Publications by authors named "Gustavo Guandalini"

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Double Transseptal Access for Atrial Fibrillation Ablation in the Presence of Investigational Interatrial Shunt Device.

JACC Case Rep 2021 Jan 23;3(1):136-140. Epub 2020 Dec 23.

Cardiac Electrophysiology Section, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Transseptal access for atrial fibrillation ablation can be challenging in the presence of iatrogenically modified interatrial septum. We report the first described transseptal left atrial access for atrial fibrillation ablation in the presence of an investigational interatrial shunt device, performed in a patient with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. ().
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaccas.2020.09.056DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8305124PMC
January 2021

Parahisian pacing to unmask Brugada pattern with concomitant left bundle branch block and to document epicardial ablation endpoint in Brugada syndrome.

HeartRhythm Case Rep 2021 Jun 18;7(6):382-385. Epub 2021 Mar 18.

Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hrcr.2021.03.009DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8226308PMC
June 2021

A novel approach to mapping and ablation of septal outflow tract ventricular arrhythmias: Insights from multipolar intraseptal recordings.

Heart Rhythm 2021 Aug 20;18(8):1445-1451. Epub 2021 Apr 20.

Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Electronic address:

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hrthm.2021.04.016DOI Listing
August 2021

High power, short duration ablation: At least for the right pulmonary vein carina, maybe not so fast.

J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 2021 May 29;32(5):1229-1231. Epub 2021 Mar 29.

Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jce.15007DOI Listing
May 2021

Reporting AF Recurrence After Catheter Ablation: The Burden Is on Us to Get it Right.

J Am Coll Cardiol 2020 06;75(25):3119-3121

Electrophysiology Section, Cardiovascular Division, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2020.04.066DOI Listing
June 2020

Direct autotransfusion following emergency pericardiocentesis in patients undergoing cardiac electrophysiology procedures.

J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 2020 06 23;31(6):1379-1384. Epub 2020 Apr 23.

Electrophysiology, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, New York.

Introduction: Acute hemopericardium during cardiac electrophysiology (EP) procedures may result in significant blood loss and is the most common cause of procedure-related death. Matched allogeneic blood is often not immediately available. The feasibility and safety of direct autotransfusion in cardiac electrophysiology patients requiring emergency pericardiocentesis is unknown.

Methods: We retrospectively analyzed records of patients undergoing EP procedures at a single, tertiary care medical center who had procedure-related acute hemopericardium requiring emergency pericardiocentesis during a 3-year period. Procedure details, transfusion volumes, and clinical outcomes of patients who received direct autotransfusion of aspirated pericardial blood via a femoral venous sheath were compared to those of patients who did not receive direct autotransfusion.

Results: During the study period, 10 patients received direct autotransfusion (group 1) and outcomes were compared with those of 14 control patients who did not receive direct autotransfusion (group 2). The volume of aspirated pericardial blood was similar in groups 1 and 2 (1.6 ± 0.7 L vs 1.3 ± 1.0 L, respectively; P = .52). Amongst patients with aspirated volumes <1 L, group 1 patients (n = 4) were less likely than group 2 patients (n = 8) to require allotransfusion (0% vs 75%, P = .02). Amongst patients with aspirated volume ≥1 L, group 1 patients (n = 6) required fewer units of red cell allotransfusion than group 2 patients (n = 6) (1.5 ± 0.8 units vs 4.3 ± 2.0 units, P = .01). No procedural complications related to direct autotransfusion occurred.

Conclusions: Direct autotransfusion following emergency pericardiocentesis during electrophysiology procedures requiring systemic anticoagulation is feasible and safe. The utilization of direct autotransfusion may eliminate or reduce the need for allotransfusion.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jce.14462DOI Listing
June 2020

Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives.

JACC Clin Electrophysiol 2019 12;5(12):1363-1383

Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Electrophysiology Section, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Electronic address:

Although implantable cardioverter-defibrillators positively affect survival in patients at increased risk for arrhythmic sudden cardiac death, quality of life can be negatively affected by recurrent therapies. Ventricular tachycardia (VT) ablation targets clinical arrhythmias to prevent recurrence. Although treatment of VT initially required open heart surgery, it has since been replaced by percutaneous ablation, a safe and effective catheter-based therapy to ablate myocardium from either the endocardial or the epicardial surface. Four basic mapping techniques are used to guide VT ablation: activation, entrainment, and pace and substrate mapping. Current recommendations for VT ablation, especially in the setting of structural heart disease, mostly reserve this treatment for patients for whom antiarrhythmic therapy has failed or is not tolerated or desired. These recommendations derive from multiple observational reports and several randomized prospective studies in patients with VT in the setting of ischemic cardiac disease. Patients are usually referred late in their clinical course for VT ablation, limiting enrollment in clinical trials and resulting in limited prospective randomized data on long-term outcomes with ablative therapy. Future research efforts should address unmet needs, including more rigorous assessment of survival benefit from VT ablation, outcomes data of VT ablation in patients with nonischemic cardiomyopathy, and assessment of strategies to improve intramural substrate ablation. Emerging technologies with disruptive potential include the use of lower ionic strength irrigants, energy delivery guided by impedance modulation, simultaneous unipolar and bipolar ablation, and novel ablation catheters, including the retractable needle-tip electrode catheter. Promising alternatives to radiofrequency ablation include alcohol ablation from the coronary arterial or venous system, direct current or pulsed field electroporation, and stereotactic body radiotherapy guided by noninvasive substrate mapping. Future studies are needed to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of these novel technologies compared with standard radiofrequency catheter ablation.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jacep.2019.09.015DOI Listing
December 2019

