Rates of Referral to Coronary Angiography After Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (MPI)

Conclusions: About 1 in 5 patients undergoing PET MPI are referred for coronary angiography within 90 days of testing, a rate greater than that reported for SPECT MPI, likely due to higher baseline risk of patients undergoing PET MPI testing. While referral rates for coronary angiography varied based on the presence or absence of prior documented clinical CAD and presence of test abnormalities, nearly 36% of patients with moderate-severe ischemia were not referred. Further work is needed to characterize why such patients are not referred for invasive evaluation to optimize the use of PET MPI in this high-risk population.
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Authors: Tags: Cardiovascular Clinical Science Poster Session Source Type: research

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In this study, we collected raw water from different elements of a local full-scale plant to investigate the fouling characteristics along a two-stage-module NF process. The fouled membranes at different flux decline ratios were autopsied according to scanning electron microscope (SEM), atomic force microscope (AFM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS), adenosine triphosphate (ATP), contact angle and zeta potential measurements to track the dynamic evolution of organic, inorganic and biological fouling. Statistical approaches, including principal component analysis (PCA), ...
Source: Journal of Membrane Science - Category: Materials Science Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 19 February 2020Source: Prostaglandins &Other Lipid MediatorsAuthor(s): Anne Barden, Michael Phillips, Emilie Mas, Lisa M. Hill, Ian Mowat, P.S. Loh, Tomas Corcoran, Trevor A. Mori
Source: Prostaglandins and Other Lipid Mediators - Category: Lipidology Source Type: research
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Source: Libyan Journal of Medicine - Category: General Medicine Tags: Libyan J Med Source Type: research
Conclusion: This study supports the psychometric properties of the Norwegian Self-Efficacy for Therapeutic Use of Self questionnaire in assessing self-efficacy in therapeutic encounters. Further research is needed to address the misfit items and the rating scale issue.Significance: Rasch analysis showed that the Norwegian Self-Efficacy for Therapeutic Use of Self questionnaire is promising to be used as a reliable and valid tool. PMID: 32065554 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy - Category: Occupational Health Tags: Scand J Occup Ther Source Type: research
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Source: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy - Category: Occupational Health Tags: Scand J Occup Ther Source Type: research
Walking is often touted as a perfect exercise to improve multiple aspects of health. But what if walking causes leg pain? Many people shrug off leg pain when they walk as a normal part of aging. In some cases, though, it’s the sign of peripheral artery disease (PAD), which can put heart and brain health at risk. While PAD doesn’t usually run in families, it’s more likely to occur as people age, or among people who smoke or have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. What causes leg pain if you have PAD? People with PAD have fatty deposits in arteries outside the heart — most often in th...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Exercise and Fitness Healthy Aging Heart Health Hypertension and Stroke Pain Management Source Type: blogs
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Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
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Source: Wheat Belly Blog - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Wheat Belly diabetes grain-free grains Inflammation sugar undoctored Source Type: blogs
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Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
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Source: PubMed: Eur J Vasc Endovasc ... - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg Source Type: research
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