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We compare the diagnostic accuracy of multidetector row computed tomography (MDCT) to cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) for evaluating global left ventricular function. We systematically searched PubMed, CINAHL, Cochrane CENTRAL, Scopus, and the Web of Science databases for studies published between 1966 to January 2013 that compared left ventricle(More)
BACKGROUND In patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), ventricular rate control with medications has been found to be noninferior in preventing clinical events, compared to a strategy converting patients to sinus rhythm and maintaining it with medications. Guidelines have accepted rate control as an acceptable therapeutic option. Most of the prior studies(More)
OBJECTIVE To clarify whether any particular β blocker is superior in patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction or whether the benefits of these agents are mainly due to a class effect. DESIGN Systematic review and network meta-analysis of efficacy of different β blockers in heart failure. DATA SOURCES CINAHL(1982-2011), Cochrane(More)
BACKGROUND Thrombosis is a pivotal event in the pathogenesis of coronary disease. We hypothesized that the presence of blood factors that reflect enhanced thrombogenic activity would be associated with an increased risk of recurrent coronary events during long-term follow-up of patients who have recovered from myocardial infarction. METHODS AND RESULTS We(More)
This study examined the relations among beta-adrenergic blocker use, various correlates of left ventricular function and the chance of developing congestive heart failure in patients after myocardial infarction. The study was performed with the placebo group of the Multicenter Diltiazem Post-Infarction Trial. Ejection fraction data were available in 1,084(More)
We have observed an electrocardiographic (ECG) pattern of deep T-wave or "giant T wave" inversion in patients with acute coronary insufficiency. We reviewed the ECGs of 936 patients admitted to our coronary care unit during a one-year period. We found the pattern of giant T-wave inversion was present in nine patients (1 percent). We examined the(More)
BACKGROUND This study aimed to determine whether QRS morphology identifies patients who benefit from cardiac resynchronization therapy with a defibrillator (CRT-D) and whether it influences the risk of primary and secondary end points in patients enrolled in the Multicenter Automatic Defibrillator Implantation Trial-Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy(More)
In "post hoc" subgroup analyses, a simple classification system for patients, based on the presence or absence of findings indicative of electrical and/or mechanical complications early during short-term hospitalization, was applied to the data from the Beta-Blocker Heart Attack Trial (BHAT). In the largest subgroup of BHAT patients who had no reported(More)