Septal Coronary Venous Mapping to Guide Substrate Characterization and Ablation of Intramural Septal Ventricular Arrhythmia.

JACC Clin Electrophysiol 2019 07 8;5(7):789-800. Epub 2019 May 8.

Electrophysiology Section, Cardiovascular Division, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Heart Rhythm Service, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Electronic address:

Objectives: This study describes the use of septal coronary venous mapping to facilitate substrate characterization and ablation of intramural septal ventricular arrhythmia (VA).

Background: Intramural septal VA represents a challenge for substrate definition and catheter ablation.

Methods: Between 2015 and 2018, 12 patients with structural heart disease, recurrent VA, and suspected intramural septal substrate underwent a septal coronary venous procedure in which mapping was performed by advancement of a wire into the septal perforator branches of the anterior interventricular vein. A total of 5 patients with idiopathic VA were also included as control subjects to compare substrate characteristics.

Results: Patients were 63 ± 14 years of age, and 11 (92%) were men. Most patients with structural heart disease had nonischemic cardiomyopathy (83%). Six patients underwent ablation for premature ventricular contractions (PVC) and 6 for ventricular tachycardia. All patients had larger septal unipolar voltage abnormalities than bipolar voltage abnormalities (mean area 35.3 ± 16.8 cm vs. 10.7 ± 8.4 cm, respectively; p = 0.01), Patients with idiopathic VA had normal voltage. Septal coronary venous mapping revealed low-voltage, fractionated, and multicomponent electrograms in sinus rhythm in all patients with substrate compared to that in patients with idiopathic VA (amplitude 0.9 ± 0.9 mV vs. 4.4 ± 3.7 mV, respectively; p = 0.007; and duration 147 ± 48 ms vs. 92 ± 10 ms, respectively; p = 0.03). Ablation targeted early activation, pace map match, and/or good entrainment sites from intraseptal recording. Over a mean follow-up of 339 ± 240 days, the PVC and insertable cardioverter-defibrillator therapies burden were significantly reduced (from a mean of 22 ± 11% to 4 ± 8%; p = 0.005; and a mean 5 ± 2 to 1 ± 1; p = 0.001, respectively). Most patients (80%) with idiopathic VA remained arrhythmia free.

Conclusions: In patients with suspected intramural septal VA, mapping of the septal coronary veins may be helpful to characterize the arrhythmia substrate, identify ablation targets, and guide endocardial ablation.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jacep.2019.04.011DOI Listing
July 2019

The Potential Effects of New Stent Platforms for Coronary Revascularization in Patients With Diabetes.

Can J Cardiol 2018 05 1;34(5):653-664. Epub 2018 Mar 1.

Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA. Electronic address:

Coronary artery disease in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) is characterized by extensive atherosclerosis, longer lesions, and diffuse distal disease. Consequently, these patients have worse outcomes after coronary revascularization, regardless of the modality used. Traditionally, coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) has been regarded as more effective than percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with DM, likely because of more complete revascularization and protection against disease progression in the bypass segment. Revascularization with balloon angioplasty, bare-metal stents, and first-generation drug-eluting stents have all been shown to be inferior to CABG in patients with DM. Current professional society guidelines reflect these findings, strongly recommending CABG over PCI in this setting. Newer stent platforms, however, have challenged this notion. The use of thinner struts, biocompatible polymer coating, and newer antiproliferative agents have improved the rates of cardiovascular events in patients with DM revascularized percutaneously. Since the publication of current guidelines, new studies suggested acceptable outcomes in patients with DM revascularized with second-generation drug-eluting stents, even though these conclusions are drawn from small subgroup analyses or nonrandomized studies. Robust registry data suggest similar mortality with lower rates of stroke after PCI compared with surgery, at the expense of increased rates of repeat revascularization. If complete revascularization can be achieved, similar rates of myocardial infarction are also observed. Therefore, contemporary revascularization in patients with DM with multivessel coronary artery disease should involve a multidisciplinary approach, in which interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons involve their patients to individualize treatment choices, and balance the risks and effectiveness of each modality.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cjca.2018.02.020DOI Listing
May 2018

A 70-Year-Old Man With Worsening Dyspnea After an Ankle Fracture.

