Artur Baszko

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ICD implantation is standard therapy for malignant ventricular arrhythmias. The advantage of dual and single coil defibrillator leads in the successful conversion of arrhythmias is unclear. This study compared the effectiveness of dual versus single coil defibrillation leads. The study was a prospective, multicenter, randomized study comparing a dual with a(More)
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common clinical arrhythmia with significant symptomatology and is associated with an increased risk of systemic embolic events. Until recently, the treatment options for AF were essentially pharmacological. Recent developments in the understanding of the mechanisms of AF have resulted in a series of non-pharmacological(More)
BACKGROUND Functional mitral regurgitation (FMR) is known to contribute to a poor prognosis in patients with heart failure (HF). Current guidelines do not recommend cardiac surgery in patients with FMR and impaired ejection fraction due to the high procedural risk. Percutaneous techniques aimed at mitral valve repair may constitute an alternative to(More)
BACKGROUND Structural heart disease, including valvular disease as well as congenital defects, causes important alterations in heart anatomy. As a result, individualised planning for both surgical and percutaneous procedures is crucial for procedural optimisation. Three dimensional (3D) rapid prototyping techniques are being utilised to aid operators in(More)
Inhomogeneity of ventricular repolarization reflected in prolongation of the QT interval of the surface electrocardiogram can predispose patients to ventricular arrhythmia. This study examines whether an abnormality of QT adaptation to changes in heart rate is likely to be of importance in the pathogenesis of ventricular tachycardia (VT) in patients with(More)
The ablation of arrhythmias progresses towards an approach based upon application of linear lesions between nonconducting anatomic/electrical areas. Hence the identification of detailed anatomy together with electrical behavior becomes increasingly important. This study aims to achieve true electroanatomic mapping by the use of three-dimensional(More)
BACKGROUND Appropriate shock therapy (AST) occurs in the minority of patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). We assessed which patients received AST and whether there were any predictive factors. METHODS We retrospectively analysed data from 155 patients implanted with ICDs at our institution from a period from February 1984 to(More)
BACKGROUND Although primary coronary angioplasty seems to be the best treatment in acute myocardial infarction (MI), thrombolytic therapy still remains the most common reperfusion strategy particularly in smaller centers. Nowadays, different regional networks are developed to improve the treatment of patients with MI. AIM To analyse the effects of(More)
BACKGROUND An increase of the creatine kinase MB (CK-MB) isoenzyme after cardiac surgery suggests perioperative myocardial infarction. The interpretation is more difficult when increased enzymes are not accompanied by electrocardiographic markers of infarction. The aim of this study was to correlate the results of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) and(More)