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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 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)
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)
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 The differential diagnosis of supraventricular tachycardia with concentric atrial activation usually requires the inducibility of sustained tachycardia and needs a complex and time-consuming electrophysiological evaluation. To develop a simple test to establish if ventriculoatrial conduction uses a posteroseptal accessory pathway or the normal(More)
BACKGROUND Diagnosis of bundle-branch reentry ventricular tachycardia (BBR-VT) by the standard approach is challenging, and this may lead to nonrecognition of this tachycardia mechanism. Because the postpacing interval (PPI) after entrainment has been correlated with the distance from the pacing site to the reentrant circuit, BBR-VT entrainment by pacing(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)
In summary, this case illustrates how complex VT circuits may be. If the findings of this case are substantiated with additional cases, mapping and radiofrequency energy application from right ventricle would have to be considered in VT with left bundle branch blocks QRS morphology, whenever ablation from the left ventricule is ineffective.
"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.