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BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation ablation has made tremendous progress with respect to innovation, efficacy, and safety. However, limited data exist regarding the burden and trends in adverse outcomes arising from this procedure. The aim of our study was to examine the frequency of adverse events attributable to atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation and the(More)
BACKGROUND We aimed to assess the additive value of electrocardiogram (ECG) findings to risk prediction models for cardiovascular disease. METHODS Our dataset consisted of 6025 individuals with ECG data available from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey-III. This is a self-weighting sample with a follow-up of 79,046.84 person-years. The(More)
INTRODUCTION The objective of our study was to assess the burden of arrhythmias, the gender differences in occurrence of arrhythmias and the impact of these arrhythmias on hospitalization outcomes in patients with Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy (TTC). METHODS TTC and various arrhythmias were identified using appropriate ICD-9-CM codes from Nationwide Inpatient(More)
BACKGROUND We explored the relationship between major electrocardiogram (ECG) abnormalities (mECG) and 25-hydroxy (25-OH) vitamin D deficiency (VDD) and the effect of mECG abnormalities on all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in a healthy cohort with 25-OH vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency. HYPOTHESIS Lower levels of serum 25-OH vitamin D are(More)
for its correlation with and low bias in estimating daytime ambulatory BP (2–4). Trial qualification requirements summarized in our paper are correct but incomplete: systolic blood pressure (SBP) 160 mm Hg according to the BpTRU protocol was andatory, along with 2 office cuff readings of SBP 160 mm Hg within 3 months of enrollment. Resistant hypertension(More)
HYPOTHESES Heart failure with preserved systolic function (HFPSF) has attained epidemic proportions; however evidence-based therapeutic interventions have not advanced despite continued research over the past three decades. We propose the combined use of direct renin inhibitor and carvedilol for this condition. RATIONALE The Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone(More)
Area Deprivation Index (ADI) is a marker of neighborhood deprivation. This study investigates utilization of coronary bare-metal stent (BMS) and drug-eluting stent (DES) in Medicare patients across hospitals with varying ADI. Data were abstracted using Diagnosis-Related Group (DRG) codes 249 (BMS without major complications or comorbidities [MCC]), 246, and(More)
We greatly enjoyed reading the recent report by Tong et al. (1). The authors beautifully summarized the current situation of academic cardiology for earlystage cardiologists, presenting current challenges for early career (EC) academic cardiologists, obstacles identified by a survey of current EC members of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), reasons(More)