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During treatment with azithromycin, a 55 year-old woman developed a newly prolonged QT interval and torsade de pointes in the absence of known risk factors. Female gender and acute renal failure may be considerations in patients treated with azithromycin.
Epidural steroid injection is a common treatment for the management of pain in a wide variety of patients. It is generally well tolerated and perceived to have few side effects, with a low risk of serious complications. Only a handful of reports exist that describe life-threatening complications such as subdural hematoma, respiratory depression, vasovagal(More)
BACKGROUND Some patients with right heart failure develop cardiac hepatopathy (CH). The pathophysiology of CH is thought to be secondary to hepatic venous congestion and arterial ischemia. We sought to define the clinical and hemodynamic characteristics associated with CH. MATERIAL/METHODS A retrospective cross sectional analysis was performed in which(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to examine the association between off-label drug-eluting stent (DES) use and stent thrombosis (ST) in unselected patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). BACKGROUND DES are frequently used in clinical and angiographic scenarios not initially tested and approved by the FDA (off-label use) resulting in lingering(More)
BACKGROUND Classification of diastolic heart function is best defined by the degree of leftward and upward shift of the diastolic pressure-volume relationship (DPVR). Direct measurement of DPVR, however, requires invasive techniques. Increased left atrial (LA) size is a marker of left ventricular (LV) diastolic hypertension, and so, the LA/LV diameter ratio(More)
BACKGROUND Alterations in left ventricular (LV) twist (torsion) and untwist have been described for a variety of physiologic and pathologic conditions. Little information is available regarding changes in these parameters during normal pregnancy. HYPOTHESIS Pregnancy is associated with significant changes in LV torsional mechanics. METHODS Left(More)
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