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Netherlands Heart Journal

R Pisters, M de Booij, O Reuchlin, S Rasoul
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October 21, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
P Gal, T J Buist, J J J Smit, A Adiyaman, A R Ramdat Misier, P P H M Delnoy, A Elvan
INTRODUCTION: Pulmonary vein (PV) reconnection is frequently the cause of recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) after ablation. The second-generation gold multi-electrode ablation (Gold-MEA) catheter has a new design possibly resulting in improved lesion formation compared with its predecessor. We aimed to determine the association between effective radiofrequency applications with the Gold-MEA catheter and outcome after AF ablation. METHODS: 50 consecutive patients with paroxysmal AF underwent Gold-MEA (PVAC GOLD(TM), Medtronic Inc...
October 17, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
N Berndt, H de Vries, L Lechner, F Van Acker, E S Froelicher, F Verheugt, A Mudde, C Bolman
BACKGROUND: Without assistance, smokers being admitted to the hospital for coronary heart disease often return to regular smoking within a year. OBJECTIVE: This study assessed the 12-month effectiveness of a telephone and a face-to-face counselling intervention on smoking abstinence among cardiac patients. Differential effects for subgroups varying in their socioeconomic status and intention to quit smoking were also studied. METHODS: A randomised controlled trial was used...
October 17, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
D O Verschure, B L F van Eck-Smit, G A Somsen, R J J Knol, H J Verberne
Heart failure is a life-threatening disease with a growing incidence in the Netherlands. This growing incidence is related to increased life expectancy, improvement of survival after myocardial infarction and better treatment options for heart failure. As a consequence, the costs related to heart failure care will increase. Despite huge improvements in treatment, the prognosis remains unfavourable with high one-year mortality rates. The introduction of implantable devices such as implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) and cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) has improved the overall survival of patients with chronic heart failure...
September 27, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
S Tzeis, S Pastromas, A Sikiotis, G Andrikopoulos
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September 16, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
S Tzeis, S Pastromas, A Sikiotis, G Andrikopoulos
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September 16, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
G Galli, K Caliskan, A H M M Balk, R van Domburg, O Birim, J Salerno-Uriarte, O C Manintveld, A A Constantinescu
BACKGROUND: Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) is a multifactorial disease and a major cause of graft failure after heart transplantation. However, the impact of CAV may vary according to the definition and the regional differences in transplantation settings. OBJECTIVES: We sought to assess CAV prevalence, predictors and prognosis in Dutch heart transplant recipients based on coronary angiography, following the 2010 standard nomenclature of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation...
September 1, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
D Mol, M T Rijnierse, G S de Ruiter
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September 1, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
D Mol, M T Rijnierse, G S de Ruiter
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September 1, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
N S Vos, G Amoroso, M J Grundeken, A J J Ijsselmuiden, R J M van Geuns, R Spaargaren, J G P Tijssen, K T Koch
AIM: The aim of this study was to achieve useful insights into pre-hospital management and procedural performance for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) in the Netherlands by extrapolating patient characteristics, and procedural and clinical outcomes of the Dutch patient cohort from the APPOSITION-III trial. METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis from the APPOSITION-III trial with respect to the geographical borders of STEMI management. The APPOSITION-III trial was a European registry for the use of the STENTYS self-expandable stent in STEMI patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI)...
August 31, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
M J van der Pols, T P Mast, P Loh, J F van der Heijden, M J Cramer, R N Hauer, A S J M Te Riele
PURPOSE: With the increased use of genetic testing for arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C), this disease is being increasingly recognised among elderly patients. However, elderly ARVD/C patients were underrepresented in prior cohorts. We aimed to describe the phenotypical characteristics and outcomes among ARVD/C patients surviving ≥50 years. METHODS: We assessed detailed phenotypical data of 29 patients who (1) presented at ≥50 years of age; and (2) fulfilled 2010 Task Force Criteria (TFC) for ARVD/C by last follow-up...
August 31, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
M O Versteylen, M Manca, I A Joosen, D E Schmidt, M Das, L Hofstra, H J Crijns, E A Biessen, B L Kietselaer
BACKGROUND: CC chemokine ligands (CCLs) are elevated during acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and correlate with secondary events. Their involvement in plaque inflammation led us to investigate whether CCL3-5-18 are linked to the extent of coronary artery disease (CAD) and prognostic for primary events during follow-up. METHODS: We measured CCL3-5-18 serum concentrations in 712 patients with chest discomfort referred for cardiac CT angiography. Obstructive CAD was defined as ≥50 % stenosis...
