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OBJECTIVE To investigate in patients with arterial hypertension (HT) the extent of left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy and diastolic function in relation to atrial arrhythmias. PATIENTS AND METHODS In 112 hypertensive patients (40 women, 72 men; mean age 50 +/- 6.6 years) with a mean systolic blood pressure for the cohort of 170 +/- 5 mmHg, their first(More)
Einleitung. Zur Untersuchung von Patienten mit einem erhöhten Risiko des plötzlichen Herztodes sind die Analyse ventrikulärer Spätpotentiale, der Herzfrequenzvariabilität und der Baroreflexsensitivität hilfreich. Jedoch gelingt die Vorhersage eines malignen arrhythmischen Ereignisses bislang nicht mit genügender Genauigkeit. Zur besseren Risikoabschätzung(More)
For evaluation of patients with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death, the analyses of ventricular late potentials, heart rate variability, and baroreflexsensitivity are helpful. But so far, the prediction of a malignant arrhythmic event is not possible with sufficient accuracy. For a better risk stratification other methods are necessary. In this study(More)
Whether the safety and efficacy of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy can be assured with lower output devices is an important question. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether programming the device output at twice the augmented defibrillation threshold was as safe and effective as using the maximum energy. Patients indicated(More)
Die chronische Myokarditis prädisponiert zum Auftreten spontaner ventrikulärer Arrhythmien. Ob eine immunosuppressive Behandlung im Sinne einer möglichen Kausaltherapie zu einer Arrhythmiesuppression führt, ist unbekannt. In die vorliegende Studie wurden 12 Patienten (4 Frauen, 8 Männer, mittleres Alter 53 ± 15 Jahre) mit einer mittleren linksventrikulären(More)
In patients with acute or chronic myocarditis, arrhythmias are a common and often the only clinical symptom in the natural course of the disease. The potentially malignant tachy- and bradyarrhythmias are of particular significance in the differential diagnosis of sudden cardiac death in myocarditis. Factors responsible for the increased incidence of cardiac(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the effect of intracoronary dipyridamole on the incidence of abrupt vessel closure, myocardial infarction, necessity for bypass grafting, and death following percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). PATIENTS Patients were randomly allocated to receive either conventional pretreatment (heparin 15 000 IU and aspirin(More)
Implantable cardioverter/defibrillators (ICD) have led to a reduction in cardiac mortality in patients with ventricular tachyarrhythmias. A considerable number of patients experience repeated shocks which may have an impact on the quality of life. In 106 patients with an ICD, who were seen for routine follow-up in an outpatient department, cardiac disease(More)
UNLABELLED Hypertension, especially if associated with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), is a risk factor in complex ventricular arrhythmia (VA) and sudden cardiac death (SCD). To determine the effectiveness of the clinical use of programmed ventricular stimulation (PVS) we studied 40 symptomatic hypertensive patients after excluding coronary heart(More)
To elucidate the incidence and clinical significance of ventricular late potentials (LP) and reduced heart rate variability (HRV) in primary and secondary heart muscle disease, 157 patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM, n = 19), chronic myocarditis (MC, n = 50), hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM, n = 27) and systemic hypertension (HT, n = 61) were(More)