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Articles by J Brugada
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  A Sarkozy , G. B Chierchia , G Paparella , T Boussy , C De Asmundis , M Roos , S Henkens , L Kaufman , R Buyl , R Brugada , J Brugada and P. Brugada

Background— Repolarization abnormalities in the inferior-lateral leads in Brugada syndrome (BS) have not been systematically investigated.

Methods and Results— 280 patients (age, 41±18 years; 168 males) with BS were screened for inferior-lateral repolarization abnormalities. The repolarization abnormalities were classified either as early repolarization pattern or coved ≥2-mm Brugada pattern and as spontaneous or class I antiarrhythmic drug (AAD) induced. Thirty-two patients (11%) had inferior-lateral spontaneous early repolarization pattern. These patients were less likely to be asymptomatic at first presentation (13 of 32 versus 156 of 248 patients, P=0.02), and spontaneous type I ECG was more frequent among them (38% versus 21%, P=0.05). The spontaneous early repolarization pattern occurred more frequently among patients with BS than in 283 family members not having BS (11% versus 6%, P=0.03). Class I AAD administration provoked inferior-lateral coved Brugada pattern in 13 patients with BS. These patients had longer baseline PR intervals (206±48 versus 172±31 ms, P<0.001) and class I AAD–induced QRS interval prolongation (108 to 178 versus 102 ms to 131 ms, P<0.001). In 3 patients, the class I AAD–provoked coved Brugada pattern was only present in the inferior leads.

Conclusions— Inferior-lateral early repolarization pattern occurs spontaneously relatively frequently in BS. These patients have a more severe phenotype. Class I AAD administration provokes inferior-lateral coved Brugada pattern in 4.6% of patients. We report for the first time 3 patients in whom the class I AAD–provoked coved Brugada pattern was only observed in the inferior leads.

  J Solis , D McCarty , R. A Levine , M. D Handschumacher , L Fernandez Friera , A Chen Tournoux , L Mont , B Vidal , J. P Singh , J Brugada , M. H Picard , M Sitges and J. Hung

Background— Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) has been shown to reduce functional mitral regurgitation (MR). It has been proposed that the mechanism of MR reduction relates to geometric change or, alternatively, changes in left ventricular (LV) contractile function. Normal mitral valve (MV) function relies on a balance between tethering and closing forces on the MV leaflets. Functional MR results from a derangement of this force–balance relationship, and CRT may be an important modulator of MV function by its ability to enhance the force–balance relationship on the MV. We hypothesized that CRT improves the comprehensive force balance acting on the valve, including favorable changes in both geometry and LV contractile function.

Methods and Results— We examined the effect of CRT on 34 patients with functional MR before and after CRT (209±81 days). MR regurgitant volume, closing forces on MV (derived from Doppler transmitral pressure gradients), including dP/dt and a factor (closing pressure ratio) expressing how long the peak closing gradient is maintained over systole (closing pressure ratio=velocity time integral/MR peak velocityxmitral regurgitation time), and dyssynchrony by tissue Doppler were measured. End-diastolic volume, end-systolic volume, mitral valve annular area (MAA) and contraction (percent change in MAA from end-diastole to midsystole), leaflet closing area (leaflet area during valve closure), and tenting volume (volume under leaflets to annular plane) were measured by 3D echocardiography. After CRT, end-diastolic volume (253±111 versus 221±110 mL, P<0.001) and end-systolic volume (206±97 versus 167±91 mL, P<0.001) decreased and ejection fraction (19±6 versus 27±9%, P<0.001) increased. MR regurgitant volume decreased from 35±17 to 23±14 mL (P<0.001), MAA from 11.6±3.5 to 10.5±3.1 cm2 (P<0.001), leaflet closing area from 15.4±5 to 13.7±3.8 cm2 (P<0.001), and tenting volume from 5.7±2.6 to 4.6±2.2 mL (P<0.001). Peak velocity (and therefore transmitral closing pressure) was more sustained throughout systole, as reflected by the increase in the closing pressure ratio (0.77±0.1 versus 0.84±0.1 before CRT versus after CRT, P=0.01); dP/dt also improved after CRT. There was no change in dyssynchrony or MAA contraction.

Conclusions— Reduction in MR after CRT is associated with favorable changes in MV geometry and closing forces on the MV. It does so by favorably affecting the force balance acting on the MV in 2 ways: reducing tethering through reversal of LV remodeling and increasing the systolic duration of peak transmitral closing pressures.

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