Ghassan Moubarak

Groupe Hospitalier Saint Vincent, Strasburg, Alsace, France

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Publications (38)66.73 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Insufficient correction of mechanical dyssynchrony is a cause of non-response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). To determine if CRT delivery could be optimized during the implantation procedure by choosing the number and location of pacing sites using echocardiography guidance. In patients with a QRS≥150ms or a QRS<150ms and criteria for mechanical dyssynchrony, the objective of the implantation procedure was to shorten the left pre-ejection interval (LPEI), measured online, by at least 10ms compared with standard biventricular configuration, by moving the right ventricular (RV) lead at different locations and, if necessary, by adding a second RV lead. Ninety-one patients (70 men; mean age 73±10 years; left ventricular [LV] ejection fraction 29±10%) were included. The final pacing configuration was standard biventricular in 15 (17%) patients, optimized biventricular in 22 (24%) and triple-site ventricular in 54 (59%). LPEI was shortened by ≥ 10ms compared with standard biventricular stimulation in 73 (80%) patients. Compared with standard biventricular pacing, the final optimized pacing configuration improved global intraventricular synchrony (decreasing LPEI from 158±36ms to 134±29ms; P<0.001), LV systolic efficiency (decreasing LPEI/LV ejection time from 0.58±0.18 to 0.46±0.13; P<0.001) and LV filling (increasing LV filling time/RR from 44±8% to 47±7%; P<0.001) and decreased mitral valve regurgitation. Intraoperative echocardiography-guided placement of RV lead(s) during CRT implantation is feasible and acutely improves LV synchrony compared with standard biventricular stimulation.
    Archives of cardiovascular diseases 04/2014; · 0.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a major cause of ischemic strokes, and it is assumed that occult intermittent episodes of AF are responsible for some of the seemingly cryptogenic strokes. Cardiac pacemakers feature rhythm diagnostic capabilities and data storage. We investigated whether pacemaker memory interrogation led to identification of undetected AF episodes prior to cryptogenic strokes. The study enrolled all patients admitted between June 2010 and July 2013 for an acute cryptogenic stroke and who were implanted with a permanent pacemaker. Patients with a history of AF and a history of stroke with an identifiable origin were excluded. Pacemaker memories were interrogated to determine the presence of AF prior to the stroke and its temporal relationship with the stroke. Fourteen patients (nine men and five women) with a median (interquartile range) age of 84.5 (82.25-87.5) years were included. Median CHADS2 and CHA2DS2-VASc scores were 2 (1-2.75) and 3.5 (3-4), respectively. Pacemaker memories were activated in 13 patients with atrial arrhythmia detection based on an atrial cutoff rate in 8 patients and on the detection of atrial rate acceleration in 5 patients. Electrograms were available for review in 10 patients. Unknown AF or atrial flutter was diagnosed previous to the stroke in six (43 %) patients. Four patients experienced more than one arrhythmia episode. The last episode occurred in the 48 h prior to stroke in three patients and in the previous 4 weeks in five patients. Anticoagulation was started after the stroke in all of these six patients. Pacemaker interrogation has a high diagnostic yield in seemingly cryptogenic stroke, with frequent detection of occult AF. The causal link between AF and stroke is convincingly reinforced by their close temporal proximity, and anticoagulation is warranted in this clinical situation.
    Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology 02/2014; · 1.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Electrophysiological studies and radiofrequency catheter ablations require single or multiple sheath placements through femoral vein cannulation. The objective of this study was to determine the incidence, predictors, and outcomes of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) following such procedures. We prospectively enrolled 220 consecutive patients with a median age of 70 [60-79] years. The median duration of the procedures from insertion to removal of sheaths was 45 [30-75] min. At least two sheaths were inserted in 158 (72 %) of the cases. Duplex ultrasonography evaluation of the lower leg veins was performed 6 h after the procedure and revealed common femoral vein thrombosis in 11 (5 %) patients. All thrombi were partial and none was complete. Thrombi were mobile in four patients and extended to the external iliac vein in three patients. None of the patients presented with clinical signs of DVT or pulmonary embolism. Anticoagulation was prescribed for 2-4 weeks and a follow-up duplex ultrasonography obtained in the first seven patients revealed complete resolution of thrombi in all cases. On multivariate analysis, two predictors of thrombosis occurrence were identified: a greater sum of sheath diameters (odds ratio, 1.41 [95 % confidence interval, 1.25-1.60] per 1-French increase; p < 0.001) and a longer procedural duration (odds ratio, 1.02 [95 % confidence interval, 1.00-1.04] per 1-min increase; p = 0.04). Asymptomatic femoral DVT occur in 5 % of electrophysiological studies and right-heart radiofrequency catheter ablations, particularly when large sheaths are inserted for a longer period. The role of anticoagulation in this clinical setting warrants further evaluation.
    Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology 10/2013; · 1.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Backround: Centenarians have been proposed as a model of successful aging but recent studies suggest a high prevalence of cardiovascular diseases. Some findings on their electrocardiograms (ECGs) are simply age-related and others mirror underlying diseases. We aimed to identify ECG features truly associated with extreme age. Methods: Retrospective analysis of 55 centenarians hospitalized between January 2000 and June 2010. Each centenarian was matched with three octogenarians according to gender, presence of hypertension, aortic stenosis, heart failure, and ischemic heart disease. Results: A history of hypertension was present in 32 (58%) centenarians, aortic stenosis in 6 (11%), heart failure in 8 (15%), and ischemic heart disease in 6 (11%). Centenarians had a higher heart rate than octogenarians (81 ± 15 bpm vs. 72 ± 15 bpm, respectively, P  <  0.001) but were less frequently on beta-blockers (7% vs. 36%, respectively, P < 0.001). Centenarians displayed more frequently atrial premature beats than octogenarians (18% vs. 3%, respectively, P < 0.001) but tended to have less atrial fibrillation (15% vs. 22% respectively, P = 0.21). Centenarians had more frequently left QRS axis deviation (48% vs. 28%, P = 0.009) and Q waves (14% vs. 1%, P = 0.02). QT interval was more prolonged in centenarians (446 ± 42 ms vs. 429 ± 39 ms, P = 0.008). Two centenarians (4%) and 24 (15%) octogenarians had a strictly normal ECG (P = 0.02). Conclusions: Abnormal ECG is a common finding in centenarians, with different characteristics than in younger elderly individuals. These differences are unrelated to the presence of cardiac diseases.
    Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology 10/2012; 17(4):372-377. · 1.08 Impact Factor
  • International journal of cardiology 09/2012; · 7.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cardiac amyloidosis due to familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) includes restrictive cardiomyopathy, thickened cardiac walls, conduction disorders and cardiac denervation. Impaired blood pressure variability has been documented in FAP related to the Val30Met mutation. To document blood pressure variability in FAP patients with various mutation types and its relationship to the severity of cardiac involvement. Blood pressure variability was analysed in 49 consecutive FAP patients and was compared with a matched control population. Cardiac evaluation included echocardiography, right heart catheterization, electrophysiological study, Holter electrocardiogram and metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) scintigraphy. A non-dipping pattern was found in 80% of FAP patients and in 35% of control patients (P<0.0001); this was due to a significantly lower diurnal blood pressure in FAP patients (FAP group, 113 ± 21 mmHg; control group, 124 ± 8 mmHg; P<0.0001), whereas nocturnal blood pressures were similar. Among FAP patients, a non-dipping pattern was significantly associated with haemodynamic involvement, cardiac thickening or conduction disorders. These associations did not depend on the average blood pressure levels. Impaired blood pressure variability was more frequent and more pronounced in patients with multiple criteria for severe cardiac amyloidosis. Low blood pressure variability is common in cardiac amyloidosis due to FAP. A non-dipping pattern was more frequently observed in FAP patients with haemodynamic impairment, cardiac thickening or conduction disorders. It is suggested that impairment of circadian rhythm of blood pressure reflects the severity of cardiac amyloidosis due to FAP.
