Haider J Warraich

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Publications (19)91.31 Total impact

  • Haider J Warraich, Maheer Gandhavadi, Warren J Manning
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    ABSTRACT: Thromboembolism in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) has often been attributed to occult AF. We hypothesized that the surface ECG may not always reflect left atrial appendage (LAA) mechanical function. Transesophageal echocardiographic images from 201 consecutive patients undergoing transesophageal echocardiography by a single operator were reviewed. LAA pulse wave Doppler phenotype, ECG rhythm, and mitral valve motion for rhythm of the body of the left atrium and the electronic medical record were reviewed by 3 blinded, independent observers. Of 201 patients (63.4±15 years; 61% men) undergoing transesophageal echocardiography, 15 (7.5%) demonstrated LA-LAA discordance including 7 (3.5%) with a sinus rhythm ECG/mitral valve motion and an AF LAA pulse wave Doppler phenotype. Of 24 patients with a clinical history of AF but sinus rhythm ECG, 25% demonstrated a discordant AF LAA pulse wave Doppler phenotype. Compared with concordant AF, the AF discordant group had greater CHA2DS2-VASc (CHADS2, vascular disease, age, sex category; P=0.008) and lower LAA ejection velocity (P=0.02). A quarter of patients with paroxysmal AF demonstrate a prothrombotic AF LAA pulse wave Doppler phenotype, despite concurrent sinus rhythm ECG. These findings provide a novel explanation for ongoing thromboembolism in the paroxysmal AF population, despite apparent ECG maintenance of sinus rhythm.
    Stroke 03/2014; · 6.16 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background Psoriasis patients have a high prevalence of cardiovascular events and are thought to have a relative risk increase of 25% as compared to the general population. However, a causal relationship between psoriasis and cardiovascular disease has not been established. We sought to perform a systematic review of existing data regarding the presence of endothelial dysfunction and subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with plaque psoriasis. Methods A systematic literature search was performed, using Medline database and Ovid SP for relevant literature up to November 2012. Twelve studies met inclusion criteria from an initial search result of 529 articles. Results Among the twelve studies meeting inclusion criteria, two (17%) reported increased mean coronary artery calcification (CAC) in psoriatic patients. Six studies (50%) showed carotid intima–media thickness [CIMT] increase in psoriasis. Five studies (42%) examined flow mediated dilation [FMD], of which three showed decreased FMD in psoriasis patients. One study (8%) each demonstrated a decreased coronary flow reserve and increased arterial stiffness as assessed by pulse wave velocity. Conclusions Patients with psoriasis have an increased burden of subclinical atherosclerosis and endothelial dysfunction. Patients with greater severity and/or disease duration should be targeted for primary screening for cardiovascular disease risk reduction
    Atherosclerosis 01/2014; 232(1):72–78. · 3.71 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have a high burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) but a causal relationship between OSA and atherosclerotic CVD remains unclear. We systematically reviewed the literature analyzing the relationship. A review of the Medline database for studies noninvasively evaluating subclinical CVD in OSA was conducted. A total of fifty-two studies were included in this review. Across the studies the prevalence of atherosclerosis, as assessed by coronary artery calcification, carotid intima-media thickness, brachial artery flow mediated dilation and pulse wave velocity was higher in patients with OSA and correlated with increasing severity and duration of OSA. This study shows OSA is an independent predictor of subclinical CVD; as CVD is more likely to occur in patients with long standing and severe OSA. Further research is however necessary to identify specific OSA populations that would benefit from aggressive screening.
    Sleep Medicine Reviews 01/2014; · 8.68 Impact Factor
  • Haider J Warraich, Alfred E Buxton, Robb D Kociol
    Heart rhythm: the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society 01/2014; · 4.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The impact of aortic valve replacement (AVR) on the dynamic geometry and motion of the mitral annulus remains unknown. We analyzed the effects of AVR on the dynamic geometry and motion of the mitral annulus. We used 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography to analyze 39 consecutive patients undergoing elective surgical AVR for aortic stenosis. Intraoperative 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography was performed immediately before and after AVR. Volumetric data sets were analyzed using a software package capable of dynamically tracking the mitral annulus and leaflets during the entire systolic ejection phase. After AVR, there were significant decreases (p <0.01) in annular dimensions such as anteroposterior (3.5 ± 0.1 vs 3.2 ± 0.1 cm), anterolateral-posteromedial (3.7 ± 0.1 vs 3.5 ± 0.1 cm), and commissural diameters (3.7 ± 0.1 vs 3.3 ± 0.1 cm), as well as annular circumference (12.0 ± 0.30 vs 11.1 ± 0.2 cm) and 3-dimensional mitral annular area (mean 10.9 ± 0.6 vs 9.3 ± 0.3 cm(3)). Vertical mitral annular displacement was also reduced (6.2 ± 3.1 vs 4.3 ± 2.2 mm). Mitral annular nonplanarity angle (154 ± 1.5° vs 161 ± 1.6°) and aorto-mitral angle (133 ± 3.3° vs 142 ± 2.0°) were both increased after AVR, suggesting reduced nonplanar shape of the mitral annulus and reduced aorto-mitral flexion. In conclusion, these data demonstrate that mitral annular size is reduced immediately after AVR and that the dynamic motion of the mitral annulus is restricted. These findings may have important clinical implications for patients undergoing AVR with concurrent mitral regurgitation.
