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Risk Factors for Infections Involving Cardiac Implanted Electronic Devices.

Birnie DH, Wang J, Alings M, Philippon F, Parkash R, Manlucu J, Angaran P, Rinne C, Coutu B, Low RA, Essebag V, Morillo C, Redfearn D, Toal S, Becker G, Degrâce M, Thibault B, Crystal E, Tung S, LeMaitre J, Sultan O, Bennett M, Bashir J, Ayala-Paredes F, Gervais P, Rioux L, Hemels MEW, Bouwels LHR, Exner DV, Dorian P, Connolly SJ, Longtin Y, Krahn AD.

J Am Coll Cardiol. 2019 Dec 10;74(23):2845-2854. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2019.09.060.


Bang for the buck: the importance of modifiable factors for electrical cardioversion of atrial fibrillation.

Ramirez FD, Sadek MM, Birnie DH.

Eur Heart J. 2019 Nov 7. pii: ehz791. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehz791. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.


A new electrocardiographic definition of left bundle branch block (LBBB) in patients after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

Alqarawi W, Sadek MM, Golian M, Hibbert B, Redpath CJ, Nair GM, Nery PB, Davis DR, Klein A, Birnie DH, Green MS.

J Electrocardiol. 2019 Oct 22. pii: S0022-0736(19)30598-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jelectrocard.2019.10.005. [Epub ahead of print]


Effect of Direct Oral Anticoagulants, Warfarin, and Antiplatelet Agents on Risk of Device Pocket Hematoma: Combined Analysis of BRUISE CONTROL 1 and 2.

Essebag V, Healey JS, Joza J, Nery PB, Kalfon E, Leiria TLL, Verma A, Ayala-Paredes F, Coutu B, Sumner GL, Becker G, Philippon F, Eikelboom J, Sandhu RK, Sapp J, Leather R, Yung D, Thibault B, Simpson CS, Ahmad K, Toal S, Sturmer M, Kavanagh K, Crystal E, Wells GA, Krahn AD, Birnie DH.

Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2019 Oct;12(10):e007545. doi: 10.1161/CIRCEP.119.007545. Epub 2019 Oct 15.


A Strategy of Lead Abandonment in a Large Cohort of Patients With Sprint Fidelis Leads.

Alqarawi W, Coppens J, Aldawood W, Ramirez FD, Redpath CJ, Nair GM, Nery PB, Davis DR, Abu Shama R, Aydin A, Klein A, Golian M, Schaller RD, Green MS, Birnie DH, Sadek MM.

JACC Clin Electrophysiol. 2019 Sep;5(9):1059-1067. doi: 10.1016/j.jacep.2019.07.006. Epub 2019 Aug 28.


The Final Scene of Act III of the AF Ablation Story: Always, Always Isolate the Pulmonary Veins.

Birnie DH, Sadek MM.

JACC Clin Electrophysiol. 2019 Aug;5(8):977-978. doi: 10.1016/j.jacep.2019.06.019. Epub 2019 Aug 19. No abstract available.


Letter by Birnie et al Regarding Article, "Diagnostic Accuracy of Advanced Imaging in Cardiac Sarcoidosis: Implications for the Diagnosis of Isolated Cardiac Sarcoidosis".

Birnie DH, Nery PB, Beanlands R.

Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2019 Aug;12(8):e009614. doi: 10.1161/CIRCIMAGING.119.009614. Epub 2019 Aug 15. No abstract available.


To continue or stop oral anti-coagulation in higher-risk patients after a "successful" AF ablation; that is the question.

Birnie DH, Smith EE, Verma A.

J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2019 Aug;30(8):1258-1260. doi: 10.1111/jce.14056. Epub 2019 Jul 18. No abstract available.


Comparison of Ajmaline and Procainamide Provocation Tests in the Diagnosis of Brugada Syndrome.

Cheung CC, Mellor G, Deyell MW, Ensam B, Batchvarov V, Papadakis M, Roberts JD, Leather R, Sanatani S, Healey JS, Chauhan VS, Birnie DH, Champagne J, Angaran P, Klein GJ, Yee R, Simpson CS, Talajic M, Gardner M, Yeung-Lai-Wah JA, Chakrabarti S, Laksman ZW, Sharma S, Behr ER, Krahn AD.

