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BACKGROUND Beat-to-beat analysis of RR intervals can reveal patterns of heart-rate dynamics, which are not easily detected by summary measures of heart-rate variability. This study was designed to test the hypothesis that alterations in RR-interval dynamics occur before the spontaneous onset of ventricular tachyarrhythmias (VT). METHODS AND RESULTS(More)
Concomitant sympathetic and vagal activation can occur in various physiological conditions, but there is limited information on heart rate (HR) behavior during the accentuated sympathovagal antagonism. Beat-to-beat HR and blood pressure were recorded during intravenous infusion of incremental doses of norepinephrine in 18 healthy male volunteers (mean age(More)
BACKGROUND The optimal stenting strategy in coronary artery bifurcation lesions is unknown. In the present study, a strategy of stenting both the main vessel and the side branch (MV+SB) was compared with a strategy of stenting the main vessel only, with optional stenting of the side branch (MV), with sirolimus-eluting stents. METHODS AND RESULTS A total(More)
BACKGROUND It is unknown whether the preferred 1-stent bifurcation stenting approach with stenting of the main vessel (MV) and optional side branch stenting using drug-eluting stents should be finalized by a kissing balloon dilatation (FKBD). Therefore, we compared strategies of MV stenting with and without FKBD. METHODS AND RESULTS We randomized 477(More)
BACKGROUND Computed tomography (CT) is increasingly used to detect coronary artery disease, but the evaluation of stenoses is often uncertain. Perfusion imaging has an established role in detecting ischemia and guiding therapy. Hybrid positron emission tomography (PET)/CT allows combination angiography and perfusion imaging in short, quantitative,(More)
Using high-resolution single photon emission computed tomography, the authors studied changes in cerebral blood flow (CBF) in six healthy men after the men rapidly consumed intoxicating amounts of ethanol. When the subjects were given intravenous placebo before ethanol intake, regional CBF was significantly increased over baseline in the right prefrontal(More)
OBJECTIVES Postpericardiotomy syndrome is a well-known complication after cardiac surgery. Nevertheless, little is known about the incidence and predictors of postpericardiotomy syndrome requiring medical attention or hospitalization in a contemporary set of patients undergoing isolated coronary bypass. METHODS This retrospective analysis included 688(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the efficacy and safety of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) and triple therapy (TT, dual antiplatelet plus warfarin) in patients with myocardial infarction (MI) or PCI with stenting (PCI-S) who also require chronic oral anticoagulation. BACKGROUND Recommendations for the optimal antiplatelet/anticoagulant treatment regimen for(More)
OBJECTIVES Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are generally considered to be at an increased risk for cardiovascular events and cardiac mortality. The prognostic significance of severe renal impairment in patients undergoing coronary revascularization remains mainly unknown because these patients have been excluded from randomized clinical trials.(More)
Screening for early-stage asymptomatic cancers (eg, cancers of breast and colon) to prevent late-stage malignancies has been widely accepted. However, although atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (eg, heart attack and stroke) accounts for more death and disability than all cancers combined, there are no national screening guidelines for asymptomatic(More)