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Hypothyroid heart displays a phenotype of cardioprotection against ischemia and this study investigated whether administration of dronedarone, an amiodarone-like compound that has been shown to preferentially antagonize thyroid hormone binding to thyroid hormone receptor alpha1 (TRalpha1), results in a similar effect. Dronedarone was given in Wistar rats(More)
The present study investigated whether heat stress-induced cardioprotection involves alterations in the pattern of p38 mitogen activated protein kinase (p38MAPK) and c-Jun NH2 - terminal kinase (JNK) activation during ischaemia - reperfusion in a model of isolated perfused rat heart. Wistar rats were subjected to whole-body hyperthermia at 42 degrees C for(More)
Radiofrequency catheter ablation has become an established treatment option for the management of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Although the concept of a rhythm control strategy devoid of the adverse events related to antiarrhythmic treatment seems highly attractive, further steps are needed in order to improve our understanding of the underlying(More)
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) have become an essential tool for primary and secondary prevention of sudden cardiac death. Traditionally, defibrillation threshold (DFT) testing is part of the "lege artis" ICD implantation. Taking into consideration that the absolute mortality reduction in primary prevention trials is estimated around 8% and(More)
It has been recently shown that long-term thyroxine administration increases the tolerance of the heart to ischaemia. The present study investigated whether thyroxine induced cardioprotection involves alterations in the pattern of p38 mitogen activated protein kinase (p38MAPK) and c-Jun NH2-terminal kinases (JNKs) activation during ischaemia-reperfusion.(More)
BACKGROUND This study prospectively assesses different aspects of short- and long-term quality of life (QoL) after catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF). An analysis of 7 validated generic and tailored questionnaires was performed with regard to the relation of QoL to ablation success. METHODS The study included 133 patients (74% men, age 57±10)(More)
Thyroxine pretreatment increases the tolerance of the heart to ischaemia, and heat-shock protein 27 (HSP27) is considered to play an important role in cardioprotection. The present study investigated whether long-term thyroxine administration can induce changes in the expression, translocation and phosphorylation of HSP27 at baseline and upon ischaemic(More)
INTRODUCTION Ablation of left atrial flutter (LAF) is often limited by the need for technically demanding linear lesions. We evaluated the safety and efficacy of a new modified anterior line (MAL), connecting the anterior/anterolateral mitral annulus with the left superior pulmonary vein for ablation of perimitral flutter. METHODS AND RESULTS MAL was(More)
INTRODUCTION Taking into consideration the need for an updated survey on acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in Greece, we conducted the HELIOS study (HELlenic Infarction Observation Study), aiming to recruit a cohort of AMI patients that would be representative of the total AMI population. METHODS The HELIOS study is a countrywide registry of AMI,(More)
BACKGROUND Cryoablation has emerged as an alternative to radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) for the treatment of atrioventricular (AV) nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT). The purpose of this prospective randomized study was to test whether cryoablation is as effective as RFCA during both short-term and long-term follow-up with a lower risk of(More)