Brian M. Ramza

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Periodic changes in membrane ionic current linked to intrinsic oscillations of energy metabolism were identified in guinea pig cardiomyocytes. Metabolic stress initiated cyclical activation of adenosine triphosphate-sensitive potassium current and concomitant suppression of depolarization-evoked intracellular calcium transients. The oscillations in membrane(More)
BACKGROUND Current guidelines for preparticipation screening of competitive athletes in the US include a comprehensive history and physical examination. The objective of this study was to determine the incremental value of electrocardiography and echocardiography added to a screening program consisting of history and physical examination in college(More)
Effective intraprocedural anticoagulation is considered essential to minimize the risk of thromboembolism in catheter ablation (CA) of atrial fibrillation (AF). The effect of interrupted apixaban on intraprocedural heparin dosing requirements and levels of achieved anticoagulation with heparin has not been well studied. The purpose of the present study was(More)
The purpose of this prospective randomized study was to compare the safety and efficacy of the cephalic approach versus a contrast-guided extrathoracic approach for placement of endocardial leads. Despite an increased incidence of lead fracture, the intrathoracic subclavian approach remains the dominant approach for placement of pacemaker and implantable(More)
Despite evidence of an increased incidence of lead fracture, the infraclavicular subclavian approach remains the dominant approach for placement of pacemaker and implantable defibrillator leads. Although this complication can be prevented by lead placement in the cephalic vein or by recently described approaches for lead placement in the axillary vein,(More)
Excitability is governed primarily by the complement of ion channels in the cell membrane that shape the contour of the action potential. To modify excitability by gene transfer, we created a recombinant adenovirus designed to overexpress a Drosophila Shaker potassium channel (AdShK). In vitro, a variety of mammalian cell types infected with AdShK(More)
Effective intraprocedural anticoagulation for catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation is critical to minimize the risk of cerebral thromboembolism. The effect of dabigatran on anticoagulation with heparin during the procedure is unknown. This study compares heparin anticoagulation in patients treated with dabigatran vs. patients on uninterrupted warfarin.(More)
The determinants of change in left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (EF) over time in patients with impaired LV function at baseline have not been clearly established. Using a nuclear database to assess changes in LV function over time, we included patients with a baseline LVEF of 25% to 40% on a gated single-photon emission computed tomographic study at(More)
Oscillatory rhythms underlie biological processes as diverse and fundamental as neuronal firing, secretion, and muscle contraction. We have detected periodic changes in membrane ionic current driven by intrinsic oscillations of energy metabolism in guinea pig heart cells. Withdrawal of exogenous substrates initiated oscillatory activation of ATP-sensitive(More)
OBJECTIVES Impedance monitoring has been proposed as a method to assess the adequacy of tissue heating during catheter ablation procedures. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relation among initial impedance, fall in impedance, and electrode temperature during catheter ablation procedures. METHODS AND RESULTS Data from 248 applications of(More)