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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)
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)
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)
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)
BACKGROUND Consensus statements were proposed for the diagnosis of Brugada syndrome (BS). The clinical diagnostic criteria were defined as documented ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia (VT), family history of sudden cardiac death at <45 years, diagnostic ECGs of family members, inducibility of VT during electrophysiological study, syncope(More)
C ase presentation: A previously healthy 20-year-old man arrives at the emergency department for a consultation for mild fever. During his initial interview, he complains of palpitations to the triage nurse and therefore he undergoes an ECG, which is placed in the chart. A few minutes later, while awaiting his turn to be seen, he goes into cardiac arrest.(More)
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is certainly the most common arrhythmia encountered in clinical practice, reaching epidemic proportions in occidental society. Nowadays, transcatheter ablation using radiofrequency (RF) has become a popular technique in the treatment of drug-resistant AF. Since ectopic beats originating from the pulmonary veins (PVs) have been shown(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the study was to compare in our center the effect of different ablation techniques on intermediate term freedom from atrial fibrillation (AF) or atrial tachycardia (AT) in patients affected by refractory AF. METHODS AND RESULTS We retrospectively selected 94 patients who underwent AF ablation in our electrophysiological laboratory(More)
AIMS To evaluate the effects of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in terms of feasibility, safety and success rate on a midterm follow-up period in septuagenarians undergoing ablation with the Arctic Front Cryoballoon for atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS AND RESULTS We prospectively enrolled 21 patients aged 70 years or older (14 male; age 73 ± 2.5 years)(More)
AIMS To document symptomatic episodes of palpitations with traditional methods such as24 h Holter monitoring (HM) or loop recorders remains a big challenge in clinical practice. Clinical trials with patient-activated electrocardiography (ECG) recorders show increased diagnostic yield in such patients. However, studies in the paediatric population are(More)