Henrica N. A. M. van Breugel

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BACKGROUND Recurrent thoracic empyema in the presence of residual lung tissue can be treated with an open window thoracostomy (OWT). Vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) of these large thoracic defects is a novel option. METHODS Nineteen patients with residual lung tissue received an OWT for treatment of recurrent thoracic empyema. In this retrospective case(More)
The hybrid approach combines an epicardial ablation with a percutaneous endocardial ablation in a single-step or sequential procedure. This study provides an overview of the hybrid procedure for the treatment of stand-alone atrial fibrillation (AF). Papers selected for this review were identified on PubMed and the final selection included nine studies. The(More)
BACKGROUND We investigated the impact and the predictive value of sinus rhythm at 12 months (SR12) on subscales of three different HrQoL questionnaires: SF-36., EuroQoL and MFI 20. METHODS Data of 125 cardiac surgery patients with pre-operative AF from our previous randomized trial were used. Based on their rhythm outcome patients were divided in two(More)
AIMS To assess the results and impact of lesion set and surgical technique on long-term success of surgical ablation during mitral surgery. METHODS AND RESULTS The patient population consisted of 685 subjects with persistent and long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) undergoing cardiac surgery for mitral valve disease as the primary indication(More)
INTRODUCTION This is a multicenter, prospective, randomized controlled trial to determine the effect of add-on arrhythmia surgery on health-related quality of life during 1-year follow-up of cardiac surgery patients with atrial fibrillation. METHODS 150 patients with documented atrial fibrillation were randomly assigned to undergo cardiac surgery with or(More)
OBJECTIVES We investigated real-life oral anticoagulation (OAC) treatment after surgical ablation and examined its adherence to current recommendations. We also explored factors related to OAC use preoperatively and at follow-up. METHODS One hundred and fifteen patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) were evaluated during 12-month follow-up after surgery.(More)
BACKGROUND This study reports the outcomes of patients who underwent electrical cardioversion for atrial fibrillation recurrence following mitral valve surgery and associated radiofrequency ablation compared to those who did not undergo concomitant atrial fibrillation ablation. METHODS The population consisted of 116 patients with persistent/long-standing(More)
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