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

Flint, Kelsey, Kevin Kennedy, Suzanne V. Arnold, John A. Dodson, Sharon Cresci, and Karen P. Alexander. “Slow Gait Speed and Cardiac Rehabilitation Participation in Older Adults After Acute Myocardial Infarction..” J Am Heart Assoc 7, no. 5 (February 24, 2018). https://doi.org/10.1161/JAHA.117.008296.

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29478024
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Guimarães, Patrícia O., Sergio Leonardi, Zhen Huang, Lars Wallentin, Frans Van de Werf, Philip E. Aylward, Claes Held, et al. “Clinical features and outcomes of patients with type 2 myocardial infarction: Insights from the Thrombin Receptor Antagonist for Clinical Event Reduction in Acute Coronary Syndrome (TRACER) trial..” Am Heart J 196 (February 2018): 28–35. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ahj.2017.10.007.

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29421012
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Krishnaswami, Ashok, Mathew S. Maurer, and Karen P. Alexander. “Contextualizing Myocardial Infarction: Comorbidities and Priorities in Older Adults..” Am J Med 130, no. 10 (October 2017): 1144–47. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjmed.2017.05.043.

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28687265
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Bagai, Akshay, Karen P. Alexander, Jeffrey S. Berger, Roxy Senior, Chakkanalil Sajeev, Radoslaw Pracon, Kreton Mavromatis, et al. “Use of troponin assay 99th percentile as the decision level for myocardial infarction diagnosis..” Am Heart J 190 (August 2017): 135–39. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ahj.2017.04.016.

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28760208
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Neeland, Ian J., Sandeep R. Das, DaJuanicia N. Simon, Deborah B. Diercks, Karen P. Alexander, Tracy Y. Wang, and James A. de Lemos. “The obesity paradox, extreme obesity, and long-term outcomes in older adults with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction: results from the NCDR..” Eur Heart J Qual Care Clin Outcomes 3, no. 3 (July 1, 2017): 183–91. https://doi.org/10.1093/ehjqcco/qcx010.

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28838094
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Posenau, J Trevor, Daniel M. Wojdyla, Linda K. Shaw, Karen P. Alexander, E Magnus Ohman, Manesh R. Patel, Peter K. Smith, and Sunil V. Rao. “Revascularization Strategies and Outcomes in Elderly Patients With Multivessel Coronary Disease..” Ann Thorac Surg 104, no. 1 (July 2017): 107–15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.athoracsur.2016.10.053.

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28109574
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Fanaroff, Alexander C., Stefan K. James, Giora Weisz, Kristi Prather, Kevin J. Anstrom, Daniel B. Mark, Ori Ben-Yehuda, Karen P. Alexander, Gregg W. Stone, and E Magnus Ohman. “Ranolazine After Incomplete Percutaneous Coronary Revascularization in Patients With Versus Without Diabetes Mellitus: RIVER-PCI Trial..” J Am Coll Cardiol 69, no. 18 (May 9, 2017): 2304–13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2017.02.056.

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28473136
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Guimarães, Patrícia O., Renato D. Lopes, Susanna R. Stevens, André Zimerman, Lisa Wruck, Stefan K. James, Ghazala Haque, Roberto Rocha C. V. Giraldez, John H. Alexander, and Karen P. Alexander. “Reporting Clinical End Points and Safety Events in an Acute Coronary Syndrome Trial: Results With Integrated Collection..” J Am Heart Assoc 6, no. 4 (April 24, 2017). https://doi.org/10.1161/JAHA.117.005490.

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28438739
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