Louis Rakita

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Six patients are presented who developed pulmonary infiltrates of undetermined origin while being treated for severe ventricular arrhythmias with amiodarone hydrochloride. Biopsy material was available in four patients and revealed interstitial or alveolar fibrosis and pneumonitis. Four patients recovered and two died of severe cardiopulmonary(More)
Cx-reactive protein (CxRP), which appears in the blood of rabbits during inflammation (1), is analogous and immunologically related to C-reactive protein (CRP) of man (2). The site of origin of these acute-phase proteins and the mechanism of their production are problems as yet unresolved. Previous work from this laboratory has described an(More)
To shorten the delay in the onset of antiarrhythmic effect when using amiodarone for the conversion of refractory atrial tachyarrhythmias to sinus rhythm, 19 patients were given oral amiodarone according to a high-dose loading protocol. In 18 of 19 patients (95%), sinus rhythm was restored 36 hours (range, 0 to 96 hours) after starting amiodarone. The(More)
Although amiodarone is a highly effective antiarrhythmic agent, it has a high incidence of side effects, some of which can be serious or even lethal. With close monitoring, side effects can be found in essentially all patients, but fortunately most of these are mild and well tolerated. Furthermore, many will respond to dosage reduction in a relatively short(More)
Large initial doses of amiodarone hydrochloride for the treatment of ventricular arrhythmias refractory to conventional therapy were demonstrated to shorten the time to achieve control of the arrhythmia. As compared with a lower-dose regimen, the mean time to achieve partial control (suppression of ventricular tachycardia) was 10.6 +/- 5.2 days in the(More)
Twenty-two patients were given amiodarone for refractory cardiac arrhythmias, and pre- and post-amiodarone serum digoxin levels were studied. The interval between pre- and post-amiodarone serum digoxin levels ranged from five days to nine months (mean interval, seven weeks). The mean (+/- SD) pre-amiodarone serum digoxin level was 1.0 +/- 0.4 ng/ml, and the(More)
A major disadvantage of conventional amiodarone therapy is the long delay between initiation of therapy and arrhythmia suppression. In this study, the hypothesis was tested that complex ventricular arrhythmias would be suppressed rapidly by an intravenous amiodarone infusion designed to achieve and maintain a therapeutic serum concentration. Eleven patients(More)