Stefano Benussi

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BACKGROUND Circumferential radiofrequency ablation around pulmonary vein (PV) ostia has recently been described as a new anatomic approach for atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS AND RESULTS We treated 251 consecutive patients with paroxysmal (n=179) or permanent (n=72) AF. Circular PV lesions were deployed transseptally during sinus rhythm (n=124) or AF(More)
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)
OBJECTIVE Atrial fibrillation is the most common complication after coronary artery bypass graft surgery. This arrhythmia may lead to hemodynamic compromise, prolonged hospitalization, and increased risk for cerebral thromboembolism. Older age is the only variable consistently associated with the development of postoperative atrial fibrillation; however, no(More)
It has been found that the pulmonary veins and adjacent left atrial posterior wall (LAPW) are deeply involved in both the initiation and maintenance of atrial fibrillation (AF), and the identification of these high-risk sites has aroused great interest in investigating their histopathologic substrate. We used light and conventional electron microscopy to(More)
BACKGROUND We investigated the impact of catheter ablation on ventricular tachycardia (VT) recurrence and survival in a large number of patients with structural heart disease treated in the setting of a dedicated multiskilled unit. METHODS AND RESULTS Since January 2007, we have implemented a multidisciplinary model, aiming for a comprehensive management(More)
BACKGROUND The authors studied the changes in selected hemostatic variables in patients undergoing coronary surgery with on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) or off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery (OPCAB) techniques. METHODS Platelet counts and plasma concentrations of antithrombin, fibrinogen, D dimer, alpha(2) antiplasmin, and plasminogen(More)
AIMS Transcatheter pulmonary vein ablation is the current treatment of choice for symptomatic drug-refractory atrial fibrillation (AF). Video-assisted surgical pulmonary vein isolation (sPVI) is an alternative therapy to percutaneous ablation for the treatment of AF. Long-term results of sPVI are currently unknown. The aim of this study was to report on the(More)
Partial forms of Shone complex are rare. Surgical outcomes of the complete forms have generally been poor, whereas there is a lack of data on long-term follow-up of surgically treated adult partial complex. Between 2001 and 2011, nine patients (age: 38 ± 8 years; six males, 67%) were referred for valvular heart disease. Transthoracic and transoesophageal(More)
Statement on matching language to the type of evidence used in describing observational studies vs. randomized trials. Effect of statin treatment on short term mortality after pneumonia episode: cohort study. Effect of statin therapy on mortality in patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia: a randomized clinical trial. Towards a new order in(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)