H F McAlister

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The safety and efficacy of amiodarone and quinidine in reverting atrial tachyarrhythmias after cardiac operations were compared in a randomized cross-over trial. Patients with sustained atrial fibrillation or flutter for more than 2 hours' duration, stable hemodynamic status, and prior digoxin therapy were randomized to receive either intravenous(More)
AIM Acute angioplasty for myocardial infarction without prior thrombolytic therapy (primary angioplasty) has been advocated as the preferred treatment for high risk infarct patients, however data is primarily from highly experienced units. This report describes the first year's experience of primary angioplasty at Waikato Hospital which is a moderate sized(More)
This paper documents the development of cardiac pacing in New Zealand in the early years following the first implant in 1961. This period covered the time of the early development and evolution of cardiac pacemakers. Pacemaker implantations were infrequent and high risk in desperately ill patients. Whilst lifesaving the pacemakers had poor longevity, were(More)
AIM Clinical data on coronary stenting from within New Zealand is scarce and, in particular, the impact of current stent technologies is unknown. We reviewed all angioplasties undertaken at Waikato Hospital over a two year period to determine the clinical effect of coronary stenting on the local population. METHODS Data from all patients who underwent(More)
AIM To assess the knowledge of Waikato medical practitioners concerning cardiac pacing and its indications. METHOD Anonymous postal questionnaire. The responses received were compared with those of four New Zealand experts on cardiac pacing. RESULTS 404 questionnaires were administered of which 204 (50%) were returned, (16.3% physicians, 22.7% JRMO's(More)
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