Vicki L. McHugh

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OBJECTIVES The purpose of our current study was to determine whether our disease-management model was associated with long-term survival benefits. A secondary objective was to determine whether program involvement was associated with medication maintenance and reduced hospitalization over time compared to usual care management of heart failure. DESIGN A(More)
BACKGROUND An important aspect of risk prediction is the apparent difference between calculated risk and true risk. Current risk predictor models are not sensitive enough to identify many subjects at risk for future events or to prevent overuse of expensive tests. The aim of this study was to determine the usefulness of carotid ultrasound for risk(More)
BACKGROUND Limitations of current models for risk stratification are known. Noninvasive imaging is being advocated as an adjunct to improve risk prediction; however, studies documenting outcomes are rare. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the negative and positive predictive values of carotid atherosclerosis for future cardiovascular events. METHODS The(More)
Chemical standards are used to calibrate ion mobility spectrometers (IMS) for accurate and precise identification of target compounds. Research over the past 30 years has identified several positive and negative mode compounds that have been used as IMS standards. However, the IMS research community has not come to a consensus on any chemical compound(s)(More)
PURPOSE Despite the lack of evidence, routine left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) measurement in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) before anthracycline-based chemotherapy (ABC) is recommended by practice guidelines and required in DLBCL trials in the United States. METHODS We determined the frequency of the following in 197 consecutive patients(More)
BACKGROUND Prior studies of multilevel ProDisc-L (PD-L) implants (Synthes Spine, Inc., West Chester, Pennsylvania) using the standard US technique have used conventional radiography postoperatively. We found vertebral body-splitting fractures (VB-SFs) in interposed vertebral bodies after 5 sequential multilevel PD-L device implantations using the standard(More)
BACKGROUND Perception of risk in using recommended therapy in heart failure (HF) patients with hypotension adds to the problems of undertreatment in management. We aimed to determine the feasibility and outcomes of therapy in hypotensive HF patients. METHODS AND RESULTS Data were collected from HF clinic patients between 1999 and 2003. Exclusion criteria(More)
There are questions concerning the validity of the metabolic syndrome as a diagnostic entity and whether the syndrome predicts coronary heart disease (CHD) better than global risk stratification. The use of the metabolic syndrome as a potential adjunct to improve global risk stratification has received less attention. The authors evaluated the relationship(More)