Bernard Thibault

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BACKGROUND Catheter ablation is increasingly used to manage atrial fibrillation, but arrhythmia recurrences are common. Adenosine might identify pulmonary veins at risk of reconnection by unmasking dormant conduction, and thereby guide additional ablation to improve arrhythmia-free survival. We assessed whether adenosine-guided pulmonary vein isolation(More)
BACKGROUND It is common practice to restore and maintain sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation and heart failure. This approach is based in part on data indicating that atrial fibrillation is a predictor of death in patients with heart failure and suggesting that the suppression of atrial fibrillation may favorably affect the outcome. However,(More)
BACKGROUND We report the first successful slow pathway ablation using a novel catheter-based cryothermal technology for the elimination of atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT). METHODS AND RESULTS Eighteen patients with typical AVNRT underwent cryoablation. Reversible loss of slow pathway (SP) conduction during cryothermy (ice mapping) was(More)
OBJECTIVES The goal of this study was to evaluate the relationship between the presence of sinus rhythm and outcomes in patients with a history of congestive heart failure (CHF) and atrial fibrillation (AF). BACKGROUND The value of sinus rhythm maintenance in patients with AF and heart failure (HF) is uncertain. METHODS A total of 1,376 patients with(More)
We investigated the feasibility of using cryogenic technology in an electrode catheter for percutaneous ablation of cardiac tissue. Despite its high success rate, radiofrequency catheter ablation has important limitations especially with regards to the treatment of ventricular arrhythmias associated with a chronic scar. Arrhythmia surgery experience has(More)
There is controversy concerning the prognostic significance of conduction delays that occur after aortic valve replacement (AVR). We retrospectively reviewed 389 consecutive patients who underwent AVR at our institution between April 1995 and March 1997. Adverse events were defined as the occurrence of complete atrioventricular block, syncope, or sudden(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is associated with PV to left atrium reconduction. Effective lesion creation necessitates adequate contact force between the ablation catheter and myocardium. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to study the utility of contact force-guided ablation on immediate and(More)
BACKGROUND Defibrillation testing by induction and termination of ventricular fibrillation is widely done at the time of implantation of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). We aimed to compare the efficacy and safety of ICD implantation without defibrillation testing versus the standard of ICD implantation with defibrillation testing. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND The impact of QRS morphology and duration on the effectiveness of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) has been usually assessed separately. The interaction between these 2 simple ECG parameters and their effect on CRT has not been systematically assessed in a large-scale clinical trial. METHODS AND RESULTS The(More)