    The American journal of cardiology 07/2013; · 3.58 Impact Factor
  • Haider Javed Warraich
    JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association 07/2013; 310(4):373. · 29.98 Impact Factor
  • Haider Javed Warraich, Khurram Nasir
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    ABSTRACT: Patients with diabetes mellitus are at particularly high risk for cardiovascular disease. Although global risk factor scoring systems, such as the Framingham Risk Score, are well established for screening asymptomatic adults, they are not as predictive in diabetics. Therefore, there has been considerable interest in new screening tests to establish cardiovascular risk in diabetics. Coronary artery calcium assessment, both baseline levels and progression, have been shown to be additive to risk factor scoring systems and are independently predictive of cardiovascular mortality in diabetics. Current American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation guidelines recommend coronary calcium scoring for asymptomatic diabetics. Myocardial perfusion studies are recommended for patients with a coronary calcium score >400 but the level of evidence is poor. The data for other screening tests is limited. Further research is required into assessing what would be an appropriate follow-up duration for serial coronary calcium scanning.
    Current Cardiology Reports 05/2013; 15(5):358.
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    ABSTRACT: Intraoperative real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (RT-3D TEE) was used to examine the geometric changes that occur in the mitral annulus immediately after aortic valve replacement (AVR). A total of 35 patients undergoing elective surgical AVR under cardiopulmonary bypass was enrolled in the study. Intraoperative RT-3D TEE was used prospectively to acquire volumetric echocardiographic datasets immediately before and after AVR. The 3D echocardiographic data were analyzed offline using TomTec Mitral Valve Assessment software to assess changes in specific mitral annular geometric parameters. Datasets were successfully acquired and analyzed for all patients. A significant reduction was noted in the mitral annular area (-16.3%, p < 0.001), circumference (-8.9%, p < 0.001) and the anteroposterior (-6.3%, p = 0.019) and anterolateral-posteromedial (-10.5%, p < 0.001) diameters. A greater reduction was noted in the anterior annulus length compared to the posterior annulus length (10.5% versus 6.2%, p < 0.05) after AVR. No significant change was seen in the non-planarity angle, coaptation depth, and closure line length. During the period of data acquisition before and after AVR, no significant change was noted in the central venous pressure or left ventricular end-diastolic diameter. The mitral annulus undergoes significant geometric changes immediately after AVR. Notably, a 16.3% reduction was observed in the mitral annular area. The anterior annulus underwent a greater reduction in length compared to the posterior annulus, which suggested the existence of a mechanical compression by the prosthetic valve.
    The Journal of heart valve disease 11/2012; 21(6):696-701. · 1.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Mitral valve (MV) annular dynamics have been well described in animal models of functional mitral regurgitation (FMR). Despite this, little if any data exist regarding the dynamic MV annular geometry in humans with FMR. In the current study we hypothesized that 3-dimensional (3D) echocardiography, in conjunction with commercially available software, could be used to quantify the dynamic changes in MV annular geometry associated with FMR. METHODS: Intraoperative 3D transesophageal echocardiographic data obtained from 34 patients with FMR and 15 controls undergoing cardiac operations were dynamically analyzed for differences in mitral annular geometry with TomTec 4D MV Assessment 2.0 software (TomTec Imaging Systems GmbH, Munich, Germany). RESULTS: In patients with FMR, the mean mitral annular area (14.6 cm(2) versus 9.6 cm(2)), circumference (14.1 cm versus 11.4 cm), anteroposterior (4.0 cm versus 3.0 cm) and anterolateral-posteromedial (4.3 cm versus 3.6 cm) diameters, tenting volume (6.2 mm(3) versus 3.5 mm(3)) and nonplanarity angle (NPA) (154 degrees ± 15 versus 136 degrees ± 11) were greater at all points during systole compared with controls (p < 0.01). Vertical mitral annular displacement (5.8 mm versus 8.3 mm) was reduced in FMR compared with controls (p < 0.01). CONCLUSIONS: There are significant differences in dynamic mitral annular geometry between patients with FMR and those without. We were able to analyze these changes in a clinically feasible fashion. Ready availability of this information has the potential to aid comprehensive quantification of mitral annular function and possibly assist in both clinical decision making and annuloplasty ring selection.
    The Annals of thoracic surgery 10/2012; · 3.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A 3-dimensional echocardiographic view of the mitral valve, called the "en face" or "surgical view," presents a view of the mitral valve similar to that seen by the surgeon from a left atrial perspective. Although the anatomical landmarks of this view are well defined, no comprehensive echocardiographic definition has been presented. After reviewing the literature, we provide a definition of the left atrial and left ventricular en face views of the mitral valve. Techniques used to acquire this view are also discussed.
