Shaun P. Whalen

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Left atrial catheter ablation for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) requires periprocedural anticoagulation to minimize thromboembolic complications. High rates of major bleeding complications using dabigatran etexilate for periprocedural anticoagulation have been reported, raising concerns regarding its safety during left atrial catheter ablation. We(More)
Recurrent atrial fibrillation (AF) occurs in up to 50 % of patients within 1 year after catheter ablation, and a clinical risk score to predict recurrence remains a critical unmet need. The aim of this study was to (1) develop a simple score for the prediction of rhythm outcome following catheter ablation; (2) compare it with the CHADS2 and CHA2DS2-VASc(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to test for a genetic component to risk for acquired long QT syndrome (LQTS). BACKGROUND Many drugs prolong the QT interval, and some patients develop excessive QT prolongation and occasionally torsades de pointes-the acquired LQTS. Similarities between the acquired and congenital forms of the long QT syndrome(More)
It has been proposed that glutamatergic and dopaminergic systems are functionally opposed in their regulation of striatal output. The present study tested the effects of drugs that enhance AMPA-receptor-mediated glutamatergic transmission (ampakines) for their effects on dopamine-related alterations in cortical activity and locomotor behavior. Rats with(More)
Obese patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) are frequently treated with AF ablation. We sought to examine whether a body mass index (BMI) threshold exists beyond which the odds of experiencing a complication from AF ablation increases. All patients enrolled in the Vanderbilt AF Registry who underwent catheter-based AF ablation from May 1999 to February(More)
INTRODUCTION Totally thoracoscopic (TT) epicardial ablation combined with endocardial catheter ablation is an emerging treatment for persistent AF. The effects of timing of the TT and endocardial portion on AT/AF recurrence are not known. METHODS We retrospectively analyzed patients undergoing TT staged versus simultaneous hybrid AF ablation at our(More)
BACKGROUND Common single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at chromosomes 4q25 (rs2200733, rs10033464 near PITX2), 1q21 (rs13376333 in KCNN3), and 16q22 (rs7193343 in ZFHX3) have consistently been associated with the risk of atrial fibrillation (AF). Single-center studies have shown that 4q25 risk alleles predict recurrence of AF after catheter ablation of(More)
INTRODUCTION The FDA has issued class I advisories for Medtronic Sprint Fidelis(®) and St. Jude Medical Riata(TM) ICD lead families. Transvenous Riata(TM) ICD lead extraction is typically considered higher risk than Fidelis(®) extraction, based on longer duration from implant, presence of externalized conductors and lack of silicone backfill in the SVC and(More)
St. Jude Riata family ICD leads are subject to an FDA class I recall due to insulation failure, cable extrusions, and a high rate of electrical failures. We present multiple cases of large intravascular thrombus formation adherent to externalized conductor cables on Riata leads. Our observations highlight a previously unknown risk of large or calcified(More)
INTRODUCTION Transvenous pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) lead extraction via mechanical or excimer laser sheath is typically safe and effective. Longer duration from implant, presence of large vegetations or thrombi, fractured leads, and prior failed extraction are risk factors predicting higher complication rates or incomplete or(More)