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Magnesium improves safety, effectiveness of ibutilide for AF conversion

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Cardioversion of atrial fibrillation or flutter to sinus rhythm using ibutilide is more successful and less likely to trigger torsades de pointes when high-dose magnesium sulfate is infused before and immediately after ibutilide administration, Greek cardiologists report....

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Clopidogrel loading just prior to PCI seen effective

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Outcomes of percutaneous coronary intervention are just as good when a loading dose of clopidogrel is given in the cath lab just before the procedure as when the loading dose is given 4 to 8 hours beforehand, an Italian group reports. Dr. Germano Di Sciascio of the...

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Comparison Rates Drug-Eluting Stents for SVG Stenosis

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Stents coated with sirolimus (Cypher) and those coated with paclitaxel (Taxus) perform equally well for revascularization of saphenous vein grafts, investigators report. A multicenter, retrospective analysis shows that, after one year, there is no significant difference between...