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BACKGROUND In patients with mitral regurgitation (MR), assessment of the severity of valvular dysfunction is crucial. Recently, regurgitant orifice area has been proposed as the most useful indicator of the severity of MR. The purpose of our study was to determine whether planimetry of the anatomic regurgitant orifice (ARO) in patients with MR is feasible(More)
AIMS Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) may be a risk factor for expansion of infarct size early after acute myocardial infarction (MI) by exposing the heart to repetitive oxygen desaturations and increased cardiac afterload. The objective of this study was to assess the impact of SDB on myocardial salvage and infarct size within 3 months after acute MI. (More)
Atrial septum defects (ASDs), ventricular septum defects (VSDs) and patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) are the most common adult congenital heart defects. The degree of left-to-right shunting as assessed by the ratio of flow in the pulmonary (Qp) and systemic circulation (Qs) is crucial in the management of these conditions. This study compared phase-contrast(More)
BACKGROUND Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is a hallmark of chronic pressure or volume overload of the left ventricle and is associated with risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The purpose was to evaluate different electrocardiographic criteria for LVH as determined by cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR). Additionally, the effects of(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) has been shown to allow accurate visualisation and quantification of aortic valve disease. Although bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) disease is relatively rare in the general population, the frequency is high in patients requiring valve surgery. The aim of the current study was to characterise the(More)
AIM To compare the results of high-resolution ultrasound (HR-US) and magnetic resonance enterography (MRE) examinations in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). METHODS The reports of 250 consecutive cases with known IBD, who had an MRE and HR-US examination, were retrospectively analyzed. Using a patient-based approach we evaluated(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of our study was to determine whether planimetry of the anatomic regurgitant orifice (ARO) in patients with aortic regurgitation (AR) by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is feasible and whether ARO by MRI correlates with the severity of AR. METHODS AND RESULTS Planimetry of ARO by MRI was performed on a clinical magnetic resonance(More)
BACKGROUND Bicuspid aortic valve disease (BAV) is increasingly recognized as a disease of the entire proximal aorta including both valvular and vascular complications. The aim of our study was to assess the dimensions of the thoracic aorta using MRI in a broad spectrum of BAV and tricuspid aortic valve disease (TAV) and to define the prevalence of the(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to characterize the shape of regurgitant orifice area (ROA) and mitral apparatus in various forms of mitral regurgitation (MR) by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR). BACKGROUND ROA is an accepted parameter of MR severity. However, there are little data on the shape of the ROA in various forms of MR. METHODS Direct assessment(More)
The aim of this study was to test whether an improvement of left ventricular ejection fraction (EF) in the early phase after acute myocardial infarction is associated with a reduction of the severity of central and obstructive sleep apnoea. 40 consecutive patients with acute myocardial infarction underwent polysomnography and cardiovascular magnetic(More)