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IMPORTANCE Risk stratification of patients with nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy is primarily based on left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). Superior prognostic factors may improve patient selection for implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) and other management decisions. OBJECTIVE To determine whether myocardial fibrosis (detected by late(More)
OBJECTIVES This study investigated whether T1 mapping by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) reflects the clinical evolution of disease in myocarditis and supports its diagnosis independently of the disease stages. BACKGROUND Acute viral myocarditis is characterized by a range of intracellular changes due to viral replication and extracellular spill of(More)
OBJECTIVES The goal of this study was to assess the prognostic significance of midwall and infarct patterns of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) in aortic stenosis. BACKGROUND Myocardial fibrosis occurs in aortic stenosis as part of the hypertrophic response. It can be detected by LGE, which is associated with an adverse prognosis in a range of other(More)
OBJECTIVES The study sought to examine prognostic relevance of T1 mapping parameters (based on a T1 mapping method) in nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (NIDCM) and compare them with conventional markers of adverse outcome. BACKGROUND NIDCM is a recognized cause of poor clinical outcome. NIDCM is characterized by intrinsic myocardial remodeling due to(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is the gold standard non-invasive method for determining left ventricular (LV) mass and volume but has not been used previously to characterise the LV remodeling response in aortic stenosis. We sought to investigate the degree and patterns of hypertrophy in aortic stenosis using CMR. METHODS Patients with(More)
BACKGROUND T1 mapping is a robust and highly reproducible application to quantify myocardial relaxation of longitudinal magnetisation. Available T1 mapping methods are presently site and vendor specific, with variable accuracy and precision of T1 values between the systems and sequences. We assessed the transferability of a T1 mapping method and determined(More)
PURPOSE To compare myocardial T1 against T2 and T2* in patients with thalassemia major (TM) for myocardial iron characterization. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 106 TM patients (29 ± 10 years; 58 males) were studied on a 1.5 Tesla scanner using dedicated T1, T2*, and T2 relaxometry sequences. A single mid-ventricular short axis slice was acquired within(More)
AIMS Neuregulin-1 (NRG-1) plays a critical role in the adaptation of the heart to injury, inhibiting apoptosis and inducing cardiomyocyte proliferation. We have shown previously that rhNRG-1 improves cardiac function and survival in animal models of cardiomyopathy. Here we report the first human study aimed at exploring the acute and chronic haemodynamic(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to determine imaging predictors of aortic regurgitation (AR) after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and the agreement and reproducibility of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR), cardiac computed tomography (CCT), and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in aortic root assessment. BACKGROUND The(More)