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Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator-related procedures and associated complications in continuous flow left ventricular assist device recipients: A multicenter experience.

Ashwin Ravichandran, Naga Venkata K Pothineni, Jaimin R Trivedi, Henri Roukoz, Mustafa M Ahmed, Adarsh Bhan, Geetha Bhat, Jennifer Cowger, Amin Al Ahmad, Andrea Natale, Luigi Di Biase, Mark S Slaughter, Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, Rakesh Gopinathannair,

<h4>Background</h4>Limited data exist regarding complication rates of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization therapy devices (CRT-D) in patients with left ventricular assist devices (LVAD).<h4>Objective</h4>We describe the incidence and characteristics of ICD- and CRT-D-related procedures and complications in a multicenter LVAD cohort.<h4>Methods</h4>A total of 537 LVAD patients with a pre-existing ICD ... Read more >>

Heart Rhythm O2 (Heart rhythm O2)
[2021, 2(6Part B):691-697]

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Contemporary Mechanical Circulatory Support with Continuous Flow Biventricular Assist Devices: A Systematic Review.

Lauren E Meece, Julia Yu, Eric I Jeng, Mustafa M Ahmed,

As the incidence of heart failure increases, so too has that of biventricular failure. While transplantation remains the gold standard therapy for end-stage heart failure, the limited organ supply has increased the need for durable mechanical circulatory support. We therefore sought to conduct a systematic review of continuous flow ventricular ... Read more >>

Cardiol Rev (Cardiology in review)
[2021, :]

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Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Interviews 2021: An Evolution in Process.

Lisa J Rose-Jones, Mustafa M Ahmed, Benjamin H Freed, Andrew M Kates, Meera Kondapaneni, Jonathan R Salik, Victor Soukoulis, Helga Van Herle, Gaby Weissman,

J Am Coll Cardiol (Journal of the American College of Cardiology)
[2021, 78(10):1078-1081]

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A varied approach to left ventricular assist device follow-up improves cost-effectiveness.

Mustafa M Ahmed, Piaopiao Li, Lauren E Meece, Jiang Bian, Hui Shao,

<h4>Background</h4>Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation improves outcomes in advanced heart failure, however, the optimal frequency of outpatient assessments to improve cost-effectiveness and potentially avert readmissions is unclear.<h4>Methods</h4>To test if varying the frequency of follow-up after LVAD implantation reduces readmissions and improves cost-effectiveness, a less intensive follow-up (LIFU) strategy with ... Read more >>

Curr Med Res Opin (Current medical research and opinion)
[2021, 37(9):1501-1505]

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Pericardial release for early LVAD malalignment a less invasive approach.

Eric I Jeng, Alexander D Ghannam, Mustafa M Ahmed,

In a previously well-functioning LVAD, pericardial release via thoracotomy may improve inflow angle and correct malpositioning to ultimately restore LVAD function and patient hemodynamics. To prevent this, we recommend that implantations include a longitudinal pericardiotomy and anchoring sutures. ... Read more >>

Clin Case Rep (Clinical case reports)
[2021, 9(3):1155-1157]

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Cardiac sarcoidosis in the donor heart without extracardiac manifestations.

Mohammad Al-Ani, Mohamad Badie Taha, Brian D Stewart, Gabrielle S Graves, Mustafa M Ahmed, Alex M Parker, Juan M Aranda, Juan Vilaro,

A middle-aged woman who received heart transplantation for end-stage sarcoid cardiomyopathy developed recurrent cardiac sarcoidosis in the donor heart. She presented 5 years post-transplantation with heart block and systolic dysfunction, without extracardiac involvement. Her disease was unresponsive to corticosteroids. Routine functional imaging may help identify such recurrences. ... Read more >>

BMJ Case Rep (BMJ case reports)
[2021, 14(4):]

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Pregnancy With a Ventricular Assist Device: A Systematic Review of the Existing Literature.

Lauren E Meece, Ki Park, Tony S Wen, Eric I Jeng, Mustafa M Ahmed,

J Card Fail (Journal of cardiac failure)
[2021, 27(2):185-187]

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Erratum to "Cardiovascular Considerations for the Internist and Hospitalist in the COVID-19 Era" AmJMed, 133(11); 1254-1261.

Michael R Massoomi, R David Anderson, Mustafa M Ahmed, Osama Dasa, Philip George, William M Miles, Juan M Aranda, Carl J Pepine,

Am J Med (The American journal of medicine)
[2021, 134(4):555]

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Transaxillary Intra-aortic Balloon Pump Promotes Physical Rehabilitation in Patients Requiring Long-term Mechanical Circulatory Support.

Aneel Deshmukh, Edward McGough, Mustafa M Ahmed,

J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth (Journal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia)
[2021, 35(4):1255-1256]

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Early versus standard renal replacement therapy after left ventricular assist device implantation.

