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BACKGROUND Little is known about the shortening of atrial refractoriness as a result of electrical remodeling in atrial fibrillation (AF) in clinical cases, especially in terms of long-term follow-up, because of a lack of noninvasive testing methods. METHODS AND RESULTS The present study population comprised 38 consecutive patients with persistent AF(More)
The natural history of asymptomatic individuals with a Brugada-type electrocardiogram (ECG) is still controversial. In this study, we evaluated ventricular fibrillation (VF) inducibility in Brugada-type ECG patients and compared it with other risk factors to clarify the significance of these data on their prognosis. The study population consisted of 38(More)
BACKGROUND Ventricular tachyarrhythmia is one of the most important factors determining the prognosis of patients with heart failure and sudden death can be observed even during stable therapy controlling clinical heart failure. In this study, the usefulness of electrophysiologic study (EPS) for the prediction of a future arrhythmic event was evaluated in(More)
BACKGROUND Electrical and structural remodeling, characterized by prolonged action potential duration (APD), Kv4.2 downregulation and cellular infiltration were studied in rat experimental autoimmune myocarditis (EAM). Because the reactive oxygen species (ROS) has been speculated to play a role in the promotion of such remodeling, the effect of(More)
It has been reported that K-ATP channel openers have a cardioprotective effect in acute ischemia as a pharmacological preconditioning effect. In the present study, the chronic effects of clinical K-ATP channel openers, ie, nicorandil (Nic) and mexiletine (Mex), on cardiac function were evaluated in a rat model of experimental autoimmune myocarditis (EAM).(More)
Background The effect of bepridil, a multichannel blocker, on atrial electrical remodeling was evaluated in a canine rapid atrial stimulation model. Methods and Results In 10 beagle dogs, the right atrial appendage (RAA) was paced at 400 beats/min for 2 weeks. The atrial electrophysiological parameters, including effective refractory period (AERP), were(More)
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