Zhenxiang Zhao

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BACKGROUND The significant economic burden associated with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) provides a need to evaluate both medical costs and productivity costs, according to evolving guideline-driven ACS treatment strategies, medical management (MM), percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), or coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). METHODS Commercially(More)
BACKGROUND Intensive statins are superior to moderate statins in reducing morbidity and mortality after an acute myocardial infarction. Although studies have documented rates of statin prescription as a quality performance measure, variations in hospitals' rates of initiating, intensifying, and maximizing statin therapy after acute myocardial infarction are(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare 30 and 90 day real-world acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and bleeding related rehospitalization rates in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients receiving percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI; ACS-PCI) treated with clopidogrel or prasugrel. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Using the Premier hospital database, ACS-PCI patients(More)
BACKGROUND Rehospitalizations for acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and coronary revascularization after an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) are not only common and costly but can also impact patients' quality of life. In contrast to mortality and all-cause readmissions, little insight is available into risk factors associated with ACS and revascularization(More)
OBJECTIVE Recent guidelines recommend use of aspirin and either clopidogrel or prasugrel for at least 12 months following use of drug-eluting or bare metal stents in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). This study evaluated factors associated with clopidogrel use and adherence in ACS patients(More)
PURPOSE To measure the adherence and persistence of patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) initiating prasugrel after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS Using the Thomson Reuters MarketScan Commercial and Medicare Supplemental database, a retrospective cohort study identified patients initiating prasugrel following ACS-PCI(More)
OBJECTIVES Several pharmacologic therapies have been recommended for managing fibromyalgia. However, the factors associated with each treatment initiation have not been well established. This study assessed factors that were associated with the use of duloxetine vs. other pain medications among patients with fibromyalgia. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS(More)
Aggressively managing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) after myocardial infarction (MI) is a cornerstone of secondary prevention. The changes in LDL-C after MI and the factors associated with LDL-C levels are unknown. Therefore, we directly measured fasting LDL-C levels in 797 MI patients from 24 US hospitals from 2005 to 2008. Mean LDL-C levels(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine medication dosing patterns of duloxetine and pregabalin among patients with fibromyalgia. METHODS From a large US administrative claims database, commercially insured fibromyalgia patients aged 18-64 who initiated duloxetine or pregabalin in 2006 were selected. Initiation was defined as a 90-day medication gap, with the dispense date(More)
AIM To assess the prevalence of high-risk atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD, defined as history of acute coronary syndrome [hACS], cerebrovascular atherosclerotic disease [CeVAD], peripheral artery disease [PAD], or coronary artery disease w/diabetes [CADD]) and associated costs and cardiovascular (CV) events in Japan. METHODS A retrospective(More)