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Acta Cardiologica

Suncica Stankovic, Slobodan Obradovic, Boris Dzudovic, Nemanja Djenic, Radoslav Romanovic, Zoran Jovic, Marijan Spasic, Obrad Djuric, Dragana Malovic, Milena Stavric, Vesna Subota
BACKGROUND: Activity of protein C has important role in the development of early necrosis and no-reflow phenomenon in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) after successful primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI). METHODS: We examined association between plasma activity of protein C, antithrombin, coagulation factors II, VII, VIII and fibrinogen to early formation of new Q-waves (myocardial necrosis) before pPCI and early ST-segment resolution (microcirculatory reperfusion) after pPCI in patients with acute STEMI...
September 11, 2018: Acta Cardiologica
Jakub Rychlik, Ivan Hornacek, Miloslav Tejc, Erik Petrikovits, Zdenek Klimsa
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to analyse the consequence of radial or femoral access during coronary interventions to radiation dose, fluorography time and a number of pseudoaneurysms following each type of intervention. BACKGROUND: According to the results of many recent studies (RIVAL, RIFLE-STEACS, STEMI RADIAL), current guidelines favour radial over femoral access during coronary intervention for safety, especially in cases of acute coronary syndromes...
September 7, 2018: Acta Cardiologica
Yavuz Karabağ, Tufan Çınar, Metin Çağdaş, İbrahim Rencüzoğulları, Veysel Ozan Tanık
BACKGROUND: The recent reclassification of heart failure (HF) patients in the 2016 European Society of Cardiology HF guidelines according to the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) has created a 'grey area' consisting of midrange ejection fraction (mrEF) HF patients with LVEFs of 40-49%. Additionally, there is limited data regarding the in-hospital and long-term prognoses of patients with an mrEF after an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the baseline characteristics, in-hospital and long-term mortalities, clinical events in mrEF, preserved ejection fraction (pEF), and reduced ejection fraction (rEF) patients during their hospital stays in a cohort of consecutive STEMI patients who underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)...
August 23, 2018: Acta Cardiologica
N Brasier, S Engelter, T Kolbitsch, A Tabord, J Knobeloch, M Kühne, D Conen, C Traenka, T Kreutzberger, G Völlmin, J Eckstein
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is related to an increased stroke risk. At present, differentiation between patients with paroxysmal AF (pAF) and without is only possible during AF episodes and not during sinus rhythm. If AF could be diagnosed more quickly and reliably, anticoagulation therapy may be administered and prevent from cardioembolic strokes. The DETECT AF trial evaluated the hypothesis that propagation of electric activities in patients with pAF differs from propagation in healthy atria and that this can be detected with a three-dimensional electrocardiogram in patients during sinus rhythm...
August 19, 2018: Acta Cardiologica
Serdar Bozyel, Mujdat Aktas, Ferit Onur Mutluer, Tumer Erdem Guler, Emir Dervis, Onur Argan, Umut Celikyurt, Aysen Agir, Ahmet Vural
BACKGROUND: A long-detection interval (LDI) programming has been proved to reduce shock therapy in patients who underwent de novo implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation. We aimed to evaluate effectiveness and safety of this new strategy in old ICD recipients. METHODS: We included 147 primary prevention patients with ischaemic and non-ischaemic aetiology. Conventional setting parameters (18 of 24 intervals to detect ventricular arrhythmias (VA's)) were reprogrammed with LDI strategy (30 of 40 intervals to detect VA's)...
July 28, 2018: Acta Cardiologica
Elisabeth Paramythiotou, Konstantina Ntai, George Dimopoulos, Apostolos Armaganidis
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 13, 2018: Acta Cardiologica
Krishna Kumar Mohanan Nair, Narayanan Namboodiri, Kartik Sambaturu, Ajitkumar Valaparambil
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 5, 2018: Acta Cardiologica
Napatt Kanjanahattakij, Pattara Rattanawong, Parasuram Krishnamoorthy, Benjamin Horn, Pakawat Chongsathidkiet, Veronica Garvia, Prapaipan Putthapiban, Natee Sirinvaravong, Vincent M Figueredo
INTRODUCTION: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is one of the most comorbid conditions in critically ill patients requiring intensive care unit (ICU). Multiple studies have suggested that there may be an association between new-onset AF and adverse outcome in critically ill patients. However, there are no meta-analyses to assess this association. METHODS: Studies were systematically searched from electronic databases. Studies that examined the relationship between new-onset AF and adverse outcomes including mortality and length of stay in ICU patients were included...
