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Positron emission tomography (PET) allows, in combination with multiple radiopharmaceuticals, unique physiological and biochemical tissue characterization. Tracers of blood flow, metabolism and neuronal function have been employed with this technique for research application. More recently, PET has emerged in cardiology as a useful tool for the detection of(More)
The Brugada syndrome, a genetically transmitted disease according to an autosomal mode with a variable penetrance, is responsible for sudden death secondary to polymorphic ventricular tachycardia. The diagnosis is based on a typical electrocardiographical paturn that combines a right bundle branch block with ST elevation in the right precordial leads. In(More)
The congenital long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a hereditary cardiac disease characterized by a prolongation of the QT interval > 440 ms at rest ECG associated with a high risk of ventricular arrhythmias (torsade de pointe). Clinical manifestations are syncope and sudden cardiac death. The implicated genes encode cardiac ion channel subunits or proteins involved(More)
Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is one of the most common disorders of cardiac rhythm. It is often a step toward permanent arhythmia, specially if associated with cardiac disease. The management objectives of intermittent arhythmia may be different, as maintenance of sinus rhythm. However, risks of stroke and thrombo-embolism are similar to those for(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to determine the incidence and extent of dobutamine-induced contractile reserve in myocardial regions characterized by classical and new positron emission tomographic (PET) patterns in patients with chronic ischemic left ventricular dysfunction. BACKGROUND PET is considered the most accurate method for assessment of myocardial(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to compare the myocardial retention of technetium-99m (Tc-99m) sestamibi and thallium-201 over a wide range of blood flow at different time points after tracer injection. BACKGROUND Technetium-99m sestamibi has been proposed as a new perfusion tracer with better physical characteristics than those of thallium-201 for(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to evaluate patients with coronary artery disease to 1) determine the relation between flow reserve measured by nitrogen-13 (N-13) ammonia kinetic modeling and stenosis severity assessed by quantitative angiography, and 2) examine whether flow reserve is impaired in regions supplied by vessels without significant(More)
Fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) imaging was performed in seven consecutive patients with primary hyperparathyroidism to preoperatively locate parathyroid adenomas. Foci of FDG accumulation corresponding to abnormal parathyroid tissue were observed in two out of nine surgically excised parathyroid adenomas. It was(More)
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) reduces functional mitral regurgitation (MR) at rest. This study assessed exercise-induced changes in MR in patients with heart failure who were helped by CRT. The determinants of these exercise-induced changes in MR were analyzed in asynchronous and resynchronized left ventricles.
Aims To assess the accuracy of positron emission tomogra-phy to predict recovery of global cardiac function after revascularization in patients with coronary artery disease. Methods and Results One hundred and seventy-eight patients (157 male, 5810 years) with coronary artery disease and left ventricular dysfunction (mean ejection fraction 3914%) were(More)