Eckhart-Georg Hahn

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BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to determine if the presenting ventricular arrhythmia (ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation/cardiac arrest) predicted the type of arrhythmia recurrence in patients treated with antiarrhythmic drugs. METHODS AND RESULTS In the previously reported Electrophysiologic Study Versus Electrocardiographic(More)
BACKGROUND Serial antiarrhythmic drug testing guided by Holter monitoring and electrophysiologic study had similar clinical outcomes in the Electrophysiologic Study versus Electrocardiographic Monitoring (ESVEM) trial, while patients treated with sotalol had improved outcomes. The purpose of this study was to compare long-term cost-effectiveness of these(More)
AIM To assess if a specific cytotoxic T cell response can be induced in patients with malignant liver tumors treated with radio-frequency ablation (RFA). METHODS Six Patients with liver metastases of colorectal cancer and 6 with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) underwent RFA. Blood was sampled before, 4 and 8 wk after RFA. Test antigens were autologous(More)
BACKGROUND Syncope may portend risk of death, but which patients with syncope are at high risk remains unclear. OBJECTIVE The ESVEM trial, a multicenter randomized prospective trial, provided the opportunity to compare mortality rates of patients enrolled with syncope to those enrolled with spontaneous ventricular arrhythmias. METHODS Patients enrolled(More)
The basis for the excess mortality with age after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is not clear, nor is it known whether the mode of death is altered with age. Age-related factors predictive of mortality and age-related mechanisms of the 333 deaths were examined in 2,466 patients who were enrolled in a placebo-controlled trial to determine the effect of(More)
The Myocarditis Treatment Trial was a multicentre clinical trial conducted to determine the efficacy of immunosuppressive therapy for treatment of biopsy-documented myocarditis, and to improve understanding of the immunological mechanisms in the development of myocarditis. Thirty-one centres screened 2305 patients with unexplained heart failure, and 2233(More)
Because not all laboratories use the monitoring and stimulation protocols used in the Electrophysiologic Study Versus Electrocardiographic Monitoring (ESVEM) trial, we reanalyzed the ESVEM patients' data using alternative, commonly used Holter monitor (HM) and programmed stimulation efficacy criteria to determine if different criteria would have changed the(More)
The prognostic significance of the type of first acute myocardial infarction (Q wave versus non-Q wave) and Q wave location (anterior versus inferoposterior) was determined from a multicenter data base involving 777 placebo-treated patients who were participants in the Multicenter Diltiazem Post-Infarction Trial. There were 224 patients (29%) with a non-Q(More)
Selection of antiarrhythmic therapy may be based on suppression of spontaneous ventricular arrhythmias assessed by Holter monitoring, but the implications of discordant Holter results on repeat 24-hour monitoring has not been defined. This study examines the frequency and significance of reproducible Holter suppression on two 24-hour recordings in the(More)