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INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES To investigate the prevalence, causes and outcome of catheterization laboratory false alarms (CLFAs) in a regional primary angioplasty network. METHODS A prospective registry of 1,662 patients referred for primary angioplasty between January 2003 and August 2008 was reviewed to identify CLFAs (i.e. when no culprit coronary(More)
We conducted an observational study of 30 heart transplant recipients with serum low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c) >100 mg/dl despite previous statin therapy, who were treated with rosuvastatin 10 mg daily (5 mg in case of renal dysfunction). Serum lipids, creatine phosphokinase (CPK), bilirubin, and hepatic enzymes were prospectively measured 2,(More)
INTRODUCTION It has been suggested that for adequate maintenance of tacrolimus levels, the total daily dosage should be increased when switching from the conventional twice-daily regimen tacrolimus (CT) to once-daily sustained-release tacrolimus (SR-T). OBJECTIVE To evaluate the safety and efficacy of a 25% increase in daily dosage when switching heart(More)
The presence of mitral regurgitation (MR) is associated with an impaired prognosis in patients with ischemic heart disease. However, data with regard to the impact of this condition in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) treated by means of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) are lacking. Our aim was to assess the(More)
BACKGROUND There is limited insight into the association of electrocardiographic interpretability with outcome in patients referred for stress testing. METHODS Exercise echocardiography was performed in 8226 patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease. Electrocardiograms were considered uninterpretable in the presence of left bundle-branch(More)
AIM To analyse the incidence, risk factors and clinical outcomes of late graft failure after heart transplantation. METHODS AND RESULTS We conducted an observational, single-centre study based on 547 patients who underwent cardiac transplantation from 1991 to 2014 and who survived the in-hospital postoperative period. Late graft failure was defined as the(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES Left ventricular torsion decreases during transmural myocardial ischemia, but the effect of exercise on left ventricular torsion has not been widely studied. We hypothesized that exercise-induced ischemia may impair left ventricular torsion. Therefore, our aim was to study the effects of exercise on left ventricular torsion in(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES The aim of the present study was to examine the prognostic significance of heart rate and its trend in heart transplantation. METHODS This observational study enrolled 170 patients who received a bicaval heart transplant between 1995 and 2005; all were in sinus rhythm. The resting heart rate was determined via(More)