Richard J Sterba

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Forty-nine patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, ages 7 weeks to 51 years, were studied with isopotential body surface maps during normal sinus rhythm, atrial pacing or induced atrial fibrillation. The location of the accessory pathway was determined by multicather electrophysiologic study or surgical ablation of the accessory pathway. When fusion(More)
Recent reports have emphasized the usefulness of programmed electrical stimulation of the heart for predicting the effectiveness of pharmacologic therapy of recurrent tachycardias and for determining the basis of recurrent palpitations. We used programmed electrical stimulation of the atrium from the esophagus to study 12 children (ages 1 to 13 years) with(More)
The purpose of this study was to develop guidelines for reproducible esophageal pacing of the atria and to determine the incidence of successful initiation and termination of tachycardia using this technique in patients with a history of spontaneous supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). Strength-duration curves were performed in 39 patients using a bipolar(More)
Abnormal coronary artery anatomy should be ruled out in any patient with myocardial dysfunction and an abnormal electrocardiogram. The reported etiologies of infantile myocardial ischemia are abnormalities of coronary arteries, perinatal asphyxia, umbilical catheterization, and myocarditis. Generalized arterial calcification of infancy, although rare,(More)
Repair of pulmonary atresia with an extra-anatomic conduit has been difficult in patients with absent central pulmonary arteries. Although several methods have been employed successfully, each has inherent problems. Our technique uses a staged approach to complete pulmonary revascularization using the systemic-pulmonary collateral arteries for(More)
In patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW), it is important to assess the ventricular response during atrial flutter or fibrillation since conduction across the accessory pathway during these atrial rhythms may cause hemodynamic impairment or life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias. We have recently reported the effective use of an esophageal(More)
To evaluate subsidiary ventricular pacemaker function in 20 children with congenital or surgically induced complete heart block, we measured recovery times following overdrive ventricular pacing. Long-term ECG tape recordings were performed in eight of these children. Ages ranged from 1 month to 17 years. The resting R-R intervals ranged from 595 to 1,740(More)
Twenty-two patients with Ebstein's anomaly were evaluated because of recurrent tachycardia. A total of 30 accessory pathways were present in 21 of the 22 patients. Twenty-six accessory pathways were of the atrioventricular (A-V) type while four were Mahaim fibers. Multiple accessory pathways were present in eight patients. Twenty-five of the 26 accessory(More)
A regular wide QRS tachycardia was electrocardiographically documented in 32 patients aged 1 month to 18 years. The mechanisms of the tachycardia were evaluated using standard multicatheter electrophysiologic techniques. These mechanisms included (1) orthodromic reciprocating tachycardia with bundle branch aberration (seven patients), (2) antidromic(More)
This is a report of a 10-year-old child who underwent surgery for complex congenital heart disease consisting of corrected transposition of the great vessels, ventricular septal defect, patent ductus arterisus, severe left-sided atrioventricular (AV) valve insuffieicney (Ebstein's deformity) and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. The site of his accessory AV(More)