JACC Clin Electrophysiol. 2019 Apr;5(4):504-512. doi: 10.1016/j.jacep.2019.01.026. Epub 2019 Mar 27.


Improving first shock success in patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing electrical cardioversion: Authors' reply.

Ramirez FD, Sadek MM, Birnie DH.

Europace. 2019 May 1;21(5):833-834. doi: 10.1093/europace/euz048. No abstract available.


Letter to the Editor regarding the paper "Cardioversion of atrial fibrillation in obese patients: Results from the Cardioversion-BMI randomized controlled trial".

Ramirez FD, Sadek MM, Birnie DH.

J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2019 Sep;30(9):1762-1763. doi: 10.1111/jce.13910. Epub 2019 Mar 18. No abstract available.


Prevention of Arrhythmia Device Infection Trial: The PADIT Trial.

Krahn AD, Longtin Y, Philippon F, Birnie DH, Manlucu J, Angaran P, Rinne C, Coutu B, Low RA, Essebag V, Morillo C, Redfearn D, Toal S, Becker G, Degrâce M, Thibault B, Crystal E, Tung S, LeMaitre J, Sultan O, Bennett M, Bashir J, Ayala-Paredes F, Gervais P, Rioux L, Hemels MEW, Bouwels LHR, van Vlies B, Wang J, Exner DV, Dorian P, Parkash R, Alings M, Connolly SJ.

J Am Coll Cardiol. 2018 Dec 18;72(24):3098-3109. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2018.09.068.


Evaluation of a novel cardioversion intervention for atrial fibrillation: the Ottawa AF cardioversion protocol.

Ramirez FD, Sadek MM, Boileau I, Cleland M, Nery PB, Nair GM, Redpath CJ, Green MS, Davis DR, Charron K, Henne J, Zakutney T, Beanlands RSB, Hibbert B, Wells GA, Birnie DH.

Europace. 2019 May 1;21(5):708-715. doi: 10.1093/europace/euy285.


To continue or minimally interrupt direct oral anticoagulants around ablation for atrial fibrillation: that is the question.

Birnie DH.

Europace. 2019 Apr 1;21(4):531-532. doi: 10.1093/europace/euy278. No abstract available.


Continued vs. interrupted direct oral anticoagulants at the time of device surgery, in patients with moderate to high risk of arterial thrombo-embolic events (BRUISE CONTROL-2).

Birnie DH, Healey JS, Wells GA, Ayala-Paredes F, Coutu B, Sumner GL, Becker G, Verma A, Philippon F, Kalfon E, Eikelboom J, Sandhu RK, Nery PB, Lellouche N, Connolly SJ, Sapp J, Essebag V.

Eur Heart J. 2018 Nov 21;39(44):3973-3979. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehy413.


The Impact of Cardiac Rehabilitation on Mental and Physical Health in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: A Matched Case-Control Study.

Reed JL, Clarke AE, Faraz AM, Birnie DH, Tulloch HE, Reid RD, Pipe AL.

Can J Cardiol. 2018 Nov;34(11):1512-1521. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2018.08.035. Epub 2018 Aug 30.


Rationale and design of the randomized prospective ATLAS study: Avoid Transvenous Leads in Appropriate Subjects.

Mondésert B, Bashir J, Philippon F, Dubuc M, Amit G, Exner D, Joza J, Birnie DH, Lane C, Tsang B, Korley V, Spears D, Ling A, Djuric A, Crystal E, Hruczkowski T, Roux JF, Carroll S, Essebag V, Krahn AD, Healey JS.

Am Heart J. 2019 Jan;207:1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ahj.2018.09.008. Epub 2018 Oct 9.


Completely nonfluoroscopic catheter ablation of left atrial arrhythmias and ventricular tachycardia.

Sadek MM, Ramirez FD, Nery PB, Golian M, Redpath CJ, Nair GM, Birnie DH.

J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2019 Jan;30(1):78-88. doi: 10.1111/jce.13735. Epub 2018 Oct 22.


Characterization of Low-Voltage Areas in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: Insights From High-Density Intracardiac Mapping.

Nery PB, Al Dawood W, Nair GM, Redpath CJ, Sadek MM, Chen L, Green MS, Wells G, Birnie DH.

