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INTRODUCTION Asymptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF) can expose patients to the risk of stroke. The primary objective of this study was to assess the incidence of thromboembolic events in relationship with CHADS(2) (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age >or=75 years, diabetes mellitus, and prior stroke, or transient ischemic attack) score and AF(More)
CONTEXT Recently, the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) has been promoted for prevention of sudden death in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). However, the effectiveness and appropriate selection of patients for this therapy is incompletely resolved. OBJECTIVE To study the relationship between clinical risk profile and incidence and efficacy of(More)
AIMS Guideline-adherent therapy for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation has been associated with better outcomes, in terms of thromboembolism (TE) and bleeding. METHODS AND RESULTS In this report from the EuroObservational Research Programme-Atrial Fibrillation (EORP-AF) Pilot General Registry, we describe the associated baseline features of 'high(More)
BACKGROUND Current guidelines strongly recommend that oral anticoagulation should be offered to patients with atrial fibrillation and ≥1 stroke risk factors. The guidelines also recommend that oral anticoagulation still should be used in the presence of stroke risk factors irrespective of rate or rhythm control. METHODS In an analysis from the dataset of(More)
M Vytopil, S Benedetti, E Ricci, G Galluzzi, A Dello Russo, L Merlini, G Boriani, M Gallina, L Morandi, L Politano, M Moggio, L Chiveri, I Hausmanova-Petrusewicz, R Ricotti, S Vohanka, J Toman, D Toniolo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of our study was to evaluate arterial embolism (AE) occurrence rates and predictors in patients suffering from bradycardia and wearing a pacemaker with antitachycardia pacing therapies. BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with a high incidence of AE. METHODS A total of 725 patients (360 men, age 71 +/- 11 years) were(More)
OBJECTIVE The persistence of a left superior vena cava (LSVC) has been observed in 0.3% of the general population as established by autopsy. In the adult population, it is an important anatomic finding if a left superior approach to the heart is considered. The aim of the study was to evaluate the prevalence of a LSVC in patients undergoing pacemaker (PM)(More)
BACKGROUND Phrenic stimulation (PS) may hinder left ventricular (LV) pacing. We prospectively observed its prevalence in consecutive patients with cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices. METHODS AND RESULTS In the years 2003 to 2006, 197 patients received a CRT device. PS and LV threshold measurements were carried out at implantation and at(More)