Bárbara Vidal

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AIMS The success rate of circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA) to treat atrial fibrillation (AF) ranges from 60 to 90%, depending on the series. The objective of the study was to identify predictors of AF recurrence after a standardized CPVA procedure. METHODS AND RESULTS A series of 148 consecutive patients undergoing CPVA for symptomatic(More)
INTRODUCTION Echocardiography is widely used to optimize CRT programming, but it is time-consuming. This study aimed to correlate the optimal interventricular pacing (V-V) interval obtained by echo with the optimal V-V interval obtained by a simpler method based on the surface ECG. METHODS AND RESULTS Three V-V intervals were tested: LV preactivation at(More)
INTRODUCTION Circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA) for atrial fibrillation (AF) consists of creating extensive lesions in the left atrium (LA). The aim of the study was to evaluate changes in LA contractility after ablation and their relationship with procedure outcome. METHODS AND RESULTS A series of 90 consecutive patients underwent cardiac(More)
BACKGROUND Ablation of the pulmonary veins (PVs) for atrial fibrillation treatment is often combined with linear radiofrequency lesions along the left atrium (LA) to improve the success rate. The study was designed to assess the contribution of LA posterior wall isolation to the outcome of circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA). METHODS AND(More)
AIMS This study reports one case and review the literature on TAVI-associated endocarditis (TAVIE), to describe its clinical picture and to perform an analysis on prognostic factors. METHODS AND RESULTS A MEDLINE search from January 2002 to October 2014 revealed 31 cases of TAVIE, including 1 from our hospital. Median age was 81 years (IQR, 78-85), 53% of(More)
AIMS The aetiology of atrial fibrillation (AF) remains unknown in some patients. The aim of the study was to identify new risk factors for developing lone AF (LAF). METHODS AND RESULTS A series of 107 consecutive patients younger than 65, seen in the emergency room for an episode of LAF of <48 h duration were included in the study. A group of 107 healthy(More)
The main objective of this study was to investigate the relation between brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels within the first 96 hours after ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI) and the development of left ventricular (LV) dilatation at 6-month follow-up. Eighty-two patients with first STEMIs, reperfused within 12 hours of symptom(More)
This study was conducted to investigate the clinical impact of cardiac resynchronization device optimization. A series of 100 consecutive patients received cardiac resynchronization therapy. In the first 49 patients, an empirical atrioventricular delay of 120 ms was set, with simultaneous biventricular stimulation (interventricular [VV] interval=0 ms). In(More)
AIMS Long-term endurance sport practice has been increasingly recognized as a risk factor for lone atrial fibrillation (AF). However, data on the outcome of circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA) in endurance athletes are scarce. The aim of the study was to evaluate the efficacy of CPVA in AF secondary to endurance sport practice. METHODS AND(More)
AIMS Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) has been proven to be effective in patients suffering from chronic heart failure (CHF) associated with electrical dyssynchrony. However, long-term predictors of mortality in that subset have not been extensively investigated. The aim of this study was to establish baseline long-term predictors of cardiovascular(More)