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In this paper, a new distortion measure for electrocardiogram (ECG) signal compression, called weighted diagnostic distortion (WDD) is introduced. The WDD measure is designed for comparing the distortion between original ECG signal and reconstructed ECG signal (after compression). The WDD is based on PQRST complex diagnostic features (such as P wave(More)
BACKGROUND An increasing number of patients with heart failure receive implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) or cardiac resynchronisation defibrillators (CRT-Ds) with telemonitoring function. Early detection of worsening heart failure, or upstream factors predisposing to worsening heart failure, by implant-based telemonitoring might enable(More)
We evaluated the effects of Biafine and Lipiderm ointments in preventing radiation dermatitis. The study population included 74 patients after conservative surgery for early breast carcinoma who were referred for adjuvant external beam irradiation. Patients were randomized to receive Biafine or Lipiderm or no treatment. Both study preparations were applied(More)
The Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) movement protein (MPTMV) mediates cell-to-cell viral trafficking by altering properties of the plasmodesmata (Pd) in infected cells. During the infection cycle, MPTMV becomes transiently associated with endomembranes, microfilaments, and microtubules (MT). It has been shown that the cell-to-cell spread of TMV is reduced in(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to evaluate the ability of impedance cardiography to determine the change in cardiac output caused by modifications in the atrioventricular (AV) delay in DDD (dual-chamber) pacing mode while pacing the atrium and ventricle at different programmed rates. BACKGROUND Impedance cardiography permits continuous(More)
BACKGROUND Most patients admitted for acute heart failure have normal or increase blood pressure. Relaxin is a natural human peptide that affects multiple vascular control pathways, suggesting potential mechanisms of benefit for such patients. We assessed the dose response of relaxin's effect on symptom relief, other clinical outcomes, and safety. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to determine whether J-point elevation is a marker of arrhythmic risk. BACKGROUND J-point elevation has been considered an innocent finding among healthy young individuals (the "early repolarization" pattern). However, this electrocardiogram (ECG) finding is increasingly being associated with idiopathic ventricular(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to examine the efficacy of ranolazine versus placebo on weekly angina frequency and sublingual nitroglycerin use in subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus, coronary artery disease (CAD), and chronic stable angina who remain symptomatic despite treatment with up to 2 antianginal agents. BACKGROUND Patients with diabetes have(More)
In this paper, an elecrocardiogram (ECG) compression algorithm, called analysis by synthesis ECG compressor (ASEC), is introduced. The ASEC algorithm is based on analysis by synthesis coding, and consists of a beat codebook, long and short-term predictors, and an adaptive residual quantizer. The compression algorithm uses a defined distortion measure in(More)
BACKGROUND Since its introduction, the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) has evolved to its present status as the dominant therapeutic modality for patients with life-threatening arrhythmias. Several randomized studies have shown the benefit of ICD implantation as the first choice of treatment for primary as well as secondary indications for(More)