Dennis J. Esterbrooks

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We describe the case of a 43-year-old woman with transient ischemic neurologic deficits and recurrent systemic and pulmonary emboli in whom infectious work-up and extensive thrombophilic evaluation were unremarkable. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) established the diagnosis of nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis (NBTE). This is a rare condition(More)
Pharmacologic stress with dipyridamole has provided useful diagnostic, as well as prognostic, information in patients undergoing thallium-201 myocardial perfusion imaging. With its ultrashort half-life and a potent and consistent vasodilator effect, adenosine may be the coronary vasodilator of choice with myocardial perfusion imaging. Fifty-one healthy(More)
Delayed intracardiac lead perforation has been defined as migration and perforation after one month of implantation. It is a rare complication; pathophysiology and optimal management are currently unclear. Recognition of these cases becomes important with increasing use of these devices. We describe such a case of delayed lead perforation.
The death certificate is an important medical document that impacts mortality statistics and health care policy. Resident physician accuracy in completing death certificates is poor. We assessed the impact of two educational interventions on the quality of death certificate completion by resident physicians. Two-hundred and nineteen internal medicine(More)
BACKGROUND Perioperative myocardial infarction or cardiac arrest is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The Revised Cardiac Risk Index is currently the most commonly used cardiac risk stratification tool; however, it has several limitations, one of which is its relatively low discriminative ability. The objective of the present study was to(More)
High-dose intravenous amiodarone was given to 35 patients with recurrent life-threatening ventricular tachycardia (VT) refractory to conventional antiarrhythmic agents. Intravenous amiodarone was given as a 5 mg/kg dose over 30 minutes followed by 20 to 30 mg/kg/day as a constant infusion for 5 days. Twenty-two (63%) patients responded to intravenous(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the diagnostic and prognostic significance of ST-segment deviation detected by ambulatory Holter monitoring in unselected chest pain patients referred for coronary angiography. METHODS Two hundred seventy-seven patients (71% were men) who underwent coronary angiography for evaluation of chest pain were studied with 24-h ambulatory(More)
Two hundred eighty patients (197 men and 83 women) with normal rest electrocardiograms and no history of prior myocardial infarction were referred for evaluation of chest pain. It was found that exercise-induced premature ventricular complexes had a lower sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value in predicting(More)
This study investigated the circadian, daily, and seasonal distributions of ventricular arrhythmias in patients with new implantable cardioverter-defibrillator placement at Creighton University Medical Center from January 2000 to December 2004. The incidence and distribution of ventricular tachyarrhythmias as recorded by implantable(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Carotid artery stenting (CAS) is an alternative to carotid endarterectomy (CEA) for stroke prevention. The value of this therapy relative to CEA remains uncertain. METHODS In 10 958 Medicare patients aged 66 years or older between 2004 and 2006, we analyzed in-hospital, 1-year stroke, myocardial infarction, and death rate outcomes(More)