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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 °C for 15 min(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)
The present study investigated the effects of dronedarone and amiodarone on plasma thyroid hormones and the possible consequences on the response of the heart to ischemia. Amiodarone (30 mg/kg/day per os) or dronedarone (30 mg/kg/day per os) were administered for 2 weeks in normal and thyroxine-treated animals (25 microg/100 g body weight od sc, for 2(More)
The present study has investigated the effects of dobutamine on postischaemic dysfunction in the setting of global ischaemia and reperfusion in a model of isolated heart preparation. Isolated rat hearts were subjected to 20 min of zero-flow global ischaemia followed by 45 min of reperfusion. Dobutamine administration (10 microg/kg/min) during the(More)