Stefano Benussi

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BACKGROUND Radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation is becoming widely practiced. METHODS AND RESULTS Two patients undergoing circumferential pulmonary vein ablation for atrial fibrillation in different centers developed symptoms compatible with endocarditis 3 to 5 days after the procedure. Their clinical condition deteriorated rapidly, and both(More)
BACKGROUND In order to reduce stroke risk, left atrial appendage amputation (LAAA) is widely adopted in recent years. The effect of LAAA on left atrial (LA) function remains unknown. The objective of present study was to assess the effect of LAAA on LA function. METHODS Sixteen patients with paroxysmal AF underwent thoracoscopic, surgical PVI with LAAA(More)
Surgical treatments of atrial fibrillation (AF) create ablation lesions aiming at an electrical isolation that prevents AF initiation and maintenance. These lesions affect autonomic innervations of the atria, thus a reduction of RR variability is expected on a short and/or long period. The aim of this study is to assess the changes on variability and(More)
A 68-year-old woman presented with recurrent paroxistic tachycardia followed by syncope occurring in right lateral decubi-tus. A transthoracic echocardiogram showed a cardiac mass close to the right atrium (Figure 1, yellow arrows) and to the inferior vena cava, apparently not interfering with diastolic filling. A transesophageal study showed a right(More)
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