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OBJECTIVES The aim of this prospective randomized study was to assess the impact of renal artery denervation in patients with a history of refractory atrial fibrillation (AF) and drug-resistant hypertension who were referred for pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). BACKGROUND Hypertension is the most common cardiovascular condition responsible for the(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this prospective observational study was to identify responders to ablation through continuous subcutaneous monitoring for 1 year after ablation in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) or persistent AF (PersAF). METHOD Patients with symptomatic drug refractory AF were enrolled. Real-time three-dimensional (3D) left(More)
Intramyocardial transplantation of autologous bone marrow mononuclear cells (BMMC) is believed to be a promising method for the treatment of patients with chronic ischemic heart disease. The aim of this study was to evaluate long-term results of intramyocardial bone marrow cell transplantation in patients with severe ischemic heart failure. One hundred nine(More)
Radiofrequency ablation of pulmonary vein ostia does not provide complete and long-term elimination of atrial fibrillation. Combining this procedure with local radiofrequency application on sites with strong vagal reflexes results in partial parasympathetic denervation and increases the antiarrhythmic effect. A novel catheter-ablation technique to modify(More)
BACKGROUND Selective ganglionated plexi (GP) ablation guided by high-frequency stimulation has been proposed for the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF), but the efficacy of the method is not established. OBJECTIVE This study sought to compare selective ablation of GP identified by high-frequency stimulation with extensive regional ablation(More)
BACKGROUND Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) has proved effective in curing highly symptomatic patients with paroxysmal AF. The aim of this prospective, randomized study was to identify the optimal treatment of patients with AF recurrences after the first ablation. METHODS AND RESULTS Two hundred eighty-six patients with paroxysmal AF(More)
AIMS To study the potential efficacy of ganglionated plexi (GP) ablation in the setting of longstanding persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS AND RESULTS Anatomic ablation at the areas of GP in the left atrium was performed in 89 patients with symptomatic, drug-refractory, persistent AF (71 men, 56 +/- 7 years of age). In 29 patients, a second(More)
BACKGROUND Modification of left atrial ganglionated plexi (GP) is a promising technique for the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) but its therapeutic efficacy is not established. This study aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of anatomic GP modification by means of an implantable arrhythmia monitoring device. METHODS In 56 patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the high efficacy of catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia (VT) in patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD), in some patients, conventional endocardial ablation is ineffective. These failures could be explained by the presence of epicardial arrhythmogenic substrate. In these cases, a percutaneous epicardial(More)
BACKGROUND Recurrences are common within the first months following atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. However, prior studies using only intermittent ECG recording have not shown a powerful correlation with ultimate response. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to use continuous AF monitoring with an implanted monitor to assess the AF burden measured(More)