Su Min Chang

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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)
BACKGROUND 2-D Echo is often performed in patients without history of coronary artery disease (CAD). We sought to determine echo features predictive of CAD. METHODS 2-D Echo of 328 patients without known CAD performed within one year prior to stress myocardial SPECT and angiography were reviewed. Echo features examined were left ventricular and atrial(More)
BACKGROUND Atherosclerotic coronary artery disease (CAD) has long been shown to involve chronic low-grade subclinical inflammation. However, whether there is association between hematological indices assessed by complete blood count (CBC) and coronary atherosclerotic burden has not been well studied. MATERIALS AND METHODS Consecutive 868 patients without(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)
Long-term trends in first hospitalization for heart failure and subsequent survival between 1986 and 2003: a population study of 5.1 million people. A 63-year-old male with a previous history of leg swelling for many decades and dyspnoea on exer-tion for few months, presented to the local emergency department complaining of unexpected fall. He was found to(More)
Obesity paradox has been described in various populations of coronary artery disease, mainly asymptomatic subjects. However, relationship between obesity and coronary artery calcification detected by cardiac CT in symptomatic patients has rarely been demonstrated. This study seeks to investigate whether the paradoxical relationship between obesity and(More)
A dvances in the field of device support have led to increased use of continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) to improve outcomes in patients with end-stage heart disease. Newer-generation LVADs have become the pump of choice for bridging to heart transplantation and as destination therapy for patients with contraindications to(More)
A 56-year-old female with history of mitral valve replacement and automated implantable cardioverter-defibrillator placement presented with dyspnea on exertion for two years and recurrent ascites. Imaging studies, including transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiograms as well as 64-slice computed tomography (CT) angiogram revealed a large mass encasing(More)
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