Patrick M. Hranitzky

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BACKGROUND Longstanding persistent (LSP) atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most challenging type of AF. In addition to pulmonary vein isolation, substrate modification and triggers ablation have been reported to improve freedom from AF in patients with LSPAF. OBJECTIVES This study sought to assess whether the empirical electrical isolation of the left(More)
BACKGROUND Periprocedural anticoagulation management with uninterrupted warfarin and a "therapeutic" international normalized ratio is the best approach for reducing both thromboembolic and bleeding complications in the setting of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF). OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and feasibility(More)
INTRODUCTION The Hansen Robotic system has been utilized in ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF). However, because of the lack of tactile feedback and the rigidity of the robotic sheath, this approach could result in higher risk of complications. This worldwide survey reports a multicenter experience on the methodology, efficacy, and safety of(More)
INTRODUCTION Atrioesophageal fistula (AEF) is a rare but devastating complication of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of atrial fibrillation (AF). Surgical repair and esophageal stents are available treatment options for AEF. We report outcomes of these 2 management strategies. METHODS Nine patients with AEF post-RFCA for AF were included in this(More)
BACKGROUND Nonrandomized studies have reported focal impulse and rotor modulation (FIRM)-guided ablation to be superior to pulmonary vein antrum isolation (PVAI) for persistent atrial fibrillation and long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation. OBJECTIVES This study sought to compare efficacy of FIRM ablation with or without PVAI versus PVAI plus non-PV(More)
BACKGROUND Scar homogenization improves long-term ventricular arrhythmia-free survival compared with standard limited-substrate ablation in patients with post-infarction ventricular tachycardia (VT). Whether such benefit extends to patients with nonischemic cardiomyopathy and scar-related VT is unclear. OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to assess the(More)
INTRODUCTION Left atrial radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFA) is gaining acceptance as treatment for drug-refractory atrial fibrillation (AF). This therapy has been associated with esophageal injury and atrioesophageal fistula formation causing death. METHODS We describe 3 patients undergoing catheter ablation for AF during real-time monitoring of(More)
BACKGROUND Catheter ablation reduces ventricular tachycardia (VT) recurrence and implantable cardioverter defibrillator shocks in patients with VT and ischemic cardiomyopathy. The most effective catheter ablation technique is unknown. OBJECTIVES This study determined rates of VT recurrence in patients undergoing ablation limited to clinical VT along with(More)
Heart failure represents a major source of morbidity and mortality in industrialized nations. As the leading hospital discharge diagnosis in the United States in patients over the age of 65, it is also associated with substantial economic costs. While the acute symptoms of volume overload frequently precipitate inpatient admission, it is the symptoms of(More)