Craig A. McPherson

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BACKGROUND Observational studies have suggested that psychological stress increases the incidence of sudden cardiac death. Whether emotional or physical stressors can trigger spontaneous ventricular arrhythmias in patients at risk has not been systematically evaluated. METHODS AND RESULTS Patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) were(More)
BACKGROUND The incidence of sudden cardiac death increases in populations who experience disasters such as earthquakes. The physiological link between psychological stress and sudden death is unknown; one mechanism may be the direct effects of sympathetic arousal on arrhythmias. To determine whether mental stress alters the induction, rate, or termination(More)
Background-Preoperative identification of viable myocardium in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy is considered important because CABG can result in recovery of left ventricular (LV) function. However, the hypothesis that lack of improvement of LV function after CABG is associated with poorer patient outcome is untested. Methods and Results-Outcome was(More)
BACKGROUND While previous studies using epidemiological data and ambulatory ECG monitoring have shown peak occurrence of sudden death and nonsustained ventricular tachycardia in the morning, none have examined circadian variation of potentially life-threatening ventricular tachycardia (VT), nor has any study observed circadian behavior of any arrhythmias in(More)
Standard coronary venous angiography (SCVA) provides a static, fixed projection of the coronary venous (CV) tree. High-speed rotational coronary venous angiography (RCVA) is a novel method of mapping CV anatomy using dynamic, multiangle visualization. The purpose of this study was to assess the value of RCVA during cardiac resynchronization therapy.(More)
To investigate the pathophysiology of nonpharmacologically induced panic attacks, 18 drug-free agoraphobic patients and 13 matched healthy subjects underwent structured exposure to phobic situations. Heart rate, blood pressure, and plasma free 3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenylglycol (MHPG), cortisol, growth hormone, and prolactin levels were measured before,(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to determine whether men and women with coronary artery disease (CAD) and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) differ in frequency of arrhythmia recurrence and whether gender differences are independent of clinical, electrocardiographic, and electrophysiologic characteristics. BACKGROUND Epidemiologic studies show that women(More)
INTRODUCTION Psychological stress can precipitate ventricular arrhythmias in patients with ICDs, as well as sudden death. However, the physiologic pathways remain unknown. We sought to determine whether psychological stress induced in the laboratory setting alters indices of repolarization associated with arrhythmogenesis. METHODS AND RESULTS Patients(More)
Recently, ephedra was removed from the U.S. marketplace due to a heightened concern that dietary supplements containing ephedra may present "an unreasonable risk of illness or injury." This is the 1st time the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has banned an herbal supplement, and the ban sheds light on the potential harm of nutritional supplements that are(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether participation in an outpatient cardiac rehabilitation (OCR) program increases exercise levels and decreases shocks in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). DESIGN Retrospective comparative survey. SETTING University tertiary-care ICD clinic. PARTICIPANTS Patients with ICDs and coronary artery(More)