Andreas Kilkowski

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BACKGROUND The maximal oxygen uptake (peak VO2) is used in risk stratification of patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). Peak VO2 might be lower than maximally possible if exercise is stopped early because of lack of patient motivation or premature cessation by the investigator. In contrast, the anaerobic threshold (VO2AT) and the ventilatory efficiency(More)
A 46-year-old Caucasian man presented with atypical chest pain and episodic shortness of breath. He had no particular risk factors for coronary artery disease but had a history of heavy alcohol consumption (5 L beer/day). Transthoracic echocardiography showed a mildly dilated left ventricle and inferior wall hypokinesia. The patient underwent coronary(More)
INTRODUCTION Tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy (stress-induced cardiomyopathy or transient left ventricular ballooning) is characterized by clinical suspicion of an acute myocardial infarction with transient apical or midventricular dyskinesia of the left ventricle without significant coronary stenosis on angiography. The etiology of this disease remains obscure.(More)
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