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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)
2007 WRITING COMMITTEE MEMBERS Lee A. Fleisher, MD, FACC, FAHA, Chair; Joshua A. Beckman, MD, FACC*; Kenneth A. Brown, MD, FACC, FAHA†; Hugh Calkins, MD, FACC, FAHA‡; Elliot L. Chaikof, MD§; Kirsten E. Fleischmann, MD, MPH, FACC; William K. Freeman, MD, FACC ; James B. Froehlich, MD, MPH, FACC; Edward K. Kasper, MD, FACC; Judy R. Kersten, MD, FACC¶; Barbara(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)
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 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)
The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) Task Force on Practice Guidelines makes every effort to avoid any actual, potential, or perceived conflict of interest that might arise as a result of an industry relationship or personal interest of the writing committee. Specifically, all members of the writing committee, as well as(More)
OBJECTIVES This study analyzed the utility of electrocardiographic (ECG) and echocardiographic findings in the diagnosis of amyloidosis proven by endomyocardial biopsy. BACKGROUND Cardiac amyloidosis is associated with characteristic ECG and echocardiographic changes, yet each finding alone is relatively nonspecific. A combination of noninvasive(More)
BACKGROUND Lymphocytic myocarditis causes left ventricular dysfunction that may be persistent or reversible. There are no clinical criteria that predict which patients will recover ventricular function and which cases will progress to dilated cardiomyopathy. We hypothesized that patients with fulminant myocarditis may have a better long-term prognosis than(More)