Rene Tavernier

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OBJECTIVE To study differences between repetitive monomorphic ventricular tachycardia (RMVT) of right ventricular origin, and ventricular tachycardia in arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD). PATIENTS Consecutive groups with RMVT (n = 15) or ARVD (n = 12), comparable for age and function. METHODS Analysis of baseline, tachycardia, and signal(More)
OBJECTIVE To relate QT parameters to infarct size and inducibility during electrophysiological studies. DESIGN Analysis of a prospective register. SETTING University hospital. PATIENTS 64 patients with coronary artery disease and documented life threatening ventricular arrhythmias. INTERVENTIONS Measurements of QT-max, QTc-max, and QT dispersion(More)
AIMS The aim of this study is to investigate the safety and effectiveness of Excimer laser-assisted lead extraction in Europe. The final European multi-centre study experience is presented. METHOD AND RESULTS The Excimer is a cool cutting laser (50 degrees C) with a wavelength of 308 nm. The energy is emitted from the tip of a flexible sheath and is(More)
AIMS The purpose of this study was to assess risk factors for sudden death after discharge from hospital for myocardial infarction in an era in which 50% of patients receive thrombolytic drugs. METHODS AND RESULTS We prospectively studied 708 consecutive survivors of myocardial infarction admitted to hospitals, which had registered their clinical,(More)
AIMS Prior reports using pacing manoeuvres, demonstrated an up to 42% prevalence of residual pulmonary vein to left atrium (PV-LA) exit conduction after apparent LA-PV entry block. We aimed to determine in a two-centre study the prevalence of residual PV-LA exit conduction in the presence of unambiguously proven entry block and without pacing manoeuvres. (More)
BACKGROUND The risk of pulmonary vein narrowing (PVN) after pulmonary vein isolation, using a novel multi-electrode ablation catheter, is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS Left atrial volume and PV diameters were compared by computed tomography (CT) before and 3 months after pulmonary vein isolation using duty-cycled phased radio frequency energy (2:1 or 4:1(More)
Background. Transseptal puncture (TSP) can be challenging. We compared safety and efficacy of a modified TSP technique ("mosquito" technique, MOSQ-TSP) to conventional TSP (CONV-TSP). Method. Patients undergoing AF ablation in whom first attempt of TSP did not result in left atrial (LA) pressure (failure to cross, FTC) were randomized to MOSQ-TSP (i.e.,(More)
Purpose. We aimed to study long-term outcome after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) guided by remote magnetic navigation (RMN) and provided comparative data to outcome after manual navigation (MAN). Methods. Three hundred thirty-six patients with symptomatic paroxysmal AF underwent PVI by irrigated point-by-point radiofrequency (RF) ablation (RMN, n = 114(More)
Although nowadays performed on a routine basis, catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation is associated with the potential for major complications. Improving the safety remains therefore an important challenge. This article summarizes the different types of complications associated with AF ablation grouping them into clinically overt major complications,(More)