William Kushner

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N-Acetylprocainamide (NAPA), a class III antiarrhythmic drug, caused torsade de pointes in a 72 year old woman who had this arrhythmia on two previous occasions while being treated with quinidine and disopyramide. Initial evaluation with an intravenous infusion of NAPA indicated a favorable antiarrhythmic response. The QTC interval was prolonged, but the(More)
Ten patients with chronic premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) received short-term oral therapy with N-acetylprocainamide (NAPA) to determine its antiarrhythmic efficacy and side effects under the conditions of a placebo-controlled, dose-ranging trial. NAPA was effective in suppressing PVCs in 8 patients but caused a paradoxical increase in PVC(More)
The effects of long-term NAPA therapy were evaluated in 6 patients with chronic PVCs known to respond to this drug during a previous placebo-controlled, dose-ranging trial. Underlying cardiac status was evaluated every six months by switching each patient from NAPA to placebo. Placebo period PVC frequency after one year of NAPA therapy was reduced, compared(More)
This paper presents the robust front-end algorithm that was submitted by Motorola to the ETSI STQ-Aurora DSR working group as a proposal for the Advanced DSR front-end in January 2001. The algorithm consists of a two-stage melwarped Wiener filter, a waveform processor, a channelnormalized mel-frequency cepstral calculation and a subsystem of post-cepstral(More)
Pharmacokinetics is an important tool that is used in the conduct of both basic and applied research, and is an essential component of the drug development process. In addition, pharmacokinetics is a valuable adjunct for prescribing and evaluating drug therapy. For most clinical applications, pharmacokinetic analyses can be simplified by representing drug(More)
Four patients with chronic ventricular arrhythmias, shown to respond over the short term to N-acetylprocainamide (NAPA), were treated for between 3 and 4 yr with NAPA, and 24-hr ambulatory ECGs were obtained monthly to monitor their responses. When the patients were ambulatory and receiving NAPA, the mean frequency of premature ventricular complexes(More)
The hypotensive effects of N-acetylprocainamide (NAPA) were studied in anesthetized dogs and in a normal subject. In dogs, intravenous NAPA infusions reduced mean arterial pressure and the pressor response of the isolated, perfused gracilis muscle vascular bed to preganglionic, but not postganglionic, sympathetic stimulation. The kinetics of these effects(More)
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