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BACKGROUND Hydroxy-methyl-glutaryl Co-A reductase (HMGCR) inhibitors or statins are a well recognized cause of a variety of skeletal myopathic effects which generally resolve on stopping the medication. Recent reports, however, suggest that statins are associated with a unique autoimmune myopathy wherein symptoms persist or even progress after statin(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have demonstrated that diabetic patients undergoing exercise stress single-photon emission-computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) have significantly lower cardiac events when compared to the diabetic patients undergoing pharmacologic stress SPECT MPI across all perfusion categories. However, there are(More)
INTRODUCTION Both transfemoral (TF) and transapical (TA) routes are utilized for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) using Edwards SAPIEN & SAPIEN XT valves. We intended to perform a meta-analysis comparing the complication rates between these two approaches in studies published before and after the standardized Valve Academic Research Consortium(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have suggested that diabetic patients undergoing single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) are at greater risk for cardiac events than non-diabetic patients with both normal and abnormal imaging results. However, the impact of stress modality on outcomes in this patient group has not(More)
AIMS The electrocardiographic (ECG) signs used to differentiate ventricular tachycardia (VT) from supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) with aberrancy are specific but not highly sensitive. The purpose of this study was to define the utility of an underappreciated form of atrioventricular (AV) dissociation at the onset of tachycardia, a single dissociated P(More)
A 56-year-old male with a history of orthotopic cardiac transplantation secondary to cardiac sarcoidosis presented with recurrent episodes of syncope preceded by dizziness. While on telemetry, he had transient episodes of high-grade atrioventricular (AV) block that reproduced his prodrome. After excluding allograft rejection, ischemia, recurrent cardiac(More)
Autonomic modulation is being increasingly employed as a strategy to treat ventricular arrhythmias refractory to beta-blockers, antiarrhythmic drugs, and catheter-based ablation procedures. We report 6 patients with refractory ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF) treated with stellate ganglion blockade (SGB) and/or bilateral cardiac(More)
We report a case of an 83-year-old man with history of coronary artery disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) who presented with sudden onset nocturnal dyspnea. He was diagnosed with non-ST elevation myocardial infarction based on the electrocardiographic changes and cardiac biomarker elevation. Cardiac catheterization revealed chronic(More)
Lyme borreliosis is a multisystem infectious disease with well-known cardiac involvement, including potential carditis as well as conduction abnormalities. We report a case of Lyme disease in a previously healthy 24-year-old male presenting with alternating right- and left-bundle branch block, indicating infra-Hisian atrioventricular (infra-His) block with(More)
BACKGROUND Predictors of complications from atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation have been identified in small studies. The combination of risk factors to predict complications after ablation has not yet been explored. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to develop a risk score model that predicts complications after AF ablation. METHODS The National(More)