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BACKGROUND Circumferential radiofrequency ablation around pulmonary vein (PV) ostia has recently been described as a new anatomic approach for atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS AND RESULTS We treated 251 consecutive patients with paroxysmal (n=179) or permanent (n=72) AF. Circular PV lesions were deployed transseptally during sinus rhythm (n=124) or AF(More)
BACKGROUND We treated paroxysmal recurrent atrial fibrillation (AF) with radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation by creating long linear lesions in the atria. To achieve line continuity, a 3D electroanatomic nonfluoroscopic mapping system was used. METHODS AND RESULTS In 27 patients with recurrent AF, a catheter incorporating a passive magnetic field sensor(More)
In asphyxiated neonates, hypoxia is often responsible for myocardial ischaemia. To evaluate cardiac involvement in neonates with respiratory distress, ECG and echocardiographic recordings were performed, and cardiac enzymes determined. These data were related to clinical presentation and patient outcome. Three groups of neonates were studied: 22 healthy(More)
The electrical resistivity of intracardiac blood is less than the resistivity of the surrounding tissues. This affects the transmission of cardiac forces to the body surface: the radial forces are enhanced, whereas the transmission of tangential forces is diminished (the Brody effect). Blood resistivity is directly related to haematocrit, hence, haematocrit(More)
Arrhythmias and sudden death represent striking features in the natural history of thalassemia major. Antiarrhythmic treatment, however, does not appear to change the clinical course. During recent years the disease's therapeutics approach has undergone a substantial evolution, being more adequate the transfusional regimens as well as more effective the(More)
INTRODUCTION The aim of this study was to evaluate the changes in ventricular complex voltage associated with narrow QRS supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). METHODS AND RESULTS One hundred forty-five patients undergoing catheter ablation for SVT, 85 with AV nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) and 60 with AV reentrant tachycardia (AVRT) due to a concealed(More)
BACKGROUND The left ventricular false tendon (FT) is an anomalous fibrous or fibromuscular band stretching across the left ventricle. The false tendons extend from the septum to the left ventricular free wall or, more rarely, from the septum to a papillary muscle. The association between FT and innocent cardiac murmur has been pointed out. The aim of the(More)
An abnormal P wave was observed in a child affected by prolonged idiopathic ventricular tachycardia (fascicular tachycardia). After sinus rhythm restoration, the P wave was very tall and peaked (0.5 mV in lead II), suggesting a diagnosis of atrial enlargement. No cardiac abnormality, however, was detected by clinical and echocardiographic examination. The P(More)
One hundred and twenty-nine cases of atrial flutter were analyzed to assess the A-V conduction. The R-R intervals, the A-V conduction ratio, and the F-R intervals were measured in each case. Conduction in atrial flutter was defined either as constant or as variable depending on whether the A-V conduction ratio was fixed or variable. Furthermore, atrial(More)