    Anesthesia and analgesia 08/2012; 115(4):779-84. · 3.08 Impact Factor
  • David A Burke, Haider J Warraich, Duane S Pinto
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    ABSTRACT: Anticoagulation has proven to be a key component in the management of acute coronary syndromes (ACS). Pharmacological agents with various modes of action are utilized to reduce thrombus development by impairing thrombin formation, platelet activation, and platelet aggregation. The optimal management of these patients is to achieve maximal anti-ischemic benefit while avoiding bleeding complications. Synthetic "novel" agents have been developed to specifically target factor Xa or thrombin to achieve this goal. A growing amount of data show that these agents provide a net clinical benefit in the setting of stable ischemic heart disease, unstable angina, non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI), and ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).
    Current Cardiology Reports 06/2012; 14(4):493-501.
  • Journal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia 04/2012; 26(2):354-5. · 1.06 Impact Factor
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    Circulation 11/2011; 124(18):1994-5. · 15.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To compare two methods of mitral annular nonplanarity: the mathematically calculated annular height-to-commissural width ratio (AHCWR) and the echocardiographically derived nonplanarity angle. Prospective. Tertiary care university hospital. Three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography. Patients undergoing mitral valve surgery. Using 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography, volumetric datasets were acquired from 22 patients undergoing mitral valve surgery. The intraoperative nonplanarity angle was calculated with Mitral Valve Assessment software (Tomtec GmbH, Munich, Germany). Furthermore, the datasets acquired during 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography were exported to Matlab software (MathWorks, Natick, MA), which was used to calculate the AHCWR. The nonplanarity angle was seen to correlate favorably with the AHCWR (r = 0.70). A favorable correlation was found between the nonplanarity angle and the AHCWR. This suggests that the nonplanarity angle can be used to assess mitral annular nonplanarity in a clinically feasible fashion.
    Journal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia 11/2011; 26(2):186-90. · 1.06 Impact Factor
  • Haider Javed Warraich, Sajid Shahul, Robina Matyal, Feroze Mahmood
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    ABSTRACT: The authors analyze a commercially available software package capable of geometrically reconstructing the mitral valve (MV) dynamically throughout systole. Three-dimensional echocardiography has revolutionized the understanding of MV geometry. Advanced quantification software can be used to assess geometric changes in the MV, which have been shown to have important implications for MV surgery. The authors performed geometric analysis on 24 patients, with both anatomically normal and abnormal MVs to assess the feasibility of this new software. The application of this new software is briefly reviewed. This new software, despite its limitations, allows an improved perspective on MV geometry with implications for MV repair and surgical decision making.
    Journal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia 10/2011; 25(5):863-6. · 1.06 Impact Factor
  • Journal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia 08/2011; 25(5):885-6. · 1.06 Impact Factor
  • Anesthesia and analgesia 04/2011; 112(6):1300-2. · 3.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We present the case of a 78-year-old woman who presented with acute anterior myocardial infraction. An intraoperative transesophageal echocardiogram revealed an akinetic apex with hyperkinesis of the basal segments causing systolic anterior motion of the mitral valve. The patient was immediately placed on cardiopulmonary bypass. Her postoperative course was uneventful. We present transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiographic videos showing this unique complication and describing the challenge of managing a patient who required opposing therapies.
    The Annals of thoracic surgery 03/2011; 91(3):e39-40. · 3.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study was designed to test the hypothesis that simulator-based transesophageal echocardiographic training was a more effective method of training anesthesia residents with no prior experience in echocardiography as compared with conventional methods of training (books, articles, and web-based resources). A prospective randomized study. An academic medical center (teaching hospital). The participants consisted of first-year anesthesia residents. The study design was composed of 2 groups: a control group (group 1, conventional group) and a study group (group 2, simulator group). The residents belonging to group 2 (simulator group) received a 90-minute simulator-based teaching session moderated by a faculty experienced in transesophageal echocardiography. Residents belonging to group 1 (conventional group) were asked to review the guidelines of the comprehensive intraoperative transesophageal echocardiographic examination published by the American Society of Echocardiography and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists. They also were encouraged to use other learning resources (eg, textbooks, electronic media, and web-based resources) to understand the underlying concepts of echocardiography. Written pre- and post-test was administered to both groups. The groups were compared for the pretest scores by the nonparametric Mann-Whitney U test. Pre- and post-test scores were compared with a Wilcoxon paired test in the individual groups. The results showed a statistically significant difference between the scores of the 2 groups with better scores in the simulation group in the post-training test. The simulator-based teaching model for transesophageal echocardiography is a better method of teaching the basic concepts of transesophageal echocardiography like anatomic correlation, structure identification, and image acquisition.
    Journal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia 10/2010; 25(2):212-5. · 1.06 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

45 Citations
91.31 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2010–2014
    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
      • • Department of Medicine
      • • Department of Surgery
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States
    • Harvard Medical School
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States