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Publications by Current / Former VCU Cardiology Fellows

Are medical students ready for meaningful use? Ferenchick G, Solomon D, Mohmand A, Towfiq B, Kavanaugh K, Warbasse L, Addison J, Chames F. Medical Education Online. 2013;18:22495

Mobile technology for the facilitation of direct observation and assessment of student performance. Ferenchick G, Solomon D, Mohmand A, et al. Teaching and Learning in Medicine. 2013;25(4):292

Documenting clinical performance problems among medical students: feedback for learner remediation and curriculum enhancement. Mavis B, Wagner D, Henry R, Carravallah L, Gold J, Maurer J, Mohmand A, Osuch J, Roskos S, Saxe A, Sousa A, Prins V. Medical Education Online. 2013;18:20598

The safety of preoperative vardenafil in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting surgery. Ali A, Binder A, Mohmand A, Stewart H, Pipken M, Martin M, Szentpetery S, Katlaps G, Jovin I. Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology. 2013;62(1):106-9

Phosphodiesterase inhibitors, congestive heart failure and sudden death: Time for re-evaluation. Varma A, Shah KB, Hess ML. Congest Heart Fail 2012: In Press

Fixing the "broken heart": pharmacologic implications. Shah R, Kodmuri V, Bhuriya R, Singh P, Adigopula S, Khosla S, Arora R. American Journal of Therapeutics. 2012;19(3):e105-13.

Favorable effects of vasodilators on left ventricular remodeling in asymptomatic patient with chronic moderate to severe aortic regurgitation and normal ejection fraction: a meta-analysis of clinical trials. Shah R, Singh M, Bhuriya R, Molnar J, Arora R, Khosla S. Clinical Cardiology. 2012;35(10):619-25.

Septic pulmonary embolism in a patient with defibrillator lead endocarditis. Ali A, Raza S, Khan R, Bechard D, Kaszala K, Jovin IS.
Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2012 Jan 15;185(2):e2. No abstract available.
PMID: 22246711 [PubMed - in process] 

Femoral vascular access-site complications in the cardiac catheterization laboratory: diagnosis and management. Bhatty S, Cooke R, Shetty R, Jovin IS.
Interv. Cardiol. 2011;3(4):503-14. Review.

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome: diagnosis and treatment. Thanavaro JL, Thanavaro KL.
Heart Lung. 2011 Nov-Dec;40(6):554-60. Epub 2011 Feb 17.
PMID: 21329983 [PubMed - in process] 

Percutaneous coronary intervention for persistent occlusion of the infarct-related artery: an expanded view of the evidence. Appleton D, Abbate A, Biondi-Zoccai G.
Arch Intern Med. 2011 Nov 28;171(21):1960-1; author reply 1961. No abstract available.
PMID: 22123813 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] 

Percutaneous renal artery intervention versus medical therapy in patients with renal artery stenosis: a meta-analysis. Shetty R, Biondi-Zoccai GG, Abbate A, Amin MS, Jovin IS.
EuroIntervention. 2011 Nov;7(7):844-51. doi: 10.4244/EIJV7I7A132.
PMID: 22082580 [PubMed - in process]

Methadone-induced torsades de pointes: a twist of fate. Thanavaro KL, Thanavaro JL.
Heart Lung. 2011 Sep-Oct;40(5):448-53. Epub 2011 Mar 16.
PMID: 21411146 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] 

Medical Therapy of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms: Are We There Yet? Danyi P, Elefteriades JA, Jovin IS.
Circulation. 2011 Sep 27;124(13):1469-76. Review. No abstract available.
PMID: 21947934 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Left circumflex occlusion in acute myocardial infarction (from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry).
Stribling WK, Kontos MC, Abbate A, Cooke R, Vetrovec GW, Dai D, Honeycutt E, Wang TY, Lotun K.
Am J Cardiol. 2011 Oct 1;108(7):959-63. Epub 2011 Aug 4.
PMID: 21820644 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and their effects on contrast-induced nephropathy after cardiac catheterization or percutaneous coronary intervention. Patel K, King CA, Jovin IS.
Cardiovasc Revasc Med. 2011 Mar-Apr;12(2):90-3. Epub 2010 Oct 20.
PMID: 21421186 [PubMed - in process]

Influence of Smoking on the Location of Acute Myocardial Infarctions. Alemu R, Fuller EE, Harper JF, Feldman M. ISRN Cardiology, vol. 2011, Article ID 174358, 3 pages, 2011. doi:10.5402/2011/174358

