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)
BACKGROUND The aim was to assess clinical, angiographic and cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) findings in patients with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. METHODS Between 2003 and 2007, 20 consecutive patients admitted to our hospital with suspected acute myocardial infarction and presenting with apical ballooning in the left ventricular (LV) angiogram in(More)
AIMS Improved prognosis of patients with chronic systolic heart failure by treatment with beta-blockers has been shown in several randomized controlled multicentre trials. However, in clinical practice only a part of heart failure patients meet the inclusion criteria of these trials. The present study evaluates whether reduction of mortality by(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)
BACKGROUND Studies on the benefit of methods for protection of the hypertrophied immature myocardium are rare and controversial. METHODS We assessed the effects of (1) rapid cooling by topical hypothermia alone, (2) slow prearrest cooling by coronary perfusion hypothermia, and (3) cardioplegic cardiac arrest with St. Thomas' Hospital solution no. 2 for(More)
This case report describes successful catheter ablation of an ectopic focus in the left ventricular outflow tract just beyond the aortic valve. Extended pace-mapping revealed a focus about 1 cm beneath the origin of the left coronary artery--above the base of the left coronary cusp. During a follow-up of 1 year no further spontaneous episode of ventricular(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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