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BACKGROUND This study was designed to assess whether cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) in Duchenne muscular dystrophy carriers (DMDc) may index any cell milieu elements of LV dysfunction and whether this cardiac phenotype may be related to genotype. The null hypothesis was that myocardial fibrosis, assessed by late gadolinium enhancement(More)
The actions of caffeine (1-9 mM) on electrical and mechanical events were studied under conditions known to change the intracellular calcium in canine cardiac Purkinje fibers perfused in vitro. It was found that caffeine in a dose-dependent manner 1) shifts the early repolarization to more positive values, 2) shifts the plateau to more negative values, 3)(More)
The ionic events underlying the changes induced by caffeine in calcium-overloaded Purkinje fibers were studied by means of a voltage-clamp technique. The following results were obtained. In fibers exposed to strophanthidin (5 X 10(-7) M), a depolarizing clamp of suitable magnitude or duration is followed by an oscillatory current (Ios) often superimposed on(More)
The effect of aging was tested on experimental ventricular arrhythmias in isolated heart preparations from normal Wistar rats (NWR), Wistar Kyoto rats (WKY), and spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). Delayed afterdepolarizations and triggered activity induced by high-calcium perfusion (16 mM) in isolated papillary muscles were more frequent in the(More)
Late deterioration of the neurological condition in patients operated on for myelomeningocele repair has been repeatedly reported in the literature. At the present time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows one to recognize various pathological conditions which can be amenable to surgical correction in these patients, such as Chiari type II malformation,(More)
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