Can J Cardiol. 2018 Aug;34(8):1033-1040. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2018.04.008. Epub 2018 Apr 12.


Mitral valve repair results in suppression of ventricular arrhythmias and normalization of repolarization abnormalities in mitral valve prolapse.

Alqarawi W, Birnie DH, Burwash IG.

HeartRhythm Case Rep. 2018 Mar 2;4(5):191-194. doi: 10.1016/j.hrcr.2018.02.012. eCollection 2018 May. No abstract available.


Prevalence of left atrial appendage thrombus detected by transoesophageal echocardiography before catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation in patients anticoagulated with non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants.

Alqarawi W, Birnie DH, Spence S, Ramirez FD, Redpath CJ, Lemery R, Nair GM, Nery PB, Davis DR, Green MS, Beauchesne L, Chan K, Ascah K, Burwash I, Sadek MM.

Europace. 2019 Jan 1;21(1):48-53. doi: 10.1093/europace/euy129.


Bi-atrial fibrosis detected using three-dimensional late gadolinium enhancement magnetic resonance imaging in a patient with cardiac sarcoidosis.

Spence S, Pena E, Thornhill RE, Nery PB, Birnie DH.

Oxf Med Case Reports. 2018 May 16;2018(5):omy016. doi: 10.1093/omcr/omy016. eCollection 2018 May.


Association between transthoracic impedance and electrical cardioversion success with biphasic defibrillators: An analysis of 1055 shocks for atrial fibrillation and flutter.

Sadek MM, Chaugai V, Cleland MJ, Zakutney TJ, Birnie DH, Ramirez FD.

Clin Cardiol. 2018 May;41(5):666-670. doi: 10.1002/clc.22947. Epub 2018 May 11.


The Optimal Anti-Coagulation for Enhanced-Risk Patients Post-Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation (OCEAN) trial.

Verma A, Ha ACT, Kirchhof P, Hindricks G, Healey JS, Hill MD, Sharma M, Wyse DG, Champagne J, Essebag V, Wells G, Gupta D, Heidbuchel H, Sanders P, Birnie DH.

Am Heart J. 2018 Mar;197:124-132. doi: 10.1016/j.ahj.2017.12.007. Epub 2017 Dec 8.


Bidirectional ventricular tachycardia in ischemic cardiomyopathy during ablation.

Yeo C, Green MS, Nair GM, Birnie DH, Nery PB, Sadek MM.

HeartRhythm Case Rep. 2017 Sep 5;3(11):527-530. doi: 10.1016/j.hrcr.2017.08.005. eCollection 2017 Nov. No abstract available.


How common is isolated cardiac sarcoidosis? Extra-cardiac and cardiac findings on clinical examination and whole-body 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography.

Juneau D, Nery P, Russo J, de Kemp RA, Leung E, Beanlands RSB, Birnie DH.

Int J Cardiol. 2018 Feb 15;253:189-193. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2017.09.204.


Efficacy and safety of driver-guided catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Ramirez FD, Birnie DH, Nair GM, Szczotka A, Redpath CJ, Sadek MM, Nery PB.

J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2017 Dec;28(12):1371-1378. doi: 10.1111/jce.13313. Epub 2017 Sep 5. Review.


Subclinical Atrial Fibrillation in Older Patients.

Healey JS, Alings M, Ha A, Leong-Sit P, Birnie DH, de Graaf JJ, Freericks M, Verma A, Wang J, Leong D, Dokainish H, Philippon F, Barake W, McIntyre WF, Simek K, Hill MD, Mehta SR, Carlson M, Smeele F, Pandey AS, Connolly SJ; ASSERT-II Investigators.

Circulation. 2017 Oct 3;136(14):1276-1283. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.117.028845. Epub 2017 Aug 4.


Joint SNMMI-ASNC expert consensus document on the role of 18F-FDG PET/CT in cardiac sarcoid detection and therapy monitoring.

Chareonthaitawee P, Beanlands RS, Chen W, Dorbala S, Miller EJ, Murthy VL, Birnie DH, Chen ES, Cooper LT, Tung RH, White ES, Borges-Neto S, Di Carli MF, Gropler RJ, Ruddy TD, Schindler TH, Blankstein R.

