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Left bundle branch block (LBBB), traditionally viewed as an electrophysiologic abnormality, is increasingly recognized for its profound hemodynamic effects. LBBB causes asynchronous myocardial activation, which, in turn, may trigger ventricular remodeling. Exercise nuclear studies frequently show reversible perfusion defects in the absence of obstructive(More)
Cardiac arrest victims who present with pulseless electrical activity (PEA) usually have a grave prognosis. Several conditions, however, have cause-specific treatments which, if applied immediately, can lead to quick and sustained recovery. Current teaching focuses on recollection of numerous conditions that start with the letters H or T as potential causes(More)
Laser photocoagulation of the myocardium effectively destroys arrhythmogenic foci. The purpose of this study was 1) to compare the optical properties of canine myocardium before and after photocoagulation, 2) to compare the canine model with clinical cases by measuring the optical properties of human myocardium, and 3) to assess the optical properties of(More)
Several investigators have previously noted that in the presence of bigeminal atrial extrasystoles, the premature beats may exhibit an alternate pattern of ventricular excitation either in the form of alternating left and right bundle-branch block, or alternating right bundle-branch block and normal intraventricular conduction. However, the association of(More)
BACKGROUND Directed surgery for the definitive treatment of drug resistant ventricular tachycardia (VT) due to coronary artery disease carries a significant operative mortality. Surgical failure to cure VT remains a problem, especially in patients without anterior left ventricular myocardial infarcts and aneurysms. A method has been developed in which(More)
BACKGROUND Recommendations have recently emerged suggesting that the presence of the Brugada electrocardiographic (ECG) pattern in an otherwise asymptomatic individual warrants electrophysiologic testing for inducible ventricular arrhythmias. However, the prevalence of this pattern in the general population and its specificity for identifying those likely(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to evaluate systematically the effects of the adenosine antagonist aminophylline on resuscitation outcome in a canine model of postcardioversion nonperfusing rhythm. BACKGROUND Theoretic considerations and experimental studies indicate that myocardial adenosine accumulation during prolonged ventricular fibrillation(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical evidence suggests that poor vascular runoff reduces the long-term success rate of femoral angioplasty procedures. The purpose of this experimental study was to examine myointimal hyperplasia of dog femoral arteries after balloon denudation, thermal laser arterial injury, or sham operation in normal and reduced vascular runoff conditions.(More)
BACKGROUND Conventionally, monomorphic sustained ventricular tachycardia in patients with remote myocardial infarction is believed to originate from the subendocardium. In a previous study, we demonstrated that electrical activation patterns during ventricular tachycardia occasionally suggest a subepicardial rather than subendocardial reentry. METHODS AND(More)
OBJECTIVE Our purpose was to assess the changes in multifetal pregnancy generation as a function of utilization of ovulation stimulation and assisted reproductive techniques and to document the relative control of hyperstimulation between the methods. STUDY DESIGN The methods of infertility treatment, number of fetuses, and outcomes of 220 patients(More)