Karen Patton Alexander, MD

Professor of Medicine
Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute
Campus mail 2400 Pratt St Ste 7068, Durham, NC 27705
Phone (919) 668-8871

My research focus is on cardiovascular disease management and outcomes in special populations, specifically older adults. Historically there has been a lack of randomized controlled data regarding treatment efficacy and outcomes in this growing population. Because of this, certain therapies may have different risk benefit profiles, which may cause physicians to alter their therapeutic interventions. My research explores evidence based treatment for older adults, including preferences and decision-making as well as frailty and aging assessments in clinical trials and registries. Diagnosis and management of stable ischemic heart disease is also an area of focus.

Education and Training

  • Cardiology Fellow, Medicine, Duke University, 1995 - 1998
  • Resident, Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 1993 - 1995
  • Intern, Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 1992 - 1993
  • M.D., Duke University, 1992

Publications

Newman, Jonathan D., Karen P. Alexander, Xiangqiong Gu, Sean M. O’Brien, William E. Boden, Sajeev C. Govindan, Roxy Senior, et al. “Baseline Predictors of Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol and Systolic Blood Pressure Goal Attainment After 1 Year in the ISCHEMIA Trial.” Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 12, no. 11 (November 2019): e006002. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.119.006002.

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31718297
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Rasmussen, P. V., M. L. Hansen, G. Gislason, J. Pallisgaard, M. Ruwald, C. B. Granger, R. D. Lopes, K. P. Alexander, S. M. Al-Khatib, and F. Dalgaard. “Older patients with atrial fibrillation and comorbidities are less likely to be treated with oral anticoagulation: insights from a nationwide study.” In European Heart Journal, 40:2978–2978. OXFORD UNIV PRESS, 2019.

Scholars@Duke

Nanna, Michael G., Alexandra M. Hajduk, Harlan M. Krumholz, Terrence E. Murphy, Rachel P. Dreyer, Karen P. Alexander, Mary Geda, et al. “Sex-Based Differences in Presentation, Treatment, and Complications Among Older Adults Hospitalized for Acute Myocardial Infarction: The SILVER-AMI Study.” Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 12, no. 10 (October 2019): e005691. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.119.005691.

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31607145
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Bagai, Akshay, Anita Y. Chen, Jacob A. Udell, John A. Dodson, David D. McManus, Mathew S. Maurer, Jonathan R. Enriquez, et al. “Association of Cognitive Impairment With Treatment and Outcomes in Older Myocardial Infarction Patients: A Report From the NCDR Chest Pain-MI Registry.” J Am Heart Assoc 8, no. 17 (September 3, 2019): e012929. https://doi.org/10.1161/JAHA.119.012929.

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31462138
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Alexander, Karen P., and John H. Alexander. “Safe and Effective Anticoagulation: What Does Drug Concentration Add?” J Am Geriatr Soc 67, no. 9 (September 2019): 1772–73. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.15981.

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31112619
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Ray, Kausik K., Helen M. Colhoun, Michael Szarek, Marie Baccara-Dinet, Deepak L. Bhatt, Vera A. Bittner, Andrzej J. Budaj, et al. “Effects of alirocumab on cardiovascular and metabolic outcomes after acute coronary syndrome in patients with or without diabetes: a prespecified analysis of the ODYSSEY OUTCOMES randomised controlled trial.” Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol 7, no. 8 (August 2019): 618–28. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2213-8587(19)30158-5.

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31272931
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Krishnaswami, Ashok, Michael A. Steinman, Parag Goyal, Andrew R. Zullo, Timothy S. Anderson, Kim K. Birtcher, Sarah J. Goodlin, et al. “Deprescribing in Older Adults With Cardiovascular Disease.” J Am Coll Cardiol 73, no. 20 (May 28, 2019): 2584–95. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2019.03.467.

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31118153
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Fanaroff, Alexander C., Kristi Prather, Amanda Brucker, Daniel Wojdyla, Linda Davidson-Ray, Daniel B. Mark, Redford B. Williams, et al. “Relationship Between Optimism and Outcomes in Patients With Chronic Angina Pectoris.” Am J Cardiol 123, no. 9 (May 1, 2019): 1399–1405. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjcard.2019.01.036.

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30771861
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Dodson, John A., Alexandra M. Hajduk, Terrence E. Murphy, Mary Geda, Harlan M. Krumholz, Sui Tsang, Michael G. Nanna, et al. “Thirty-Day Readmission Risk Model for Older Adults Hospitalized With Acute Myocardial Infarction.” Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 12, no. 5 (May 2019): e005320. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.118.005320.

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31010300
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Kaul, Padma, Karen P. Alexander, E Magnus Ohman, Anamaria Savu, Matthew T. Roe, Shaun G. Goodman, Keith A. Fox, et al. “Sex And Prognostic Significance of Self-Reported Frailty in Non-ST-Segment Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes: Insights From the TRILOGY ACS Trial.” Can J Cardiol 35, no. 4 (April 2019): 430–37. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cjca.2018.12.035.

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30935633
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