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CONTEXT Few randomized controlled trials have evaluated the efficacy of treatments for major depression in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). None have simultaneously evaluated an antidepressant and short-term psychotherapy. OBJECTIVE To document the short-term efficacy of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (citalopram) and interpersonal(More)
BACKGROUND Lidocaine has been the initial antiarrhythmic drug treatment recommended for patients with ventricular fibrillation that is resistant to conversion by defibrillator shocks. We performed a randomized trial comparing intravenous lidocaine with intravenous amiodarone as an adjunct to defibrillation in victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. (More)
BACKGROUND Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) therapy has been shown to improve survival in patients with various heart conditions who are at high risk for ventricular arrhythmias. Whether benefit occurs in patients early after myocardial infarction is unknown. METHODS We conducted the Defibrillator in Acute Myocardial Infarction Trial, a(More)
CONTEXT Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy is effective but is associated with high-voltage shocks that are painful. OBJECTIVE To determine whether amiodarone plus beta-blocker or sotalol are better than beta-blocker alone for prevention of ICD shocks. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PATIENTS A randomized controlled trial with blinded(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation is a leading preventable cause of recurrent stroke for which early detection and treatment are critical. However, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is often asymptomatic and likely to go undetected and untreated in the routine care of patients with ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). METHODS We randomly assigned(More)
BACKGROUND It is common practice to restore and maintain sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation and heart failure. This approach is based in part on data indicating that atrial fibrillation is a predictor of death in patients with heart failure and suggesting that the suppression of atrial fibrillation may favorably affect the outcome. However,(More)
OBJECTIVES This study examined the impact of depressive symptoms and social support on 2-year sudden cardiac death (SCD) risk, controlling for fatigue symptoms. METHODS Myocardial infarction (MI) patients (N = 671) participating in the Canadian Amiodarone Myocardial Infarction Arrhythmia Trial completed measures of depression, hostility, and social(More)
BACKGROUND The impact of atrial fibrillation (AF) and its treatment on health-related quality of life (QOL) is not well understood. We assessed QOL in patients with symptomatic AF participating in the Canadian Trial of Atrial Fibrillation. METHODS Self-report QOL questionnaires including the Short-Form-36 (SF-36), symptom checklist (SCL) and AF Severity(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to assess the impact of intermittent atrial fibrillation (AF) on health-related quality of life (QoL). BACKGROUND Intermittent AF is a common condition with little data on health-related QoL questionnaires to guide investigational therapies. METHODS Outpatients from four centers, with documented AF (n = 152), completed validated QoL(More)
INTRODUCTION The effects of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and ICD shocks on psychological state have previously been studied. However, it is still unclear how health-related quality-of-life changes over time using standardized assessments. We sought to characterize the effects of ICDs and ICD shocks on psychological outcomes. METHODS(More)