George Horvath

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OBJECTIVES To compare the Psoriatic Arthritis Quality of Life (PsAQoL) instrument, the Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) as a measure of functional status, and the generic health status (utility) measure the EuroQoL (EQ-5D) in terms of ability to assess disease severity in psoriatic arthritis (PsA). METHODS The differences between known groups and(More)
The purpose of this study was to contribute to the improvement of stratification of post-myocardial infarction patients at increased risk of malignant ventricular arrhythmia (MVA). Power spectral analysis of heart period variability (HPV) was used as a non-invasive tool to assess cardiac autonomic control. Three groups were used: (1) post-myocardial(More)
We evaluated the electrocardiograms of 208 postmenopausal women (ages 40 to > or = 70 years) without heart disease, medications that could alter the QT interval, use of vaginal estrogens, unknown hormone replacement therapy, or electrocardiographic abnormalities both with (n = 76) and without (n = 132) hormone replacement therapy, and found no significant(More)
Although the heterogeneity of electrophysiological properties is increased after myocardial infarction, the degree of this heterogeneity has not been well quantitated and its relationship to the histological changes that occur after infarction has not been carefully examined. The purpose of the present study was to test the hypothesis that alterations in(More)
INTRODUCTION Dedicated bipolar sensing has been suggested to be safer than integrated bipolar sensing due to an increased incidence of failure to redetect ventricular fibrillation after an unsuccessful shock with leads that use integrated bipolar sensing. We compared sensing characteristics during ventricular fibrillation of simultaneously recorded(More)
BACKGROUND Motor activity occurring during neurocardiogenic syncope can mimic true neurologic events. OBJECTIVE To assess the prevalence and type of apparent neurologic events associated with tilt table testing. METHODS The records of consecutive patients undergoing tilt table testing for the evaluation of syncope were reviewed. Patients underwent a 70(More)
Although prior studies have examined the frequency content of local electrogram characteristics during fibrillation, little is know about the effects of underlying heart disease on these parameters. This study was designed to compare the frequency content of local electrograms during VF in canine models of acute ischemia, subacute infarction, and chronic(More)
INTRODUCTION Low heart rate variability (HRV) has been shown to have important prognostic significance in multiple settings. Although this is believed to reflect reduced parasympathetic tone, the physiology of reduced parasympathetic tone has not been elucidated. METHODS AND RESULTS To evaluate whether parasympathetic withdrawal and partial(More)
INTRODUCTION Early reports suggested that some patients with "atrial fibrillation/flutter" might have atrial fibrillation in one atrium and atrial flutter in the other. However, more recent conceptions of atrial fibrillation/flutter postulate that the pattern is due to a relatively organized (type I) form of atrial fibrillation. We report the occurrence and(More)
INTRODUCTION The purpose of this study was to evaluate the immediate reproducibility of local electrogram characteristics recorded during repeated episodes of induced ventricular fibrillation (VF) in patients undergoing implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation. METHODS AND RESULTS Power spectral analysis (using a fast Fourier transform(More)