Mary Kersten

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BACKGROUND Combinations of gemfibrozil and a 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl (HMG) coenzyme A reductase inhibitor show promise in treating mixed lipid abnormalities. However, concern regarding the risk of myopathy and hepatic toxicity has limited the use of this combination. To determine the long-term safety and efficacy of this combination, we prospectively(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) may arise out of anomalous impulse activity at atrial venous junctions. Triggered activity may be a source of abnormal impulse activity. Ranolazine is an anti-anginal agent, which inhibits normal and abnormal late Na+ channel current in the ventricle and peak Na+ channel current in the atrium. This produces an energy(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia requiring treatment. High dose oral anti-arrhythmics may cardiovert some paroxysmal AF. This "pill in pocket" approach has allowed patients to treat themselves on an as needed basis. Pro-arrhythmic concerns have limited the usefulness of this approach to patients without structural heart(More)
Statins frequently do not control all of the lipid abnormalities found in patients with the metabolic sydrome. Pioglitizone (PIO), an insulin sensitizing agent, has been shown to have favorable lipid effects in diabetic patients. Little information is available regarding the effect of combined statin and PIO therapy in non-diabetic patients with the(More)
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