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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)
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)
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 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)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to determine whether a normal stress-only single-photon emission computed tomographic myocardial perfusion tomography (SPECT) study confers the same prognosis as a normal SPECT on the basis of evaluation of stress and rest images. BACKGROUND Current guidelines recommend stress and rest imaging to confirm that a SPECT(More)
End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is a growing global health problem with major health and economic implications. Cardiovascular complication is the major cause of morbidity and mortality in this population. Clustering of traditional atherosclerotic risk factors, such as diabetes, systemic inflammation, and altered mineral metabolism, contributes to enhanced(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study is to investigate the morphologic characteristics of the cardiac interstitium in the hibernating human myocardium and evaluate whether active remodeling is present and is an important determinant of functional recovery. BACKGROUND Myocardial hibernation is associated with structural myocardial changes, which involve(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)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of renal function by estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) on risk stratification of diabetic and nondiabetic patients undergoing myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) by single-photon emission computed tomography for suspected ischemia. BACKGROUND Coronary artery disease is the leading cause(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)