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BACKGROUND Mutations in SCN5A are identified in approximately 20% to 30% of probands affected by Brugada syndrome (BrS). However, in familial studies, the relationship between SCN5A mutations and BrS remains poorly understood. The aim of this study was to investigate the association of SCN5A mutations and BrS in a group of large genotyped families. (More)
The effects of aging and of sustained athletic activity on the heart in men aged >50 years are unknown. The aim of this study was to assess the adaptation of the heart in athletic and sedentary men aged <35 and ≥50 years. Echocardiograms recorded at rest and during submaximal exercise were analyzed in 59 athletic seniors (S(ATH) group) and 16 sedentary(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the long-term functional and hemodynamic effects of right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) pacing by comparison with right ventricular apical (RVA) pacing. BACKGROUND Acute studies have suggested that RVOT pacing could significantly improve cardiac performance in comparison with RVA pacing but no data are available in chronically(More)
BACKGROUND Brugada syndrome is an arrhythmogenic disease characterized by an increased risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) by ventricular fibrillation. At present, an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is the recommended therapy in high-risk patients. This multicenter study reports the outcome of a large series of patients implanted with an ICD for(More)
BACKGROUND One third of chronic heart failure patients have major intraventricular conduction and uncoordinated ventricular contraction. Non-controlled studies suggest that biventricular pacing may improve haemodynamics and well-being by reducing ventricular asynchrony. The aim of this trial was to assess the clinical efficacy and safety of this new therapy(More)
BACKGROUND Compared with the first-generation Arctic Front cryoballoon (ARC-CB), the new Arctic Front Advance cryoballoon (ARC-Adv-CB) increases the efficient CB-tissue contact surface during freezing, which may increase the incidence of phrenic nerve (PN) palsy (PNP). OBJECTIVE To evaluate the safety and efficacy of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF)(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) produces an early improvement in left ventricular (LV) function in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF), but little is known about its effects on right ventricular (RV) function. AIM To assess the early effects of CRT on RV function using myocardial strain analysis. METHODS Fifty CHF patients(More)
This paper describes a preliminary experiment-conducted jointly by 2 centers-of permanent left ventricular pacing using leads inserted by the transvenous route and through the coronary sinus into the cardiac veins of the left ventricle free wall. The aim was to obtain permanent biventricular pacing in a totally endocavitary configuration in patients with(More)
Biventricular pacing has recently been proposed for treating patients with drug refractory heart failure and intraventricular conduction delay. The purpose is to restore ventricular relaxation and contraction sequences as homogeneously as possible. The aim of this study was to determine if some factors could predict the long-term clinical effectiveness of(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to assess the potential acute benefit of multisite cardiac pacing with optimized atrioventricular synchrony and simultaneous biventricular pacing in patients with drug-refractory congestive heart failure (CHF). BACKGROUND Prognosis and quality of life in severe CHF are poor. Various nonpharmacological therapies have(More)