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BACKGROUND Percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) in acute myocardial infarction with ST segment elevation (STEMI) are associated with distal coronary embolisation. It may be speculated that percutaneous thrombectomy preceding stent implantation may prevent coronary microcirculation from embolisation. AIM To assess safety and efficacy of percutaneous(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyse the impact of postprocedural mitral regurgitation (MR), in an interaction with aortic regurgitation (AR), on mortality following transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). METHODS To assess the interaction between MR and AR, we compared the survival rate of patients (i) without both significant MR and AR versus (ii) those with(More)
BACKGROUND Early abciximab administration before primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is recommended in practice guidelines. However, the evidence supporting abciximab use before and during transfer for PPCI is limited. We investigated the effect of early abciximab administration on early(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to assess inducibility of left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) gradient by change of position from supine to upright and by treadmill exercise in treated patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) without obstruction at rest. METHODS We studied 37 treated HCM patients (21 men and 16 women, mean age 44 +/- 12(More)
BACKGROUND Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is a treatment option for elderly high-risk patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis. Improvement of quality of life (QoL) is a relevant issue in this group of patients. AIM To assess changes in QoL after TAVI. METHODS Forty patients who underwent TAVI in our institution were included in(More)
INTRODUCTION Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is a less invasive treatment option for elderly, high-risk patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis (AS) than aortic valve replacement. More importantly, TAVI improves survival and quality of life as compared to medical treatment in inoperable patients. AIM To assess early- and mid-term(More)
OBJECTIVES Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (mini-thoracotomy, mini-sternotomy, MIAVR) have become an appealing alternative to conventional surgical (SAVR) treatment of severe aortic stenosis (AS) in high-risk patients. BACKGROUND Aim of the study was to evaluate the quality of life (QoL) in(More)
PURPOSE Restoration of quality of life (QoL) and improvement of clinical outcomes is crucial in elderly patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). We sought to evaluate changes in QoL and all-cause mortality 12 months after TAVI. METHODS A total of 101 patients who underwent TAVI were included. Patients were followed for 12(More)
BACKGROUND The value of clinical predictors of left ventricle function recovery after surgical revascularization in patients with decreased ejection fraction is well documented. However, there are no clinical studies assessing factors which can influence left ventricle function in patients with coronary disease and low ejection fraction (LVEF) undergoing(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with degenerative aortic stenosis (AS) exhibit elevated prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD) and internal carotid artery stenosis (ICAS). Our aim was to investigate prevalence of significant CAD and ICAS in relation to demographic and cardiovascular risk profile among patients with severe degenerative AS. METHODS We studied 145(More)