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BACKGROUND Previous studies have described the clinical utility of heart rate turbulence (HRT) as an autonomic predictor in risk-stratifying patients after myocardial infarction (MI). Some reports showed that diabetes mellitus (DM) affects the prognostic value of autonomic markers. We assessed the utility of HRT as a risk marker in post-MI patients with DM(More)
BACKGROUND T-wave alternans based on the modified moving average method (MMA-TWA) and heart rate turbulence (HRT) have been introduced as predictors for cardiac mortality. In this study, we simultaneously recorded MMA-TWA and HRT in patients after myocardial infarction (MI) and designed a prospective observational study. METHODS AND RESULTS We(More)
BACKGROUND Occasionally it is difficult to inhibit electrical storm (ES) with standard pharmacological treatment. In the present study the effect of landiolol, an ultra-short-acting beta(1)-selective blocker, on ES refractory to class III antiarrhythmic drugs was evaluated. METHODS AND RESULTS The study group comprised 42 consecutive patients who(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have described the clinical usefulness of the presence of nonsustained ventricular tachycardia (NSVT) and defined heart rate turbulence (HRT) in stratifying patients at risk. We prospectively assessed whether HRT can facilitate the predictive accuracy of NSVT for identifying patients at risk for serious arrhythmic events in(More)
Pacing from the right ventricular (RV) apex is associated with adverse effects such as heart failure and atrial fibrillation. We attempted pacing from the RV mid-septum, which is theoretically a more physiological pacing site. A total of 172 consecutive patients with indications for permanent pacemaker implantation were studied. A screw-in lead and a curved(More)
BACKGROUND There are no criteria for selecting single- or dual-chamber implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in patients without a pacing indication. Recent reports showed no benefit of the dual-chamber system despite its preference in the United States. As data on ICD selection and respective outcomes in Japanese patients are scarce, we(More)
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