Geert E. Leenders

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BACKGROUND The power of echocardiographic dyssynchrony indices to predict response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) appears to vary between indices and between studies. We investigated whether the variability of predictive power between the dyssynchrony indices can be explained by differences in their operational definitions. METHODS AND RESULTS(More)
Echocardiography plays an important role in patient assessment before cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) and can monitor many of its mechanical effects in heart failure patients. Encouraged by the highly variable individual response observed in the major CRT trials, echocardiography-based measurements of mechanical dyssynchrony have been extensively(More)
A 55-year-old woman with dilated cardiomyopathy and rate-dependent left bundle branch block had a cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) device implanted. During implantation, the maximum rate of left ventricular pressure rise (dP/dt max) was measured invasively. This case presents a description of the acute negative effect of a left bundle branch block on(More)
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