Hua Liu, Eric Jeng, Daniel Demos, Juan Vilaro, Mustafa M Ahmed, Alex Parker, James Pinzon, Juan Aranda, Thomas M Beaver, George J Arnaoutakis,

<h4>Objectives</h4>Renal function may improve after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implant, however, some patients develop postoperative acute kidney injury (AKI). Randomized trials showed benefit for early renal replacement therapy (RRT) in critically ill patients with AKI, but this practice has not been studied in LVAD patients.<h4>Methods</h4>We performed a single-center, retrospective ... Read more >>

J Card Surg (Journal of cardiac surgery)
[2020, 35(10):2529-2538]

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Acute right ventricular failure: a novel presentation of methadone-induced cardiotoxicity.

Mohamad Badie Taha, Osama Dasa, Mohammad Al-Ani, Omar B Taha, Nila S Radhakrishnan, Mustafa M Ahmed,

As methadone use increases, the potential for methadone-induced cardiotoxicity (MIC) may rise. We describe a case of acute right ventricular (RV) failure leading to cardiogenic shock after methadone overdose. This presentation was followed by full RV recovery. This previously undescribed presentation highlights the challenges involved with MIC, its diagnosis and ... Read more >>

BMJ Case Rep (BMJ case reports)
[2020, 13(11):]

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Reply: Advantage of leadless pacemaker over the conventional pacemaker in patients with left ventricular assist device.

Alex M Parker, Juan R Vilaro, Juan M Aranda, Mohammad Al-Ani, Phillip George, Mustafa M Ahmed,

Pacing Clin Electrophysiol (Pacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE)
[2020, 43(10):1218]

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Hemodynamic effects of ivabradine use in combination with intravenous inotropic therapy in advanced heart failure.

Mohammed Elzeneini, Juan M Aranda, Mohammad Al-Ani, Mustafa M Ahmed, Alex M Parker, Juan R Vilaro,

Intravenous inotropic therapy can be used in patients with advanced heart failure, as palliative therapy or as a bridge to cardiac transplantation or mechanical circulatory support, as well as in cardiogenic shock. Their use is limited to increasing cardiac output in low cardiac output states and reducing ventricular filling pressures ... Read more >>

Heart Fail Rev (Heart failure reviews)
[2021, 26(2):355-361]

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Patterns of emergency department utilization for LVAD patients compared with non-LVAD patients.

Mohammad Al-Ani, Sarah S Gul, Abhishek Khatri, Muhammad Abdul Baker Chowdhury, Matthew Drabin, Travis Murphy, Brandon Allen, Juan M Aranda, Juan Vilaro, Eric I Jeng, George J Arnaoutakis, Alex M Parker, Lauren E Meece, Mustafa M Ahmed,

<h4>Background</h4>Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) patients are vulnerable to over-utilization of resources.<h4>Methods and results</h4>We explored the pattern of emergency department (ED) presentations of LVAD patients and their costs compared with non-LVAD heart failure patients. ED visits between 7/2008 and 7/2017 were reviewed to identify 145 LVAD patients, and 435 patients ... Read more >>

Int J Cardiol Heart Vasc (International journal of cardiology. Heart & vasculature)
[2020, 30:100617]

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Severe COVID-19 After Recent Heart Transplantation Complicated by Allograft Dysfunction.

Juan Vilaro, Mohammad Al-Ani, Diana Gomez Manjarres, Jorge E Lascano, Kartik Cherabuddi, Akram Y Elgendy, Mark S Bleiweiss, Alex M Parker, Mustafa M Ahmed, Juan M Aranda,

A 50-year-old male presented with atrial flutter 25 days after heart and kidney transplantation. Rejection was excluded, but he developed severe COVID-19 infection with cardiac allograft dysfunction. Despite continued corticosteroid and tacrolimus therapy, he remained aviremic. Respiratory and myocardial functions recovered after a week of mechanical ventilation. The cardiomyopathy was stress ... Read more >>

JACC Case Rep (JACC. Case reports)
[2020, 2(9):1347-1350]

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Cardiovascular Considerations for the Internist and Hospitalist in the COVID-19 Era.

Michael R Massoomi, R David Anderson, Mustafa M Ahmed, Osama Dasa, Philip George, William M Miles, Juan M Aranda, Carl J Pepine,

It is clear that existing cardiovascular disease is a major risk factor for COVID-19 and related adverse outcomes. In addition to acute respiratory syndrome, a large cohort also develop myocardial or vascular dysfunction, in part from inflammation and renin angiotensin system activation with increased sympathetic outflow, cardiac arrhythmias, ischemia, heart ... Read more >>

Am J Med (The American journal of medicine)
[2020, 133(11):1254-1261]

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Continued versus Suspended Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy after Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation.

Henri Roukoz, Adarsh Bhan, Ashwin Ravichandran, Mustafa M Ahmed, Geetha Bhat, Jennifer Cowger, Munazzah Abdullah, Rahul Dhawan, Jaimin R Trivedi, Mark S Slaughter, Rakesh Gopinathannair,

Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) improves outcomes in heart failure patients with wide QRS complex. However, CRT management following continuous flow Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implant vary: some centers continue CRT while others turn off the left ventricular (LV) lead at LVAD implant. We sought to study the effect of ... Read more >>

Sci Rep (Scientific reports)
[2020, 10(1):2573]

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Leadless pacemaker use in a patient with a durable left ventricular assist device.

