Abrar H. Shah

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Clinical guidance is deficient regarding deactivation of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) in patients with terminal illnesses. We hypothesized that many physicians are apprehensive about discussing ICD deactivation with their dying patients. Thus, we conducted an anonymous survey of all the physicians in the Department of Medicine at Unity(More)
The effects of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) on left atrial (LA) size, volumes, and function in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) are not well understood. The aim of this study was to systematically review the effects of RFCA on LA size, volumes, and function in patients with AF. Medline, the Web of Science, the Cochrane Central Register of(More)
Dofetilide, a new class III antiarrhythmic agent, has been approved as an antiarrhythmic agent for the treatment of atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter. Dofetilide selectively inhibits the rapid component of the delayed rectifier potassium current resulting in a prolongation of the effective refractory period. Like other drugs that affect potassium(More)
The Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads (models 6930, 6931, 6948, 6949) are 6.6-F bipolar high-voltage implantable cardioverter-defibrillator electrodes that were first introduced in September 2004. In October 2007, Fidelis leads were removed from the market. We sought to determine the time-dependent hazard of the Fidelis failure rate to date. A retrospective(More)
BACKGROUND Prolonged corrected QT interval (QTc) holds independent prognostic importance in predicting mortality in patients with coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus and congestive heart failure. However, its association with all cause or cardiac mortality in the general population remains unclear. We evaluated the relationship between prolonged QTc(More)
BACKGROUND Children with Down syndrome (DS) have about a 40 to 50% incidence of congenital heart disease (CHD). The objectives of this study were to evaluate the distribution and frequency of CHD patterns in Libyan children with DS. METHODS All patients with DS who were referred to the cardiology clinic between January 1995 and December 2008 were(More)
Torsade de pointes (TdP) is increasingly recognized as a complication of drug therapy. The most common cause of drug-induced QT prolongation is inhibition of the rapidly activating component of the delayed potassium current (I(Kr)). Moxifloxacin, a widely used fluoroquinolone, is a weak I(Kr) inhibitor and has been associated with QT prolongation. We report(More)
OBJECTIVES This study was designed to assess prospectively changes in serum lipid profile and myocardial perfusion with serial radionuclide single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) during the first six months of pravastatin therapy. BACKGROUND Morbid coronary events occur despite statin therapy and(More)
OBJECTIVES A gradient of increased vascular risk with migration exists across the African diaspora. We investigated the hypothesis that differences in homocysteine/folic acid status contribute to this increased risk. DESIGN Community cohort study of 73 Afro-Caribbeans in the United Kingdom and 151 matched Afro-Caribbeans in Jamaica with no conventional(More)