    Archives of cardiovascular diseases 05/2012; 105(5):281-90. · 0.66 Impact Factor
  • International journal of cardiology 03/2012; 157(2):271-2. · 7.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Recommended medications are under-prescribed in elderly patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), coronary artery disease (CAD), and congestive heart failure (CHF). The relationship between under-prescribing and comorbidity is unclear.Design: Single-day observational study.Methods: Analysis of medications taken by patients aged 80 years or over at the time of their admission to cardiology units of 32 French hospitals. Comorbidity was measured using the Charlson comorbidity index (CCI).Results: The study included 510 patients (57% men, mean age 85 years). History of AF, CHF, and CAD was present in 213 (42%), 199 (39%), and 187 (37%) patients, respectively. CCI was 0 in 110 (22%), 1-2 in 215 (42%), and ≥3 in 185 (36%) patients. Vitamin K antagonists (VKA) were prescribed to 105 (49%) and aspirin to 86 (40%) patients with AF. CCI did not influence VKA prescription but influenced aspirin use, with lower prescription rates in patients with CCI 1-2 than CCI 0 or CCI ≥3 (p = 0.02). In CHF, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) and β-blockers were prescribed to 80 (40%) and 96 (48%) patients, respectively. Rates of prescription of ACEI, β-blockers, statins, and aspirin in patients with CAD were 43%, 56%, 56%, and 66%, respectively. CCI level did not influence any medication use in CHF and CAD.Conclusion: Even in the absence of comorbidity, elderly patients with major cardiovascular diseases are denied from indicated medical treatments probably because of their age alone. Implementing measures to enhance awareness of treatment benefits and promote appropriate prescribing is necessary.
    European journal of preventive cardiology. 03/2012;
  • Serge Cazeau, Ghassan Moubarak
    Europace 12/2011; 14(3):306-7. · 2.77 Impact Factor
  • International journal of cardiology 09/2011; 152(3):410-1. · 7.08 Impact Factor
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    International journal of cardiology 03/2011; 149(3):394-5. · 7.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Facebook is an increasingly popular online social networking site. The purpose of this study was to describe the Facebook activity of residents and fellows and their opinions regarding the impact of Facebook on the doctor-patient relationship. An anonymous questionnaire was emailed to 405 residents and fellows at the Rouen University Hospital, France, in October 2009. Of the 202 participants who returned the questionnaire (50%), 147 (73%) had a Facebook profile. Among responders, 138 (99%) displayed their real name on their profile, 136 (97%) their birthdates, 128 (91%) a personal photograph, 83 (59%) their current university and 76 (55%) their current position. Default privacy settings were changed by 61% of users, more frequently if they were registered for >1&emsp14;year (p=0.02). If a patient requested them as a 'friend', 152 (85%) participants would automatically decline the request, 26 (15%) would decide on an individual basis and none would automatically accept the request. Eighty-eight participants (48%) believed that the doctor-patient relationship would be altered if patients discovered that their doctor had a Facebook account, but 139 (76%) considered that it would change only if the patient had open access to their doctor's profile, independent of its content. Residents and fellows frequently use Facebook and display personal information on their profiles. Insufficient privacy protection might have an impact the doctor-patient relationship.
    Journal of medical ethics 02/2011; 37(2):101-4. · 1.42 Impact Factor
  • International journal of cardiology 02/2011; 147(1):183-4. · 7.08 Impact Factor
  • International journal of cardiology 02/2011; 146(3):461-2. · 7.08 Impact Factor
  • International journal of cardiology 01/2011; 146(2):245-6. · 7.08 Impact Factor
  • Annales De Cardiologie Et D Angeiologie - ANN CARDIOL ANGEIOL. 01/2011; 60(2):118-118.
  • Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases Supplements 01/2011; 3(1):69-69.
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    ABSTRACT: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most frequent cardiac arrhythmia and its prevalence rises with age. AF may cause stroke and heart failure but the relationship between AF and mortality is less clear. It is difficult to determine if cardiovascular events in patients with AF are attributable to the arrhythmia itself or if they are merely related to the comorbidities frequently associated with AF. Review of the literature suggests that lone AF (without structural heart disease), a rare clinical entity except in young patients, is not an independent risk factor for mortality. On the other hand, if illnesses usually associated with AF are present (hypertension, heart failure...), AF has a negative impact on outcome in terms of survival and morbidity. Current antiarrhythmic medications have not shown reduction in mortality of AF patients, but new agents and catheter ablation are promising paths to explore in order to decrease AF burden.
