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Acta Cardiologica

Luc De Roy, Dominique Blommaert
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September 12, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
Fatih Gungoren, Tunay Senturk, Alper Ozturk, Kerem Koz, Emre Sarandol, Dilek Yesilbursa, Sumeyye Gullulu, Guven Ozkaya, Ali Aydinlar
BACKGROUND: This study examined whether the serum PON1 activity is different in patients with ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDCM) and nonischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy (NDCM) and the relation between the serum PON1 activity and serum pro-BNP levels. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this study, we enrolled 60 patients with left ventricular systolic failure (New York Heart Association [NYHA] class III-IV) and a left ventricular ejection fraction (EF) < 40% as determined by echocardiography and 30 healthy subjects...
September 12, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
Giacinto Calculli, Rocco Contuzzi, Marco Matteo Ciccone, Cataldo Loiodice, Francesca Cortese
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September 12, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
Emine Kilic-Toprak, Olga Yaylali, Yalin Tolga Yaylali, Yasin Ozdemir, Dogangun Yuksel, Hande Senol, Tarık Sengoz, Melek Bor-Kucukatay
BACKGROUND: Cardiac syndrome X (CSX) is often described as angina or angina-like chest pain with a normal coronary arteriogram, yet the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms have not been fully elucidated. The aim of the current study was to determine alterations in blood rheology (erythrocyte aggregation and deformability, plasma viscosity - PV) in patients with CSX. METHODS: The study comprised 26 CSX patients (55.77 ± 12.33 years) and 37 age- and sex-matched (56...
September 11, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
Moo Hyun Kim, Chae-Eun Kim, Sung-Whan Kim
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to investigate the molecular mechanisms and effect of rosuvastatin on adhesion molecule induction in human endothelial cells under high-glucose conditions (HG). METHODS AND RESULTS: The effects of rosuvastatin on vascular cell adhesion molecule (VCAM)-1 production and pERK phosphorylation were measured in HG-induced human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) with inhibitors targeting the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signal pathway...
September 8, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
B Al-Atia, B Vandenberk, G Vörös, C Garweg, J Ector, R Willems
BACKGROUND: There is growing evidence that routine defibrillation threshold (DFT) testing during implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation is not necessary. However a small group of patients might be at risk if no DFT testing is performed. METHODS: Patients with a new pectoral ICD implantation in our hospital between 2006 and 2014 were included in a retrospective registry. A clinical high DFT was defined as a safety margin <10 J of the maximal device output...
September 8, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
Adnan Dogan, Muhammed Oylumlu
OBJECTIVE: Cardiac syndrome X (CSX) is typically identified with ischaemia in treadmill exercise test or stress myocardial perfusion scintigraphy as well as angina-like chest pain without stenosis in coronary angiography. The purpose of the present study is to investigate the association between cardiac syndrome X and monocyte-to-HDL cholesterol ratio (MHR) which is a new marker associated with inflammation. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 230 patients (105 patients with cardiac syndrome X and 125 normal controls) were included in the study...
August 30, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
Arno Téblick, Wies Vanderbruggen, Tom Vandendriessche, Johan Bosmans, Steven Els Frans Haine, Hielko Miljoen, Vincent Segers, Kristien Wouters, Christiaan Vrints, Marc J Claeys
BACKGROUND: Radial access (RA) and vascular closure devices (VCD) have been shown to be superior to transfemoral access (TFA) with regard to the prevention of vascular complications after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). OBJECTIVE: The present study evaluates whether RA is associated with less vascular complications and a lower mortality than VCD. METHODS: A total of 6999 consecutive PCI patients were studied through a single-centre prospective registry from January 2011 to August 2015...
August 29, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
Michel X Lamotte, Sara Chimenti, Gael Deboeck, Alexis Gillet, Raymond Kacelenenbogen, Jonathan Strapart, Frédéric Vandeneynde, Guido Van Nooten, Martine Antoine
BACKGROUND: With more than 15,000 implanted patients worldwide and a survival rate of 80% at 1-year and 59% at 5-years, left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation has become an interesting strategy in the management of heart failure patients who are resistant to other kinds of treatment. There are limited data in the literature on the change over time of exercise capacity in LVAD patients, as well as limited knowledge about the beneficial effects that rehabilitation might have on these patients...
August 28, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
Michael V Fedewa, Elizabeth D Hathaway, Simon Higgins, Ronald L Forehand, Michael D Schmidt, Ellen M Evans
BACKGROUND: Sprint interval cycle training is a contemporary popular mode of training but its relative efficacy, under conditions of matched energy expenditure, to reduce risk factors for cardiometabolic disease is incompletely characterised, especially in young women. The purpose of this investigation was to determine the relative efficacy of six weeks of moderate-intensity cycling (MOD-C) and vigorous sprint-interval cycling (VIG-SIC) on lipid profile, insulin (INS) and insulin resistance using the homeostatic model assessment (HOMA-IR) and C-reactive protein (CRP) in inactive, overweight/obese (OW/OB) young women...
August 28, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
Kerem Can Yilmaz, Ugur Abbas Bal, Emir Karacaglar, Kaan Okyay, Alp Aydinalp, Aylin Yildirir, Haldun Muderrisoglu
OBJECTIVE: Osteopontin is a component of atherosclerotic lesions, secreted by monocytes, macrophages and endothelial and vascular smooth muscle cells, which together are responsible for neointimal proliferation. We examined whether elevated plasma osteopontin concentration was associated with in-stent restenosis in patients with coronary artery disease. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We enrolled 91 patients who underwent coronary artery stenting, and 60 control patients with normal findings on coronary angiography, between June 2012 and September 2013...
August 25, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
Sofie Rosier, Jan Breuls, Philippe Dewolf, Koen Ameloot
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August 25, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
Thomas Nguyen, Martine Antoine, Frédéric Vanden Eynden, Guido Van Nooten, Bachar El Oumeiri
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August 22, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
Guozhi Xia, Di Fan, Xiaowei Yao, Gongchang Guan, Junkui Wang
OBJECTIVE: The management of patients with intermediate coronary lesions is a major clinical issue. Fractional flow reserve (FFR) is considered the gold criterion for the assessment of ischaemic stenosis, but it requires an invasive procedure. Coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) for fractional flow reserve (FFRCT) is a novel noninvasive alternative for the diagnosis of ischaemic lesions. The aim was to determine the diagnostic efficacy of FFRCT for ischaemic coronary artery stenosis lesions of intermediate severity...
August 22, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
Abdolkarim Mobasher Jannat, Parichehr Shahlavi-Monavvar
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August 22, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
Shu Yoshihara, Masaki Matsunaga, Shioto Suzuki, Toshiyuki Suzuki, Masaaki Naito
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August 22, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
Krishna Kumar Mohanan Nair, Narayanan Namboodiri, Sreevilasam Pushpangadhan Abhilash, Ajitkumar Valaparambil
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August 22, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
Erwin Ströker, Carlo de Asmundis, Gian-Battista Chierchia
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August 22, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
Wouter Holvoet, Imad Al Younis, Joan Gerard Meeder
Prosthetic valve endocarditis (PVE) is a serious infection with potentially fatal consequences. Early detection is crucial for successful management and outcome. The diagnosis of PVE is challenging and is based on the Duke criteria (DC) in which echocardiography plays a crucial role. However, transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography have less diagnostic value in PVE compared to native valve endocarditis. Combined computed tomography and fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission is a new technique providing improved diagnostic accuracy in PVE...
August 22, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
Crochan J O'Sullivan, Alain M Bernheim, Franz R Eberli
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August 22, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
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