Stuart J . Connolly

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BACKGROUND Cardiac-resynchronization therapy (CRT) benefits patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction and a wide QRS complex. Most of these patients are candidates for an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). We evaluated whether adding CRT to an ICD and optimal medical therapy might reduce mortality and morbidity among such patients. (More)
BACKGROUND Effectiveness and safety of warfarin is associated with the time in therapeutic range (TTR) with an international normalised ratio (INR) of 2·0-3·0. In the Randomised Evaluation of Long-term Anticoagulation Therapy (RE-LY) trial, dabigatran versus warfarin reduced both stroke and haemorrhage. We aimed to investigate the primary and secondary(More)
BACKGROUND Dronedarone is a new antiarrhythmic drug that is being developed for the treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation. METHODS We conducted a multicenter trial to evaluate the use of dronedarone in 4628 patients with atrial fibrillation who had additional risk factors for death. Patients were randomly assigned to receive dronedarone, 400 mg(More)
BACKGROUND Dabigatran 150 and 110 mg twice a day and warfarin are effective for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. The purpose of this study was to compare their risks of bleeding in the Randomized Evaluation of Long-Term Anticoagulant Therapy (RE-LY) trial. METHODS AND RESULTS The RE-LY trial randomized 18 113 patients to receive dabigatran 110 or(More)
The Authors Reply: Arellano-Rodrigo correctly points out that treatment for low-risk MGUS is not recommended by current evidence-based guidelines, except in clinical trials. However, our patient’s paraprotein was associated with a disabling clinical syndrome of renal lymphangiectasis. Although we did not know whether the paraprotein played a role in the(More)
BACKGROUND Evidence suggests that physiologic pacing (dual-chamber or atrial) may be superior to single-chamber (ventricular) pacing because it is associated with lower risks of atrial fibrillation, stroke, and death. These benefits have not been evaluated in a large, randomized, controlled trial. METHODS At 32 Canadian centers, patients without chronic(More)
This report presents the first study of cardiac arrhythmias and conduction disturbance in a large group (400 patients) with sleep apnea syndrome studied between 1974 and 1979 with 24-hour Holter electrocardiography and a simultaneously recorded polygraph during late afternoon or nocturnal sleep. Of the 400, 193 patients (48%) had cardiac arrhythmias during(More)
BACKGROUND Survivors of acute myocardial infarction with frequent or repetitive ventricular premature depolarisations (VPDs) have higher mortality 1-2 years after the event than those without VPDs. Although there is no therapy of proven efficacy for such patients, previous studies of amiodarone have been encouraging. CAMIAT was a randomised double-blind(More)
BACKGROUND Oral anticoagulation (OAC) therapy is effective in atrial fibrillation but requires vigilance to maintain the international normalized ratio in the therapeutic range. This report examines how differences in time in therapeutic range (TTR) between centers and between countries affect the outcomes of OAC therapy. METHODS AND RESULTS In a posthoc(More)
BACKGROUND Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) therapy has been shown to improve survival in patients with various heart conditions who are at high risk for ventricular arrhythmias. Whether benefit occurs in patients early after myocardial infarction is unknown. METHODS We conducted the Defibrillator in Acute Myocardial Infarction Trial, a(More)