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OBJECTIVES This study sought to examine the relationship between coronary artery calcium score (CACS) and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) results for predicting the short- and long-term risk of cardiac events. BACKGROUND The CACS and SPECT results both provide important prognostic information. It is unclear whether integrating these(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Significant limitations exist for traditional noninvasive cardiac imaging with regard to equivocal or indeterminate findings that result in repetitive testing or unnecessary referral to invasive coronary angiography (ICA). Recent hardware and software advances in multislice computed tomography angiography have achieved high spatial and(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have worse cardiovascular outcomes than those without CKD. The prognostic utility of myocardial perfusion single-photon emission CT (MPS) in patients with varying degrees of renal dysfunction and the impact of CKD on cardiac death prediction in patients undergoing MPS have not been investigated. (More)
BACKGROUND Noncontrast cardiac computed tomography allows calculation of coronary artery calcium score (CACS) and measurement of epicardial adipose tissue (EATv) and intrathoracic fat (ITFv) volumes. It is unclear whether fat volume information contributes to risk stratification. METHODS AND RESULTS Cardiac computed tomography was performed in 760(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE Coronary artery calcium scoring (CACS) is a simple and readily available test for identifying coronary artery disease. Our objective is to evaluate whether a CACS of zero will identify chest pain patients who can be safely discharged home, without need for further cardiac testing. METHODS This was a prospective observational cohort study(More)
BACKGROUND Alcohol septal ablation (ASA) therapy results in clinical and hemodynamic improvement in patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. However, a subset remains symptomatic afterward, requiring additional procedures. We sought to examine the determinants of an unsatisfactory outcome, defined as unchanged symptoms with <50% reduction of(More)
This report describes the ability of cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) imaging to depict an unusual cardiac defect. A type of ventricular septal defect called the Gerbode defect, which results in a communication between the left ventricle and the right atrium, is presented. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first time cardiac MR imaging has been utilized(More)
AIM Diastolic dysfunction is a common problem in patients with obesity, hypertension, diabetes, or coronary artery disease. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction with an abnormal coronary artery calcium score (CAC score). METHODS This study considered a cohort of patients ≥ 18 years of age with(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Although a great deal of literature has been generated regarding left ventricular wall abnormalities, ECG changes and cardiac enzyme leaks associated with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), there have been only a few reports of true transient left ventricular apical ballooning syndrome in patients with SAH. Several pathophysiological(More)
Myocardial hibernation refers to a state of prolonged impairment of left ventricular function in the presence of coronary artery disease, which may be reversed by revascularization. In this study we present evidence for a local inflammatory reaction in hibernating myocardial segments from patients undergoing coronary revascularization. We obtained(More)