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Forty-five patients with diastolic blood pressure (DBP) greater than or equal to 105 mmHg were randomly assigned to receive Western (group 1, n = 21) or a classical Chinese herbal preparation (group 2, n = 24) to treat their hypertension (HBP). All remained hypertensive after 4 days in the hospital without treatment. Except for baseline Na+ excretion(More)
Catheter mapping during sinus rhythm was performed in 132 patients with coronary artery disease and 26 patients with congestive noncoronary cardiomyopathy. Each of the patients had a clinical history of one of the following: no ventricular arrhythmia, nonsustained ventricular tachycardia, cardiac arrest, or sustained ventricular tachycardia. The(More)
Eleven consecutive patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and spontaneous, sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT) of uniform morphology underwent programmed ventricular stimulation and serial antiarrhythmic drug testing. The mean ejection fraction was 30 +/- 6.4%. Sustained VT was induced by programmed electrical stimulation in all 11 patients. A(More)
This is the first reported case of the idiopathic type of primary aldosteronism in pregnancy. The severely hypertensive patient was unresponsive to treatment with high doses of four antihypertensive agents administered concurrently. A drastic improvement in blood pressure was noted within 24 hours of beginning enalapril maleate, although subsequent(More)
The response to programmed electrical stimulation and the clinical outcome was determined in 47 patients with nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DC). Thirteen patients (group 1) presented with sustained uniform ventricular tachycardia (VT), 14 (group 2) presented with cardiac arrest and 20 (group 3) presented with nonsustained VT. The mean ejection(More)
We assessed whether signal-averaged electrocardiography could identify patients with sustained ventricular arrhythmias in 41 patients with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy. Twelve of these patients presented with sustained ventricular arrhythmia and 29 patients had no history of sustained ventricular arrhythmias. The mean ejection fractions in the groups were 30(More)
Previous studies of the value of electrophysiologic studies in patients with nonsustained ventricular tachycardia (VT) have been hampered by the inclusion of a small number of patients with various types of heart disease. This retrospective study was designed to assess the value of programmed stimulation in 205 asymptomatic patients who had had an acute(More)
Two patients abruptly developed congestive heart failure and elevation in serum transaminase levels when given disopyramide phosphate; enzyme abnormalities and hemodynamic status corrected upon withdrawal of the drug. Both patients had underlying ischemic cardiomyopathy. Myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, and viral hepatitis were ruled out in both(More)