Thong D Pham

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Although previous studies have described the electrophysiological and ultrastructural characteristics of human cardiac fibers, no attempt has been made as yet to describe quantitatively the relationship between the ultrastructural and cellular electrophysiological derangements occurring with cardiac disease, and their clinical manifestations. In this study,(More)
Surgical resection of the endocardium and subendocardium often abolishes chronic recurrent sustained ventricular tachycardia in patients with healed myocardial infarcts or ventricular aneurysms, presumably by interrupting the reentrant pathway. To define the morphologic characteristics of cells in the reentrant pathway, we studied the histology and(More)
Ultrastructural studies were performed on portions of the operatively resected right atrium from six patients with a ventricular septal defect and six patients with an endocardial cushion defect. The six patients with a ventricular septal defect had normal right atrial mean pressure and no evidence of right atrial volume overload. Ultrastructurally, the(More)
We studied with ultrastructure techniques portions of right atrium resected at operation from 12 patients with chronic rheumatic heart disease and 6 patients with non-rheumatic valvular heart disease. The right atrial pressures, duration of symptoms and age of the patients were comparable in both groups. Ten of the 12 rheumatic and 4 of the 6 non-rheumatic(More)
The effects of left atrial enlargement on atrial cell electrophysiology and structure were studied in dogs with mitral valve fibrosis. Thirteen dogs (Groups I) had left atrial enlargement and intermittent atrial arrhythmias; 10 dogs (Group II) had left atrial enlargement and chronic atrial fibrillation. The resting and action potentials of cells in isolated(More)
BACKGROUND Impairment of unidirectional horizontal saccades with sparing of smooth pursuit has been described in human lesions in the dorsomedial pons. They have been too large to allow localization to the pontine paramedian reticular formation (PPRF). METHODS Single case report. RESULTS A patient with impaired rightward saccades but spared rightward(More)
In response to stimuli, endothelial cells release arachidonic acid, a lipid precursor of various vasoactive substances. We have investigated the relationships between cytosolic Ca2+ movements and arachidonic acid release in human umbilical vein endothelial cells. Histamine, a receptor-dependent agonist, and thapsigargin, a specific inhibitor of(More)
Portions of operatively resected right atrium from 15 patients with atrial septal defect were studied ultrastructurally to determine whether the cell hypertrophy in the right atrium of patients with increased right atrial blood flow and increased right atrial pressure is caused by the increased blood flow. In 12 patients with normal right atrial mean(More)
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