Dorothy J. Ladewig

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BACKGROUND Radiofrequency (RF) ablation for ventricular tachycardia (VT) has high failure rates. Whether endocavitary structures (ECS) such as the papillary muscles (PMs), moderator bands (MBs), or false tendons (FTs) impact VT ablation is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS We retrospectively reviewed records of 190 consecutive patients presenting for VT(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine if ECG repolarization measures can be used to detect small changes in serum potassium levels in hemodialysis patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS Signal-averaged ECGs were obtained from standard ECG leads in 12 patients before, during, and after dialysis. Based on physiological considerations, five repolarization-related ECG measures were(More)
INTRODUCTION Defining whether retrograde ventriculoatrial (V-A) conduction is via the AV node (AVN) or an accessory pathway (AP) is important during ablation procedures for supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). With the introduction of ventricular extrastimuli (VEST), retrograde right bundle branch block (RBBB) may occur, prolonging the V-H interval, but only(More)
  • Christopher V DeSIMONE, David R Holmes, +10 authors Samuel J Asirvatham
  • Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology
  • 2015
INTRODUCTION The dominant location of electrical triggers for initiating atrial fibrillation (AF) originates from the muscle sleeves inside pulmonary veins (PVs). Currently, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is performed outside of the PVs to isolate, rather than directly ablate these tissues, due to the risk of intraluminal PV stenosis. METHODS In 4 chronic(More)
Pulmonary vein isolation is an established therapeutic procedure for symptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF). This approach involves ablation of atrial tissue just outside the pulmonary veins. However, patient outcomes are limited because of a high rate of arrhythmia recurrence. Ablation of electrically active tissue inside the pulmonary vein may improve(More)
BACKGROUND Endocardial ablation of atrial ganglionated plexi (GP) has been described for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). Our objective in this study was to develop percutaneous epicardial GP ablation in a canine model using novel energy sources and catheters. METHODS Phase 1: The efficacy of several modalities to ablate the GP was tested in an open(More)
BACKGROUND Hemodynamic instability hinders activation and entrainment mapping during ventricular tachycardia ablation. The Impella 2.5 microaxial flow device (MFD; Abiomed Inc., Danvers, MA, USA) is used to prevent hemodynamic instability during electrophysiologic study. However, electromagnetic interference (EMI) generated by this device can preclude(More)
BACKGROUND Pharmacology frequently fails for the treatment of epilepsy. Although surgical techniques are effective, these procedures are highly invasive. We describe feasibility and efficacy of minimally invasive mapping and ablation for the treatment of epilepsy. METHODS Mapping and radiofrequency ablations were performed via the venous system in eleven(More)
BACKGROUND Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are increasingly used to treat patients with refractory heart failure. Current-generation LVADs have major limitations, including the need for open chest surgery, limiting their widespread use. We hypothesized that the aortoatrial continuity could be used as a unique anatomic vantage point for entirely(More)