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While model-based process monitoring and system identiication share the common goal of describing the behavior of a physical system based on a mathematical model, the assumptions made by system identiication are typically too strong to apply it directly to monitoring problems. This article describes SQUID, a new system identiication method that uses(More)
To better evaluate the incidence of atherosclerosis in the internal mammary artery (IMA), 215 IMA segments from routine postmortem examinations were evaluated microscopically. Significant atherosclerotic narrowing was seen in 9 patients (4.2%). No patient had more than a 50% reduction in lumen diameter. The degree of incipient atherosclerosis correlated(More)
System identification takes a space of possible models and a stream of observational data of a physical system, and attempts to identify the element of the model space that best describes the observed system. In traditional approaches, the model space is specified by a parameterized differential equation, and identification selects numerical parameter(More)
Reports of the results of electrophysiologic testing of antiarrhythmic regimens have concentrated on inducibility of ventricular tachycardias during drug treatment. Many drug regimens, however, affect the tachycardia but fail to prevent its initiation. In this study, 258 patients who underwent serial electrophysiologic studies were followed up. The patients(More)
The prognostic importance of electrophysiologic studies in patients with sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias treated with amiodarone was prospectively studied in 100 consecutive patients. Sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT)/ventricular fibrillation (VF) was inducible in all patients before amiodarone therapy. After amiodarone administration 2 groups(More)
To determine which of the many clinical parameters routinely collected influence mortality in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF), 201 patients with idiopathic or ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy were prospectively followed for a 28-month study period. Mean age of the study group was 62 +/- 10 years, 60% had ischemic cardiomyopathy, and two-thirds(More)
The efficacy and proarrhythmic potential of antiarrhythmic agents were evaluated. Programmed ventricular stimulation was performed in 160 consecutive patients with coronary artery disease during a baseline study and 432 subsequent drug studies. The tachyarrhythmias induced during baseline studies were sustained ventricular tachycardia (121 patients),(More)
Seventy-six patients with ventricular tachyarrhythmias (40 sustained and 36 nonsustained) were treated with oral flecainide. Radionuclide left ventricular ejection fraction was 30% or less in 33 patients and greater than 30% in 43 patients. Before flecainide, compensated heart failure was present in 23 patients (ejection fraction less than or equal to 30%(More)