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Methadone may cause potentially fatal arrhythmia, Georgetown researchers find
Methadone, a drug commonly used to treat patients addicted to narcotics, may, in high dosages or in susceptible individuals, cause a potentially fatal cardiac arrhythmia known as torsades de pointes (TdP), researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center have found. (2001-04-01)

UCSF evaluates new device to treat heart failure
UCSF researchers have begun clinical trials on a new device to treat patients with heart failure -- a progressive cardiovascular disease affecting more than five million Americans. (2001-03-17)

Women, particularly during menses, more at risk than men for developing prescription drug-induced heart problems
Women are more at risk than men for developing a dangerous drug-induced heart condition which can lead to a potentially fatal cardiac arrhythmia, and this risk may be heightened during menstruation and ovulation. These are the findings of research done at Georgetown University Medical Center and published in the March 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). (2001-03-13)

Heart rhythm drug also helps some failing hearts
Individuals with heart failure may have another drug treatment option, according to a report in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. (2001-03-11)

Drug can reduce pain for stroke patients
The drug lamotrigine can reduce the pain that affects some stroke patients, according to a study in the January 23 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Central post-stroke pain occurs in eight percent of stroke patients and is difficult to treat. The only current treatment, amitriptyline, doesn't work for many patients, and has many side effects. (2001-01-22)

MRI-guided catheter ablation
Biomedical engineers at Johns Hopkins University have extended magnetic resonance imaging into cardiac surgery for the first time with a new procedure to help prevent rapid and irregular heart rates. (2000-12-10)

First gene therapy to calm pigs' out-of-sync hearts
Scientists at Johns Hopkins have developed a gene therapy that, within a week, quells abnormal rhythms in pig hearts, the animal hearts most similar to human. It's believed to be the first use of gene therapy for cardiac arrhythmias, the researchers say, and one with (2000-11-30)

UCSD announces major discovery regarding sudden cardiac death
UCSD researchers announce a major discovery regarding sudden cardiac death, the tragic cause of 400,000 American deaths each year. Incurable and largely untreatable, sudden cardiac death too frequently strikes healthy appearing individuals with no known illness. The UCSD findings hold promise for the future development of drug therapies for lethal ventricular arrhythmias that cause sudden cardiac death. (2000-08-31)

Heart researchers at Cedars-Sinai direct studies in the development of the first implantable device to treat atrial rhythm abnormalities
LOS ANGELES (July 24, 2000) -- Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center assisted in developing the computer programs that make sophisticated decisions in a new type of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) that for the first time treats rhythm problems originating in the upper chambers of the heart, as well as those in the lower chambers. (2000-07-23)

University of Pittsburgh researchers develop computer system to predict impending arrhythmia and sudden death
A team of computer software engineers at the University of Pittsburgh has developed and patented a computerized system that can predict a cardiac arrhythmia or sudden death up to eight hours prior to the onset of symptoms. The system is based on the team's research into the general biological mechanisms underlying cardiac arrhythmias and sudden death. (2000-04-18)

Researchers identify unique circadian rhythm photoreceptor
When an animal is exposed to constant intense light, the internal clock goes haywire, losing all sense of night and day. Fruit flies exhibit the same reaction, and humans are predicted to respond similarly. Researchers have created a strain of mutant flies that maintains a steady clock when barraged with intense illumination. (2000-03-29)

Emory physicians use new pacemaker to stimulate both sides of the heart
Physicians at Emory University are using a bi-ventricular pacemaker that connects to both ventricles of the heart, instead of only one, to treat congestive heart failure -- with impressive results. People who previously depended on intravenous drugs to keep their hearts going, who couldn't so much as walk around the house without getting winded, now are able to discontinue medication and enjoy normal daily activities. (2000-01-30)

Story ideas for February, American Heart Month
American Heart Month is sponsored annually by the American Heart Association. We can provide you with patients, physicians and researchers from the Rush Heart Institute who are experts in their respective fields of heart disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and research. The following are a few story ideas you may want to consider. (2000-01-24)

Drug offers new hope for victims of cardiac arrest
A clinical trial performed by University of Washington researchers, reported in the Sept. 16 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that an intravenous anti- arrhythmia medication, amiodarone, can save the lives of many patients who do not respond to defibrillation. (1999-09-16)

Conscientious heart patients less likely to die
Heart patients who faithfully take their prescribed medication are significantly less likely to die suddenly than those who do not -- even when that medication turns out to be a placebo, Canadian investigators report. (1999-08-02)

Rosenbaum discovers "hidden clue" on cardiogram
A new clinical test has the potential to dramatically reduce the death toll from sudden cardiac arrest, using a clue hidden in electrocardiogram results. Research at Case Western Reserve University provide the scientific foundation for the test, which is awaiting FDA approval. (1999-06-18)

Treatment restores normal heart rhythm in patients
Researchers from the University of Michigan restored normal heart rhythms in 100 percent of study patients with atrial fibrillation through treatment with an ibutilide fumarate injection prior to an electrical shock to the heart. (1999-06-17)

Heart Drug Finds New Use In Patients With Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
A drug that is used to treat atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disturbance in the United States, may have wider applications than previously thought, according to researchers at the University of California San Francisco. (1999-05-13)

Early Intervention Key To Repairing Hole In Heart Disease
Patients with atrial septal defects -- a hole in the top chamber of the heart -- should have reparative surgery without delay rather than wait for symptoms to appear at a later age, according to researchers at the University of Toronto Congenital Cardiac Centre for Adults. (1999-03-18)

Wistar Professor Awarded W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Grant for Work in Heart Research
Dr. Francesca Marassi, a professor at Philadelphia's Wistar Institute was awarded a three-year $228,000 grant from The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust for her research in (1999-01-22)

Study Affirms Value Of Non-Surgical Treatment For Arrhythmia
A widely used nonsurgical treatment for rapid heart rhythms is safe and beneficial for both children and adults, according to results of a national study led by Johns Hopkins physicians. (1999-01-19)

Drug Shows Promise In Keeping Cardiac Arrest Patients Alive Until They Reach The Hospital
A person who suffers cardiac arrest outside the hospital is in imminent danger of dying, especially if defibrillation fails to rapidly shock the heart into resuming normal beating. A clinical trial performed by University of Washington researchers shows that administering an anti- arrhythmia medication, amiodarone, offers considerable promise in helping to resuscitate cardiac arrest victims. (1997-11-12)

University Of Maryland Medical Center Performs First Atrial Defibrillation Implant In Mid-Atlantic Region
Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center have performed the first implantation in the mid-Atlantic region of a new device to shock a rapidly beating heart back into normal rhythm. The device is the first designed to treat atrial fibrillation, an abnormally fast rhythm in the upper chamber of the heart, which is the leading cause of hospitalization, and the costliest, for those with irregular heart beats. (1997-10-22)

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