Defining patient-prosthesis mismatch and its effect on survival in patients with impaired ejection fraction. Cotoni DA, Palac RT, Dacey LJ, O'Rourke DJ.
Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Mar;91(3):692-9.
PMID: 21352981 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Clinical outcomes in patients with acute left circumflex/obtuse marginal occlusion presenting with myocardial infarction.
Stribling WK, Kontos MC, Abbate A, Cooke R, Vetrovec GW, Lotun K.
J Interv Cardiol. 2011 Feb;24(1):27-33. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8183.2010.00599.x. Epub 2010 Oct 19.
PMID: 20958792 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Electrocardiographic ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction in critically ill patients: an observational cohort analysis. Rennyson SL, Hunt J, Haley MW, Norton HJ, Littmann L.
Crit Care Med. 2010 Dec;38(12):2304-9.
PMID: 20890196 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Limited value of brain natriuretic peptide as a prognostic marker in acute heart failure--a meta-analysis. Binder A, Seropian IM, Kontos MC, Van Tassell BW, Biondi-Zoccai GG, Abbate A.
Int J Cardiol. 2010 Dec 3;145(3):540-1. Epub 2010 Jun 12. No abstract available.
PMID: 20541821 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] 

Recurrent, severe, and rapidly reversible apical ballooning syndrome in status asthmaticus. Rennyson SL, Parker JM, Symanski JD, Littmann L.
Heart Lung. 2010 Nov-Dec;39(6):537-9.
PMID: 20561882 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Aspirin desensitization/challenge in 3 patients with unstable angina. Ortega-Loayza AG, Raza S, Minisi AJ, Topaz O, Heller A, Jovin IS.
Am J Med Sci. 2010 Nov;340(5):418-20.
PMID: 20739873 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Bypass Graft Stent Fracture Leading to Saphenous Vein Graft Pseudoaneurysm. Stribling WK, Prinz AW, Topaz O, Khan R, Gentili A, Jovin IS.
Circulation. 2010 Oct 5;122(14):e476-7. No abstract available.
PMID: 20921446 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]  

Perioperative stent thrombosis. Raza SA, Popescu WM, Jovin, IS
Interv. Cardiol 2010;2(6):821-8. 

Is Losartan the True Panacea for Aneurysm Disease? CON. Danyi P, Jovin IS.
Cardiol Clin. 2010 May;28(2):279-85. Review.
PMID: 20452542 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] 

Interleukin-1 blockade with anakinra to prevent adverse cardiac remodeling after acute myocardial infarction (Virginia Commonwealth University Anakinra Remodeling Trial [VCU-ART] Pilot study). Abbate A, Kontos MC, Grizzard JD, Biondi-Zoccai GG, Van Tassell BW, Robati R, Roach LM, Arena RA, Roberts CS, Varma A, Gelwix CC, Salloum FN, Hastillo A, Dinarello CA, Vetrovec GW; VCU-ART Investigators.
Am J Cardiol. 2010 May 15;105(10):1371-1377.e1. Epub 2010 Apr 2.
PMID: 20451681 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Acute stent thrombosis: rare but still there. Igbokidi O, Jovin IS.
South Med J. 2010 Mar;103(3):188-9. No abstract available.
PMID: 20134392 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Benefits of coronary revascularization in stable patients in the short and long term after acute myocardial infarction. Appleton DL, Biondi-Zoccai GGL, Abbate A.
Interv. Cardiol. 2010 Feb;2(1): 67-76                                                            

