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BACKGROUND Telemonitoring of patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) is an emerging concept to detect early warning signs of impending acute decompensation in order to prevent hospitalization. OBJECTIVE The goal of the MOBIle TELemonitoring in Heart Failure Patients Study (MOBITEL) was to evaluate the impact of home-based telemonitoring using Internet(More)
Propafenone is a class 1c antiarrhythmic agent with moderate beta-blocking activity as a result of a structural similarity to beta-adrenoceptor antagonists. In a randomized, double-blind crossover exercise study, eight healthy volunteers were examined before and 2 1/2 hours after oral administration of 300 mg (R,S)-, 150 mg (R)-, and 150 mg (S)-propafenone(More)
The so-called hypothenar hammer syndrome is a rare entity caused by lesions of the ulnar artery secondary to repetitive trauma to the hypothenar eminence, typically found in persons working with vibrating tools. Its clinical symptoms are pain, stiffness and whitening of the smitten fingers, sometimes in combination with Raynaud's syndrome. Angiographic(More)
PURPOSE To report the initial experience with a new catheter system (The Outback catheter) designed to allow fluoroscopically controlled re-entry of the true arterial lumen after subintimal guidewire passage during recanalization procedures of arterial occlusions. METHODS The catheter was used in 10 patients with intermittent claudication caused by(More)
One-hundred and fifty patients with thrombotic and 60 patients with embolic occlusions of the superficial femoral and/or popliteal artery underwent a simplified IAT (intra-arterial thrombolysis) procedure. Ten mg rt-PA combined with 3000 IU Heparin were infused over 6 h, thereafter the extent of thrombolysis was checked fluoroscopically and the above(More)
Early clinical studies of coronary and peripheral laser angioplasty showed that arterial occlusions could be recanalised by continuous-wave lasers delivered with contact probes and by pulsed lasers applied with multifibre catheters. However, whether laser-assisted angioplasty improves success rates in reopening occlusions and in long-term patency rates is(More)
The assessment of the effects on the conduction of the cardiac impulse and of refractoriness simultaneously from multiple cardiac structures is important to evaluate the mode of action of new compounds, as well as to investigate undesired cardiac side effects. The measurements of intracardiac electrical activities of special structures have required(More)
Cystical adventitial degeneration of the popliteal artery is a disorder which is difficult to diagnose, due to the similarity of the symptoms of people presenting with peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD) or popliteal entrapment syndrome. The only thing that differs from patients suffering from PAOD is the lack of typical risk factors for(More)
In 167 patients with complete occlusion (greater than 3 cm) of the femoropopliteal artery, percutaneous transluminal laser angioplasty (PTLA) was performed after an unsuccessful attempt at crossing with a guide wire and was immediately followed by balloon dilatation. An Nd-YAG laser and an optical fiber delivery system with a sapphire tip serving as a(More)
We developed a new protocol for diagnosis and treatment of patients with sustained tachycardias (heart rate > 150 beats.min-1). The patients first underwent vagal manoeuvres; if those remained unsuccessful, i.v. adenosine in increasing doses of 6, 12, and 18 mg was administered until sinus rhythm (SR) or transient atrioventricular (AV) block, unmasking the(More)