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BACKGROUND This study investigated postoperative morbidity, mortality, and the long-term survival for patients with lung cancer who have interstitial lung diseases. METHODS A retrospective chart review of 931 patients with lung cancer who underwent pulmonary resection at Chiba University Hospital between 1990 and 2000 was undertaken. Interstitial lung(More)
The aim of this study was to compare the results of pulmonary vein isolation using conventional irrigated radiofrequency (RF) approach versus the cryoballoon (CB) ablation. From January 2008 to December 2011, a total of 426 patients with drug-resistant symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation underwent pulmonary vein isolation as the index procedure by(More)
BACKGROUND The novel cryoballoon Advance (CB-A) has proven to achieve significantly lower temperatures and faster pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) times in comparison with the first-generation device. Although acutely very effective, to the best of our knowledge, data on mid-term clinical follow-up is lacking. AIMS The aim of the study was to analyse the(More)
BACKGROUND With respect to the first generation Cryoballoon (CB), the second generation (Cryoballoon Advance [CB-A], Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN, USA) was designed with technical modifications resulting in a larger and more uniform zone of freezing on the balloon's surface aiming at procedural outcome improvement in the setting of atrial fibrillation (AF)(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) on postoperative pulmonary function and to elucidate the factors for decreasing the reduction of pulmonary function after lobectomy. METHODS We conducted a retrospective chart review of 521 patients who had undergone lobectomy for lung cancer at(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with Brugada syndrome and aborted sudden cardiac death or syncope have higher risks for ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) and should undergo implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) placement. Device-based management of asymptomatic patients is controversial. ICD therapy is associated with high rates of inappropriate shocks and(More)
Some dysplasias in the bronchial epithelium are thought to be precancerous lesions that can develop into squamous cell carcinomas. In this investigation, we assessed the biological behavior of bronchial squamous dysplasia in order to define which dysplasias have the potential to progress to squamous cell carcinoma. Using autofluorescence bronchoscopy, we(More)
AIMS To assess the 1 year efficacy of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) as index procedure for persistent atrial fibrillation (PersAF) comparing conventional radiofrequency irrigated-tip catheter ablation (RFCA) using contact-force technology and ablation using the second-generation cryoballoon (CB-AdvA). METHODS AND RESULTS One hundred consecutive patients(More)
AIMS To assess the incidence of late pulmonary vein (PV) reconnection following index PV isolation (PVI) procedure initially achieved with radiofrequency contact-force catheter ablation (CFCA) and second-generation cryoballoon ablation (CB-AdvA). METHODS AND RESULTS A total of 56 consecutive patients (41 male, 73.2%; mean age 60.8 ± 11.8 years) underwent(More)
Occurrence of atrial tachycardias (ATs) following radiofrequency (RF) pulmonary vein (PV) isolation for the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) is a frequent complication. Cryoballoon (CB) ablation might create more homogeneous and demarcated lesions than traditional point by point RF approach, hypothetically leading to a lower incidence of(More)