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A 53-year-old woman with sinus node dysfunction underwent dual-chamber pacemaker implantation through a persistent left superior vena cava draining into the coronary sinus, which was detected at the time of implantation. We managed to fix the ventricular lead in the right ventricular (RV) apex by forming a clockwise loop in the right atrium. Inadvertently,(More)
Malignant lymphoepithelial lesions are rare tumors of the major salivary glands. They most often occur in Asians and Greenland Eskimos and are strongly associated with Epstein-Barr virus infection. We report a case of a malignant lymphoepithelial lesion of the parotid gland that developed in an Italian-American woman whose serology was positive for(More)
The effects of isoproterenol on accessory pathway conduction were evaluated in 24 patients with intermittent and 60 patients with concealed pre-excitation, using atrial and ventricular incremental and extrastimulus testing techniques. The atrial paced cycle length that induced block in the accessory pathway could be compared in 11 of the 24 patients with(More)
Intramyocardial hematoma is an uncommon entity and may occur after myocardial infarction, coronary balloon angioplasty, cardiac operation, or chest trauma. It has even been noted to occur spontaneously. This report describes a 62-year-old woman who presented with a recent exacerbation of exertional dyspnea and without a history of chest pain or trauma.(More)
This study reports new electrocardiographic (ECG) predictors of radiofrequency catheter ablation failure and recurrence in idiopathic right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ectopy based on 91 consecutive patients. Procedural success and failure rates were 85% (77/91) and 15% (14/91), respectively. Twenty three percent (18/77)(More)
Effect of beta-adrenergic blockade on plasma levels of atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) during treadmill exercise was studied in 9 healthy volunteers. Plasma ANP levels increased during exercise. The mean plasma ANP concentration on 12-min exercise (32.5 +/- 3.7 pg/ml, mean +/- SEM) was significantly higher than the control (16.7 +/- 1.0 pg/ml). After(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Ideal dry weight (DW) can serve as a marker of good quality of life (QOL) in patients receiving chronic hemodialysis. The size of the inferior vena cava (IVC) reflects the intravascular fluid status, and the diameter of IVC correlates indirectly with DW in these patients. Adjusting DW using echocardiographic measurement of the diameter of(More)
Opioids have long been known to influence glucose homeostasis in the adult. However, their role in modulating glucose regulation in the fetus is not known. The objectives of this study were to determine the effects of morphine on fetal plasma glucose levels and to ascertain the role of opioid receptor subtypes in fetal glucose homeostasis. The studies were(More)
BACKGROUND Early (e')/late (a') diastolic mitral annular velocity ratio is a powerful independent predictor of poor prognosis in patients with left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. Doppler tissue imaging, however, may change over time according to intervention and medical treatment. The aim of the present study was to prospectively evaluate whether, in(More)