Alexander Burashnikov

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The role of electrical heterogeneity in development of cardiac arrhythmias is well recognized. The extent to which transmembrane action potential (TAP) heterogeneity contributes to the normal electrophysiology of well-oxygenated atria is not well defined. The principal objective of the present study was to define regional and transmural differences in(More)
BACKGROUND Amiodarone and ranolazine have been characterized as inactivated- and activated-state blockers of cardiac sodium channel current (I(Na)), respectively, and shown to cause atrial-selective depression of I(Na)-related parameters. This study tests the hypothesis that their combined actions synergistically depress I(Na)-dependent parameters in atria(More)
BACKGROUND The arrhythmogenic effects of hyperthermia have been highlighted in the Brugada syndrome but remain largely unexplored in other arrhythmic syndromes. The present study examines the effect of hyperthermia on transmural dispersion of action potential duration (TD-APD), early afterdepolarization (EAD) activity, and torsade de pointes (TdP) under(More)
BACKGROUND Several clinical trials have shown that vernakalant is effective in terminating recent onset atrial fibrillation (AF). The electrophysiological actions of vernakalant are not fully understood. METHODS AND RESULTS Here we report the results of a blinded study comparing the in vitro canine atrial electrophysiological effects of vernakalant,(More)
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