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BACKGROUND We aimed to determine the long-term outcomes of percutaneous lead extraction and stent placement in patients with pacemaker-induced superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome. METHODS The study retrospectively screened patients who underwent lead extraction followed by central vein stent implantation at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN, USA), from January(More)
BACKGROUND Repaired congenital heart disease (rCHD) is strongly associated with ventricular tachycardia (VT) as an important late cause of morbidity and mortality. Ventricular reentry most commonly includes anatomic isthmuses created during the repair procedures. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to analyze the long-term outcomes of catheter(More)
Right ventricular apical pacing is associated with an increased incidence of heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and overall mortality. As a result, pacing the ventricles in a manner that closely mimics normal AV conduction with an intact His-Purkinje system has been explored. Recently, the sustainable benefits of selective His-bundle stimulation have been(More)
Hoarseness associated with mitral stenosis was initially described by Ortner. Several cardiopulmonary conditions were associated with left recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy over the last 100 years; thus, the syndrome is termed as cardiovocal syndrome or Ortner's syndrome. This study aimed to classify the various predisposing conditions and to explain the(More)
Sarcoidosis and prostate cancer are 2 separate conditions that are more prevalent among the African American population. However, sarcoidosis of the prostate is a very rare clinical entity. Its association with prostate cancer is described in clinical case series. The use of PSA (prostate specific antigen) test for screening prostate cancer may be(More)
BACKGROUND  Recent studies have suggested better outcomes from cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) in women. Gender differences in coronary sinus (CS) anatomy and left ventricular (LV) lead parameters in patients undergoing CRT, however, have not been well studied. METHODS AND RESULTS  Two hundred and twenty-three consecutive patients, undergoing CRT(More)
BACKGROUND Stroke is the major cause of morbidity and mortality related to atrial fibrillation (AF). Catheter ablation for AF is effective in reducing AF burden, but its impact on long-term stroke risk is unknown. OBJECTIVE We sought to evaluate the periprocedural and long-term stroke risk after catheter ablation or cardioversion for AF. METHODS This(More)
BACKGROUND Prior cardiac surgery, especially the presence of coronary artery bypass grafts, is thought to preclude percutaneous epicardial access (EpiAcc) and, therefore, mapping and ablation. We evaluated the feasibility and safety of EpiAcc in patients with a prior cardiac operation. METHODS AND RESULTS We retrospectively analyzed all patients who(More)