Danny Schoors

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BACKGROUND Restrictive valvular heart disease has been reported in patients with Parkinson's disease treated with pergolide. However, few data are available on frequency, severity, dose dependency, and reversibility of pergolide-induced disease, nor on the pulmonary pressures of these patients. We aimed to clarify these characteristics in a large group of(More)
—This paper proposes a simplified method to compute the systolic and diastolic blood pressures from measured oscil-lometric blood-pressure waveforms. Therefore, the oscillometric waveform is analyzed in the frequency domain, which reveals that the measured blood-pressure signals are heavily disturbed by nonlinear contributions. The proposed approach will(More)
—Developing a good model for oscillometric blood-pressure measurements is a hard task. This is mainly due to the fact that the systolic and diastolic pressures cannot be directly measured by noninvasive automatic oscillometric blood-pressure meters (NIBP) but need to be computed based on some kind of algorithm. This is in strong contrast with the classical(More)
UNLABELLED The role of structural and functional abnormalities of small vessels in diabetes cardiomyopathy remains unclear. Myocardial contrast echocardiography allows the quantification of myocardial blood flow at rest and during dipyridamole infusion. The aim of the study was to determine the myocardial blood flow reserve in normal rats compared with(More)
BACKGROUND Hypertension contributes to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. We assessed the safety and efficacy of a central iliac arteriovenous anastomosis to alter the mechanical arterial properties and reduce blood pressure in patients with uncontrolled hypertension. METHODS We enrolled patients in this open-label, multicentre, prospective,(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have suggested that diabetes mellitus (DM) may cause left ventricular (LV) dysfunction directly resulting in increased susceptibility to heart failure. Using pinhole collimators and advances in data processing, gated SPECT was recently adapted to image the rat heart. The present study was aimed to assess this new imaging technique(More)
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