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Development of cardiac allograft vasculopathy represents the major determinant of long-term survival in patients after heart transplantation. Due to graft denervation, these patients seldom present with classic symptoms of angina pectoris, and the first clinical presentations are progressive heart failure or sudden cardiac death. Although coronary… (More)
Aim. To identify predictors of 3-month mortality after heart transplantation in a Croatian academic center. Methods. A retrospective review of institutional database identified 117 heart transplantations from January 2008 to July 2014. Two children <14 years were excluded from the study. The remaining 115 patients were dichotomized into survivors and… (More)
IntRODuCtIOn: Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) permits early recognition of myocardial dysfunction.
SUMMARY: Cardiovascular diseases are, despite positive trends and recent treatment advances, still the most common cause of death in the Republic of Croatia, mostly due to coronary artery disease. Croatia has every right to pride itself on the fact that patients with coronary disease are provided with modern, up to date and high-quality care comparable to… (More)