Vlad Cotarlan

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AIMS Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are increasingly used as therapeutic options for patients with advanced congestive heart failure (CHF), many of whom suffer from diabetes mellitus (DM). The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of restoration of normal cardiac output using LVAD support on diabetes control in patients with advanced CHF. (More)
BACKGROUND Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is widely considered a contraindication for cardiac transplantation. However, with the newer anti-retroviral drugs, the estimated 10-year survival after seroconversion is exceeds 90%. This case series describes the intermediate range outcome of HIV-positive cardiac transplant recipients. METHODS A(More)
Orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT) may represent the only treatment option for patients with end-stage cardiovascular disease due to mediastinal radiation therapy (MRT). The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of OHT in this patient population. We conducted a retrospective, single-center cohort study of patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Venous stenosis is a common complication of transvenous lead implantation, but the risk factors for venous stenosis have not been well defined to date. This study was designed to evaluate the incidence of and risk factors for venous stenosis in a large consecutive cohort. METHODS AND RESULTS A total of 212 consecutive patients (136 male, 76(More)
A slow, steady heart rate (HR) is necessary for optimal image quality during coronary computed tomographic angiography. Beta blockers are often used, but the goal HR is not achieved in some patients. The aim of this study was to examine the influence of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the β(1) (codons 49 and 389) and β(2) (codons 16, 27, and 164)(More)
BACKGROUND Chest pain decision unit (CDU) evaluation of patients with acute chest pain (ACP) and nondiagnostic electrocardiogram (ECG) usually includes noninvasive testing for coronary artery disease (CAD). HYPOTHESIS CAD evaluation will not improve clinical outcome in low-risk ACP patients. METHODS We studied 459 adults admitted to CDU with ACP and no(More)
AIMS Atrial fibrillation (AF) uncommonly occurs during dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE). We aimed to characterize the predictors and long-term prognostic significance of AF during DSE. METHODS The clinical, echocardiographic, and outcome data of patients in sinus rhythm who developed AF during DSE were reviewed and compared to a propensity(More)
In patients with obstructive coronary artery disease, electrocardiographic (ECG) ST-segment elevation (STE) is frequently seen during dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) in leads overlying previous transmural left ventricular (LV) myocardial infarction. The mechanism of occasional STE during DSE in LV region with inducible myocardial ischemia and no(More)
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