Andreas Liebrich

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Whether the safety and efficacy of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy can be assured with lower output devices is an important question. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether programming the device output at twice the augmented defibrillation threshold was as safe and effective as using the maximum energy. Patients indicated(More)
Mobile phones may cause pacemaker interference. Patients with a single lead VDD pacemaker might be at special risk, since the atrial sensitivity is often programmed to low (high sensitivity) threshold values and the majority of patients are pacemaker dependent due to the underlying high degree AV block. We evaluated 31 patients with three types of single(More)
The importance of atrioventricular synchronous pacing compared with single-chamber rate-responsive pacing is still under discussion, especially for low-intensity workload representing daily life activities. We evaluated hemodynamics in single-lead VDD pacing versus VVIR pacing in 11 patients (8 men and 3 women, aged 58.6 +/- 13.8 years) with normal left(More)
The aim of this study was to show how to find the preferable implantation site for an ECG event recorder (ECG-ER). We compared the quality of bipolar ECG recordings (4-cm electrode distance, vertical position) in 65 patients at the following sites: left and right subclavicular, left and right anterior axillary line (4th-5th interspace), left and right of(More)
BACKGROUND We sought to determine the potential of right ventricular VVI backup pacing to induce ventricular tachyarrhythmias in patients with implanted cardioverter-defibrillators. METHODS AND RESULTS All consecutive patients presenting exclusively with pacemaker-induced tachycardias (PITs) were included in a prospective study using a crossover protocol.(More)
UNLABELLED Sudden cardiac death is frequent in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy. To assess the risk of an arrhythmic event is still difficult. Here the analysis of the heart rate variability offers new possibilities. METHOD 25 patients (18 males, 7 females, age 53 +/- 9 yrs) with dilated cardiomyopathy were included in the study. Analysis of heart(More)
Early defibrillation is the standard of care for patients with ventricular fibrillation (VF) and pulseless ventricular tachycardia (VT). Technical developments aim at further miniaturization and simplification of defibrillators as well as adaptation of energy requirements to the patient's needs. Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators (ICD) and automated(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy and safety of antitachycardia pacing (ATP) in third-generation implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) for terminating spontaneously occurring ventricular tachycardias (VTs) in patients with severely depressed left ventricular (LV) function. Ninety-one patients with active ATP were followed(More)
The observation of a close relationship of heart rate to oxygen uptake (HR-VO2) and heart rate to minute ventilation (HR-VE) has been shown to be of particular value in rate variable pacing. However, the impact of anaerobic threshold (AT) for the HR-VO2 and HR-VE slope has been studied less. Twenty-three male and 16 female subjects, mean age 52 +/- 7 years,(More)