Raimondo Massaro

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BACKGROUND Pulmonary-vein isolation is increasingly being used to treat atrial fibrillation in patients with heart failure. METHODS In this prospective, multicenter clinical trial, we randomly assigned patients with symptomatic, drug-resistant atrial fibrillation, an ejection fraction of 40% or less, and New York Heart Association class II or III heart(More)
BACKGROUND Whether different ablation strategies affect paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) long-term freedom from AF/atrial tachyarrhythmia is unclear. We sought to compare the effect of 3 different ablation approaches on the long-term success in patients with paroxysmal AF. METHODS AND RESULTS One hundred three consecutive patients with paroxysmal AF(More)
BACKGROUND This prospective multicenter randomized study aimed to compare the efficacy of 3 common ablation methods used for longstanding permanent atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS A total of 144 patients with longstanding permanent AF (median duration 28 months) were randomly assigned to circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA, group 1, n = 47),(More)
We describe a case of out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest (CA) in a patient with Barlow's Syndrome (BS) and features of Stress Cardiomyopathy (SC) (or Apical Ballooning Syndrome or Tako-Tsubo). The patient experienced CA during physical stress and was resuscitated thanks to DC-Shock. The Electrocardiogram (ECG) after resuscitation was unremarkable. In the(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to test how catheter ablation using an open irrigation catheter (OIC) compares with standard catheters for pulmonary vein antrum isolation. BACKGROUND Open irrigation catheters have the advantage of delivering greater power without increasing the temperature of the catheter tip, which enables deeper and wider lesions without the(More)
UNLABELLED Three-dimensional mapping in RBBB and heart failure. INTRODUCTION Recently, right bundle branch block (RBBB) was proved to be an important predictor of mortality in heart failure (HF) patients as much as left bundle branch block (LBBB). We characterized endocardial right ventricular (RV) and left ventricular (LV) activation sequence in HF(More)
We describe the case of a patient with heterotopic transplantation, sinus rhythm originating from the donor heart, ventricular fibrillation of the native heart and right severe decompensation. The double rhythm was easily detected with a surface ECG and the transthoracic echocardiogram, both performed in the left conventional and in the right modified mode.(More)
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