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B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) is often used as a complementary finding in the diagnostic work-up of patients with aortic stenosis (AS). Whether soluble ST2, a new biomarker of cardiac stretch, is associated with symptomatic status and outcome in asymptomatic AS is unknown. sST2 and BNP levels were measured in 86 patients (74±13 years; 59 asymptomatic,(More)
OBJECTIVES Ventilator-associated pneumonia diagnosis remains a debatable topic. New definitions of ventilator-associated conditions involving worsening oxygenation have been recently proposed to make surveillance of events possibly linked to ventilator-associated pneumonia as objective as possible. The objective of the study was to confirm the effect of(More)
In patients with heart failure, exercise echocardiography can help in risk stratification and decision making. The prognostic significance of exercise pulmonary hypertension (PH) in patients with secondary mitral regurgitation (MR) remains unknown. The aim of the present study was to assess the prognostic value of exercise PH in patients with secondary MR(More)
Echocardiography is one of the most powerful diagnostic and monitoring tools available to the modern emergency/ critical care practitioner. Currently, there is a lack of specific European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging/Acute Cardiovascular Care Association recommendations for the use of echocardiography in acute cardiovascular care. In this document,(More)
BACKGROUND Elevated resting heart rate is associated with worse outcomes in chronic heart failure (HF) but little is known about its prognostic impact in acute setting. The main aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between resting heart rate obtained 24-36h after admission for acute non-arrhythmic HF and in-hospital mortality. METHODS(More)
Diabetic patients frequently develop heart failure and have a guarded prognosis because of the combination of diabetic cardiomyopathy, hypertension and ischaemic heart disease. The lack of patient awareness of the association between diabetes and cardiovascular disease contributes to the risk of heart failure in the diabetic population. Therefore,(More)
Heart failure is a major public health problem in industrialized countries. Its prognosis remains poor. The new European recommendations for heart failure management allow validation of the latest advances in the field. This article focuses on the definition, classification and treatment of chronic heart failure. Indeed, there are new aspects to consider(More)
Numerous epidemiological studies have shown that a high resting heart rate is associated with an increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, particularly in heart failure. The resting heart rate is not only a risk marker in heart failure, but it is also a risk factor, i.e., modifying heart rate also modifies the risk. Chronotropic drugs have shown(More)
Phenotypic approach of the treatment of coronary artery disease and heart failure used in prospective randomized trials has contributed to significantly improve patieni prognosis. However, gene polymorphisms have been shown to be able to alter treatment efficacy with anti-platelets, beta-blockers or ACE-inhibitors in these settings. As suggested by several(More)
Heart failure is defined by precise criteria associating clinical signs and cardiac abnormalities. The exploration for signs and symptoms must be associated with the systematic realization of an electrocardiogram, a chest X-ray and an echocardiogram to rapidly obtain the diagnosis and direct the patient to an adapted complementary clarification. Other(More)