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The following electronic only articles are published in conjunction with this issue of Heart.

Novel use of an “insertable” loop recorder

J R Gimbel

A patient with palpitations and suspected arrhythmia underwent Holter and external loop recorder monitoring. No arrhythmias were detected by these traditional monitoring methods. An insertable loop recorder (ILR) was placed on the patient’s chest and used as an extended loop recorder. An arrhythmia was ultimately recorded by the externally placed ILR leading to appropriate treatment.

(Heart 2003;89:e18)

A 28 year old woman with ventricular tachycardia and an abnormal chest radiograph

M Heath, H Deubner, E J Stern, J E Cooke, E A Gill

A 28 year old white woman with no medical history presented to the emergency room with symptomatic non-sustained ventricular tachycardia. She was asymptomatic up to a few days before presentation. Her physical examination was essentially normal and hence did not help with the differential diagnosis of the problem. Bronchoscopic transbronchial biopsy led to the final diagnosis of cardiac sarcoidosis.

(Heart 2003;89:e19)

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