T Alan Farnsworth

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BACKGROUND The heart transforms structurally and functionally with age but the nature and magnitude of reported changes appear inconsistent. This study was designed to assess left ventricular (LV) morphology, global and longitudinal function in healthy older men and women using cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR). METHODS Ninety-five healthy subjects (age(More)
BACKGROUND Abnormalities of longitudinal left ventricular (LV) contraction and relaxation may be early markers of cardiac disease. This study was designed to assess the relationship between long-axis LV function and age in healthy subjects. METHODS 118 healthy individuals aged 57 +/-19 years (range 20-90 years) with no evidence of cardiovascular disease(More)
A total of 15 elderly patients recovering from stroke were included in a random, observer-blind, crossover trial to investigate the effects of postprandial cardiovascular changes. Exercise capability, sitting and erect blood pressure and heart rate were recorded pre- and postprandially; a control group received water only. Exercise capability decreased(More)
Primary intracranial melanomas are rare and occur mainly in young adults. Originating from leptomeningeal melanoblasts and extending into the parenchyma, the tumours closely resemble meningiomas, from which they are radiologically difficult to distinguish despite progress in neuroimaging. Definitive diagnosis is usually made on histopathological(More)
Receipt of thrombolytic therapy in patients aged 75 or over with proven acute myocardial infarction admitted initially to either the coronary care unit (CCU) or a geriatric medical ward (GMW) was studied retrospectively in a hospital administering thrombolysis only in the CCU. Mean age and age distribution of patients admitted to each unit initially showed(More)
Fifty per cent of elderly patients discharged from accident and emergency (A&E) departments experience functional deterioration and increased dependence; 5.6% require readmission within 14 days. Discharge is often to inadequate community support. Functional assessment by A&E department staff may identify patients at greatest risk. The predictive ability of(More)
The atypical and non-specific clinical presentations of disease in elderly people may produce diagnostic confusion. Laboratory investigations can be especially important in achieving the correct diagnoses in the older age group. Accurate interpretation of laboratory data from elderly patients necessarily requires a knowledge of the effects of ageing on the(More)
Tension pneumocephalus is an uncommon but life-threatening complication of craniotomy which requires urgent diagnosis and treatment. It most often occurs perioperatively following subsequent anaesthesia using nitrous oxide. All previously reported postoperative cases followed posterior fossa or upper spinal cord surgery. Only two cases associated with(More)