Alex M Parker, Juan R Vilaro, Juan M Aranda, Mohammad Al-Ani, Phillip George, Mustafa M Ahmed,

There is limited known safety and efficacy of leadless pacemaker device use in patients with durable left ventricular assist devices (LVADs). We present a case of a pacemaker-dependent LVAD patient with infection of permanent transvenous pacemaker who underwent successful implantation of Micra transcatheter pacing system (Medtronic). ... Read more >>

Pacing Clin Electrophysiol (Pacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE)
[2020, 43(9):1048-1050]

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High-Grade Atrioventricular Block Associated With Acute Influenza.

Kevin Ergle, Janelle Y Gooden, Mustafa M Ahmed,

Influenza causes cardiac and pulmonary complications that can lead to death. Its effect on the conduction system, first described a century ago, has long been thought to be fairly benign. We report 2 cases of high-grade atrioventricular block associated with acute influenza infection. Both patients-a 50-year-old woman with no history ... Read more >>

Tex Heart Inst J (Texas Heart Institute journal)
[2020, 47(3):220-223]

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Questionable utility of digoxin in left-ventricular assist device recipients: A multicenter, retrospective analysis.

Mustafa M Ahmed, Henri Roukoz, Jaimin R Trivedi, Adarsh Bhan, Ashwin Ravichandran, Rahul Dhawan, Jennifer Cowger, Geetha Bhat, Emma J Birks, Mark S Slaughter, Rakesh Gopinathannair,

<h4>Background</h4>While clinical experience with left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) continues to grow and evolve, little is known regarding the ongoing use of certain medications in this population. We sought to evaluate the utility of digoxin in LVAD recipients and its association with outcomes.<h4>Methods</h4>A total of 505 patients who underwent continuous-flow ... Read more >>

PLoS One (PloS one)
[2019, 14(11):e0225628]

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Pharmacological management of cardiac cachexia: a review of potential therapy options.

Melanie Rolfe, Amir Kamel, Mustafa M Ahmed, Joshua Kramer,

Cardiac cachexia is a syndrome of progressive skeletal muscle and fat loss affecting a significant number of congestive heart failure patients. With the potential detrimental effects of cardiac muscle wasting, greater attention is needed to understanding the prevention and treatment of the condition. Potential therapeutic approaches are aimed at the ... Read more >>

Heart Fail Rev (Heart failure reviews)
[2019, 24(5):617-623]

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Outpatient Intravenous Diuretic Therapy for Acute Heart Failure: A Simplified Solution to a Formidable Problem.

Mohammad A Al-Ani, Cody Schwartz, David Winchester, Julia Barry, Martin Cerda, Juan M Aranda, Mustafa M Ahmed,

J Card Fail (Journal of cardiac failure)
[2020, 26(9):800-801]

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Effects of socioeconomic status on clinical outcomes with ventricular assist devices.

Mustafa M Ahmed, Stephen M Magar, Eric I Jeng, George J Arnaoutakis, Thomas M Beaver, Juan Vilaro, Charles T Klodell, Juan M Aranda,

<h4>Background</h4>Lower socioeconomic status (SES) is a known risk factor for worse outcomes after major cardiovascular interventions. Furthermore, individuals with lower SES face barriers to evaluation for advanced heart failure therapies, including ventricular assist device (VAD) implantation.<h4>Hypothesis</h4>Examination of the effects of individual determinants of SES on VAD outcomes will show similar ... Read more >>

Clin Cardiol (Clinical cardiology)
[2018, 41(11):1463-1467]

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Impact of QRS Duration and Ventricular Pacing on Clinical and Arrhythmic Outcomes in Continuous Flow Left Ventricular Assist Device Recipients: A Multicenter Study.

Rakesh Gopinathannair, Henri Roukoz, Jaimin R Trivedi, Jennifer Cowger, Adarsh Bhan, Ashwin Ravichandran, Geetha Bhat, Emma J Birks, Mark S Slaughter, Mustafa M Ahmed,

<h4>Objectives</h4>Wide QRS duration and ventricular pacing are common in recipients of continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (CF-LVADs) but their impact on outcomes remains unclear. We assessed the clinical and arrhythmic outcomes of CF-LVAD patients with wide QRS or right ventricular (RV) pacing at baseline, compared with those with narrow QRS ... Read more >>

J Card Fail (Journal of cardiac failure)
[2019, 25(5):355-363]

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Ventricular Assist Device Patients Have Different Clinical Outcomes and Altered Patterns of Bleeding with Intracranial Hemorrhage.

Mustafa M Ahmed, Maryam Rahman, Dan Neal, Juan M Aranda, Charles T Klodell,

Intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) is one of the most feared complications of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support. However, outcomes in this group have not been well described. We therefore sought to examine clinical outcomes in this patient population in comparison to those with heart failure (HF) and no LVAD, as ... Read more >>

ASAIO J (ASAIO journal (American Society for Artificial Internal Organs : 1992))
[2018, 64(4):e55-e60]

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