Benjamin N. Schaeffer

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INTRODUCTION Permanent pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) remains an essential goal of ablation therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation. Aim of this study was the intraindividual comparison of unexcitability to pacing along the ablation line versus dormant conduction (DC) as additional procedural endpoints. METHODS A total of 58 patients with paroxysmal(More)
BACKGROUND In the meantime, catheter ablation is widely used for the treatment of persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). There is a paucity of data about long-term outcomes. This study evaluates (1) 5-year single and multiple procedure success and (2) prognostic factors for arrhythmia recurrences after catheter ablation of persistent AF using the stepwise(More)
BACKGROUND Long-term success rates using ablation for persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) are disappointing and usually do not exceed 60%. OBJECTIVES This study sought to compare arrhythmia-free survival between pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) and a stepwise approach (full defrag) consisting of PVI, ablation of complex fractionated electrograms, and(More)
Marfan syndrome (MFS) is associated with a substantial risk for ventricular arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death (SCD). We used heart rate turbulence (HRT) and deceleration capacity (DC), to evaluate the risk stratification for these patients. We enrolled 102 patients [45 male (44.1 %), age 40.5 ± 14.6 years] with MFS. Blood samples were obtained to(More)
Hypertension is a major risk factor for many cardiovascular diseases and leads to subsequent concomitant pathologies such as left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). Translational approaches using large animals get more important as they allow the use of standard clinical procedures in an experimental setting. Therefore, the aim of this study was to establish a(More)
INTRODUCTION Conventional mapping of complex atrial tachycardias (ATs) can be challenging. Thus, we evaluated feasibility and utility of a novel, ultra high-density 3D mapping approach to characterize and map AT in these cases. METHODS AND RESULTS Overall, 21 patients (67.4 ± 7.6 years; male: 52.4%, 1.9 ± 1.4 previous ablation procedures) with documented(More)
INTRODUCTION Comparative data of early recurrence rates of atrial fibrillation (ERAF) following second-generation cryoballoon (CB-G2) and radiofrequency current (RFC) ablation for pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in paroxysmal AF (PAF) are rare. We randomized PAF patients into either PVI with CB-G2 (group 1) or PVI with a combined RFC-approach applying(More)
BACKGROUND Catheter ablation (CA) of ventricular tachycardia (VT) is an important treatment option in patients with structural heart disease (SHD) and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). A subset of patients requires epicardial CA for VT. OBJECTIVE The purpose of the study was to assess the significance of epicardial CA in these patients after a(More)
BACKGROUND Extensive and repeated substrate modification (SM) is frequently performed as an ablation strategy in persistent atrial fibrillation (persAF). The effect of these extended ablation strategies on atrial function has not been investigated sufficiently so far. The purpose was to assess atrial function by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and its(More)
Catheter ablation is a well established and widely used therapy option of atrial fibrillation. The use of 3D mapping systems to aid the ablation process has become standard in most centers. Whether preprocedural imaging is an asset to catheter ablation procedures is of debate. Available methods and the existing evidence are outlined in this article.