Bryan J Baranowski

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BACKGROUND Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for atrial fibrillation is associated with a transient increased risk of thromboembolic and hemorrhagic events. We hypothesized that dabigatran can be safely used as an alternative to continuous warfarin for the periprocedural anticoagulation in PVI. METHODS AND RESULTS A total of 999 consecutive patients(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation is increasingly used in clinical practice. We aimed to study the natural history and long-term outcomes of ablated AF. METHODS AND RESULTS We followed 831 patients after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) performed in 2005. We documented clinical outcomes using our prospective AF registry with most recent update on(More)
We tested the hypothesis that the loss of hepatic nerves decreases peripheral insulin sensitivity. Surgical hepatic denervation (DN) was performed in 22 dogs approximately 16 days before study; 7 dogs (Sham-Sal) had a sham procedure. A euglycemic hyperinsulinemic (1 mU x kg(-1) x min(-1); arterial insulin 35 +/- 1 microU/ml in all dogs) clamp was performed(More)
BACKGROUND In patients with chronic systolic heart failure who undergo cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), improvements in left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and reductions in left ventricular volume are generally modest. A minority of patients experience a dramatic response to CRT (super-responders), but the attributes associated with these(More)
INTRODUCTION In select patients with systolic heart failure, cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) has been shown to improve quality of life, exercise capacity, ejection fraction (EF), and survival. Little is known about the response to CRT in patients with right bundle branch block (RBBB) or non-specific intraventricular conduction delay (IVCD) compared(More)
BACKGROUND It is difficult to predict adverse patient outcomes associated with transvenous lead extraction (TLE) procedures. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to examine the safety and efficacy of chronic endovascular pacemaker and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) lead extraction and risk factors associated with adverse patient outcomes.(More)
Despite advances in the approach to pulmonary vein isolation, pulmonary vein stenosis remains an important morbid complication affecting approximately 1.3% of procedures. Patients with symptomatic pulmonary vein stenosis are typically referred for intervention with either balloon angioplasty or stenting. A significant portion of patients with severe(More)
BACKGROUND QRS fragmentation (fQRS) has been shown to be a marker of scar in patients with left ventricular dysfunction. Whether fQRS is associated with progressive left ventricular remodeling and increased mortality in patients receiving cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is unclear. METHODS We reviewed the preimplant and follow-up echocardiograms(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular disease caused by atherosclerosis is the largest single killer of women. Prior observational data had suggested that hormone therapy may have cardioprotective effects. METHODS Data from clinical trials and basic science studies were evaluated to assess the cardiovascular effects of hormone therapy and selective estrogen(More)
BACKGROUND Plasma B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) is abnormally elevated in patients with lone atrial fibrillation (AF). The exact significance and prognostic implications of this elevation have yet to be determined. Little is known about BNP in lone AF patients undergoing arrhythmia ablation. We sought to determine the relationship between BNP levels and(More)