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BACKGROUND Implantable loop recorders (ILR) allow prolonged cardiac rhythm monitoring and improved diagnostic yield in syncope patients. Predictive factors for pacemaker (PM) implantation in the ILR population with unexplained syncope have not been adequately investigated. In this single center, retrospective, observational study we investigated factors(More)
Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) still remains one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Seven to fifteen percent of patients presenting with ACS have unobstructed coronary artery disease (CAD) on urgent angi-ography. Patients with ACS and unobstructed coronary arteries represent a clinical dilemma and their diagnosis and management is(More)
BACKGROUND There is growing interest in detecting paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) to identify patients at high risk of thromboembolic stroke. The implantable loop recorder (ILR) is emerging as a powerful new tool in the diagnosis of PAF. Widespread implantation has significant cost implications and their use must be targeted at those patients at most(More)
In this report the drug prescribing practices of practitioners are described. The results indicate that a high proportion (80%) of practitioners still prescribe long duration chemotherapy. The most frequently prescribed drugs are rifampicin (87%), isoniazid (89%) and streptomycin (73%). Despite the use of these highly effective drugs the duration of illness(More)
An early repolarization (ER) pattern on electrocardiography was historically considered a benign finding; however, this finding in the inferior and lateral leads has recently been associated with idiopathic ventricular fibrillation (VF). Here we describe a case of a 29-year-old man with an ER pattern, who experienced recurrent implantable(More)