Andrea Sarkozy

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BACKGROUND Phrenic nerve palsy (PNP) is the most frequently observed complication during cryoballoon ablation (CB; Arctic Front, Medtronic, MN) occurring in roughly 7%-9% of the cases. The new second-generation cryoballoon ablation Arctic Front Advance (CB-A) (Arctic Front) has recently been launched in the market. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the incidence of(More)
AIMS Atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation is increasingly being performed in electrophysiology laboratories. Pericardial effusion (PE) is certainly one of the most frequently observed complications during AF ablation. The aim of our study was to investigate the incidence and outcome of PE following cryothermal energy balloon ablation (CBA) in comparison with(More)
AIMS No specific data are available on the influence of pulmonary vein (PV) anatomy and shape on cryoballoon ablation (CA) catheter efficacy in delivering cryothermal energy and, consequently, in obtaining PV isolation. METHODS AND RESULTS Among a larger series of patients (68) with drug-refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillation who underwent CA in our(More)
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) at youth is rare and is often caused by inherited cardiac disorders. This review focuses on the genetic background of inherited primary electrical diseases, the so-called "channelopathies." Following a short clinical description of each syndrome, the recent findings in the genetics of long QT syndrome, short QT syndrome, isolated(More)
BACKGROUND Repolarization abnormalities in the inferior-lateral leads in Brugada syndrome (BS) have not been systematically investigated. METHODS AND RESULTS 280 patients (age, 41+/-18 years; 168 males) with BS were screened for inferior-lateral repolarization abnormalities. The repolarization abnormalities were classified either as early repolarization(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to assess differences in phenotype and prognosis between men and women in a large population of patients with Brugada syndrome. BACKGROUND A male predominance has been reported in the Brugada syndrome. No specific data are available, however, concerning gender differences in the clinical manifestations and their role in prognosis. (More)
We present the case of a 49-year-old woman with atrioventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia and a severe pectus excavatum. The patient underwent an electrophysiological study and fast pathway ablation. Fast pathway ablation was not done on purpose but accidentally, likely due to the abnormal position of the heart in the chest cavity in this patient(More)
AIMS To assess the incidence of early pulmonary vein (PV) reconnection, characterize the anatomic features of the reconducting veins, and analyse the time course of their recovery in a series of consecutive patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) undergoing ablation with the Arctic Front Cryoballoon. METHODS AND RESULTS We prospectively enrolled(More)
BACKGROUND Brugada syndrome predisposes some subjects to ventricular tachyarrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. Mutations in SCN5A gene have been associated with approximately 25% of Brugada syndrome patients. A common variant in SCN5A, H558R has shown to improve sodium channel activity in mutated channels. We studied whether common variant H558R has any(More)
AIMS Cryoballoon ablation has proven very effective in achieving pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). The novel Achieve inner lumen mapping catheter designed to be used in conjunction with the cryoballoon, serves as both a guidewire and a mapping catheter. To our knowledge, this is the first study comparing the latter to verification of electrical isolation with(More)