Charlotte van Laar

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AIM To evaluate trends in the risk of local recurrences after breast-conserving treatment (BCT) and to examine the impact of local recurrence (LR) on distant relapse-free survival in a large, population-based cohort of women aged ≤40 years with early-stage breast cancer. METHODS All women (n=1143) aged ≤40 years with early-stage (pT1-2/cT1-2, N0-2, M0)(More)
BACKGROUND Physical activity (PA) reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and physically active survivors of a cardiac event are at lower risk of recurrent events. We hypothesized that patients with a decreased PA, undergoing cardiac surgery, are at higher risk for a postoperative complicated recovery (PCR). METHODS Three thousand three hundred eighty(More)
The purpose of this study was to update the current evidence regarding the efficacy and safety of the totally thoracoscopic maze (TT-maze) procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). Fourteen studies published between 2011 and 2016 and comprising 1171 patients were included as follows: 545 (46%) patients had paroxysmal AF (pAF), 268 (23%)(More)
INTRODUCTION Left atrial appendage (LAA) closure has become of major interest for patients with atrial fibrillation intolerant to oral anticoagulation therapy (OAC). Patients with a contraindication to both OAC and antiplatelet therapy are not eligible for percutaneous LAA closure. We aimed to find an alternative treatment for these specific patients. (More)
BACKGROUND To evaluate the results of elective isolated surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) on quality of life (QoL) in patients > 75 years. METHODS 138 patients operated between January 2008 and December 2011 were included. The EuroQOL questionnaire (EQ-5D, EQ-VAS) was completed preoperatively, and 1- and 2-years postoperatively. The logistic(More)
The totally thoracoscopic left atrial maze (TT-maze) is a recent, minimally invasive surgical procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, with promising results in terms of freedom from atrial fibrillation. The TT-maze consists of a bilateral, epicardial pulmonary vein isolation with the creation of a box using radiofrequency and exclusion of the(More)
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