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AIMS In patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and atrial fibrillation (AF), radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) represents a promising option. However, the predictors of RFCA efficacy remain largely unknown. We assessed the outcome of a multicentre HCM cohort following RFCA for symptomatic AF refractory to medical therapy. METHODS AND(More)
INTRODUCTION Silent cerebral lesions (SCL) are a sensitive tool to evaluate thromboembolic risk of catheter ablation. Recent data showed the possibility to reduce thrombus formation when the electrode-tissue interface cooling is optimized by a homogeneous flushing of saline along the entire surface of the distal electrode through a larger number of(More)
BACKGROUND Anatomical considerations and risks related to x-ray exposure make atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) ablation in pediatric patients a concerning procedure. We aimed to evaluate the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of performing fluoroless slow-pathway cryoablation guided by the electroanatomic (EA) mapping in children and(More)
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is common in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC) and predicts adverse outcome. Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) represents a potentially advantageous alternative to lifelong pharmacologic treatment. However, its efficacy in patients with HC is not established. In the present study, the feasibility, safety, and(More)
BACKGROUND The 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) is considered an essential screening tool for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). A vast array of ECG abnormalities has been described in HCM, although their relationship to left ventricle (LV) morphology and degree of hypertrophy appears elusive. Aim of this study was to assess the relationship of ECG patterns(More)
BACKGROUND Data regarding the long-term efficacy of atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation are still lacking. METHODS AND RESULTS Two hundred four consecutive patients symptomatic for paroxysmal or persistent/permanent AF were randomly assigned to 2 different ablation schemes: pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) and PVI plus left linear lesions (LL). Primary end(More)
BACKGROUND Simultaneous multipolar ablation catheters have been proposed to simplify pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). Recently, a new multipolar irrigated radiofrequency (RF) ablation catheter (nMARQ™, Biosense Webster Inc., Diamond Bar, CA, USA) combining both 3-dimensional electroanatomic mapping and multipolar(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to evaluate whether a limited surgical cryoablation of the posterior region of the left atrium was safe and effective in the cure of atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with associated valvular heart disease. BACKGROUND Extensive surgical ablation of AF is a complex and risky procedure. The posterior region of the left atrium seems(More)
We reevaluated the magnetic resonance (MR) examinations of 38 healthy volunteers (control group, CG) and of 124 patients with RV arrhythmia with left bundle branch block (LBBB) morphology: 45 with episodes of RV sustained tachycardia and of polymorphic RV premature beats (RVST-PPB group); 36 with only RV outflow tract sustained or not sustained tachycardia(More)
Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD) may result in sudden death of young and sometimes athletic individuals, while if properly treated it is associated with a good prognosis. It is probably more widespread than currently thought. Comparison of the electrocardiograms of 43 ARVD patients with those of 44 normal individuals provided a new(More)