July 5, 2018: Acta Cardiologica
Katrien Van Kolen, Jerrold Spapen, Marc Vaerenberg
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 5, 2018: Acta Cardiologica
Pierre-Vladimir Ennezat, Patrick Bruneval, Olivier Stephanov, Olivier Chavanon
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2018: Acta Cardiologica
Maarten Vanhaverbeke, Keir McCutcheon, Christophe Dubois, Johan Bennett
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2018: Acta Cardiologica
Muthiah Subramanian, Mukund A Prabhu, Selva Saravanan, Rajesh Thachathodiyl
BACKGROUND: The utility of biomarkers for prognostication of long term outcomes in patients with anaemia and heart failure(HF) is not well defined. The objective of this study was to assess the ability of a novel biomarker, bio-width index (BWI),to improve risk stratification in patients with anaemia and acutely decompensated heart failure(ADHF), in comparison to conventional markers, B-type natriuretic peptide(BNP) and red- cell distribution width(RDW). METHODS: Data from 1569 consecutive patients with ADHF treated at a multidisciplinary HF unit was analysed in this study...
August 2018: Acta Cardiologica
Rubina Mulchandani, Tanica Lyngdoh, Praloy Chakraborty, Ashish Kumar Kakkar
BACKGROUND: Statins are the most widely prescribed class of drugs for coronary artery disease (CAD) patients and yet literature on the prevalence of statin related adverse effects (AEs) and gaps in patient education is quite limited especially in resource-limited settings of developing world. OBJECTIVES: The present study was conducted to determine the prevalence of myopathy (muscle ailments) and other statin associated adverse effects among CAD patients on statin therapy...
August 2018: Acta Cardiologica
Nicolas Geis, Philip Raake, Markus Lewening, Derliz Mereles, Emmanuel Chorianopoulos, Lutz Frankenstein, Hugo A Katus, Raffi Bekeredjian, Sven T Pleger
BACKGROUND: Occurrence of severe mitral valve (MV) regurgitation (MR) is an independent negative predictor of mortality in patients with severe systolic heart failure (HF). This study examines clinical effects and cardiac reverse remodelling in patients with severe systolic HF receiving percutaneous mitral valve repair (PMVR) using MitraClip in comparison to patients receiving optimal medical therapy only. METHODS: Between 2010 and 2014, 86 patients (Society of Thoracic Surgeons score: 10...
August 2018: Acta Cardiologica
Claude Hanet, Marc J Claeys, Marc Carlier, Walter Desmet
BACKGROUND: The recent increase in the number of interventional cathlabs that followed a moratorium of several years has resulted in an abrupt increase in the number of PCI and a dilution of the experience per centre and per operator. METHODS: Based on data extracted from the national "Quality Oriented Electronic Registration of Medical Implant Devices" (QERMID) database, we compared the characteristics and outcome of patients treated in 2015 in the 21 newly (<3 years) approved PCI centres with those of patients treated in the 28 historical PCI centres...
August 2018: Acta Cardiologica
Andrie G Panayiotou, Jonas Spaak, Majid Kalani
BACKGROUND: Patients with kidney dysfunction are at risk of developing ischaemic heart disease. We investigated the association between eGFR and early-, mid- and long-term clinical outcome in patients undergoing coronary angiography and intervention. METHODS: Retrospective study on 4968 patients with complete data on eGFR, 65% male and aged 32-80 years, admitted to Danderyd University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden for coronary angiography and intervention from 2006 to 2008...
August 2018: Acta Cardiologica
Satoshi Kurisu, Yoji Sumimoto, Hiroki Ikenaga, Ken Ishibashi, Yukihiro Fukuda, Yasuki Kihara
BACKGROUND: Even intermediate QRS prolongation without bundle branch block is associated with worse clinical outcome after myocardial infarction (MI). We assessed the association of QRS duration with left ventricular (LV) volume and ejection fraction after anterior MI by using quantitative gated single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). METHODS: Eighty-two patients with prior anterior MI were enrolled. Intermediate QRS prolongation was defined as QRS duration ≥100 ms without bundle branch block...
August 2018: Acta Cardiologica
George Karlis, Sevasti Afantenou
Since the publication of 2000 guidelines for resuscitation, amiodarone is considered the antiarrhythmic drug of choice for refractory ventricular fibrillation/pulseless ventricular tachycardia. However, to date there is no proven benefit in terms of neurologically intact survival to hospital discharge. A comprehensive search of the recent literature on amiodarone, nifekalant and lidocaine in cardiac arrest was performed. Amiodarone and nifekalant are superior to lidocaine with regards to the return of spontaneous circulation and survival to hospital admission...
August 2018: Acta Cardiologica
Luc De Roy, Olivier Xhaët
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2018: Acta Cardiologica
Dominique Hansen, An Soors, Valerie Deluyker, Ines Frederix, Paul Dendale
BACKGROUND: Electrical assisted bicycles (EAB's) could be used to overcome barriers and difficulties to outdoor cycling and thus assist in achieving a sufficient physical activity level in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients, but it is unknown whether sufficient exercise intensities and volumes could be elicited during cycling on EAB's. In this study we examined, for the first time, the acute physiological impact of electrical support during outdoor cycling in CAD patients (ISRCTN32238279)...
August 2018: Acta Cardiologica
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