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We sought to determine whether diabetes mellitus independently conferred poor prognosis in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). In 3,742 patients enrolled in the Primary Angioplasty in Myocardial Infarction (PAMI) studies...
In this review article, we describe the most common surgical procedures currently used to reverse or arrest remodeling of the left ventricle in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). The selection of the appropriate operation in a patient is a complex decision-making process, rigorously...
Congestive heart failure (CHF) affects about 1% of adults in the United States and is a contributing factor in >250,000 deaths per year. In an increasingly elderly population, the surgical treatment of CHF made great progress during the past 3 decades, consuming enormous health care resources....
Patients with severe heart failure require large quantities of health care resources, and more intensive interventions are not always related to a decrease in need for medical care, including hospitalization. A thoughtful approach to the efficient and expeditious allocation of these resources is...
Measurement of fractional flow reserve (FFR) with a pressure wire is used to discriminate between patients with and without functionally significant lesions. FFR can be assessed through a conventional 4Fr diagnostic catheter, which is a more convenient method of assessment. The aim of this study...
Cardiac resynchronization therapy is a novel nonpharmacologic approach to treating patients who have advanced heart failure with left bundle branch block (LBBB). Such a therapy is based on the original theory that synchronous biventricular pacing is able to reduce the interventricular delay...
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