J Nucl Cardiol. 2017 Oct;24(5):1741-1758. doi: 10.1007/s12350-017-0978-9. No abstract available.


Joint SNMMI-ASNC Expert Consensus Document on the Role of 18F-FDG PET/CT in Cardiac Sarcoid Detection and Therapy Monitoring.

Chareonthaitawee P, Beanlands RS, Chen W, Dorbala S, Miller EJ, Murthy VL, Birnie DH, Chen ES, Cooper LT, Tung RH, White ES, Borges-Neto S, Di Carli MF, Gropler RJ, Ruddy TD, Schindler TH, Blankstein R; NAME OF COLLAB GROUP.

J Nucl Med. 2017 Aug;58(8):1341-1353. doi: 10.2967/jnumed.117.196287. No abstract available.


Three-year outcomes and reconnection patterns after initial contact force guided pulmonary vein isolation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

Nair GM, Yeo C, MacDonald Z, Ainslie MP, Alqarawi WA, Nery PB, Redpath CJ, Sadek M, Spence S, Green MS, Birnie DH.

J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2017 Sep;28(9):984-993. doi: 10.1111/jce.13280. Epub 2017 Sep 1.


Letter by Nery et al Regarding Article, "Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator for Nonischemic Cardiomyopathy: An Updated Meta-Analysis".

Nery PB, Lewis KB, Birnie DH.

Circulation. 2017 Jun 20;135(25):e1198-e1199. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.117.027389. No abstract available.


A case of pacemaker "malfunction". Should I intervene?

Yeo C, Birnie DH, Nair GM.

J Electrocardiol. 2017 Nov - Dec;50(6):939-940. doi: 10.1016/j.jelectrocard.2017.06.017. Epub 2017 Jun 8.


Genetic Testing in the Evaluation of Unexplained Cardiac Arrest: From the CASPER (Cardiac Arrest Survivors With Preserved Ejection Fraction Registry).

Mellor G, Laksman ZWM, Tadros R, Roberts JD, Gerull B, Simpson CS, Klein GJ, Champagne J, Talajic M, Gardner M, Steinberg C, Arbour L, Birnie DH, Angaran P, Leather R, Sanatani S, Chauhan VS, Seifer C, Healey JS, Krahn AD.

Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2017 Jun;10(3). pii: e001686. doi: 10.1161/CIRCGENETICS.116.001686.


Late resolution of pacemaker lead-related severe tricuspid regurgitation and right ventricular dysfunction after percutaneous lead extraction: A case report and review of the literature.

Ramirez FD, Almutairi A, Stadnick E, Nair GM, Sadek MM, Birnie DH.

HeartRhythm Case Rep. 2016 Apr 21;2(4):324-327. doi: 10.1016/j.hrcr.2016.03.007. eCollection 2016 Jul. No abstract available.


Short-term dabigatran interruption before cardiac rhythm device implantation: multi-centre experience from the RE-LY trial.

Essebag V, Proietti R, Birnie DH, Wang J, Douketis J, Coutu B, Parkash R, Lip GYH, Hohnloser SH, Moriarty A, Oldgren J, Connolly SJ, Ezekowitz M, Healey JS.

Europace. 2017 Oct 1;19(10):1630-1636. doi: 10.1093/europace/euw409.


Reply: Treatment Nuances in Cardiac Sarcoidosis.

Birnie DH, Nery PB, Ha AC, Beanlands RS.

J Am Coll Cardiol. 2017 Jan 24;69(3):363. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2016.09.983. No abstract available.


Electrophysiological abnormalities in subjects with lone atrial fibrillation - Too little, too late?

Nair GM, Nery PB, Redpath CJ, Sadek MM, Birnie DH.

Indian Pacing Electrophysiol J. 2016 Sep - Oct;16(5):149-151. doi: 10.1016/j.ipej.2016.11.012. Epub 2016 Nov 30. No abstract available.


Efficacy of adjunctive measures used to assist pulmonary vein isolation for atrial fibrillation: a systematic review.

Nair GM, Raut R, Bami K, Nery PB, Redpath CJ, Sadek MM, Green MS, Birnie DH.

Curr Opin Cardiol. 2017 Jan;32(1):58-68. Review.


