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blockade modifies neurally induced atrial arrhythmias. objective was to determine whether neuronally induced atrial arrhyth-mias can be modified by ␣-adrenergic receptor blockade. In 30 anesthetized dogs, trains of five electrical stimuli (1 mA; 1 ms) were delivered immediately after the P wave of the ECG to mediastinal nerves associated with the superior(More)
We sought to determine the sites of origin of atrial tachyarrhythmias induced by activating mediastinal nerves, as well as the response of such arrhythmias to autonomic modulation. Under general anaesthesia, atrioventricular block was induced after thoracotomy in 19 canines. Brief trains of 5 electrical stimuli were delivered to right-sided mediastinal(More)
Epicardial high-density electrical mapping is a well-established experimental instrument to monitor in vivo the activity of the atria in response to modulations of the autonomic nervous system in sinus rhythm. In regions that are not accessible by epicardial mapping, noncontact endocardial mapping performed through a balloon catheter may provide a more(More)
Recent clinical evidence suggests that abnormal neural input can contribute to the onset perpetuation of atrial arrhythmias, such that neural elements have become potential targets for ablation. A better understanding of the influence of the cardiac autonomous nervous system is required to improve therapy. We have developed a multi-channel system to record(More)
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