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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...
Delayed tamponade triggering Dressler's syndrome after pulmonary vein isolation.
We present a 68-year-old female patient who develops cardiac tamponade requiring pericardiocentesis 12 days after AF ablation. Subsequently, the tamponade triggers a Dressler syndrome with repetitive pleural effusions only adequately responsive to corticosteroids....
Extensive antiarrhythmic drugs after catheter ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation.
We now report the 12-month follow-up data in this prospective and randomized study. 123 consecutive patients with persistent AF undergoing catheter ablation were randomly divided into an extensive AADs therapy group (group 1:62 patients using both class Ic and III AADs) or one AAD therapy group (gro...
Elevated troponin T levels in a female carrier of Duchenne muscular dystrophy with normal coronary angiogram: a case report and review of th...
We present the case of a 48-year-old female carrier of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) with repeatedly documented levels of elevated troponin T without arguments for cardiac ischaemia. Elevated levels of troponin T are frequently reported in DMD patients and may function as a useful cardiac index...
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...
Primary pulmonary artery rhabdomyosarcoma.
A 69-year-old woman presented with a 4-month history of dyspnoea and radiating upper-right quadrant pain and oedema in her lower extremities for more than 20 days. The ultrasonographic study of the heart revealed the adherence of a substantive hypoechoic mass (73 x 34 mm) to the antelateral wall of...