Chest 2017 02;151(2):e25-e27

New York University Medical Center, New York, NY.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chest.2016.05.042DOI Listing
February 2017

Uranium quantification in semen by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.

J Trace Elem Med Biol 2013 Jan 1;27(1):2-6. Epub 2012 Sep 1.

Crustal Geophysics and Geochemistry Science Center, United States Geological Survey, PO Box 25046, DFC, Bldg. 20, MS 964D, Denver, CO 80225, USA.

In this study we report uranium analysis for human semen samples. Uranium quantification was performed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. No additives, such as chymotrypsin or bovine serum albumin, were used for semen liquefaction, as they showed significant uranium content. For method validation we spiked 2g aliquots of pooled control semen at three different levels of uranium: low at 5 pg/g, medium at 50 pg/g, and high at 1000 pg/g. The detection limit was determined to be 0.8 pg/g uranium in human semen. The data reproduced within 1.4-7% RSD and spike recoveries were 97-100%. The uranium level of the unspiked, pooled control semen was 2.9 pg/g of semen (n=10). In addition six semen samples from a cohort of Veterans exposed to depleted uranium (DU) in the 1991 Gulf War were analyzed with no knowledge of their exposure history. Uranium levels in the Veterans' semen samples ranged from undetectable (<0.8 pg/g) to 3350 pg/g. This wide concentration range for uranium in semen is consistent with known differences in current DU body burdens in these individuals, some of whom have retained embedded DU fragments.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtemb.2012.07.004DOI Listing
January 2013

Biological responses in rats exposed to cigarette smoke and Middle East sand (dust).

Inhal Toxicol 2012 ;24(2):109-24

College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27607, USA.

Respiratory symptoms are frequently reported in personnel deployed to the Middle East. This project characterized the respiratory toxicity of inhaled Iraqi sand (IS). Adult rats underwent a 6-wk inhalation to air or mainstream cigarette smoke (MSCS) (3 h/d, 5 d/wk) that included exposure to IS or crystalline silica (1 mg/m(3), 19 h/d, 7 d/wk) or air during the last 2 weeks. Assessments included motor activity, whole-body plethysmography, cytological and biochemical analysis of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, lung metal burden, nasal and lung pathology, and changes in lung protein and gene expression. A number of metals including nickel, manganese, vanadium, and chromium were detected in IS. Elevated lung parenchyma aluminum, silica, barium, manganese, and vanadium concentrations were seen in IS-exposed rats, suggesting that several metals present in IS are bioavailable. Rats exposed to IS only developed mild inflammation in the anterior nose and lung. Silica inhalation was associated with some pulmonary responses that were not seen in IS-exposed rats, such as mild laryngeal and tracheal inflammation, mild tracheal epithelial hyperplasia, and elevated lung silica concentrations. MSCS inhalation with or without co-exposure to either IS or silica resulted in changes consistent with pulmonary inflammation and stress response. Rats exposed to MSCS and silica had more widespread airway lesions when compared with rats exposed to MSCS only. Silica-exposed rats had more robust pulmonary gene expression and proteomic responses than that seen in IS-exposed rat. Our studies show that the respiratory toxicity of IS is qualitatively similar to or less than that seen following short-term silica exposure.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/08958378.2011.647413DOI Listing
May 2012

Tissue distribution of tungsten in mice following oral exposure to sodium tungstate.

Chem Res Toxicol 2011 Apr 18;24(4):488-93. Epub 2011 Mar 18.

Division of Biophysical Toxicology, Department of Environmental and Infectious Disease Sciences, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC, USA.

Heavy metal tungsten alloys have replaced lead and depleted uranium in many munitions applications, due to public perception of these elements as environmentally unsafe. Tungsten materials left in the environment may become bioaccessible as tungstate, which might lead to population exposure through water and soil contamination. Although tungsten had been considered a relatively inert and toxicologically safe material, recent research findings have raised concerns about possible deleterious health effects after acute and chronic exposure to this metal. This investigation describes tissue distribution of tungsten in mice following oral exposure to sodium tungstate. Twenty-four 6-9 weeks-old C57BL/6 laboratory mice were exposed to different oral doses of sodium tungstate (0, 62.5, 125, and 200 mg/kg/d) for 28 days, and after one day, six organs were harvested for trace element analysis with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Kidney, liver, colon, bone, brain, and spleen were analyzed by sector-field high-resolution ICP-MS. The results showed increasing tungsten levels in all organs with increased dose of exposure, with the highest concentration found in the bones and the lowest concentration found in brain tissue. Gender differences were noticed only in the spleen (higher concentration of tungsten in female animals), and increasing tungsten levels in this organ were correlated with increased iron levels, something that was not observed for any other organ or either of the two other metals analyzed (nickel and cobalt). These findings confirmed most of what has been published on tungsten tissue distribution; they also showed that the brain is relatively protected from oral exposure. Further studies are necessary to clarify the findings in splenic tissue, focusing on possible immunological effects of tungsten exposure.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/tx200011kDOI Listing
April 2011
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