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Vol. 21, No. 1
January 1998

Editorial

Can Physicians Practice Cost-Effective Medicine?

C. R. Conti, M.D.    2

Reviews

Evaluation of Left Ventricular Diastolic Function from the Pattern of Left Ventricular Filling

W. C. Little, M.D., J. G. Warner, Jr., M.D., Ed.D., K. M. Rankin, M.D., D. W. Kitzman, M.D., C.-P. Cheng, M.D., Ph.D.   5

Monocyte—Endothelial Cell Interaction in Atherogenesis and Thrombosis

U. Ikeda, M.D., M. Takahashi, M.D., K. Shimada, M.D.    11

Clinical Investigations

Impact of Chronic Patency of Infarct-Related Coronary Artery on Prevalence of Myocardial Ischemia during the Pharmacologic and Exercise Stress Test

C. Lu, M.D., M. Marzilli, M.D., A. Distante, M.D., Y. Wang, M.S., M. De Nes, M.S., P. Marraccini, M.D., A. L'Abbate, M.D.   16

Costs and Outcomes of Patients Admitted with Chest Pain and Essentially Normal Electrocardiograms

P. A. McCullough, M.D., M.P.H., O. Ayad, M.D., W. W. O'Neill, M.D., J. A. Goldstein, M.D.   22

Acute Changes of Left Atrial Distensibility in Congestive Heart Failure

J. M. Dernellis, M.D., G. P. Vyssoulis, M.D., A. A. Zacharoulis, M.D., P. K. Toutouzas, M.D.   28

Effect of Spinal Cord Stimulation on Heart Rate Variability and Myocardial Ischemia in Patients with Chronic Intractable Angina Pectoris--A Prospective Ambulatory Electrocardiographic Study

R. W. M. Hautvast, M.D., J. Brouwer, M.D., Ph.D., M. J.L. DeJongste, M.D., Ph.D., K.I. Lie, M.D., Ph.D.   33

Immunosuppressive Therapy for Peripartum-Type Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection: Case Report and Review

P. T. Koller, M.D., C. M. Cliffe, M.D., D. J. Ridley, M.D.   40

Clinical Pathologic Correlations

A Case of Giant Cell Myocarditis and Malignant Thymoma: A Postmortem Diagnosis by Needle Biopsy

C. M. Kilgallen, M.D., E. Jackson, M.D., M. Bankoff, M.D., R. N. Salomon, M.D., H. K. Surks, M.D.    48

Progress in Clinical Trials

AFCAPS/TexCAPS (Air Force/Texas Coronary Atherosclerosis Prevention Study)    52

ARREST (Amiodarone in the Out-of-Hospital Resuscitation of Refractory Sustained Ventricular Tachyarrhythmias)   52

CABG Patch Trial   53

DIAMOND (Danish Investigations of Arrhythmia and Mortaility on Dofetilide)    53

LIPID (Long-Term Intervention with Pravastatin in Ischemic Disease) Study    54

Short Communications

Torsade de Pointes Secondary to d,l-Sotalol after Catheter Ablation of Incessant Atrioventricular Reentrant Tachycardia--Evidence for a Significant Contribution of the "Cardiac Memory"

W. Haverkamp, M.D., M. Hördt, M.D., G. Breithardt, M.D., FESC, FACC, M. Borggrefe, M.D., FESC    55

Long-Term Patency (9.5 years) and Atherosclerosis of a Polytetrafluoroethylene (Gortex®) Coronary Artery Bypass Graft

S. C. Vlay, M.D., and A. Z. Malik, M.D.   60

Familial Discrete Subaortic Stenosis

A. A. Petsas, M.D., FACC, L. C. Anastassiades, M.D., FACC, E. C. Constantinou, A. G. Antonopoulos, M.D., FACC   63

Profiles in Cardiology

John J. Osborn

C. Partin, M.D.   66