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Catheter ablation (CA) is an established therapeutic option for patients with symptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF). During the procedure, patients are usually sedated and analgesized, most commonly by administration of Propofol combined with opioids under the supervision of the electrophysiologist. However, due to the depressive effect of Propofol on the respiratory system, this regimen is not without risk. Dexmedetomidine is a highly selective alpha 2 agonist that demonstrates both analgesic and hypnotic properties with only weak effect on the respiratory system. The pharmacological profile of Dexmedetomidine may be advantageous for sedation during CA of AF. The aim of this randomized trial is to test this hypothesis and explore the safety and efficacy of Dexmedetomidine during CA of AF.
The aim of the study is to assess the prevalence of left atrial thrombus in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) or atrial flutter (AFI), in whom transesophageal echocardiography is performed before AF/AFl cardioversion or ablation.
Premature Ventricular Complex (PVC) ablation is performed in certain indications. Generally acutely abolition of PVC at the time of ablation accepted as successful ablation. However in some patients this effect occurs lately. In this study investigators sought late effect of ablation
Estimate the medical service of a system of navigation (IMACTIS-CT®)in terms of SAFETY, EFFICIENCY and PERFORMANCE, in comparison with the reference method during gestures of interventional radiology under scan in the thoraco-abdominal level.
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fifth most common cancer in the world. Partial hepatectomy is still considered as the conventional therapy for HCC. Intrahepatic recurrence of HCC after partial hepatectomy is common and was reported to be more than 77% within 5 years after surgery. Repeat hepatectomy is an effective treatment for intrahepatic HCC recurrence, with a 5-year survival rate of 19.4-56%. This is comparable to the survival after initial hepatectomy for HCC. Unfortunately, repeat hepatectomy could be carried out only in a small proportion of patients with HCC recurrence (10.4-31%), either because of the poor functional liver reserve or because of widespread intrahepatic recurrence. In the past two decades, percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (PRFA) has emerged as a new treatment modality and has attracted great interest because of its effectiveness and safety for small HCC (≤ 5.0 cm). Studies using PRFA to treat recurrent HCC after partial hepatectomy reported a 3-year survival rate of 62-68%, which is comparable to those achieved by surgery. PRFA is particularly suitable to treat recurrent HCC after partial hepatectomy because these tumors are usually detected when they are small and PRFA causes the least deterioration of liver function in the patients. Our previous retrospective study demonstrated that RFA was comparable to re-resection for recurrent HCC, and our recent RCT showed that RFA combined with TACE is superior to RFA for HCC ≤7.0cm. So our hypothesis is that RFA combined with TACE is superior to re-resection for recurrent small HCC. The aim of this retrospective study is to compare the outcome of reresection with TACE+RFA for small recurrent HCC after partial hepatectomy.
In this randomized double-blind study, the investigators would like to compare standard practice (i.e., use of luminal esophageal temperature monitoring) to that of esophageal deviation during AF ablation. The investigators hypothesize that the strategy of esophageal deviation will result in safer ablation strategy with a reduction in the incidence of esophageal injury as assessed by endoscopy.
Catheter ablation with isolation of the pulmonary veins has proven to be an effective treatment option in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. In patients who have a relapse of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation after one ablation procedure the investigators compare the reisolation of all pulmonary veins to reisolation plus an anterior left atrial line.
Catheter ablation has proven to be an effective treatment option in patients suffering from symptomatic persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). Catheter ablation consists of two major steps: (1) Isolation of pulmonary veins to abolish the trigger of atrial fibrillation and (2) modification of left atrial and eventually right atrial substrate by ablation of complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAE). CFAE are mainly found at the ostia of the pulmonary veins, around the left atrial appendage, at the mitral annulus and the septum. When ablating CFAE 40-65% of the patients show a regularization of AF to an atrial tachycardia (AT) that can be macro- or micro-reentrant (localized re-entry). Until now the significance of the AT is unclear. In the following study we examine the hypothesis that an ablation of AT occuring during CFAE ablation (group 1) significantly improves outcome defined as freedom of atrial arrhythmia (AF or AT) compared to patients that are cardioverted when AF has regularized to AT (group 2).