Nitish Badhwar

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Supraventricular tachycardias (SVTs) affect all age groups and are a source of significant morbidity. They are frequently encountered in otherwise healthy individuals without structural heart disease. Advances in the understanding of their mechanisms and anatomical locations have led to highly effective pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment(More)
BACKGROUND Focal atrial tachycardia (AT) originates from preferential sites, including the tricuspid and mitral annuli. AT arising from the atrioventricular annuli is initiated and terminated with programmed stimulation and is, in general, adenosine and verapamil sensitive. Para-Hisian AT arising from the apex of the triangle of Koch has been considered to(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to describe the electrophysiological features and long-term outcome after radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of atrial tachycardia (AT) arising from the coronary sinus (CS) musculature. BACKGROUND Atrial tachycardia requiring RFCA deep within the CS has been described in isolated case reports. However, the mechanism and exact(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) has been linked to an inflammatory process detected through various biomarkers, including C-Reactive Protein (CRP). Early recurrence of AF within the first 3 months after curative AF ablation is not felt to reflect success or failure of the procedure. We hypothesized that this early recurrence is due to an inflammatory(More)
BACKGROUND A decrease in inflammation after cure of atrial arrhythmias suggests that such arrhythmias are proinflammatory, and lower inflammatory marker levels in the coronary sinus suggest that atrial arrhythmias result in intracardiac appropriation of inflammatory cytokines. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of atrial(More)
The new oral anticoagulants (NOAC), dabigatran and rivaroxaban, have been demonstrated to be at least equivalent to warfarin for preventing cardiac thromboembolism (TE) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). However, there is limited data regarding use around catheter ablation (CA) procedures. We evaluated the risk of bleeding and TE complications(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) may be due to an inherited trait, particularly in lone AF patients. A family history of AF in lone AF patients has not previously been compared with a family history of patients with AF and established risk factors (non-lone AF). OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to compare the frequency of having a first-degree(More)
AIMS Given the selectivity of clinical trial patients and meager representation of elderly in the major implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) randomized trials (<25%), whether such data apply to elderly patients overall is unclear. The purpose of our study is to understand the influence of age on mortality after ICD implantation. METHODS AND(More)
BACKGROUND Although chronic renal insufficiency (CRI) is associated with increased cardiac and noncardiac mortality, there is limited data on the relationship between CRI and survival in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), particularly across a wide range of renal function. METHODS We studied 507 consecutive patients receiving(More)
BACKGROUND The arrhythmic role of the left atrial appendage (LAA) has been implicated in the maintenance of persistent atrial fibrillation. LAA isolation with catheter ablation has been successful but is limited by the risk of tamponade and electromechanical dissociation with the potential for LAA thrombus formation. OBJECTIVE To assess whether LAA(More)