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In 45 patients with coronary bypass grafts, the breath-hold interval with and that without preoxygenation was measured. Its effect on depiction of the distal graft anastomosis at electron-beam tomography was evaluated. Preoxygenation prolonged the breath-hold interval in most patients, thereby allowing greater anatomic coverage including more distal(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the potential of a new detection tool for multislice CT (MSCT) coronary angiography with automatic display of curved multiplanar reformations and orthogonal cross-sections. MATERIALS AND METHODS Thirty-five patients were consecutively enrolled in a prospective intention-to-diagnose study and examined using a MSCT scanner with 16 x(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to compare left ventricular (LV) function assessed with multislice computed tomography (MSCT), biplane cineventriculography (CVG), and transthoracic echocardiography (Echo), with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the reference standard. BACKGROUND With the same data as acquired for noninvasive coronary angiography, MSCT enables(More)
BACKGROUND Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is a promising therapy for patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) and high perioperative risk. New echocardiographic methods, including 2D Strain analysis, allow the more accurate measurement of left ventricular (LV) systolic function. The goal of this study was to describe the course of LV(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the relation between radioisotopic and echocardiographic markers of myocardial viability and their correlation with functional recovery after coronary revascularization. Myocardial viability can be detected by techniques exploring various aspects of cell physiology: thallium-201 scintigraphy and dobutamine and(More)
BACKGROUND Multislice computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are the main candidates for noninvasive coronary angiography; however, multislice CT, unlike MRI, exposes patients to radiation and an iodinated intravenous contrast agent. OBJECTIVE To compare the diagnostic accuracy of multislice CT and MRI for noninvasive detection of(More)
BACKGROUND In patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and severe congestive heart failure, immunoadsorption (IA) and subsequent IgG substitution leads to an acute and prolonged hemodynamic improvement. Goal of this study was to investigate the long-term effect of immunoadsorption on morbidity. METHODS In a retrospective analysis of 34 patients (17(More)
BACKGROUND Participation of older men in endurance races continues to increase. Recent studies on marathon runners raised concerns about a transient myocardial dysfunction and damage. The aim of our study was to compare the extent of marathon-induced myocardial dysfunction in young and older runners and to identify its potential correlation to elevated(More)
BACKGROUND Two-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography is the most widely used diagnostic approach in the rare entity of heart tumors. The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic usefulness of three-dimensional echocardiography in comparison with the two-dimensional technique in a rare clinical setting. METHODS Twenty-seven patients (18 women;(More)
We performed bronchial artery embolizations (BAE) using platinum coils with Dacron fibres in 30 consecutive patients with haemoptysis due to bronchial carcinoma. The aim of the study was to compare immediate results of bleeding cessation, recurrence and survival rates with a historical control group of 15 patients with tumorous pulmonary bleeding who were(More)