J Paul Mounsey

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BACKGROUND Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are pivotal treatment options for patients with end-stage heart failure. Despite robust left ventricular unloading, the right ventricle remains unsupported and susceptible to hemodynamic perturbations from ventricular arrhythmias (VAs). Little is known about the epidemiology, management, resource use, and(More)
The significance of ST-segment elevation after resuscitation from arrhythmias not associated with ischemia was examined in a group of patients who received transthoracic shocks for hemodynamically unstable ventricular tachyarrhythmias during electrophysiologic studies. ST-segment elevation was seen in 15.4%, was transient, and was not associated with(More)
BACKGROUND Catheter ablation is an effective treatment for medically refractory, disabling atrial fibrillation (AF). Ablation success may be limited in patients with persistent or long-standing persistent AF. A pericardioscopic, hybrid epicardial-endocardial technique for AF ablation may be a preferred approach for such patients. Limited data are available(More)
INTRODUCTION Current guidelines recommend that the choice of AF management strategy be guided by the symptomatic status of the patient when in AF. However, little is known regarding what drives AF symptoms. Several limited studies suggest that psychological distress may be linked with AF symptom severity. METHODS A total of 300 patients with documented AF(More)
OBJECTIVE When a pacemaker box causes erosion it is usually removed and a new pacemaker implanted at a contralateral site. In this study when there was no evidence of systemic infection an attempt was made to clean and reimplant the same pacemaker in the same site. RESULTS Over 10 years 62 patients had pacemaker reimplantation. In 18 patients the(More)
Atherosclerosis development is a complex process, with inflammation, indicated by elevated high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), as a potential mediator. Obesity, physical activity, and depression have all been reported to affect hs-CRP. However, these factors are interconnected, and their relative individual importance remains unclear. From a(More)
The effects of amrinone on human umbilical artery and human myocardium were studied. Amrinone produced dose related increases in tension, dT/dtmax and dT/dtmin in myocardium from patients who were NYHA grade I (n = 1) and II (n = 4). The responses to amrinone of these tissues were similar to the response seen in normal guinea-pig myocardium (n = 34). The(More)
BACKGROUND In acute myocardial infarction patients who do not reperfuse their infarct arteries shortly after thrombolytic treatment have a high morbidity and mortality. Management of this high risk group remains problematic, especially in centres without access to interventional cardiology. Additional thrombolytic treatment may result in reperfusion and(More)
The effects of cyanide on Ca2+ exchange in isolated ventricular myocytes and on the intracellular concentrations of Ca2+, Na+ and H+ have been investigated to assess the contribution that mitochondria might play in cellular Ca2+ metabolism. Ionic levels were measured with ion-selective electrodes. KCN (2.5 mM) inhibited a component of Ca2+ exchange in(More)