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Background Verification of defibrillation efficacy by defibrillation threshold (DFT) testing during implantable cardioverter-defibrillator implantation is the current standard. Generally, defibrillation of ventricular fibrillation at 10 J below the maximum output of a device is felt to establish...
Background Nesiritide (recombinant human B-type natriuretic peptide) has been shown to provide symptomatic and hemodynamic improvement in acute decompensated heart failure. A previous meta-analysis of 3 randomized controlled trials has suggested an increased short-term risk of death with...
Background The ability of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) to salvage myocardium in patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) presenting >12 hours after symptom onset is questionable. The aim of this study was to assess the ability of primary PCI to...
Background Despite a lack of randomized trial evidence, clinicians often suggest that women use a brassiere to reduce poststernotomy pain and discomfort. We tested the effect of women's use of a special (compression) undergarment after sternotomy on pain, discomfort, and functional status.
Background The association of plaques with outward arterial remodeling and acute coronary syndromes (ACS) has been mostly investigated by cross-sectional intravascular ultrasound studies. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has made it possible to noninvasively assess the coronary vessels of...
Background Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a common comorbidity among patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). The frequency with which physicians assess diabetic patients' glycemic control during an ACS hospitalization is not known and may represent an opportunity for quality improvement.
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