Felix Heggemann

Learn More
BACKGROUND Left ventricular (LV) thrombus is a known complication of tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy (TC). However, current literature almost exclusively consists of isolated case reports. The aim of this study was to determine the incidence and clinical significance of LV thrombus formation in TC. METHODS AND RESULTS Over a 33-month period 52 patients with TC(More)
AIMS This study sought to characterize global and regional systolic function in Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) using two-dimensional (2D) strain imaging. METHODS AND RESULTS Twelve consecutive patients (11 women, 1 man) underwent 2D echocardiography on admission and on early follow-up (34 +/- 16 days). Two-dimensional images were analysed to measure(More)
BACKGROUND Postoperative radiotherapy after breast cancer surgery effectively reduces local relapses. A survival benefit after breast conservation, however, has only been proven recently which was in part due to excessive cardiac mortality of patients who had been treated with radiotherapy in the past. MATERIAL AND METHODS The literature on postoperative(More)
AIMS This study sought to compare global and regional myocardial function in Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) to that in acute anterior myocardial infarction (AMI) using 2D strain imaging. METHODS Twelve consecutive patients with TC (ten women, two men) and 12 patients with AMI (four women, eight men) underwent 2D echocardiography at initial presentation. 2D(More)
OBJECTIVE We sought to investigate the association of the EAT with CMR parameters of ventricular remodelling and left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in patients with non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). DESIGN AND METHODS One hundred and fifty subjects (112 consecutive patients with DCM and 48 healthy controls) underwent CMR examination. Function,(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Cardiac contractility modulation (CCM) is an implantable device treatment for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. CCM therapy improves patient functional status but its effect on intra-ventricular conduction remains unknown. METHODS 70 patients treated with CCM between 12/2002 and 5/2013 had 12-vector-ECG recordings made(More)
PURPOSE Breast intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) reduces high-dose heart volumes but increases low-dose volumes. We prospectively assessed heart changes after 3D conformal RT (3DCRT) and IMRT for left-sided breast cancer. Heart dose was analyzed individually, 3DCRT patients were moderately exposed, and IMRT was performed only in patients with(More)
Tako-Tsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) predominantly affects elderly people with a high prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors. Therefore, one would expect to encounter incidental coronary artery disease in a significant number of cases. In fact, the prevalence of mild coronary artery disease (CAD), by angiography, has been reported to be in the range of(More)
BACKGROUND Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) causes various degrees of fibrosis resulting in left ventricular function impairment, which can be measured using mitral annular plane systolic excursion (MAPSE). AIMS To determine the values for septal, lateral and average MAPSE using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) in healthy controls and patients(More)
BACKGROUND Doppler echocardiography is the method of choice for diagnosis and evaluation of aortic stenosis. However, there are well-known limitations to this method in difficult-to-image patients. Flow acceleration in the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) can lead to overestimation of stroke volume (SV) and poor acoustic windows may impede the exact(More)