra U (1) N gauge(More)
BACKGROUND Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a common and serious complication of diabetes mellitus (DM). OBJECTIVES To evaluate the clinical characteristics, hospital management and outcomes of patients with DKA. METHODS We performed a retrospective cohort study of patients hospitalized with DKA during the period 1 January 2003 to 1 January 2010. Three(More)
BACKGROUND The endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) gene single nucleotide polymorphism G894T is associated with thrombotic vascular diseases. However, its functional significance is controversial and data are scarce concerning its influence in heart failure (HF). METHODS We studied 215 patients with chronic systolic HF. DNA was analyzed for eNOS gene(More)
BACKGROUND The importance of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction is being increasingly recognized. However, there is a paucity of data about effective treatment for this condition. The present study investigated the impact of beta blocker therapy for 3 months before admission on the two-year survival of patients with heart failure and preserved(More)
BACKGROUND Left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony by phase analysis has been studied by myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI)-gated SPECT in patients with LV dysfunction in various clinical settings. We aimed to investigate the routine use of phase analysis with gated SPECT for predicting cardiac outcome. METHODS Patients referred to a tertiary medical center in(More)
AIMS The effect of right ventricular (RV) pacing on tricuspid regurgitation (TR) is debatable and is presumed to be related to an interference with valve closure by the electrode. The aim of the study was to determine the impact of pacing per se on TR grade. METHODS AND RESULTS The study group included 23 clinically stable patients (13 males; mean age 78(More)
OBJECTIVE We evaluated the accuracy of diagnosis of fibromyalgia (FM) by family physicians. METHODS We performed a retrospective cohort analysis of 646 consecutive patients newly referred to the outpatient rheumatology clinic of Soroka University Medical Center from January 1, 2005, until December 31, 2007. The kappa statistic was used to measure(More)
BACKGROUND Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is 1 of the most common and serious complications of diabetes, and is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. There is a paucity of data regarding gender-related differences in clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients hospitalized for DKA. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to assess whether(More)
INTRODUCTION Several blood tests are performed uniformly in patients hospitalized with acute decompensated heart failure and are predictive of the outcomes: complete blood count, electrolytes, renal function, glucose, albumin and uric acid. We sought to evaluate the relationship between routine admission laboratory tests results, patient characteristics and(More)