Sula E. Mazimba

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BACKGROUND Coronary CT angiography (CCTA) is a relatively new technique whose role has yet to be fully defined. The initial appropriateness criteria (AC) guidelines published in 2006 have already been revised. There is paucity of data on the effect of the AC on the use of CCTA at academic centers and none for the private sector. METHODS All CCTA studies(More)
Congestive heart failure (CHF) accounts for more health care costs than any other diagnosis. Readmissions contribute to this expenditure. The authors evaluated the relationship between adherence to performance metrics and 30-day readmissions. This was a retrospective study of 6063 patients with CHF between 2001 and 2008. Data were collected for 30-day(More)
BACKGROUND Assessment of diffuse right ventricular (RV) fibrosis is of particular interest in pulmonary hypertension (PH) and heart failure (HF). Current cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) T1 mapping techniques such as Modified Look-Locker inversion recovery (MOLLI) imaging have limited resolution, but accelerated and navigator-gated Look-Locker(More)
The clinical manifestations of anti-cancer drug associated cardiac side effects are diverse and can range from acutely induced cardiac arrhythmias to severe contractile dysfunction, and potentially fatal heart failure. Anthracyclines and trastuzumab cardiac toxicity have been well described and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) evaluation is(More)
BACKGROUND This study evaluated the novel index pulmonary arterial proportional pulse pressure (PAPP) in the Evaluation Study of Congestive Heart Failure and Pulmonary Artery Catheterization Effectiveness (ESCAPE) trial. METHODS AND RESULTS Multivariable Cox proportional hazards and logistical regression were used to model 6-month death; death,(More)
Data from Cardiac Transplant Research Database (CTRD) were analyzed from 1999 to 2006 to examine the effects of different induction strategies at the time of cardiac transplantation. A total of 2090 primary heart transplants were categorized by induction with interleukin-2 receptor blocker (IL-2RB), antithymocyte globulin (ATG), or no induction (NI).(More)
BACKGROUND Diastolic pulmonary gradient (DPG), calculated as the difference between pulmonary artery diastolic pressure and mean pulmonary capillary wedge pressure ≥ 7 mmHg is associated with pulmonary vascular disease and portends poor prognosis in heart failure (HF). The prognostic relevance of DPG in group 1 pulmonary hypertension (PH) is uncertain. (More)