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AIMS Identification of patients with chronic heart failure at risk for sudden death remains difficult. We sought to assess the prognostic value for all-cause and sudden death of time and frequency domain measures of heart rate variability in chronic heart failure. METHODS AND RESULTS We prospectively enrolled 190 patients with chronic heart failure in(More)
Arrhythmic cardiomyopathies are due to ventricular dysfunction following prolonged or chronic tachycardia; the clinical pictures one of congestive heart failure, which is totally reversible after the treatment of tachycardia and the restoration of sinus rhythm. Since Whipple's first description of this model of heart failure, several teams have shown that(More)
AIMS Identification of patients with congestive heart failure at risk of sudden death remains problematic and few data are available on the prognostic implications of QT dispersion. We sought to assess the predictive value of QT dispersion for arrhythmic events in heart failure secondary to dilated cardiomyopathy or ischaemic heart disease. METHODS AND(More)
AIMS Analysis of heart rate variability is a noninvasive tool that allows to study autonomic control of the heart. Several studies have shown disturbed heart rate variability in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). We sought to assess the prognostic value of time domain measures of heart rate variability in CHF. METHODS AND RESULTS We prospectively(More)
BACKGROUND Management of heart failure includes beta-blockade (betaB) therapy and cardiac rehabilitation. The aim of this study was to compare the exercise training response of patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) receiving betaB therapy with that of patients not receiving treatment. METHODS AND RESULTS Thirty-four consecutive patients with CHF(More)
To investigate whether detection of ventricular late potentials could provide prognostic information in patients with congestive heart failure with or without bundle branch block, we prospectively obtained a signal-averaged ECG from 151 patients with congestive heart failure, using specific criteria in 57 patients with bundle branch block. Late potentials(More)
OBJECTIVE Hypertensive left ventricular hypertrophy is associated with an increased risk of arrhythmias and mortality. However, no clinical study has demonstrated a significant relationship between ventricular arrhythmias and mortality in systemic hypertension. DESIGN AND METHODS To evaluate the prognostic value of arrhythmogenic markers, we included,(More)
The leading cause of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in patients with coronary heart disease is plaque rupture. Between 6% and 12% of AMI patients have angiographically normal coronary arteries. However, new procedures have demonstrated the limits of coronarography and challenged the existence of this situation. Angiograms may fail to detect minimal(More)
Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are associated with a greater reduction in mortality in non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy than in ischaemic cardiomyopathy after the results of the V-HeFT-II and SOLVD trials in symptomatic patients. However, a recent analysis of the global, symptomatic and therapeutic, results of the SOLVD trials, demonstrated a(More)
The effect of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) due to chronic pressure overload on right atrial (RA) and left ventricular (LV) myocardial beta-adrenergic receptor (beta-AR) density and subtypes, adenylyl cyclase (AC) activity and ADP-pertussis toxin ribosylated proteins was investigated in humans with LVH due to aortic stenosis and in patients without LVH(More)