Gaetano Barbato

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BACKGROUND Aggressive post-resuscitation care, in particular combining mild therapeutic hypothermia (MTH) with early coronary angiography (CAG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), may improve prognosis after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). OBJECTIVES The study aims to assess the value of immediate CAG or PCI in comatose survivors after(More)
Atrial fibrillation is a benign arrhythmia but it is associated with an elevated thromboembolic risk. The treatment of choice is oral anticoagulation. However not all the patients can benefit from oral anticoagulation, due to bleeding risk or other contraindications. Considering that the most common embolic source in patients with atrial fibrillation is the(More)
AIMS To verify the reliability of the surface ECG to discriminate between cavotricuspid isthmus-dependent atrial flutter (CTI-AFL) and non-CTI-AFL. METHODS AND RESULTS We reviewed the ECGs of 186 consecutive patients who underwent catheter ablation of AFL between January 2004 and January 2008. The ECG pattern was defined typical for CTI-AFL, if F-waves(More)
When performing epicardial ablation of ventricular tachycardia (VT), caution must be taken not to damage the coronary arteries. We report a case in which a new, nonfluoroscopic technique for incorporating an accurate, real-time reconstruction of the main coronary vessels into a three-dimensional electroanatomic map was used for epicardial VT ablation.
The clinical distinction between cardiovascular and epileptic causes of loss of consciousness is sometimes difficult, but becomes challenging when a primary epileptic seizure secondarily causes an asystole. Epilepsy can be correlated to severe bradycardia or asystole. The syndrome is called the ictal bradycardia syndrome. Ictal bradycardia and asystole have(More)
BACKGROUND Consensus guidelines define indications for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), but the variability in implant rates in 'real world' clinical practice, as well as the relationship with the epidemiology of heart failure are not defined. METHODS AND RESULTS In Emilia-Romagna, an Italian region with around 4.4 million inhabitants, a registry(More)
To compare usefulness of a ventricular extrastimulus (VES) from the right ventricular (RV) apex versus the RV septum in patients with a septal accessory pathway (AP), VES was applied from the RV apex and the summit of the RV septum in patients with septal APs. A VES from the RV apex and from the summit was diagnostic of the presence of an AP in 13 of 28(More)
BACKGROUND Automatic management of atrial stimulation by verification of atrial threshold (ACM) has recently been made feasible. We investigated circadian atrial threshold variability over the long term and the predictors of successful automatic atrial threshold measurement, in order to provide practical clues for programming ACM features, in such a way as(More)
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