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Twenty two patients (four men, 18 women, mean age 56 years, range 21 to 88 years) with a history of rheumatic mitral stenosis were studied by cross sectional echocardiography before and after balloon dilatation of the mitral valve. The appearance of the mitral valve on the pre-dilatation echocardiogram was scored for leaflet mobility, leaflet thickening,(More)
We studied 130 patients undergoing percutaneous balloon mitral valvotomy. The relation between valvular morphology according to a previously described echocardiographic scoring system and hemodynamic outcome expressed as qualitative ("good" and suboptimal) and as absolute change in valve area was analyzed. The relative importance of the individual(More)
The pressure-area relation of coronary arteries provides important information about the mechanical properties of these vessels. In human subjects methodological limitations have precluded measurement of instantaneous compliance and coronary stress in vivo. The purpose of this study was to assess a new method for measuring instantaneous values of coronary(More)
For patients with stenotic native valves, the modified Bernoulli equation (delta P = 4V2) may be applied to Doppler-measured transvalvular velocities to yield an accurate estimate of transvalvular gradients. Although it would be useful if the same approach could be used for those with stenotic prosthetic valves, no previous study has validated the Doppler(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that intake of used cooking fat is associated with impaired endothelial function. BACKGROUND Diets containing high levels of lipid oxidation products may accelerate atherogenesis, but the effect on endothelial function is unknown. METHODS Flow-mediated endothelium-dependent dilation and(More)
Mitral pressure half-time (T1/2) is widely used as an independent measure of mitral valve area in patients undergoing percutaneous mitral valvotomy. However, fluid dynamics theory predicts T1/2 to be strongly dependent on chamber compliance and the peak transmitral gradient, which are variables that change dramatically with valvotomy. These theoretical(More)
AIMS The 12-month results of RESOLUTE were favourable for the new Resolute stent. Two-year safety and efficacy results from RESOLUTE have been evaluated and are now reported. METHODS AND RESULTS RESOLUTE was a prospective, multicentre, non-randomised, single-arm, controlled trial of the Resolute stent in 139 participants with symptomatic ischaemic heart(More)
This study reports the clinical follow-up (13 +/- 1 months) of 100 consecutive patients who underwent percutaneous mitral balloon valvotomy (PMV). Echocardiographic (n = 32) and cardiac catheterization (n = 37) data from this group are also included. Patients were divided into two groups by an echocardiographic score. PMV resulted in a good hemodynamic(More)
Although beneficial results have been reported immediately after percutaneous mitral balloon valvuloplasty, little information is available concerning the longer-term outcome of this procedure. The anatomic and functional results of percutaneous mitral valvuloplasty were assessed in 20 patients, in whom two-dimensional and Doppler echocardiographic(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate whether the administration of prednisone potentiates any of the acute biochemical and cardiovascular effects of high-dose inhaled beta-agonist drugs. These agents are known to cause dose-related changes in plasma potassium and glucose, as well as ECG changes in heart rate, corrected QT interval (QTc), T wave, and U(More)