David A Begley

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OBJECTIVES This study sought to assess the impact of targeted left ventricular (LV) lead placement on outcomes of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). BACKGROUND Placement of the LV lead to the latest sites of contraction and away from the scar confers the best response to CRT. We conducted a randomized, controlled trial to compare a targeted approach(More)
Risk stratification and effectiveness of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) therapy are unresolved issues in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a cardiac disease that is associated with arrhythmias and sudden death. We assessed ICD therapy in 132 patients with HCM: age at implantation was 34 +/- 17 years, and 44 (33%) patients were aged </= 20(More)
OBJECTIVE Studies have shown beneficial effects of cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) on mortality among patients with heart failure. However the incremental benefits in survival from CRT with a defibrillator (CRT-D) are unclear. The choice of appropriate device remains unanswered. METHOD This is a single-centre observational study in a tertiary(More)
Genetic screening of the beta-myosin heavy chain gene (MYH7) was evaluated in 100 consecutive unrelated patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and 200 normal unrelated subjects. Seventeen beta-myosin mutations were identified in 19 patients. Notably, 13, or 76%, were novel. Mutations were detected in both alleles in two patients: homozygous for(More)
OBJECTIVE Among primary prevention patients with heart failure receiving cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT), the impact of additional implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) treatment on outcomes and its interaction with sex remains uncertain. We aim to assess whether the addition of the ICD functionality to CRT devices offers a more pronounced(More)
BACKGROUND Left ventricular (LV) lead placement to areas of scar has detrimental effects on response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Speckle-tracking radial two-dimensional strain offers assessment of the extent of regional myocardial deformation. The aim of this study was to assess the impact of LV lead placement at areas of low-amplitude(More)
We have previously shown that several protein kinases are present in higher activity levels in multidrug resistant cell lines, such as KB-V1. We have now isolated a gene that codes for a putative protein kinase, PKY, of over 130 kDa that is expressed at higher levels in multidrug-resistant cells. RNA from KB-V1 multidrug-resistant cells was(More)
Exposure of HL-60 promyelocytic leukemia cells to calcitriol results in a decrease in steady-state levels of c-myc mRNA and induces cellular differentiation. We have asked whether calcitriol has a direct effect on the transcription of the c-myc gene. 1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25-(OH)2D3) decreased RNA elongation in a nuclear run-off transcription assay by(More)
INTRODUCTION Left ventricular (LV) lead placement to the latest contracting area (concordant LV lead) is associated with better response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) compared to a discordant LV lead. However, the effect of the right ventricular (RV) lead site on CRT response is unclear. We investigated the relationship of the RV and LV lead(More)