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BACKGROUND An increasing number of patients with heart failure receive implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) or cardiac resynchronisation defibrillators (CRT-Ds) with telemonitoring function. Early detection of worsening heart failure, or upstream factors predisposing to worsening heart failure, by implant-based telemonitoring might enable(More)
AIMS The aim of this study was to describe the characteristics of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) enrolled in the Central Registry of the German Competence NETwork on Atrial Fibrillation (AFNET) and to assess current medical practice in patients treated at various levels of medical care in Germany. METHODS AND RESULTS From February 2004 to March(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to assess the association between maximum daily atrial fibrillation (AF) burden and risk of ischaemic stroke. BACKGROUND Cardiac implanted electronic devices (CIEDs) enhance detection of AF, providing a comprehensive measure of AF burden. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PATIENTS A pooled analysis of individual patient data from(More)
INTRODUCTION Ablation of pulmonary veins (PV) is an established therapeutic option for patients with symptomatic drug-refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). Radiofrequency (RF) is currently the most widespread energy source for PV ablation. Cryothermal energy applied with a cryoballoon technique as an alternative has recently evolved. METHODS AND(More)
Ventricular tachyarrhythmias are the main cause of sudden death in patients after myocardial infarction. Here we show that transplantation of embryonic cardiomyocytes (eCMs) in myocardial infarcts protects against the induction of ventricular tachycardia (VT) in mice. Engraftment of eCMs, but not skeletal myoblasts (SMs), bone marrow cells or cardiac(More)
INTRODUCTION Bidirectional conduction block at the subeustachian isthmus predicts long-term efficacy of atrial flutter ablation. Limited data are available on the incidence and outcome of minor conduction changes such as unidirectional or incomplete block. This prospective study sought to systematically assess discrete acute and long-term alterations of(More)
INTRODUCTION Catheter ablation of the pulmonary veins (PVs) for prevention of recurrent atrial fibrillation requires precise anatomic information. We describe the characteristics of a new anatomic variant of PV anatomy using magnetic resonance angiography. METHODS AND RESULTS A 1.5-T magnetic resonance imaging system with a body coil or a torso(More)
AIMS The number of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantations, as well as follow-up procedures such as generator exchanges, lead revisions and lead system upgrades, is ever-increasing. Lead revisions and implantation of additional leads require venous access at the site of the previous ICD implantation. The aim of our study was therefore to(More)
In the mammalian heart, gap junction channels between electrically coupled cardiomyocytes are necessary for impulse propagation and coordinated contraction of atria and ventricles. Recently, mouse connexin30.2 (Cx30.2) was shown to be expressed in the cardiac conduction system, predominantly in sinoatrial and atrioventricular (AV) nodes. The corresponding(More)
More than 97% of mice in which the C-terminal region of connexin43 (Cx43) was removed (designated as Cx43K258stop) die shortly after birth due to a defect of the epidermal barrier. The abnormal expression of Cx43K258stop protein in the uppermost layers of the epidermis seems to perturb terminal differentiation of keratinocytes. In contrast to Cx43-deficient(More)