Alfonso Tolentino

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One hundred three patients with persistent sinus bradycardia were evaluated electrophysiologically and followed prospectively for a mean of 4.6 years. The 5-year survival rate was 74.8%, not significantly different from the 72% rate in the general population with similar age and sex distribution. Forty-one patients had abnormal corrected sinus-node recovery(More)
This prospective study was performed to determine whether complications that occur immediately before or after the time of scheduled catheterization are as much disease-related as procedure-related. During 24 months all complications associated with 1,606 diagnostic cardiac catheterizations were recorded if they occurred from 24 hours before the time the(More)
A 68-year-old white male underwent permanent pacemaker implantation with an atrial synchronous ventricular inhibited pulse generator (Medtronic model 2409) because of syncope and abnormal H-V interval of 70 ms. Paroxysmal bouts of pacemaker associated tachycardia were subsequently recorded on several occasions, initiated and terminated by spontaneous(More)
One hundred and ninety consecutive patients with mitral valve prolapse (MVP) were studied by echocardiography. Asymmetric septal hypertrophy (ASH) was noted in 16 patients. Three patients had syncope which was associated with supraventricular arrhythmias. Three others had episodes of presyncope which were not related to rhythm disturbances. One of the(More)
Left ventriculography has become the single most important procedure in the evaluation of cardiac function. This study reevaluated the refinements of catheter and power injector technology to assess recommendations of past years and establish new principles for optimum ventriculography. Ventriculograms from 102 patients undergoing left heart catheterization(More)
Pacemaker implantation remains the mainstay of treatment in patients with symptomatic sinus node disease or severe heart block. Despite the dramatic benefits of this therapy, a high burden of ventricular pacing is known to have its disadvantages. Reported is the case of an 85-year-old woman with a history of sick sinus syndrome who presented with congestive(More)
This investigation was designed to determine the role of echocardiography in the assessment of left ventricular function in patients with significant coronary arterial disease. Satisfactory echocardiograms were obtained in 43 patients with coronary arterial disease. The ventriculographic ejection fraction was determined by the area length method. The(More)
Ranolazine has characteristic properties of a selective inhibitor of the inward sodium current. It is primarily indicated as an anti-anginal agent in patients with coronary artery disease and chronic stable angina. Recently, ranolazine has been noted to possibly impart beneficial effects in various other cardiac conditions, including new-onset, paroxysmal,(More)
A patient with dilated cardiomyopathy and recurrent admissions for heart failure presented 3 days after implantation of a biventricular pacemaker to the emergency department. Due to significant bradycardia, he was initially diagnosed with pacemaker malfunction. Subsequent interrogation of the device revealed a normally functioning biventricular pacemaker.(More)
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