Kee-Joon Choi

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BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) is frequently initiated from pulmonary veins (PVs), but little is known of the electrophysiological properties of PVs. METHODS AND RESULTS Two groups were studied: 28 patients (49+/-13 years old) with paroxysmal AF and 20 control patients (49+/-14 years old) without AF. Effective and functional refractory period and(More)
AIMS The aim of the present study was to identify specific electrocardiogram (ECG) features that predict the development of multiple episodes of ventricular fibrillation (VF) in patients with an early repolarization (ER) pattern and to compare the mode of VF initiation with that observed in typical cases of Brugada syndrome (BrS). METHODS AND RESULTS The(More)
BACKGROUND Inflammation plays a crucial role in atherosclerosis. An elevated serum C-reactive protein (CRP) level is a strong marker for future atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases. In addition, recent data suggest that CRP may directly promote atherogenesis. In this study, we investigated whether CRP can directly activate human circulating monocytes. (More)
INTRODUCTION Catheter ablation of pulmonary veins (PV) for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) is limited by the disparate requirements of sufficient energy delivery to achieve PV isolation while avoiding PV stenosis. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of using an irrigated-tip catheter for systematic isolation of PV. (More)
RF catheter ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) is associated with prolonged fluoroscopy. The procedural duration and fluoroscopic exposure to patients and medical staff were recorded and compared among 43 ablation procedures for PAF, 20 for common atrial flutter, and 16 for accessory pathways. Patient radiation exposure was measured by(More)
BACKGROUND For patients with ischemic mitral regurgitation (MR), it is not clear whether adjunctive mitral valve (MV) repair at the time of coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) is beneficial. We sought to test the hypothesis that MV repair with CABG is superior to CABG alone in improving MR without increasing operative or long-term mortality. (More)
AIMS The present study investigated the detailed mechanism by which fractalkine (Fkn), a CX3C chemokine, induces angiogenesis and its functional implication in alleviating ischaemia in vivo. METHODS AND RESULTS Fkn induced new vessel formation on the excised rat aorta and chick chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) through CX3CR1 activation. Immunoblotting(More)
INTRODUCTION The incidence and characteristics of dissociated arrhythmia confined to the pulmonary vein (PV) following disconnection have not been described in a large number of patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. METHODS AND RESULTS This was a prospective study of 152 patients (29 female, mean age 51 +/- 11 years) referred for catheter ablation(More)
RF ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) is a curative treatment, which when successful, eliminates the need to take antiarrhythmic drugs, be anticoagulated, and have recurrent physician visits or hospital admissions. The authors performed a retrospective cost comparison of RF ablation versus drug therapy for PAF. The study population consisted(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial tachyarrhythmias (ATA) frequently develop during catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF), but the mechanism of ATA during combined pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) and complex fractionated electrogram-guided ablation (CFEA) has not been reported. METHODS AND RESULTS This study involved 105 patients with symptomatic, drug-refractory(More)