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BACKGROUND Some patients with an automatic implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) suffer multiple appropriate, consecutive, high-energy discharges (MCDs) during follow-up. Such events might represent resistant ventricular arrhythmias and might have prognostic significance. METHODS AND RESULTS Eighty consecutive patients with an ICD were followed up… (More)
BACKGROUND Empiric circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (CPVI) has become the therapy of choice for drug-refractory atrial fibrillation (AF). Although results are suboptimal, it is unknown whether mechanistically-based strategies targeting AF drivers are superior. OBJECTIVES This study sought to determine the efficacy and safety of localized… (More)
"Less aggressive" burst stimulation is more effective in terminating spontaneous monomorphic ventricular tachycardia with a lesser acceleration rate. Higher ventricular tachycardia cycle length and use of 91% coupling interval were independent predictors for pacing termination.
BACKGROUND The Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) assessment in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients has traditionally been carried out in a poorly standardised fashion, or via the use of non disease-specific HRQoL questionnaires. The development of a HRQoL questionnaire with a good measuring performance will allow for a standardised assessment of the… (More)
BACKGROUND Ventricular arrhythmias have been documented and linked to the high incidence of sudden death seen in patients with myotonic dystrophy. However, their precise mechanism is unknown, and their definitive therapy remains to be established. METHODS AND RESULTS We studied 6 consecutive patients with myotonic dystrophy and sustained ventricular… (More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES The implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is a well-recognized means of providing effective treatment for patients with ventricular tachycardia (VT) and structural heart disease. However, the benefits of these devices in patients with limited life-expectancy have been questioned. Moreover, the long-term efficacy of… (More)
Many adult survivors of repaired congenital heart disease (CHD) are at premature risk of death. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is 1 of the leading causes of death but little is known about determinants for SCA in adults with repaired lesions. We sought to determine incidence and risk factors for SCA in a study population of 936 adults with previously repaired… (More)
This report describes a 28-year-old pregnant woman with mitral valve prolapse and sudden cardiac death due to a ventricular fibrillation who underwent an ICD implantation guided by tranesophageal echocardiography.
A dual-chamber implantable cardioverter defibrillator was implanted in a 37-year-old pregnant woman with dilated cardiomyopathy, symptomatic sinus bradycardia, and a family history of sudden death. Two leads were connected to a three-dimensional navigation system and placed at the right atrium and right ventricle, respectively, without fluoroscopy.
AIMS To assess the performance of AF-QoL, a quality of life questionnaire for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS AND RESULTS Observational, prospective, multicentre study in 29 Spanish centres. Three patients' groups were identified at baseline visit: AF patients receiving a new therapeutic intervention according to physician criteria… (More)