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WRITING COMMITTEE MEMBERS* Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc, FACC, FAHA, Chairyz; Mariell Jessup, MD, FACC, FAHA, Vice Chair*y; Biykem Bozkurt, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHAy; Javed Butler, MBBS, FACC, FAHA*y; Donald E. Casey, Jr, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP, FAHAx; Mark H. Drazner, MD, MSc, FACC, FAHA*y; Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, FACC, FAHA*y; Stephen A. Geraci, MD, FACC, FAHA, FCCPjj;(More)
BACKGROUND Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is associated with a high incidence of malignant ventricular arrhythmias and sudden death. Abnormalities in repolarization of ventricular myocardium have been implicated in the development of these arrhythmias. Spatial heterogeneity in repolarization has been studied in DCM, but temporal fluctuations in repolarization(More)
Risk factors for death after heart transplantation were identified by analyzing the total primary heart transplantation experience (n = 911) among 25 institutions from January 1, 1990, through June 30, 1991. Overall actuarial survival was 93% at 1 month and 84% at 12 months. The hazard function for death was highest early after heart transplantation and(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to determine whether a multidisciplinary outpatient management program decreases chronic heart failure (CHF) hospital readmissions and mortality over a six-month period. BACKGROUND Hospital admission for CHF is an important problem amenable to improved outpatient management. METHODS Two hundred patients hospitalized with CHF at(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to use echocardiography to assess the presentation and potential for recovery of left ventricular (LV) function of patients with fulminant myocarditis compared with those with acute myocarditis. BACKGROUND The clinical course of patients with myocarditis remains poorly defined. We have previously proposed a classification that(More)
BACKGROUND Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is common in severe heart failure, but the effect of mild PH on posttransplantation PH and survival after heart transplantation has not been well described. METHODS This cohort study examined preoperative and postoperative hemodynamics in 172 heart transplant recipients at Johns Hopkins Hospital followed for up to(More)
Accelerated arteriosclerosis is now the major long-term complication of heart transplantation. Defining the risk factors associated with the development of accelerated arteriosclerosis will provide not only a means of identifying patients at risk for this complication but also clues to the etiology of accelerated arteriosclerosis. The purpose of this study(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies of the prognosis of patients with heart failure due to cardiomyopathy categorized patients according to whether they had ischemic or nonischemic disease. The prognostic value of identifying more specific underlying causes of cardiomyopathy is unknown. METHODS We evaluated the outcomes of 1230 patients with cardiomyopathy. The(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to document the various causes of dilated cardiomyopathy in a large group of adult patients with congestive heart failure. BACKGROUND Previous reports of the causes of dilated cardiomyopathy have usually been case reports of a single specific etiology or review articles. The frequency of any single specific heart(More)