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Perioperative anticoagulant prophylaxis for postoperative venous thromboembolism (VTE) in neurosurgical patients has not gained wide acceptance due to the fear of intracranial bleeding. Physical methods give a worthwhile reduction of postoperative VTE but there still remains a substantial residual incidence. In other clinical indications, low molecular(More)
Thyrotoxicosis increases endogenous glucose production (EGP) and induces hepatic insulin resistance. We have recently shown that these alterations can be modulated by selective hepatic sympathetic and parasympathetic denervation, pointing to neurally mediated effects of thyroid hormone on glucose metabolism. Here, we investigated the effects of central(More)
OBJECTIVE Pulmonary arterial hypertension due to congenital heart disease (CHD-PAH) has a poor prognosis. We sought to determine whether the biomarker high-sensitivity troponin T (hsTnT) measured on routine visit at the outpatient clinic is associated with prognosis. PATIENTS Consecutive adult CHD-PAH (86% Eisenmenger syndrome) patients referred for(More)
BACKGROUND The aging congenital heart disease (CHD) population is prone to develop a variety of sequelae, including pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Previous prevalence estimates are limited in applicability due to the use of tertiary centers, or database encoding only. We aimed to investigate the contemporary prevalence of PAH in adult CHD patients,(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with CHD-PAH have a limited prognosis. In daily practice, combination therapy is often initiated after a clinical event. Although clinical events have been associated with a poor prognosis in idiopathic PAH, data on this association are limited in CHD-PAH. The aim of this study was to determine whether baseline characteristics and(More)
BACKGROUND Adults with pulmonary arterial hypertension due to congenital heart disease (PAH-CHD) have a poor prognosis. Identifying patients with a high risk for clinical events and death is important because their prognosis can be improved by intensifying their treatment. Cystatin C, a novel cardiac biomarker, correlates with right ventricular dimensions(More)
BACKGROUND Advanced treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in congenital heart disease (CHD) is increasingly applied worldwide following the-mainly Western world based-international PAH-CHD guidelines. However, studies comparing clinical presentation and outcome after the initiation of PAH-specific treatment are lacking. We aimed to analyse this(More)