Sakis Themistoclakis

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BACKGROUND Pulmonary vein (PV) stenosis is a complication of ablation for atrial fibrillation. The impact of different ablation strategies on the incidence of PV stenosis and its functional characterization has not been described. METHODS AND RESULTS PV isolation was performed in 608 patients. An electroanatomic approach was used in 71 and circular(More)
Venice Chart International Consensus Document on Atrial Fibrillation Ablation ANDREA NATALE, M.D.,∗ ANTONIO RAVIELE, M.D.,† THOMAS ARENTZ, M.D.,‡ HUGH CALKINS, M.D.,¶ SHIH-ANN CHEN, M.D.,∗∗ MICHEL HAÏSSAGUERRE, M.D.,†† GERHARD HINDRICKS, M.D.,‡‡ YEN HO, M.D.,¶¶ KARL HEINZ KUCK, M.D.,∗∗∗ FRANCIS MARCHLINSKI, M.D.,††† CARLO NAPOLITANO, M.D.,‡‡‡ DOUGLAS(More)
CONTEXT Treatment with antiarrhythmic drugs and anticoagulation is considered first-line therapy in patients with symptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF). Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) with radiofrequency ablation may cure AF, obviating the need for antiarrhythmic drugs and anticoagulation. OBJECTIVE To determine whether PVI is feasible as first-line(More)
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 Longstanding persistent (LSP) atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most challenging type of AF. In addition to pulmonary vein isolation, substrate modification and triggers ablation have been reported to improve freedom from AF in patients with LSPAF. OBJECTIVES This study sought to assess whether the empirical electrical isolation of the left(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 Several studies have reported early (EAT) and late (LAT) atrial tachyarrhythmias following atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation, but the factors associated with them and their clinical significance are not well known. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to investigate the predictors and the relationship between EAT and LAT after AF ablation.(More)
BACKGROUND Together with pulmonary veins, many extrapulmonary vein areas may be the source of initiation and maintenance of atrial fibrillation. The left atrial appendage (LAA) is an underestimated site of initiation of atrial fibrillation. Here, we report the prevalence of triggers from the LAA and the best strategy for successful ablation. METHODS AND(More)
BACKGROUND Periprocedural thromboembolic and hemorrhagic events are worrisome complications of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF). The periprocedural anticoagulation management could play a role in the incidence of these complications. Although ablation procedures performed without warfarin discontinuation seem to be associated with lower(More)
OBJECTIVES We report on the initiation of ventricular fibrillation (VF) storm in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) and the results of targeted ablation to treat VF storm. BACKGROUND Monomorphic premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) have been shown to initiate VF in patients without structural heart disease. METHODS A total of 29 patients(More)