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INTRODUCTION Action potential duration restitution (APDR) plays a role in initiation and maintenance of ventricular tachycardia (VT)/ventricular fibrillation (VF). We hypothesized that the steeply sloped APDR and its spatial heterogeneity contribute to VT/VF inducibility in patients with ventricular arrhythmia. METHOD AND RESULTS After programmed(More)
AIMS The mechanism responsible for premature ventricular complex (PVC)-mediated left ventricular (LV) dysfunction remains unclear. We sought to determine the electrocardiographic and electrophysiological characteristics of PVC-mediated LV dysfunction. METHODS AND RESULTS One hundred and twenty-seven patients who underwent radiofrequency catheter ablation(More)
The anatomical and functional characteristics of the left atrial appendage (LAA) and its relationships with anatomical remodeling and ischemic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) have not been clearly established. The purpose of this study was to determine whether functional and morphological features of the LAA independently predict clinical(More)
By using late gadolinium enhancement cardiac magnetic resonance (LGE-CMR) imaging, we compared left atrial late gadolinium enhancement (LA-LGE) quantification methods based on different references to characterize the left atrial wall in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Thirty-eight patients who underwent three-dimensional LGE-CMR imaging before(More)
BACKGROUND Residual gaps due to incomplete ablation lines are known to be the most common cause of recurrent atrial fibrillation (AF) after catheter ablation. We hypothesized that any residual potentials at the junction of the left atrium and pulmonary vein (PV), inside the circumferential PV ablation (CPVA) lines, would contribute to the recurrence of AF(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The electrophysiological properties associated with favorable outcome of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) for idiopathic ventricular arrhythmia (VA) originating from the papillary muscle (PM) remain unclear. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships of electrophysiological characteristics and predictors(More)
The objective of this trial was to compare the blood-pressure lowering efficacy of amlodipine/losartan combination with amlodipine monotherapy after 6 weeks of treatment in Korean patients with stage 2 hypertension. In this multi-center, double-blind, randomized study, adult patients (n = 148) with stage 2 hypertension were randomized to amlodipine 5(More)
AIMS Atrial fibrillation (AF) cycle length (CL) has been demonstrated to be one of the predictors for termination during ablation for AF. We evaluated the AF CL gradient between right atrium (RA) and left atrium (LA) and their mean AF CL in predicting the extent of substrate ablation. METHODS AND RESULTS One-hundred and thirty-six patients undergoing(More)
BACKGROUND The role of right atrial (RA) ablation guided by complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAE) in atrial fibrillation (AF) has been debated. This study evaluated the spatial distribution of RA CFAE, the critical sites, and the predictors of successful termination of longstanding persistent AF during RA ablation. METHODS A total of 97 patients(More)
INTRODUCTION Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common manifestation in cases of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Catheter ablation (CA) for AF in patients with asymmetric septal HCM (SeHCM) is selectively effective and often needs a repeat procedure. Apical HCM (ApHCM) has a better prognosis than SeHCM. However, the outcome of CA for AF in patients with ApHCM(More)