Elisabeth Kraigher-Krainer

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BACKGROUND Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality, but effective treatments are lacking. We assessed the efficacy and safety of LCZ696, a first-in-class angiotensin receptor neprilysin inhibitor (ARNI), in patients with this disorder. METHODS PARAMOUNT was a phase 2, randomised,(More)
BACKGROUND Homoarginine is a novel biomarker for cardiovascular diseases. In the present large cohort study, we evaluate how homoarginine is linked to kidney function and examine the potential interaction of homoarginine and kidney function as predictors of cardiovascular outcomes. METHODS Serum homoarginine (mean: 2.41 ± 1.05 µmol/L), cystatin C and(More)
BACKGROUND Heart failure (HF) is a clinical syndrome characterized by signs and symptoms involving multiple organ systems. Longitudinal data demonstrating that asymptomatic cardiac dysfunction precedes overt HF are scarce, and the contribution of noncardiac dysfunction to HF progression is unclear. We hypothesized that subclinical cardiac and noncardiac(More)
UNLABELLED BACKGROUND Increasing evidence suggests the bidirectional interplay between parathyroid hormone and aldosterone as an important mechanism behind the increased risk of cardiovascular damage and bone disease observed in primary hyperparathyroidism. Our primary object is to assess the efficacy of the mineralocorticoid receptor-blocker eplerenone(More)
Analysis of deformations in terms of principal directions appears well suited for biological tissues that present an underlying anatomical structure of fiber arrangement. We applied this concept here to study deformation of the beating heart in vivo analyzing 30 subjects that underwent accurate three-dimensional echocardiographic recording of the left(More)
AIMS Mechanical dyssynchrony has been postulated to play a pathophysiologic role in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). METHODS AND RESULTS We quantified left ventricular (LV) systolic dyssynchrony in 130 HFpEF patients with NYHA class II-IV symptoms, ejection fraction (EF) ≥45%, and NT-proBNP levels >400 pg/mL enrolled in the(More)
Aldosterone has hypertrophic and profibrotic effects on the heart. The relationship between plasma aldosterone levels and left ventricular diastolic function in hypertension, however, is unclear. The aim of this study was to examine this relationship in treatment-naïve hypertensive patients free of comorbidities that could affect left ventricular diastolic(More)
OBJECTIVES To date studies evaluating the relation between circulating aldosterone levels and mortality in elderly female individuals are lacking. We therefore aimed to assess the relationship between circulating aldosterone levels and mortality in a population-based cohort study of female nursing home residents. METHODS Individuals aged 70years and older(More)
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