    Annales de cardiologie et d'angeiologie 12/2010; 59 Suppl 1:S14-8. · 0.21 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the world and cardiologists are an important target for the pharmaceutical industry. We evaluated cardiology residents’ exposure to pharmaceutical companies. Methods A survey was sent by e-mail in July 2009 to all residents of the Cardiology and Vascular Diseases program endorsed by the French Society of Cardiology. Results The questionnaire was completed by 149 (56%) residents. Among them, 145 (97%) had at least one promotional item in their white coat. Non-educational gifts (such as pens and notepads) and scientific papers reprints are the most frequently received gifts. Pharmaceutical companies have invited 117 (79%) residents to a local or national congress and 42 (29%) to an international congress. Most residents consider gifts as ethically appropriate, particularly scientific textbooks, invitations to congresses and educational seminars. Among the 128 residents who assessed the value of a gift likely to compromise a physician's judgment, 36 (28%) answered < 100 euros, 51 (40%) between 101 and 1000 euros and 41 (32%) >1000 euros. Conclusions Cardiology residents in France frequently interact with the pharmaceutical industry, receiving not only small gifts but also support to their medical education. Interactions with industry are generally considered appropriate and training on their ethical implications and influence on prescribing could be implemented during residency. Ce qui était connu•Les contacts entre les médecins et l’industrie pharmaceutique sont nombreux et peuvent influencer les habitudes de prescription•Les dispositions légales adoptées en 2007 en France ont rendu ces interactions plus transparentes avec l’obligation d’établir une convention entre les deux parties dans la plupart des cas Ce qu’apporte l’article•Il s’agit de la première évaluation des relations entre internes et industrie menée en France•Les internes de cardiologie sont fréquemment en contact avec les laboratoires, que ce soit à travers de petits cadeaux ou de compléments à leur formation médicale•Les aides d’ordre pédagogique sont perçues plus appropriées sur le plan déontologique que les cadeaux non éducatifs
    La Presse Médicale. 09/2010; 39(9):e197–e204.
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    ABSTRACT: Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the world and cardiologists are an important target for the pharmaceutical industry. We evaluated cardiology residents' exposure to pharmaceutical companies. A survey was sent by e-mail in July 2009 to all residents of the Cardiology and Vascular Diseases program endorsed by the French Society of Cardiology. The questionnaire was completed by 149 (56%) residents. Among them, 145 (97%) had at least one promotional item in their white coat. Non-educational gifts (such as pens and notepads) and scientific papers reprints are the most frequently received gifts. Pharmaceutical companies have invited 117 (79%) residents to a local or national congress and 42 (29%) to an international congress. Most residents consider gifts as ethically appropriate, particularly scientific textbooks, invitations to congresses and educational seminars. Among the 128 residents who assessed the value of a gift likely to compromise a physician's judgment, 36 (28%) answered < 100 euro, 51 (40%) between 101 and 1000 euro and 41 (32%) >1000 euro. Cardiology residents in France frequently interact with the pharmaceutical industry, receiving not only small gifts but also support to their medical education. Interactions with industry are generally considered appropriate and training on their ethical implications and influence on prescribing could be implemented during residency.
    La Presse Médicale 09/2010; 39(9):e197-204. · 0.87 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

28 Citations
66.73 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2012
    • Groupe Hospitalier Saint Vincent
      Strasburg, Alsace, France
  • 2011–2012
    • Hôpital Paris Saint Joseph
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
    • Université de Rennes 1
      Roazhon, Brittany, France
    • Hôpital Ambroise Paré – Hôpitaux universitaires Paris Ile-de-France Ouest
      Billancourt, Île-de-France, France
  • 2010
    • Hôpital La Pitié Salpêtrière (Groupe Hospitalier "La Pitié Salpêtrière - Charles Foix")
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
    • Paris Diderot University
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
    • Hôpital Lariboisière - Fernand-Widal (Hôpitaux Universitaires Sant-Louis, Lariboisière, Fernand-Widal)
      • Service de Cardiologie
      Paris, Ile-de-France, France
  • 2009–2010
    • Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France