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)
OBJECTIVE To study the biodistribution of purified CD133(+) cells after intracoronary injection in patients with stable chronic postinfarction heart failure. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with longstanding myocardial infarction (>12 months prior to inclusion) and with an accessible left coronary artery were eligible. CD133(+) cells were mobilized with(More)
The authors report the clinical, echocardiographic, and pathologic findings in two patients treated with more than 5 mg of pergolide daily who developed symptomatic severe heart failure due to restrictive valvular disease. They also describe the echocardiographic data of another eight patients taking similar doses of pergolide presenting no clinical signs(More)
The blood pressure lowering effect of chronic treatment with the low, non-diuretic dose of 2.5 mg of torasemide, a new loop-diuretic, was assessed in 20 patients with mild to moderate essential hypertension (WHO stage I-II) in a randomised, double-blind, balanced, placebo-controlled, cross-over study. Blood pressure was significantly reduced after four(More)
Valvular heart disease, inducing valvular regurgitation, has been described in users of drugs such as anorectic agents and ergot derivates. 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA; "ecstasy") also leads in vitro to the proliferation of cardiac valvular interstitial cells by activation of the 5-hydroxytryptamine 2B receptor. The aim of this study was to(More)
BACKGROUND We aimed to test, for the first time, the feasibility of intracoronary delivery of an innovative, injectable bioabsorbable scaffold (IK-5001), to prevent or reverse adverse left ventricular remodeling and dysfunction in patients after ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction. METHODS AND RESULTS Patients (n=27) with moderate-to-large(More)
Anesthetic agents have different effects on hemodynamic and cardiac functional parameters. The influence of these changes on valvular function has not been studied in small animals. For this purpose, 48 male Wistar rats were divided into three equal groups. An echocardiogram was performed under inhaled isoflurane 2% gas (group I) or under intraperitoneal(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)