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Rosuvastatin versus atorvastatin to prevent contrast induced nephropathy in patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (...
We aimed to compare the incidence of contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) between atorvastatin versus rosuvastatin in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) undergoing primary coronary angioplasty. One hundred ninety-two consecutive patients, who underwent primary percutaneou...
ICD function and dysfunction in patients with arrhythmogenic cardiac diseases: the role of home monitoring.
Since their implementation in clinical practice, remote home monitoring systems (HM) have undoubtedly become an added value in patients with implantable devices for cardiac rhythm management. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of HM on clinical management and outcome in patients wit...
Time-resolved magnetic resonance imaging of contrast kinetics to identify severe tricuspid valve regurgitation.
185 patients (57 +/- 17 years) with TR ranging from no to severe TR were analysed prospectively. 14 (7.6%) patients had severe TR, 27 (14.6%) showed moderate, 137 (74.1%) mild and 7 (3.8%) no TR. TRICKSangiography identified 13 patients with retrograde contrast appearance in the hepatic veins, of wh...
Light cigarette smoking and vascular function.
The present study was undertaken to test the hypothesis that smoking induces peripheral endothelial dysfunction and altered function in central conduit arteries. A total of 22 healthy volunteers (10 women and 12 men; mean age 25.3 +/- 5.8 years) were included. At baseline, brachial artery flowmediat...
Can the heartscan be used for diagnosis and monitoring of emergencies in general practice?
We presumed the heartscan, a handheld wireless device, to be of value to a GP in emergency situations. We therefore studied inter- and intra-observer variability and the accuracy of the screen readings. All consecutive patients visiting the emergency department (ED) of the Gasthuisberg University Ho...
Effects of right ventricular pacing on left ventricular ejection fraction in a pacemaker clinic.
We tested whether LVEF measured by echocardiography between the first measurement at the time of the pacemaker implantation and the last measurement at the time of the last pacemaker control is dependent on the extent of ventricular pacing. Mean follow-up was 3.9 +/- 2.9 years. Mean LVEF most signif...
Ciprofloxacin and the risk for cardiac arrhythmias: culprit delicti or watching bystander?
We report: (i) a case of torsades de pointes (Tdp) associated with oral ciprofloxacin in a patient with concomitant risk factors and (ii) a review of the literature on pharmacokinetic interactions involving ciprofloxacin resulting in cardiac arrhythmias....
Clinical findings associated with cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction in adult sickle cell anaemia patients.
Involvement of the cardiovascular autonomic nervous system in various diseases is often associated with increased morbidity and mortality. The objective of this study was to examine the clinical features associated with cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN) in adu...
Quantitative assessment of right atrial function by strain and strain rate imaging in patients with heart failure.
We sought to evaluate the regional longitudinal strain/strain rate profiles in the right atrial wall to quantify right atrial function in systolic heart failure patients. According to previous studies on the deformational properties of the left atrium, the systolic strain and strain rates represent...
A pericardial hydatid cyst and pregnancy.
A cardiac hydatid cyst in pregnancy is a very rare condition. Surgical intervention followed by medical therapy is the treatment of choice. A hydatid disease in pregnancy is challenging with a varied presentation and manifestation. A pregnant woman presented with a ruptured pericardial cyst diagnose...