Carolina Lourenço

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INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES Prognosis and in-hospital management of patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and a history of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery are still debated. The objective of this study was to characterize ACS patients with a CABG and to compare their in-hospital and postdischarge outcomes with those of patients without a(More)
AIMS Some patients show such an important clinical improvement and reverse remodelling after cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) that anatomy and function approach normal. These patients have been called 'super-responders'. The aim of our study was to identify predictors of becoming a super-responder after CRT. METHODS AND RESULTS Eighty-seven(More)
INTRODUCTION Previous studies have associated heart failure (HF) of ischemic etiology with worse prognosis compared to HF from non-ischemic cardiomyopathy. HF treatment has evolved significantly in recent years. Has this evolution had an impact on this prognostic gap? OBJECTIVE The aim of our study was to compare patients with advanced HF--nonischemic(More)
Cardiac myxoma is the most common benign cardiac tumor, and 10% of cases are familial forms. The authors present a review of the literature on the Carney complex, and a case report of a 68-year-old man with a cardiac mass, associated with a significant family history and a diagnosis of coronary embolism.
The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) in elderly patients (≥65 years) with younger patients and to assess the impact of comorbidities in CRT remodeling response. This is a prospective study of 87 consecutive patients scheduled for CRT who underwent clinical and echocardiographic evaluation before and(More)
INTRODUCTION Complications at the site of vascular access are the most common adverse events in cardiac catheterization. The use of small gauge catheters may reduce this risk and allow earlier ambulation, the main disadvantage according to some authors being inferior image quality. The aim of our study was to evaluate the safety and image quality of 4(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE Resting heart rate (RHR) is inversely correlated with the average life span of living beings. In coronary patients, increased RHR has been associated with rapid progression of atherosclerosis. The aim of this study was to compare in-hospital and long-term outcome of acute coronary syndromes according to patients' RHR. METHODS We(More)
BACKGROUND In addition to medical therapy, revascularization plays an important role in determining prognosis in the acute setting of unstable angina (UA) or non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). OBJECTIVE To compare in-hospital and medium-term outcome of an invasive versus a conservative strategy in the setting of UA/ NSTEMI. METHODS We(More)
BACKGROUND Renal failure patients have a dismal prognosis in the setting of acute coronary syndromes (ACS). Several studies have shown that this population is undertreated, benefiting less frequently from cardiovascular agents and interventions. The aim of our study was to evaluate patients hospitalized for ACS who also presented renal dysfunction,(More)
INTRODUCTION People with diabetes are at increased risk for heart failure (HF), major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) and death following acute coronary syndromes (ACS). It is important to recognize the most powerful predictors of these events after an ACS as early as possible, in order to address them more aggressively. This is particularly important(More)