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INTRODUCTION EnSite NavX (NavX) is a novel mapping and navigation system that allows visualization of conventional catheters for diagnostic and ablative purposes and uses them to create a three-dimensional (3D) geometry of the heart. NavX is particularly suitable for ablation procedures utilizing an anatomic approach, as in the setting of common-type atrial(More)
AIMS To investigate the effectiveness of additional substrate modification (SM) by left atrial (LA) linear lesions as compared with pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) alone in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) in a prospective randomized study. Percutaneous PVI has evolved as an accepted treatment for paroxysmal AF but seemed to be less(More)
INTRODUCTION Currently, definition of success following atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation is commonly based on the lack of symptoms. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the correlation between symptoms and the underlying rhythm after AF ablation. METHODS AND RESULTS Eighty consecutive patients (pts) were treated for paroxysmal episodes of AF by(More)
AIMS The Optimization of Heart Failure Management using OptiVol Fluid Status Monitoring and CareLink (OptiLink HF) study is designed to investigate whether OptiVol fluid status monitoring with an automatically generated wireless CareAlert notification via the CareLink Network can reduce all-cause death and cardiovascular hospitalizations in an HF(More)
BACKGROUND Air embolism in patients undergoing percutaneous interventions requiring access to the left atrium (LA) represents a potentially fatal complication. Here we tested if a decline in LA pressures following sedation represents an important mechanistic link underlying air intrusion into the LA. METHODS AND RESULTS Left atrial pressures were measured(More)
OBJECTIVES Our purpose was to investigate the impact of short-lasting atrial fibrillation (AF) on the electrophysiological properties of the atria and pulmonary veins (PVs) in patients devoid of AF. BACKGROUND The presence of AF is associated with electrical remodeling processes that promote a substrate for arrhythmia maintenance in the atria, which has(More)
BACKGROUND The accuracy of three-dimensional mapping systems is affected by cardiac contraction and respiration. OBJECTIVE The study sought to determine relative motion of cardiac and thoracic structures to assess positional errors and guide the choice of an optimized spatial reference. METHODS Motion of catheters placed at the coronary sinus (CS),(More)
BACKGROUND Neutrophils and monocytes are centrally linked to vascular inflammatory disease, and leukocyte-derived myeloperoxidase (MPO) has emerged as an important mechanistic participant in impaired vasomotor function. MPO binds to and transcytoses endothelial cells in a glycosaminoglycan-dependent manner, and MPO binding to the vessel wall is a(More)
AIMS Rhythm follow-up after catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF ablation) is mainly based on Holter electrocardiogramm (ECG), tele-ECG or on patients symptoms. However, studies using 7-day Holter or tele-ECG follow-up revealed a significant number of asymptomatic recurrences. Thus, the aim of this study was to analyse continuous atrial recordings(More)