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Cirrhotic patients (CPs) are susceptible to spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP). Aim of this study was to examine if this susceptibility was related to peritoneal macrophages' (PMs) altered host defence. Absorbance of phagocytosed particles by PMs from CPs was lower than that of control (31.88% vs. 77.2%). Particle opsonisation increased the absorbance(More)
The Canadian Heart Rhythm Society (CHRS) Device Advisory Committee was commissioned to respond to advisories regarding cardiac rhythm device and lead performance on behalf of the CHRS. In the event of an advisory, the Chair uses an e-mail network to disseminate advisory information to Committee members broadly representative of the Canadian device(More)
BACKGROUND The Medtronic Sprint Fidelis family of leads has recently been the subject of a widespread advisory. Lead failure rates are estimated at 2.3% at 30 months, 2.6 times the failure rate of the reference Medtronic 6947 lead. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to contact pediatric and adult implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implant(More)
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE The Canadian Heart Rhythm Society (CHRS) Device Advisory Committee was commissioned in 2006 to develop a mechanism for responding to advisories regarding cardiac rhythm device and lead performance. METHODS In the event of an advisory, the Chair classifies the advisory as urgent, semi-urgent, or routine based on the nature of the(More)
BACKGROUND It has been observed that replacement of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator generator in response to a device advisory may be associated with a substantial rate of complications, including death. The risk of lead revision in response to a lead advisory has not been determined previously. METHODS AND RESULTS Twenty-five implantable(More)
BACKGROUND Following recent cases of nonphysiologic noise noted early after defibrillator implantation, the Canadian Heart Rhythm Society Device Committee decided to evaluate the implications of this problem. OBJECTIVE To determine the incidence and consequences of nonphysiologic noise early after defibrillator implantation. METHODS The Canadian Heart(More)
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