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BACKGROUND In-hospital administration of flecainide and propafenone in a single oral loading dose has been shown to be effective and superior to placebo in terminating atrial fibrillation. We evaluated the feasibility and the safety of self-administered oral loading of flecainide and propafenone in terminating atrial fibrillation of recent onset outside the(More)
We performed signal-averaged electrocardiography and 24-h ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring in 53 patients with myotonic dystrophy to determine the incidence and clinical significance of ventricular late potentials. Patients were followed up for a mean period of 31 +/- 17 months (range 11-68 months). At entry, none of the patients had bundle branch(More)
AIMS On the basis of the current knowledge, cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) cannot be recommended as a first-line treatment for patients with severely symptomatic permanent atrial fibrillation undergoing atrioventricular (AV) junction ablation. We examined whether CRT was superior to conventional right ventricular (RV) pacing in reducing heart(More)
We utilized Doppler echocardiography to characterize left ventricular diastolic function in 42 patients with myotonic dystrophy (mean age 37 +/- 12 years, 64% male) who had no symptoms of heart failure and had normal left ventricular systolic function. Data were compared with those in 41 normal control subjects of similar age and gender. Heart rate,(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia encountered in clinical practice. The natural history of this disturbance and its effect on survival is still not known in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). METHODS AND RESULTS Several controlled trials for both secondary and primary prevention of(More)
AIMS Internet-based remote interrogation systems have been shown to reduce emergency department and in-office visits in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), resulting in increased efficiency for healthcare providers. Nonetheless, studies sized to demonstrate the impact of remote monitoring on patients' outcome have been lacking. (More)
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES Sedation with propofol should be administered by personnel trained in advanced airway management. To overcome this limitation, the use of short acting benzodiazepines by cardiologists spread widely, causing concerns about the safety of this procedure in the absence of anesthesiology assistance. The aim of the study was to compare(More)
BACKGROUND Most clinical trials that have tested pacing therapies to prevent and treat atrial tachyarrhythmias (AT) have chosen endpoints such as AT frequency or burden (defined as percentage of time a patient is in AT), but failed to show unequivocal evidence of a clinical impact. AIM The aim of our multicenter prospective observational study was to(More)