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Background Predicted left ventricular (LV) mass for sex, height 2.7 , and hemodynamic load can be used as an intrapatient reference for the observed LV mass. The ratio of observed/predicted LV mass may allow more physiologically correct comparisons of LV geometry, systolic and diastolic...
Background Now that marathon racing is growing in popularity, many thousands of enthusiastic athletes are participating in various ultramarathons all over the world each year. However, it remains controversial whether such a sport contributes to the promotion of health. The occurrence of...
Background The American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for exercise testing suggest that only selected groups of high-risk patients should undergo routine functional testing after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) for the detection of...
Background Although early peak creatine kinase activity (peak CK) is considered a reliable marker of coronary reperfusion in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), whether early peak CK indicates good myocardial salvage is unclear. Moreover, some patients have late peak CK despite...
Background The purpose of this study was to assess the diagnostic value of recording the cardiac rhythm during presyncope in patients undergoing monitoring for undiagnosed syncope. Methods and Results Eighty-five patients (age, 59 ± 18 years; 44 men, 41 women) with recurrent unexplained syncope...
Background Early atherosclerosis involves the endothelium of many arteries. Information about peripheral arterial anatomy and function derived from vascular imaging studies such as brachial artery reactivity (BAR) and carotid intima media thickness (IMT) may be pertinent to the coronary...
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