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Medical Expert - Elsayed Z Soliman, MD

Area of Expertise: Cardiovascular Disease
Area of Expertise: Epidemiology and Prevention
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Soliman, Elsayed

Elsayed Z Soliman, MD

Director, Epidemiological Cardiology Research Center (EPICARE)

Soliman is nationally known for his work on population electrocardiography (ECG) and cardiac rhythm disorders. He is currently the Principal Investigator for the ECG Reading Centers of 15 NIH-funded studies including SPRINT, MESA, JHS, ARIC, HCHS-SOL, CRIC, ACCORDION, EDIC, INSIGHT/START, LOOKAHEAD, and several others. His research interests range from improving the current methods of recording ECG in population studies to developing new applications for the ECG data. This included inventing a new ECG cable, developing a new method for quality control of ECG recording in population studies, and establishing several new ECG predictors for sudden cardiac death, coronary heart disease, stroke and atrial fibrillation.


Cardiovascular, Epidemiology


Atrial Fibrillation Increases Risk of Only One Type of Heart Attack
Refining the results of a 2013 study, researchers have found that atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, is associated with only one type of heart attack – the more common of the two types.
Intensive Lowering of Blood Pressure Can Reduce Risk of Harm to Heart Muscle

A new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has shown that aggressive lowering of blood pressure in people with hypertension reduced the risk of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). This condition, the enlargement and thickening of the walls of the heart’s main pumping chamber, is the most common complication of high blood pressure and greatly increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.   

Lower Systolic Blood Pressure Reduces Risk of Hypertension Complication
Lowering systolic blood pressure below the currently recommended target can reduce the risk of left ventricular hypertrophy the most common complication of high blood pressure.
Nearly half of all heart attacks may be silent


Nearly half of all heart attacks may be silent and like those that cause chest pain or other warning signs, silent heart attacks increase the risk of dying from heart disease and other causes, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.


Women and African-Americans at Higher Risk of Heart Attack from Atrial Fibrillation than Men and Whites
Doctors have known for years that atrial fibrillation (AF), or irregular heartbeat, increases the risk for stroke, but now researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have shown that it also increases the risk for heart attack. In fact, for women and African Americans, it more than doubles the risk.
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