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Sudden cardiac death is an important cause of cardiovascular mortality with the majority of cases occurring in low-risk groups. HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) have recently been shown to reduce the incidence of ventricular tachycardia (VT)/fibrillation (VF) and sudden cardiac death, and this has been attributed to their pleiotropic effects. However,(More)
Non-bacterial endocarditis lesions associated with antiphospholipid antibodies (aPLs) in the absence of other criteria for antiphospholipid syndrome or systemic lupus erythematosus is termed an aPL-associated cardiac valve disease. Evidence regarding the management of this condition is sparse. A rare case is described of a 20-year-old female who presented(More)
Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R)-induced injury of the vital organs is a well-known pathology that can lead to increased morbidity and mortality. Several pharmacological therapeutic options have been explored for the prevention and attenuation of I/R-induced injury. The TRPV1 (transient receptor potential vanilloid 1) channel, which is primarily expressed in the(More)
Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia with an incidence that is as high as 10% in the elderly population. Given the large proportion of strokes caused by AF as well as the associated morbidity and mortality, reducing stroke burden is the most important part of AF management. While warfarin significantly reduces the risk of AF-related stroke,(More)
BACKGROUND The utility of defibrillation threshold testing in patients undergoing implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantation is controversial. Higher defibrillation thresholds have been noted in patients undergoing implantation of cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-D). Since the risks and potential benefits of testing may(More)
Higher rate of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) shocks has been associated with increased mortality and morbidity. The aim of our study was to determine whether statins reduced the intensity rate of appropriate shock therapy for ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation in patients with an ICD placed for left ventricular systolic dysfunction. In this(More)
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an important cause of ischemic stroke and is the underlying cause of > 20% of all strokes, with increasing age being a risk factor. Until recently, warfarin was the only available oral anticoagulant used to decrease this risk in patients with AF. However, there are several disadvantages of warfarin use, such as the requirement(More)
Previous case reports and small studies have suggested that 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase inhibitors (HMG-CoA-Is) may increase the risk of tendon rupture. We conducted a population-based retrospective cohort evaluation to better assess this relationship. From approximately 800,000 enrollees of a private insurance database, those who were aged ≤64(More)
Bronchoscopy can cause post-procedural throat discomfort due to oropharyngeal irritation. We report a rare complication of bronchoscopy that resulted in similar symptoms. A 30-year-old man complained of severe throat discomfort a day after bronchoscopy. Examination revealed a swollen, elongated uvula. The lower half of the uvula was completely white,(More)
Stroke and thromboembolism are catastrophic complications of atrial fibrillation (AF). Cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIED) with an atrial lead can reliably detect atrial high-rate events (AHRE). However, this correlation may be imperfect because of oversensing and undersensing of atrial signals and spurious arrhythmias. The critical duration,(More)