Shervin Eshaghian

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When amyloidosis affects the heart, a devastating and progressive process can lead to congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, conduction abnormalities, angina, and death. The signs and symptoms of cardiac amyloidosis are generally dominated by diastolic heart failure resulting from restrictive cardiomyopathy. Amyloid infiltration of the heart initially(More)
Although loop diuretics are widely used in heart failure (HF), their effect on outcomes has not been evaluated in large clinical trials. This study sought to determine the dose-dependent relation between loop diuretic use and HF prognosis. A cohort of 1,354 patients with advanced systolic HF referred to a single center was studied. Patients were divided(More)
How well absence of coronary artery calcium (CAC) predicts the absence of noncalcified coronary artery plaque (NCAP) has not been elucidated. We conducted a cross-sectional study of 554 outpatients to quantify NCAP prevalence as a function of CAC score. All patients underwent CAC scoring followed by 64-slice computed tomographic coronary angiography.(More)
BACKGROUND In diabetes, poor glycemic control, as indexed by hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events and new-onset heart failure (HF). However, in patients with diabetes and HF, the relationship between glucose control and survival has not been investigated. Our study aimed to evaluate the relationship between(More)
In this open-label, intra-patient phase I/II trial, bortezomib was replaced with carfilzomib (escalated from 20 to 45 mg/m(2) on days 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 of a 28-day cycle) for multiple myeloma (MM) patients who progressed while on or within 12 weeks of receiving a bortezomib-containing combination regimen. Study objectives included determination of the(More)
Aspirin is the most widely used antiplatelet agent for preventing and treating vascular events. The thienopyridine derivatives, ticlopidine and clopidogrel, are a suitable alternative in patients who are intolerant to aspirin, and clopidogrel exhibits better tolerability than ticlopidine. The available evidence from randomized trials indicates that dual(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity is associated with insulin resistance, inflammation, metabolic dysfunction, and atherosclerosis. This study investigates the effects of weight loss, intense exercise, and moderate caloric restriction on insulin resistance, lipids, inflammatory biomarkers, carotid artery distensibility index (CaDI), and carotid intima media thickness(More)
Surgical pericardiotomy is often preferred as a primary option in patients with malignant pericardial effusions. Recent series have revealed that prolonged drainage substantially reduces pericardial effusion recurrence rates, even in the setting of malignancy. The aim of the study was to directly compare the efficacy of pericardiocentesis with prolonged(More)
CONTEXT Recent publications of TRITON-TIMI (prasugrel) as well as PLATO (ticagrelor) have introduced new and potent antiplatelet agents, but at the same time have left clinicians with multiple choices without clear directions regarding the most appropriate use of these agents. OBJECTIVE 1. To review the randomized controlled trial evidence examining the(More)
Recurrence of pericardial tamponade is relatively common after pericardiocentesis. We evaluated the clinical and procedural predictors of recurrent pericardial tamponade after pericardiocentesis. We included 157 consecutive patients with pericardial tamponade (age 62 ± 18 years, 54% men) who had undergone pericardiocentesis from 2000 to 2007. An(More)