August 29, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
L M de Vries, W A Dijk, C A M Hooijschuur, M J G Leening, B H C Stricker, N M van Hemel
The implantation of cardiac pacemakers has become a well-established therapy for conduction disorders and sinus node dysfunction. In many countries pacemaker registries have been initiated in order to collect information on patient characteristics, trends in numbers and the types of pacemakers used, to identify problematic devices, and for safety monitoring. For this utilisation study the Central Pacemaker Patients Registration (CPPR) from the Netherlands Pacemaker Registry Foundation (CPPR-SPRN) containing data collected for more than 20 years was used...
August 25, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
S Kilic, R S Hermanides, J P Ottervanger, E Kolkman, J H E Dambrink, V Roolvink, A T M Gosselink, E Kedhi, A W J van 't Hof
AIM: This study sought to assess whether radial artery access improves clinical outcomes in patients presenting with acute myocardial infarction compared with femoral artery access. METHODS: This is a single-centre, prospective observational registry of all STEMI and NSTEMI patients who underwent coronary angiography and/or primary PCI in the period January 2010 to December 2013. Primary endpoint was 30-day all-cause mortality. Choice of access was left to the discretion of the cardiologist...
August 25, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
L Cerit, H Duygu, K Gulsen, A Gunsel
AIMS: Statins have favourable effects on the vascular system. However, few data are available regarding the effect of these drugs on patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We sought to determine the impact of prior statin use on coronary blood flow after PCI in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) by using the corrected thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) frame count (CTFC). METHODS: A total of 80 consecutive eligible patients (mean age: 60 ± 7 years, 65 % male) with the diagnosis of stable CAD who were hospitalised for elective PCI were retrospectively enrolled in our study...
August 25, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
M A G M Olimulder, M A Galjee, L J Wagenaar, J van Es, J van der Palen, F C Visser, R C W Vermeulen, C von Birgelen
OBJECTIVE: In chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), only a few imaging and histopathological studies have previously assessed either cardiac dimensions/function or myocardial tissue, suggesting smaller left ventricular (LV) dimensions, LV wall motion abnormalities and occasionally viral persistence that may lead to cardiomyopathy. The present study with cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging is the first to use a contrast-enhanced approach to assess cardiac involvement, including tissue characterisation of the LV wall...
August 25, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
A W den Hartog, R Franken, M P van den Berg, A H Zwinderman, J Timmermans, A J Scholte, V de Waard, A M Spijkerboer, G Pals, B J M Mulder, M Groenink
BACKGROUND: Mild biventricular dysfunction is often present in patients with Marfan syndrome. Losartan has been shown to reduce aortic dilatation in patients with Marfan syndrome. This study assesses the effect of losartan on ventricular volume and function in genetically classified subgroups of asymptomatic Marfan patients without significant valvular regurgitation. METHODS: In this predefined substudy of the COMPARE study, Marfan patients were classified based on the effect of their FBN1 mutation on fibrillin-1 protein, categorised as haploinsufficient or dominant negative...
November 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
A M M Strijbosch, R Zwart, N A Blom, B J Bouma, M Groenink, S M Boekholdt, R de Winter, B J M Mulder, A P Backx
INTRODUCTION: Adolescents with congenital heart disease transition from a paediatric to an adult setting. This is associated with loss-to-follow-up and suboptimal care. Increasing numbers of patients justify a special program. In this study we evaluated the cooperative program between paediatric and adult cardiology departments in a tertiary referral centre. METHODS: In this retrospective study, patients with congenital heart disease with at least one appointment scheduled at the transition program between January 2010 and January 2015 were included...
November 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
N L P Starmans, G J Krings, M M C Molenschot, F van der Stelt, J M P J Breur
BACKGROUND: Children with aortic coarctations (CoA) are increasingly percutaneously treated. Good visualisation of the CoA is mandatory and can be obtained with three-dimensional rotational angiography (3DRA). This study aims to compare the diagnostic and therapeutic additional value of 3DRA with conventional biplane angiography (CA) in children with a CoA. METHODS: Patients undergoing percutaneous treatment of CoA with balloon angioplasty (BA) or stent between 2003 and 2015, were retrospectively reviewed on success rate, complications, radiation and technical settings...
November 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
M J Schuuring, A P Backx, R Zwart, A H Veelenturf, D Robbers-Visser, M Groenink, A Abu-Hanna, N Bruining, M P Schijven, B J Mulder, B J Bouma
OBJECTIVE: Many adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) are affected lifelong by cardiac events, particularly arrhythmias and heart failure. Despite the care provided, the cardiac event rate remains high. Mobile health (mHealth) brings opportunities to enhance daily monitoring and hence timely response in an attempt to improve outcome. However, it is not known if adults with CHD are currently using mHealth and what type of mHealth they may need in the near future. METHODS: Consecutive adult patients with CHD who visited the outpatient clinic at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam were asked to fill out questionnaires...
November 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
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