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INTRODUCTION No prior studies have reported the use of integrated electroanatomic mapping with preacquired magnetic resonance/computed tomographic (MR/CT) images to guide catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) in a series of patients. METHODS AND RESULTS Sixteen consecutive patients with drug-refractory AF underwent catheter ablation under the(More)
INTRODUCTION Catheter ablation of the pulmonary veins (PVs) for prevention of recurrent atrial fibrillation requires precise anatomic information. We describe the characteristics of a new anatomic variant of PV anatomy using magnetic resonance angiography. METHODS AND RESULTS A 1.5-T magnetic resonance imaging system with a body coil or a torso(More)
INTRODUCTION There are currently no studies systematically evaluating pulmonary vein (PV) stenosis following catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) using the anatomic PV ablation approach. METHODS AND RESULTS Forty-one patients with AF underwent anatomic PV ablation under the guidance of a three-dimensional electroanatomic mapping system.(More)
INTRODUCTION Anatomically guided left atrial ablation is used increasingly for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). Three-dimensional mapping systems used for pulmonary veins (PV) encircling ablation procedures anticipate a stable size and position of the PV orifice. The aim of the current study was therefore to analyze changes of PV orifice size and(More)
INTRODUCTION The goals of this study were to (i) evaluate the feasibility and results of monitoring patients prior to and following catheter ablation of AF with the mobile cardiac outpatient telemetry (MCOT) system and to (ii) correlate symptoms and the presence or absence of atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS AND RESULTS A total of 19 consecutive patients(More)
Introduction: Catheter ablation to achieve pulmonary vein (PV) isolation has become an increasingly used treatment strategy for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of segmental isolation of PVs on volume of left atrium and its relation to the decrease in the size of the pulmonary veins. Methods:(More)
Two important limitations of the data regarding the outcomes of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) are the short-term follow-up used in most published studies and the lack of single-procedure outcomes. The objective was to report the long-term single-procedure outcomes at our center. The patient population was comprised of 200 consecutive(More)
Recent comparative trials of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitors (statins) suggest that lower is better and that reducing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels to below 100 mg/dL can provide additional clinical benefit. Non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (non-HDL-C) contains more atherogenic cholesterol than LDL-C(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to report the safety, efficacy, and predictors of recurrence of circumferential pulmonary vein (PV) catheter ablation in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). BACKGROUND Circumferential PV ablation has been described as an alternate ablation strategy for AF. METHODS Seventy consecutive patients (age 56 +/- 10(More)
INTRODUCTION The aims of this study were to identify predictors of recurrence after catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) and to report the safety and efficacy of catheter ablation of AF using an irrigated-tip ablation catheter. METHODS AND RESULTS Seventy-five consecutive patients (51 men [68%]; age 54 +/- 13 years) with symptomatic(More)