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AIMS This trial was designed to test the hypothesis that shock efficacy during follow-up is not impaired in patients implanted without defibrillation (DF) testing during first implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantation. METHODS AND RESULTS Between February 2011 and July 2013, 1077 patients were randomly assigned (1 : 1) to first time ICD(More)
OBJECTIVES This prospective study investigated the prevalence of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and its predictors in patients with stable chronic heart failure (HF). BACKGROUND SDB is increasingly recognized as being important in patients with HF. METHODS The multicenter SchlaHF (Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Heart Failure) registry provides(More)
BACKGROUND Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death due to ventricular tachycardia (VT), and myocardial fibrosis reflects an important risk factor. Several matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and procollagen N-terminal propeptides (PNPs) are involved in collagen turnover and discussed as fibrosis(More)
BACKGROUND Systemic treatment has proven to improve physical symptoms in patients with advanced cancer. Relationship between quality of life (QoL) or symptom burden (SYB) and treatment efficacy (tumour response and survival) is poorly described. Therefore, we evaluated the predictive value of pretreatment QoL and SYB on treatment outcomes. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Except for dementia and depression, little is known about common mental disorders in elderly people. AIMS To estimate current, 12-month and lifetime prevalence rates of mental disorders in different European and associated countries using a standardised diagnostic interview adapted to measure the cognitive needs of elderly people. METHOD The(More)
Propensity scoring (PS) is an established tool to account for measured confounding in non-randomized studies. These methods are sensitive to missing values, which are a common problem in observational data. The combination of multiple imputation of missing values and different propensity scoring techniques is addressed in this work. For a sample of lymph(More)
The aim of this study was to measure line segments and areas of sella turcica on lateral cephalograms with respect to the clinical diagnosis of facial phenotype of patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). Special attention was given to correlate the measured values with certain tumour types that are typical for this disease. Material and methods:(More)
BACKGROUND Although the radial forearm free flap (RFF) is a commonly used microvascular graft for head and neck reconstruction, long-term biomechanical results regarding donor site morbidity are rare. PATIENTS AND METHODS In a prospective panel study, 32 patients were included. Biomechanical assessment was performed preoperatively, three months(More)
BACKGROUND Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common cause of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in young adults, mainly ascribed to ventricular tachycardia (VT). Assuming that VT is the major cause of (pre-) syncope in HCM patients, its occurrence is essential for SCD risk stratification and primarily preventive ICD-implantation. However, evidence of VT(More)
  • Christian Voigt, Julia Münch, +4 authors Monica Patten
  • 2017
BACKGROUND Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is characterized by asymmetric left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). However, clinical signs can be subtle and differentiation from other causes of LVH is challenging. HYPOTHESIS As diastolic dysfunction (DD) is an early sign in HCM, we aimed to find regional changes in relaxation pattern for differentiation from(More)