Dominique Lacroix

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BACKGROUND Endocarditis related to pacemaker (PM)-lead infection is a rare but serious complication of permanent transvenous pacing. To determine in which situations the diagnosis should be evoked and to determine optimal management, we reviewed our experience with endocarditis related to PM-lead infection. METHODS AND RESULTS Fifty-two patients were(More)
The effect of methylphenidate on noradrenergic neurotransmission was investigated in urethane-anesthetized rats. The spontaneous activity of locus coeruleus noradrenergic neurons was the same in rats treated for 7 days with methylphenidate as in the controls. In control rats, i.v. methylphenidate induced a reduction of locus coeruleus neuronal firing(More)
INTRODUCTION Ventricular tachycardia (VT) late after myocardial infarction is an important contributor to morbidity and mortality. This prospective multicenter study assessed the efficacy and safety of electroanatomical mapping in combination with open-saline irrigated ablation technology for ablation of chronic recurrent mappable and unmappable VT in(More)
BACKGROUND The reentrant mechanism of postinfarct ventricular tachycardia (VT) has been documented by surgical mapping analysis, but little is known about postinfarct VT circuits and the characteristics of their related protected isthmus with the use of 3D catheter mapping systems. METHODS AND RESULTS A 3D electroanatomic mapping was performed in 21(More)
BACKGROUND To determine whether local complications at the site of pacemaker implantation indicate infection of the intravascular part of the lead as well as of the pacemaker pocket. METHODS 105 patients admitted for local inflammatory findings, impending pacemaker or lead exteriorisation, frank pacemaker or lead exteriorisation, or overt infection were(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to provide bedside evidence of the potential link between cardiac mitochondrial dysfunction and arrhythmia as reported in bench studies. BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a frequent complication of cardiac surgery. Underlying mechanisms of post-operative atrial fibrillation (POAF) remain largely unknown. Because cardiac(More)
AIMS Insufficient data exists regarding predictors of electrical storms (ES) and clinical outcome in patients treated with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). The purpose of this study was to delineate a subgroup of patients likely to experience ES and to determine the impact of ES on mortality in ICD recipients. METHODS AND RESULTS Baseline(More)
The spectrum of adipose tissue diseases ranges from obesity to lipodystrophy, and is accompanied by insulin resistance syndrome, which promotes the occurrence of type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia and cardiovascular complications. Lipodystrophy refers to a group of rare diseases characterized by the generalized or partial absence of adipose tissue, and occurs(More)
This pilot EEG mapping study was designed to explore thinking processes using complex mental imagery and thought processes. EEG was recorded with 19 electrodes (10/20 system against averaged ear lobe signals) while volunteers (n = 42) performed two separate tasks: visualization of an abstract concept and interpretation of a painting. Average spectral(More)
AIMS The ECOST trial examined prospectively the long-term safety and effectiveness of home monitoring (HM) of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD). METHODS AND RESULTS The trial's primary objective was to randomly compare the proportions of patients experiencing ≥ 1 major adverse event (MAE), including deaths from all causes, and cardiovascular,(More)