Christian Ukena

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BACKGROUND The natural history, management, and outcome of takotsubo (stress) cardiomyopathy are incompletely understood. METHODS The International Takotsubo Registry, a consortium of 26 centers in Europe and the United States, was established to investigate clinical features, prognostic predictors, and outcome of takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Patients were(More)
Myocarditis is an inflammatory disease of the heart frequently resulting from viral infections and/or post-viral immune-mediated responses. It is one of the important causes of dilated cardiomyopathy worldwide. The diagnosis is presumed on clinical presentation and noninvasive diagnostic methods such as cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging.(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to investigate the interaction between blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) reduction and changes in left ventricular (LV) structure and function following renal sympathetic denervation (RDN). BACKGROUND Hypertension results in structural and functional cardiac changes. RDN reduces BP, HR, and LV mass and improves diastolic(More)
The aim of this study was to identify the relative impact of adrenergic and cholinergic activity on atrial fibrillation (AF) inducibility and blood pressure (BP) in a model for obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with sympathovagal disbalance, AF, and postapneic BP rises. Renal denervation (RDN) reduces renal efferent and possibly(More)
Renal denervation has been developed in order to lower systolic blood pressure in resistant hypertension by a reduction in renal afferent and efferent sympathetic nerve activity. In heart failure sympathetic activation, in particular, renal norepinephrine release is closely associated with morbidity and mortality. Initial studies have shown that renal(More)
BACKGROUND Endomyocardial biopsy (EMB) represents the gold standard for diagnosing myocarditis and nonischemic cardiomyopathies. This study focuses on the risk of complications and the respective diagnostic performance of left ventricular (LV), right ventricular (RV), or biventricular EMB in patients with suspected myocarditis and/or cardiomyopathy of(More)
BACKGROUND Increased sympathetic activation during acute ventricular ischemia is involved in the occurrence of life-threatening arrhythmias. OBJECTIVE To test the effect of sympathetic inhibition by renal denervation (RDN) on ventricular ischemia/reperfusion arrhythmias. METHODS Anesthetized pigs, randomized to RDN or SHAM treatment, were subjected to(More)
Accumulating evidence has shown that the sympathetic nervous system plays an important role in the pathophysiology and progression of several chronic disorders, e.g., arterial hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure, and in particular chronic kidney disease (CKD). Experimental and clinical studies provide evidence that sympathetic inhibition using(More)
BACKGROUND Hypertension is associated with impaired glucose metabolism and insulin resistance. Chronic activation of the sympathetic nervous system may contribute to either condition. We investigated the effect of catheter-based renal sympathetic denervation on glucose metabolism and blood pressure control in patients with resistant hypertension. METHODS(More)
Increased renal resistive index and urinary albumin excretion are markers of hypertensive end-organ damage and renal vasoconstriction involving increased sympathetic activity. Catheter-based sympathetic renal denervation (RD) offers a new approach to reduce renal sympathetic activity and blood pressure in resistant hypertension. The influence of RD on renal(More)