Real-world outcomes, complications, and cost of catheter-based ablation for atrial fibrillation: an update.

Ha AC, Wijeysundera HC, Birnie DH, Verma A.

Curr Opin Cardiol. 2017 Jan;32(1):47-52. Review.


Identifying and Managing Premature Ventricular Contraction-Induced Cardiomyopathy: What, Why, and How?

Alqarawi WA, Ramirez FD, Nery PB, Redpath CJ, Sadek MM, Green MS, Birnie DH, Nair GM.

Can J Cardiol. 2017 Feb;33(2):287-290. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2016.06.010. Epub 2016 Jul 1.


Cardiac Abnormalities in First-Degree Relatives of Unexplained Cardiac Arrest Victims: A Report From the Cardiac Arrest Survivors With Preserved Ejection Fraction Registry.

Steinberg C, Padfield GJ, Champagne J, Sanatani S, Angaran P, Andrade JG, Roberts JD, Healey JS, Chauhan VS, Birnie DH, Janzen M, Gerull B, Klein GJ, Leather R, Simpson CS, Seifer C, Talajic M, Gardner M, Krahn AD.

Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2016 Sep;9(9). pii: e004274. doi: 10.1161/CIRCEP.115.004274.


Effect of Applying Force to Self-Adhesive Electrodes on Transthoracic Impedance: Implications for Electrical Cardioversion.

Ramirez FD, Fiset SL, Cleland MJ, Zakutney TJ, Nery PB, Nair GM, Redpath CJ, Sadek MM, Birnie DH.

Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2016 Oct;39(10):1141-1147. doi: 10.1111/pace.12937. Epub 2016 Sep 22.


Relationship Between Pulmonary Vein Reconnection and Atrial Fibrillation Recurrence: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

Nery PB, Belliveau D, Nair GM, Bernick J, Redpath CJ, Szczotka A, Sadek MM, Green MS, Wells G, Birnie DH.

JACC Clin Electrophysiol. 2016 Aug;2(4):474-483. doi: 10.1016/j.jacep.2016.02.003. Epub 2016 Apr 6.


Cardiac manifestations of sarcoidosis: diagnosis and management.

Birnie DH, Kandolin R, Nery PB, Kupari M.

Eur Heart J. 2017 Sep 14;38(35):2663-2670. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehw328.


Cardiac Sarcoidosis.

Birnie DH, Nery PB, Ha AC, Beanlands RS.

J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016 Jul 26;68(4):411-21. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2016.03.605. Review.


Management of antithrombotic therapy during cardiac implantable device surgery.

AlTurki A, Proietti R, Birnie DH, Essebag V.

J Arrhythm. 2016 Jun;32(3):163-9. doi: 10.1016/j.joa.2015.12.003. Epub 2016 Jan 18. Review.


Impact of generator replacement on the risk of Fidelis lead fracture.

Krahn AD, Bashir J, Birnie DH, Brown J, Spencer JH, Leander C, Estes NA.

Heart Rhythm. 2016 Aug;13(8):1618-23. doi: 10.1016/j.hrthm.2016.05.001. Epub 2016 May 3.


Response to Letter Regarding Article, "Outcome of Apparently Unexplained Cardiac Arrest: Results From Investigation and Follow-Up of the Prospective Cardiac Arrest Survivors With Preserved Ejection Fraction Registry".

Herman AR, Cheung C, Gerull B, Simpson CS, Birnie DH, Klein GJ, Champagne J, Healey JS, Gibbs K, Talajic M, Gardner M, Bennett MT, Steinberg C, Janzen M, Gollob MH, Angaran P, Yee R, Leather R, Chakrabarti S, Sanatani S, Chauhan VS, Krahn AD.

Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2016 Apr;9(4):e004012. doi: 10.1161/CIRCEP.116.004012. No abstract available.


Clinically Significant Pocket Hematoma Increases Long-Term Risk of Device Infection: BRUISE CONTROL INFECTION Study.

Essebag V, Verma A, Healey JS, Krahn AD, Kalfon E, Coutu B, Ayala-Paredes F, Tang AS, Sapp J, Sturmer M, Keren A, Wells GA, Birnie DH; BRUISE CONTROL Investigators.

J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016 Mar 22;67(11):1300-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2016.01.009.

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