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The present study used a rat model in which algogenic chemicals were infused into the pericardial sac to evoke spasmlike contractions in paraspinal muscles. The following techniques were used to… (More)
Because vagal and sympathetic inputs activate upper cervical spinal neurons, we hypothesized that stimulation of the esophagus would activate C(1)-C(2) neurons. This study examined responses of… (More)
Chest pain of esophageal and cardiac origin is often difficult to distinguish due to similar sensations and localization. We have shown that spasm-like contractions of the spinotrapezius muscles… (More)
Many patients suffer from secondary muscle hyperalgesia after experiencing angina pectoris. Electrophysiological studies have also demonstrated electromyography (EMG) activities evoked during brief… (More)
Introduction: Early-onset atrial fibrillation (AF) and Long QT Syndrome (LQTS) are associated with gain- and loss-of-function mutations in cardiac potassium channel genes, respectively. Counterintu...