Jeffrey M. Schussler

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The prolonged QT interval is both widely seen and associated with the potentially deadly rhythm, Torsades de Pointes (TdP). While it can occur spontaneously in the congenital form, there is a wide array of drugs that have been implicated in the prolongation of the QT interval. Some of these drugs have either been restricted or withdrawn from the market due(More)
Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is characterized by inherited or acquired prolonged QT interval on the surface electrocardiogram. This can lead to torsade de pointes ventricular tachycardia (TdP VT) and ventricular fibrillation. In the acquired form of the disease, medications from several classes can cause TdP VT or potentiate the electrocardiographic findings.(More)
Very high takeoff of the left main coronary artery in the absence of another coronary anomaly is a rare finding. The pathologic consequences of this anomaly are unclear, and the literature on this subject does not agree on whether the condition is dangerous. We present our findings in 2 patients who were discovered to have this anomaly upon noninvasive(More)
Myxedema coma is an infrequent but potentially fatal complication of hypothyroidism. We present a rare case of previously undiagnosed hypothyroidism presenting in cardiogenic shock from pericardial tamponade and depressed myocardial contractility in myxedema coma. Here, we focus on cardiovascular complications associated with the condition.
Sixty-four-slice computed tomographic (CT) coronary angiography is a new technique for the noninvasive visualization of the coronary arteries. It enables noninvasive detection of coronary plaque and determination of severity without instrumentation of the heart. Although not yet commonly used in the emergency department setting, it stands poised to(More)
Noninvasive cardiac computed tomographic imaging using multislice or electron beam technology has been shown to be highly specific and sensitive in diagnosing coronary heart disease. It is about a fifth of the cost of coronary angiography and is particularly well suited for evaluating patients with a low or low to moderate probability of having obstructive(More)
In adult patients with atrial septal defects (ASDs), right ventricular (RV) cavity size may return to normal after operative closure. This study demonstrated improved RV volumes and right atrial areas in 20 adult patients after successful transcatheter closure of large ASDs. RV volumes decreased by 22%, 30%, and 41% at 1 day, 1 month, and 6 months,(More)
We tested whether routine preprocedure fluoroscopy of the femoral head would improve sheath placement or reduce the incidence of groin complications. Patients were randomized to receive either fluoroscopy or "blind" sheath placement using palpation alone. The location of the femoral sheath was established by femoral artery angiography. Sheath placement in(More)