Gianni Plicchi

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AIMS The aims of this study were first, to demonstrate that Peak Endocardial Acceleration during isovolumic systole (PEA I) is related to positive peak LVdP/dt, while Peak Endocardial Acceleration during isovolumic relaxation time (PEA II) is related to aortic diastolic pressure (ADP) and to negative peak LVdP/dt; and second, to test if the simultaneous(More)
The peak endocardial acceleration (PEA) caused by ventricular isometric contraction can be measured with an implantable microaccelerometer located inside the tip of a normal unipolar pacing lead. It has been shown that PEA correlates with myocardial contractility and the maximum rate of rise of ventricular pressure (peak dP/dt) of the left ventricle. A PEA(More)
As the myocardium contracts isometrically, it generates vibrations that are transmitted throughout the heart. These vibrations can be measured with an implantable microaccelerometer located inside the tip of an otherwise conventional unipolar pacing lead. These vibrations are, in their audible component, responsible for the first heart sound. The aim of(More)
A study was carried out to determine whether variations in the respiration rate during physical exercise could be used as a physiological variable in controlling the rate of an implanted pacemaker. The relation between respiration rate and heart rate was significantly correlated in 73 patients (19 with normal lung function, four with restrictive pulmonary(More)
AIMS Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) involves time-consuming procedures to achieve an optimal programming of the system, at implant as well as during follow-up, when remodelling occurs. A device equipped with an implantable sensor able to measure peak endocardial acceleration (PEA) has been recently developed to monitor cardiac function and to guide(More)
The use of robotic systems in cardiac interventional procedures is growing. The insertion and maneuvering in the human body of electrophysiology (EP) catheters is currently carried out manually under fluoroscopic guidance, resulting in operator fatigue and prolonged x-ray exposure. We report our initial animal experience with a novel telerobotic system (TS)(More)
Previous studies demonstrated that peak endocardial acceleration (PEA) in sinus rhythm is related to LV dP/dtmax. Until now, PEA was never evaluated during R-R interval variations in AF. The aim of this study was to establish the behavior of PEA in AF and the relationship of PEA versus LV dP/dtmax. Six sheep (65 +/- 6 kg) were instrumented with a LV Millar(More)
To quantify cardiac apex rotation (CAR), the authors recently proposed the use of a Coriolis force sensor (gyroscope) as an alternative to other complex techniques. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of right ventricular (RV) pacing on CAR. A sheep heart was initially paced from the right atrium to induce a normal activation sequence at a(More)
Remote manipulation of electrophysiology (EP) catheters by means of magnetically-guided or robotically controlled navigation systems has been recently proposed; however, these systems usually require dedicated catheters and devices. This study aims at evaluating the feasibility of using a novel Telerobotic System (TS) to remotely manipulate standard(More)
Cardiac apex rotation, quantified by sophisticated techniques (radiopaque markers and tagged magnetic resonance), has been shown to provide a sensitive index of left ventricle (LV) dynamics. The authors describe the first experimental assessment of cardiac apex rotation using a gyroscopic sensor based on Coriolis force, epicardially glued on the apex.(More)