Interleukin-1 trap attenuates cardiac remodeling after experimental acute myocardial infarction in mice. Van Tassell BW, Varma A, Salloum FN, Das A, Seropian IM, Toldo S, Smithson L, Hoke NN, Chau VQ, Robati R, Abbate A.
J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 2010 Feb;55(2):117-22.
PMID: 19920765 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Iron deficiency anemia and cardiac mortality in patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction undergoing coronary stenting. Varma A, Appleton DL, Nusca A, Lipinski MJ, Goudreau E, Cowley MJ, Wittkamp M, Vetrovec GW, Abbate A.
Minerva Cardioangiol. 2010 Feb;58(1):1-10.
PMID: 20145590 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Does aspirin use adversely influence intermediate-term postdischarge outcomes for hospitalized patients who are treated with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers? Findings from Organized Program to Facilitate Life-Saving
Treatment in Hospitalized Patients with Heart Failure (OPTIMIZE-HF).
Levy PD, Nandyal D, Welch RD, Sun JL, Pieper K, Ghali JK, Fonarow GC, Gheorghiade M, O'Connor CM.
Am Heart J. 2010 Feb;159(2):222-230.e2. Erratum in: Am Heart J. 2010 Jul;160(1):208.
PMID: 20152220 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Interleukin-1b modulation using a genetically engineered antibody prevents adverse cardiac remodelling following acute myocardial infarction in the mouse. Abbate A, Van Tassell BW, Seropian IM, Toldo S, Robati R, Varma A, Salloum FN, Smithson L, Dinarello CA.
Eur J Heart Fail. 2010 Apr;12(4):319-22. No abstract available.
PMID: 20335350 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Pharmacologic inhibition of myeloid differentiation factor 88 (MyD88) prevents left ventricular dilation and hypertrophy after experimental acute myocardial infarction in the mouse. Van Tassell BW, Seropian IM, Toldo S, Salloum FN, Smithson L, Varma A, Hoke NN, Gelwix C, Chau V, Abbate A.
J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 2010 Apr;55(4):385-90. Erratum in: J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 2011 Feb;57(2):272. Dosage error in article text.
PMID: 20125030 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] 

The OstialPro positioning system for a renal artery stenosis. Igbokidi O, Jovin IS.
Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2010 Feb 15;75(3):430-2.
PMID: 20049958 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Brugada-pattern electrocardiogram in propranolol intoxication. Rennyson SL, Littmann L.
Am J Emerg Med. 2010 Feb;28(2):256.e7-8.
PMID: 20159410 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Beware of the B(e)all Valve Mistaken Valve Identity, 30-Year Survival, and Valve Replacement. Topaz O, Rutherford MS, Mackey-Bojack S, Polkampally PR, Topaz A, Prinz A, Szentpetery S.
Tex Heart Inst J. 2010;37(2):237-9.
PMID: 20401304 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] 

Origin of a common trunk for the inferior phrenic arteries from the right renal artery: a new anatomic vascular variant with clinical implications. Topaz O, Topaz A, Polkampally PR, Damiano T, King CA.
Cardiovasc Revasc Med. 2010 Jan-Mar;11(1):57-62.
PMID: 20129362 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

The implementation of a mobile problem-specific electronic CEX for assessing directly observed student patient encounters. Ferenchick GS, Foreback J, Towfiq B, Kavanaugh K, Solomon D, Mohmand A.
Med Educ Online. 2010 Jan 29;15. doi: 10.3402/meo.v15i0.4276.
PMID: 20174616 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Relation of nausea and vomiting in acute myocardial infarction to location of the infarct. Fuller EE, Alemu R, Harper JF, Feldman M.
Am J Cardiol. 2009 Dec 15;104(12):1638-40.
PMID: 19962467 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] 

Excimer laser debulking for percutaneous coronary intervention in left main coronary artery disease. Topaz O, Polkampally PR, Mohanty PK, Rizk M, Bangs J, Bernardo NL.
Lasers Med Sci. 2009 Nov;24(6):955-60. Epub 2009 Feb 24.

Utilization of excimer laser debulking for critical lesions unsuitable for standard renal angioplasty. Topaz O, Polkampally PR, Topaz A, Polkampally CR, Jara J, Rizk M, McDowell K, Feldman G.
Lasers Surg Med. 2009 Nov;41(9):622-7.
PMID: 19816915 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Using patient encounter logs for mandated clinical encounters in an internal medicine clerkship. Ferenchick G, Mohmand A, Mireles J, Solomon D.
Teach Learn Med. 2009 Oct;21(4):299-304.
PMID: 20183356 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] 

Apoptosis in Patients With Acute Myocarditis. Abbate A, Sinagra G, Bussani R, Hoke NN, Merlo M, Varma A, Toldo S, Salloum FN, Biondi-Zoccai GG, Vetrovec GW, Crea F, Silvestri F, Baldi A.
Am J Cardiol. 2009 Oct 1;104(7):995-1000.
PMID: 19766770 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor, tadalafil, protects against myocardial ischemia/reperfusion through protein-kinase g-dependent generation of hydrogen sulfide. Salloum FN, Chau VQ, Hoke NN, Abbate A, Varma A, Ockaili RA, Toldo S, Kukreja RC.
Circulation. 2009 Sep 15;120(11 Suppl):S31-6. Erratum in: Circulation. 2009 Oct 13;120(15):e139.
PMID: 19752383 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]  

Atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis: current therapy and future developments. Shetty R, Amin MS, Jovin IS.
Am Heart J. 2009 Aug;158(2):154-62. Review.
PMID: 19619689 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Parecoxib inhibits apoptosis in acute myocardial infarction due to permanent coronary ligation but not due to ischemia-reperfusion. Salloum FN, Hoke NN, Seropian IM, Varma A, Ownby ED, Houser JE, Van Tassell BW, Abbate A.
J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 2009 Jun;53(6):495-8.
PMID: 19455055 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] 

Anakinra in Experimental Acute Myocardial Infarction—Does Dosage or Duration of Treatment Matter? Salloum FN, Chau V, Varma A, Hoke NN, Toldo S, Biondi-Zoccai GG, Crea F, Vetrovec GW, Abbate A.
Cardiovasc Drugs Ther. 2009 Apr;23(2):129-35. Epub 2008 Nov 13.
PMID: 19005744 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

ECG image of the month: Dig it? Parker JM, Wall BP, Rennyson SL, Littmann L.
Am J Med. 2009 Apr;122(4):342-4. No abstract available.
PMID: 19332228 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Safety of drug-eluting stents in patients with left ventricular dysfunction undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. Nusca A, Lipinski MJ, Varma A, Appleton DL, Goudreau E, Cowley MJ, Wittkamp MJ, Di Sciascio G, Vetrovec GW, Abbate A.
Am J Cardiol. 2008 Sep 15;102(6):679-82. Epub 2008 Jun 18.
PMID: 18773987 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] 

Significance of respiratory artifact in the electrocardiogram. Littmann L, Rennyson SL, Wall BP, Parker JM.
Am J Cardiol. 2008 Oct 15;102(8):1090-6. Epub 2008 Jul 25.
PMID: 18929715 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy in a nonagenarian. Wall BP, Rennyson SL, Littmann L.
J Am Geriatr Soc. 2008 Jun;56(6):1161-3. No abstract available.
PMID: 18554375 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] 

Relation of Blood Urea Nitrogen to Long-Term Mortality in Patients With Heart Failure. Cauthen CA, Lipinski MJ, Abbate A, Appleton D, Nusca A, Varma A, Goudreau E, Cowley MJ, Vetrovec GW.
Am J Cardiol. 2008 Jun 1;101(11):1643-7. Epub 2008 Apr 9.
PMID: 18489944 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Late percutaneous coronary intervention for the totally occluded infarct-related artery: a meta-analysis of the effects on cardiac function and remodeling. Appleton DL, Abbate A, Biondi-Zoccai GG.
Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2008 May 1;71(6):772-81. Review.
PMID: 18415952 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Late open artery hypothesis in clinical practice-is it a "dead" issue? Abbate A, Biondi-Zoccai GG, Appleton DL, Vetrovec GW.
Am J Cardiol. 2008 May 15;101(10):1520-1. No abstract available.
PMID: 18471474 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Revisiting the role of percutaneous revascularization versus medical therapy for later infarct-related artery occlusion (letter of comment on Ioannidis and Katritsis. Am Heart J. 2007;154:1065-71). Appleton D, Abbate A, Biondi-Zoccai GG, Delcré S, Bollati M, Sheiban I, Agostoni P.
Am Heart J. 2008 Apr;155(4):e41; author reply e43. Epub 2008 Feb 21. No abstract available.
PMID: 18371460 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] 

Survival and Cardiac Remodeling Benefits in Patients Undergoing Late Percutaneous
Coronary Intervention of the Infarct-Related Artery Evidence From a Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.
Abbate A, Biondi-Zoccai GG, Appleton DL, Erne P, Schoenenberger AW, Lipinski MJ, Agostoni P, Sheiban I, Vetrovec GW.
J Am Coll Cardiol. 2008 Mar 4;51(9):956-64. Epub 2008 Feb 6.
PMID: 18308165 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Bi-fascicular block on EKG as the initial presenting sign of cardiac sarcoidosis. Ramachandran V, Stevens MP, Amin M, Appleton D, Abbate A.
Int J Cardiol. 2007 May 16;118(1):e1-2. Epub 2007 Mar 26. No abstract available.
PMID: 17379331 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]