Andrzej Gackowski

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AIMS Preliminary studies suggested that tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) was able to identify mutation carriers in familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) before the development of hypertrophy. However, data are limited. We performed a systematic analysis of echocardiography, TDI, and electrocardiogram (ECG) in familial HCM to identify parameters associated(More)
AIMS Comparison of the value of echocardiography and B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) in monitoring response to treatment in patients admitted for acute heart failure (HF). METHODS AND RESULTS Ninety-five consecutive patients admitted with acute HF underwent bedside Doppler echocardiography and BNP measurements on admission, after 24 h of intravenous(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies on the pathophysiology of heart failure indicate the role of neurohormones and immune and inflammatory processes as potential mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis and clinical course of chronic heart failure (CHF). AIM To analyse the relationship between concentrations of brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), endothelin-1 (ET-1),(More)
BACKGROUND Electrocardiographic lead aVR is usually ignored in patients with chest pain. ST segment elevation in aVR may have diagnostic value in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and significant stenosis or obstruction of the left main coronary artery (LMCAS), especially when accompanied by ST segment elevation in lead V(1). AIM To asses the(More)
We report a case of pacemaker endocarditis due to Stenotrophomonas maltophilia in a 22-year-old Caucasian man with d-transposition of the great arteries after atrial switch procedure. S.maltophilia isolated from blood cultures was susceptible to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole and amikacin, and resistant to ciprofloxacin and all tested β-lactam antibiotics.(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY Following the SEAS and SALTIRE studies in moderate-to-severe aortic stenosis (AS), it was postulated that the statin treatment had been initiated far too late during the disease course. Thus, the study aim was to assess the effect of four-week atorvastatin treatment (20 mg/day) on levels of calcification biomarkers in(More)
BACKGROUND The role of inflammatory and hemodynamic stress biomarkers in heart failure (HF) patients treated de novo with beta-blockers has been poorly studied. METHODS A total of 86 patients (age 56 ± 9 years, 81 men) with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) < 40% and previously not treated with beta-blockers were initiated on carvedilol. At(More)
Aims The incidence of diabetic cardiomyopathy, independent of arterial hypertension (AH) and coronary heart disease (CHD), remains controversial. The present study aimed to determine the influence of type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) of long duration (>10 years) on myocardial function estimated by echocardiography (ECHO) and serum level of N-terminal pro-B(More)