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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
BACKGROUND Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)-delivered shocks can cause substantial distress, warranting consideration of ICD deactivation at end of life. This study was designed to describe the patterns of end-of-life management in patients with ICDs. METHODS There was a retrospective chart review of 98 patients who died in the ICD arm of(More)
BACKGROUND Information is limited regarding the knowledge and attitudes of physicians typically involved in the referral of patients for implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantation. METHODS We conducted a survey of primary care physicians and cardiologists at the University of Rochester Medical Center and the Unity Health System Rochester,(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)
Loss of biventricular (BiV) pacing occurs during ventricular sensed events such as frequent ventricular ectopy, nonsustained ventricular tachycardia, and intrinsic atrioventricular nodal conduction, such as in atrial fibrillation. Ventricular sense response (VSR) pacing, a novel cardiac resynchronization therapy pacing strategy, maintains BiV pacing during(More)