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Although elevations of plasma atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) concentrations have been shown to have prognostic significance in patients after acute myocardial infarction (AMI), the relation between plasma levels of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and cardiovascular mortality remains unknown. To test the prognostic value of plasma ANP and BNP after AMI,(More)
BACKGROUND QT interval prolongation and dispersion have been implicated in serious arrhythmias in congestive heart failure (CHF) and the congenital and drug-induced long-QT syndromes (LQTS). In a subset of the congenital LQTS, infusion of potassium can correct QT abnormalities, consistent with in vitro increases in outward currents such as I(Kr) or I(Kl)(More)
BACKGROUND Experimental evidence shows that activation of the autonomic nervous system influences ventricular repolarization and, therefore, the QT interval on the ECG. To test the hypothesis that the QT interval is abnormal in autonomic dysfunction, we examined ECGs in patients with severe primary autonomic failure and in patients with congenital dopamine(More)
1. Plasma human brain natriuretic peptide-like immunoreactivity (hBNP-li) was measured in ten patients with chronic renal failure before and after 4 h of haemodialysis. 2. Plasma hBNP-li was elevated in all patients before dialysis (mean +/- SEM 21.0 +/- 3.8 pmol/l) compared with healthy control subjects (1.3 +/- 0.2 pmol/l, n = 11), but showed considerable(More)
OBJECTIVE Recent evidence suggests the presence of a dual natriuretic peptide system consisting of atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) from the atrium and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) from the ventricle. Discrete roles have been postulated for these two natriuretic peptides in the control of circulatory homeostasis. We have therefore compared the release of(More)
The effect of alpha-1-adrenoceptor blockade with 0.25 mg oral prazosin on the renal response to atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) 5 pmol/kg/min was examined in eight healthy male volunteers undergoing maximal water diuresis. ANF on its own decreased mean arterial blood pressure (P less than 0.05) without altering heart rate or increasing plasma(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that the extent of drug-induced QT prolongation by dofetilide is greater in sinus rhythm (SR) after cardioversion compared with during atrial fibrillation (AF). BACKGROUND Anecdotes suggest that when action potential-prolonging antiarrhythmic drugs are used for AF, excessive QT prolongation(More)
Product information and national guidelines consistently recommend the estimation of serum alanine aminotranferase (ALT) before and after approximately 3 months as part of risk management following initiation of statin therapy. The aim of this study was to determine compliance to the recommendations for monitoring ALT in patients initiated on statin(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Warfarin prevents stroke in atrial fibrillation (AF); however, concerns regarding international normalized ratio control and hemorrhage limit its use in the elderly. The oral direct thrombin inhibitors (DTIs) are potential alternatives to warfarin, offering fixed dosing without drug and dietary interactions and the need for(More)