Francis Wellens
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Internal medicineRadiologySurgeryCardiologyIntensive care medicineMitral valve replacementSudden cardiac deathCatheter ablationImplantable cardioverter-defibrillatorBrugada syndromeMitral valveAsymptomaticCardiac surgeryHeart transplantationAtrial fibrillationTricuspid valveHeart diseaseVentricular fibrillationTransplantationSurgical treatmentAnesthesiaMedicine
158Publications
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#1Juan Sieira (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 22
#2Giuseppe Ciconte (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 28
Last. Pedro Brugada (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 83
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Background Patients with drug-induced Brugada syndrome (BS) are considered at a lower risk than those with a spontaneous type I pattern. Nevertheless, they can present arrhythmic events. Objective The purpose of this study was to investigate their clinical characteristics, long-term prognosis and risk factors. Methods A consecutive cohort of 343 patients with drug-induced BS was included and compared with 78 patients with a spontaneous type I pattern. Results The mean age was 40.7 ± 18.3 years. ...
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#1Juan SieiraH-Index: 22
#2Giulio ConteH-Index: 27
Last. Pedro BrugadaH-Index: 83
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Aims: Risk stratification in Brugada Syndrome (BS) remains challenging. Arrhythmic events can occur life-long and studies with long follow-ups are sparse. The aim of our study was to investigate long-term prognosis and risk stratification of BS patients. Methods and results: A single centre consecutive cohort of 400 BS patients was included and analysed. Mean age was 41.1 years, 78 patients (19.5%) had a spontaneous type I electrocardiogram (ECG). Clinical presentation was aborted sudden cardiac...
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#1Ruben Casado-Arroyo (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 21
#2Paola Berne (University of Barcelona)H-Index: 14
Last. Pedro Brugada (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 83
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Abstract Background A proband of Brugada syndrome (BrS) is the first patient diagnosed in a family. There are no data regarding this specific, high-risk population. Objectives This study sought to investigate the Brugada probands diagnosed from 1986 through the next 28 years. Methods We included 447 probands belonging to families with a diagnostic type 1 electrocardiogram Brugada pattern. The database was divided into 2 periods: the first period identified patients who were part of the initial c...
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#1Giacomo MugnaiH-Index: 21
#2Ines Van LooH-Index: 2
Last. Carlo de AsmundisH-Index: 35
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Riata and Riata ST implantable cardioverter–defibrillator leads are prone to structural and electrical failure (EF). Our objective was to evaluate Riata/ST lead performance over a long-term follow-up. Of 184 patients having undergone Riata/ST and Riata ST Optim lead implantation from September 2003 to June 2008, 154 patients were evaluated for EF and radiographic conductor externalization (CE). Survival analysis for EF was performed for Riata/ST leads, both for failure-free lead survival and cum...
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#1Ghazala IrfanH-Index: 16
#2Jens CzaplaH-Index: 8
Last. Carlo de AsmundisH-Index: 35
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Aim The aim of our study is to compare two approaches of implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) implantation, conventional (supra/subpectoral) and subcostal in young adults in terms of procedural complications and adverse events encountered during follow-up. Methods and results From January 2007 to December 2013, all patients under the age of 50 years who received an ICD in our centre were included in this study. Patient's hospital records were analysed for procedural complications and adverse ...
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#1Juan SieiraH-Index: 22
#2Giulio ConteH-Index: 27
Last. Pedro BrugadaH-Index: 83
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Objectives Brugada syndrome (BS) in women is considered an infrequent condition with a more favourable prognosis than in men. Nevertheless, arrhythmic events and sudden cardiac death (SCD) also occur in this population. Long-term follow-up data of this group are sparse. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the clinical characteristics and long-term prognosis of women with BS. Methods A consecutive cohort of 228 women presenting with spontaneous or drug-induced Brugada type I ECG a...
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#10De Asmundis C (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 1
Aim The aim of the present study was to assess the possible predictors of successful threshold optimization from a second-generation device (Evia DR-T Biotronik), with automatic atrial and ventricular capture management post implantation.Background It is mandatory in patients receiving permanent pacemakers to determine the pacing threshold at each follow-up visit. To facilitate pacing threshold measurements, complete automatic pacemaker tests are being developed. A new application of pacemaker a...
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Lessons Learned from the Hybrid Redo ProceduresIntroduction In order to increase success rates of invasive treatment of persistent atrial fibrillation, the hybrid approach was developed, combining video-assisted thoracoscopic epicardial procedure with conventional endocardial catheter ablation. Currently, there are no reports of electrophysiological findings and clinical outcomes of repeat procedures after the hybrid approach. Methods and Results Out of 64 patients who were treated by hybrid abl...
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