Alfred E . Buxton

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BACKGROUND Empirical antiarrhythmic therapy has not reduced mortality among patients with coronary artery disease and asymptomatic ventricular arrhythmias. Previous studies have suggested that antiarrhythmic therapy guided by electrophysiologic testing might reduce the risk of sudden death. METHODS We conducted a randomized, controlled trial to test the(More)
BACKGROUND The mortality rate among patients with coronary artery disease, abnormal ventricular function, and unsustained ventricular tachycardia is high. The usefulness of electrophysiologic testing for risk stratification in these patients is unclear. METHODS We performed electrophysiologic testing in patients who had coronary artery disease, a left(More)
BACKGROUND It is common practice to restore and maintain sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation and heart failure. This approach is based in part on data indicating that atrial fibrillation is a predictor of death in patients with heart failure and suggesting that the suppression of atrial fibrillation may favorably affect the outcome. However,(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to examine the effect of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy on atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) undergoing pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). BACKGROUND OSA is a predictor of AF recurrence following PVI. However, the impact of CPAP therapy on PVI outcome in(More)
BACKGROUND An abnormal signal-averaged ECG (SAECG) is a noninvasive marker of the substrate of sustained ventricular tachycardia after myocardial infarction. We assessed its prognostic ability in patients with asymptomatic unsustained ventricular tachycardia, coronary artery disease, and left ventricular dysfunction. METHODS AND RESULTS A blinded core(More)
This report describes the clinical and electrophysiologic characteristics of 30 patients without myocardial disease who had ventricular tachycardia with the morphologic characteristics of left bundle branch block and inferior axis. The tachycardias were nonsustained in 24 patients, sustained (greater than 30 sec) in six patients, and provocable by exercise(More)