Leslie Anne Saxon

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BACKGROUND We tested the hypothesis that prophylactic cardiac-resynchronization therapy in the form of biventricular stimulation with a pacemaker with or without a defibrillator would reduce the risk of death and hospitalization among patients with advanced chronic heart failure and intraventricular conduction delays. METHODS A total of 1520 patients who(More)
OBJECTIVES This study was conducted to assess the safety and effectiveness of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) when combined with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). BACKGROUND Long-term outcome of CRT was measured in patients with symptomatic heart failure (HF), intraventricular conduction delay, and malignant ventricular(More)
BACKGROUND Outcome data for patients receiving implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization therapy-defibrillator (CRT-D) devices treated outside of clinical trials are lacking. No clinical trial has evaluated mortality after device implantation or after shock therapy in large numbers of patients with implanted devices that(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with ventricular tachycardia (VT) after myocardial infarction often have multiple morphologies of inducible VT, which complicates mapping and is viewed by some as a relative contraindication to ablation. Attempting to identify and target a single "clinical" VT is often limited by inability to obtain 12-lead ECGs of VTs that are(More)
BACKGROUND Interaction between wave fronts in the right and left atrium may be important for maintenance of atrial fibrillation, but little is known about electrophysiological properties and preferential routes of transseptal conduction. METHODS AND RESULTS Eighteen patients (age 44+/-12 years) without structural heart disease underwent right atrial(More)
Ventricular tachycardia late after myocardial infarction is usually due to reentry in the infarct region. These reentry circuits can be large, complex and difficult to define, impeding study in the electrophysiology laboratory and making catheter ablation difficult. Pacing through the electrodes of the mapping catheter provides a new approach to mapping.(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) alone or combined with an implantable defibrillator (CRT-D) has been shown to improve exercise capacity and quality of life and to reduce heart failure (HF) hospitalizations and mortality in patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) class III and IV HF. There is concern that the device procedure may(More)
BACKGROUND Ventricular tachycardia reentry circuits in chronic infarct scars can contain slow conduction zones, which are difficult to distinguish from bystander areas adjacent to the circuit during catheter mapping. This study developed criteria for identifying reentry circuit sites using computer simulations. These criteria then were tested during(More)
BACKGROUND Although pharmacological therapy has ameliorated symptoms and improved the survival of patients with chronic heart failure (CHF), this chronic syndrome remains a progressive disease causing incremental morbidity and early mortality. A new therapy for the treatment of CHF should ideally decrease mortality, alleviate symptoms, and improve(More)
RF catheter ablation for symptomatic typical atrial flutter is associated with a high procedural success rate, but a second RF procedure may be required in up to one third of subjects, particularly those with right atrial enlargement. In those subjects with both established AF and flutter, RF ablation for atrial flutter may decrease the recurrence rate of(More)