Rachel M Kaplan

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BACKGROUND Permanent pacemakers (PPMs) are capable of recording tachyarrhythmic events including nonsustained ventricular tachycardia (NSVT), though the clinical significance of NSVT on routine PPM evaluation is unknown. Our goals: assess the prevalence of NSVT on routine PPM follow-up and survival of PPM patients with NSVT, without NSVT, and with(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) burden and duration are predictors of thromboembolic events. The random nature of these measures may affect clinical decision making. The objective of this study was to determine temporal changes in AF burden as detected by continuous monitoring. HYPOTHESIS AF burden changes over time when detected by continuous(More)
BACKGROUND Hemodialysis (HD) patients are at high risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). HD 6-times/week (6x/wk) may reduce SCD risk compared to usual 3-times/week HD (3x/wk) by mechanisms unknown. T-wave alternans (TWA), heart rate turbulence (HRT), and ventricular ectopy (VE) are elevated in HD patients, but their response to 6x/wk HD has not been assessed.(More)
Serial electrocardiographic monitoring of ΔQTc as an assumed harbinger of proarrhythmia is currently recommended for dofetilide and sotalol initiation. Markers of repolarization heterogeneity such as increased peak to end of T-wave (TpTe) duration and abnormal T-wave morphology may also predict proarrhythmia. We investigated whether such T-wave measurements(More)
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia, affects over 2.5 million people in the USA and is responsible for one fifth of the 700,000 ischemic strokes per year. For the last 50 years, long-term anticoagulation with warfarin has been the most effective therapy for preventing stroke in patients with AF and other risk factors. However,(More)
Background Adenosine can unmask dormant conduction during pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for atrial fibrillation (AF). Studies of adenosine use in radiofrequency PVI show high reconnection rates and conflicting results for long-term success, however there is limited data with cryoballoon ablation (CBA). Methods A prospectively maintained database of(More)
Acute heart failure (HF) is a global pandemic with more than one million admissions to hospital annually in the US and millions more worldwide. Post-discharge mortality and readmission rates remain unchanged and unacceptably high. Although recent drug development programmes have failed to deliver novel therapies capable of reducing cardiovascular morbidity(More)
Human monocytic ehrlichiosis can manifest as a disease causing multi-organ failure. Rarely, it can cause secondary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). Early diagnosis and initiation of treatment for both ehrlichiosis and HLH is lifesaving. Therefore, clinical suspicion of HLH must remain high in the setting of an ehrlichiosis infection.
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