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OBJECTIVES This study sought to investigate gender-related differences in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) in Europe. BACKGROUND Gender-related differences may play a significant role in AF. METHODS We analyzed the data of 5,333 patients (42% female) enrolled in the Euro Heart Survey on Atrial Fibrillation. RESULTS Compared with men, the women(More)
INTRODUCTION Catheter ablation is potentially curative treatment for atrial fibrillation (AF). However, complications are more frequent and more severe compared with other ablation procedures. We investigated the complication rate in 1,000 AF ablation procedures in a high-volume center and examined possible risk factors. METHODS AND RESULTS One thousand(More)
Rotational angiography is a novel method for three-dimensional reconstruction of the left atrium and pulmonary veins during catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation, but is still hampered by suboptimal reconstructions in a considerable number of patients. We describe the results of rapid pacing of the right ventricle for optimization of image acquisition(More)
INTRODUCTION The aim of the study was to identify criteria for rapid recognition and successful treatment of esophageal perforation after radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS AND RESULTS Esophageal perforation occurred in five patients after intraoperative (n = 4) or percutaneous (n = 1) AF ablation. Patients presented with high(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Monomorphic ventricular premature beats (VPB) originating from the Purkinje network can induce polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (PMVT) and ventricular fibrillation (VF) storm. We hereby report the results of targeted ablation to treat PMVT/VF storms initiated by monomorphic VPB in seven patients with structural heart disease and(More)
Early recanalization of the occluded culprit coronary artery clearly reduces infarct size in both animal models and patients and improves clinical outcomes. Unfortunately, reperfusion can seldom be accomplished before some myocardium infarcts. As a result there has been an intensive search for interventions that will make the heart resistant to infarction(More)
The aims of this survey was to provide insight into treatment activity, the strategy of treatment, and risk stratification of patients with asymptomatic and symptomatic ventricular pre-excitation across Europe. Fifty-eight centres, members of the European Heart Rhythm Association EP research network, covering 20 countries answered the survey questions. All(More)
INTRODUCTION Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) is a highly invasive and relatively long-lasting procedure with specific requirements for patient sedation. The feasibility and safety of deep sedation is described in a prospective study of 650 consecutive patients. METHODS Sedation was initiated with an intravenous (iv) bolus of midazolam, and(More)
Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia, and is associated with increased risk of stroke and death. Most of present knowledge is derived from studies in patients with cardiac disease whilst limited information is available for patients with several chronic non-cardiac conditions like cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic kidney(More)
OBJECTIVE Diabetes is associated with coronary microvasculature abnormalities and impaired coronary flow reserve (CFR). CFR is the ratio of coronary flow under maximal vasodilation to basal flow and is a measure for coronary vasoreactivity. Insulin resistance is the central defect in the development of type 2 diabetes, preceding its onset by 10-20 years.(More)