Bruce H. KenKnight

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The factors that contribute to the occurrence of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in patients with chronic myocardial infarction (MI) are not entirely clear. The present study tests the hypothesis that augmented sympathetic nerve regeneration (nerve sprouting) increases the probability of ventricular tachycardia (VT), ventricular fibrillation (VF), and SCD in(More)
An automated method to estimate vector fields of propagation velocity from observed epicardial extracellular potentials is introduced. The method relies on fitting polynomial surfaces T(x, y) to the space-time (x, y, t) coordinates of activity. Both speed and direction of propagation are computed from the gradient of the local polynomial surface. The(More)
BACKGROUND Right cervical vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) provides cardioprotective effects against acute ischemia-reperfusion injury in small animals. However, inconsistent findings have been reported. OBJECTIVE To determine whether low-amplitude, left cervical VNS applied either intermittently or continuously imparts cardioprotection against acute(More)
The objective of this study was to measure the defibrillation threshold (DFT) associated with different electrode placements using a three-dimensional anatomically realistic finite element model of the human thorax. Coil electrodes (Endotak DSP, model 125, Guidant/CPI) were placed in the RV apex along the lateral wall (RV), withdrawn 10 mm away from the RV(More)
INTRODUCTION We previously reported that there is a high incidence of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in dogs with myocardial infarction (MI), complete AV block (CAVB), and nerve growth factor (NGF) infusion to the left stellate ganglion (LSG). Whether or not QT interval prolongation underlines the mechanism of SCD was unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS We analyzed(More)
BACKGROUND We previously reported that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) applied immediately at the onset of cardiac ischemia provides cardioprotection against cardiac ischemic-reperfusion (I/R) injury. OBJECTIVE This study aimed to determine whether VNS applied during ischemia or at the onset of reperfusion exerts differential cardioprotection against(More)
This paper aims to determine whether chronic vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) mitigates myocardial infarction (MI)-induced remodeling of the intrinsic cardiac nervous system (ICNS), along with the cardiac tissue it regulates. Guinea pigs underwent VNS implantation on the right cervical vagus. Two weeks later, MI was produced by ligating the ventral descending(More)
OBJECTIVE ANTHEM-HF evaluated a novel autonomic regulation therapy (ART) via either left or right vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) in patients with heart failure (HF) and reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). METHODS AND RESULTS Sixty subjects (New York Heart Association [NYHA] functional class II-III, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤ 40%, left(More)
We characterized the relationship between systolic ventricular function and left ventricular (LV) end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP) in patients with heart failure (HF) and baseline asynchrony during ventricular stimulation. The role of preload in the systolic performance improvement that can be obtained in HF patients with LV stimulation is uncertain.We(More)
INTRODUCTION The purpose of this study was to analyze the pattern of initiation of sustained ventricular arrhythmias in patients with varying types of underlying structural heart disease. METHODS AND RESULTS The study group consisted of 90 patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator. Cardiovascular diagnoses included coronary artery disease in(More)