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The normal heart responds to changes in its metabolic milieu by changing relative oxidation rates of energy-providing substrates. We hypothesized that this flexibility is lost when genetically obese rats are fed a high-caloric, high-fat "Western" diet (WD). Male Zucker obese (ZO) and Zucker lean (ZL) rats were fed either control or WD composed of 10 kcal%(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the relationship between the development of transient post-operative atrial fibrillation (TPOAF) following coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery and risk of long-term mortality. BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) following CABG is common and associated with increased morbidity and mortality in the perioperative period. However(More)
Aortic atherosclerosis has been linked with worse peri- and post-procedural outcomes following a range of aortic procedures. Yet, there are currently no standardized methods for non-invasive volumetric pan-aortic plaque assessment. We propose a novel means of more accurately assessing plaque volume across whole aortic segments using computed tomography(More)
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a heterogeneous group of connective tissue disorders with type IV, the vascular subtype, behaving as the most severe largely due to spontaneous arterial aneurysm and dissection. In this case report we describe a spontaneous left anterior descending coronary artery dissection treated with coronary artery bypass graft in a patient(More)
The pharmacokinetics of penticainide, a class Ic antiarrhythmic drug, was studied in 16 healthy adults (eight males and eight females) after a single 300-mg oral dose in fasting conditions and with a standard meal. Penticainide concentrations in plasma and urine were measured by hplc. The pharmacokinetic parameters of penticainide including Cmax, tmax, AUC(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia in adults with congenital heart disease (CHD). Long-term antiarrhythmic therapy (AAT) in these patients has significant shortcomings. The safety and efficacy of pulmonary vein antrum isolation (PVAI) for the treatment of AF in CHD is presently unknown. HYPOTHESIS We hypothesized that PVAI for AF(More)
The frequency of recurrencies and of post-phlebitic syndrome after PE lead the Authors to perform phlebography of the legs before and after treatment of PE. A venous thrombosis was found in 124 cases out of 144 recent PE proven by angiopneumography. The thrombosis affected the ilio-caval veins 43 times, in 27/103 severe PE cases (24%), in 16/33 moderate PE(More)
BACKGROUND We conducted a retrospective cohort study of patients after first-time isolated coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) and assessed the impact of a discharge regimen including beta-blockers and statin therapy and their relationship to long-term all cause mortality and major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE). METHODS We identified(More)