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BACKGROUND The natural history, management, and outcome of takotsubo (stress) cardiomyopathy are incompletely understood. METHODS The International Takotsubo Registry, a consortium of 26 centers in Europe and the United States, was established to investigate clinical features, prognostic predictors, and outcome of takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Patients were(More)
AIMS Patient access to reperfusion therapy and the use of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (p-PCI) or thrombolysis (TL) varies considerably between European countries. The aim of this study was to obtain a realistic contemporary picture of how patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) are treated in different European countries. (More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES The relative risks and benefits of strategies of rate control vs rhythm control in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) remain to be fully explored. DESIGN The How to Treat Chronic Atrial Fibrillation (HOT CAFE) Polish trial was designed to evaluate in a randomized, multicenter, and prospective manner the feasibility and long-term(More)
BACKGROUND Right ventricular (RV) failure is the main cause of death in patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH). Balloon atrial septostomy (BAS) is believed to relieve symptoms of PH by increasing systemic flow and reducing RV preload. METHODS Fourteen BAS procedures were performed in 11 patients (5 men and 6 women; mean [+/- SD] age, 33 +/- 12 years)(More)
Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) contains abundant ganglionated plexi that might contribute to the occurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF). Maximal standardized uptake value (SUV) of 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography (PET) reflects glucose metabolism of the tissue. It has also been shown that FDG-PET is proportional to macrophage(More)
OBJECTIVES We conducted an international, prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 2 trial in patients undergoing thrombolytic therapy or primary angioplasty for acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (MI) to investigate the effect of eniporide on infarct size and clinical outcome. BACKGROUND Experimental studies suggest that the(More)
Standards for secondary prevention in patients after acute coronary syndromes have been recently published by the European Society of Cardiology. They do not differ between patients without or with renal failure, but it may be suggested that the later group deserves special attention and more aggressive treatment. Both after myocardial infarction and(More)
BACKGROUND In Poland, together with the transformation of the political system, significant positive changes have been made to the national health care system. This provided a possibility for hospitals to apply current standards of care to patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS). AIM To assess contemporary data on epidemiology, management and(More)
AIMS To characterize the relationship between known and newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation (AF) and the risk of death and major cardiovascular (CV) events in patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI) complicated by heart failure (HF) and/or left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD). METHODS The VALIANT trial enrolled 14,703 individuals with acute(More)
We describe a case of an elderly woman who was diagnosed with a biventricular takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) with combination of emotional stress and poorly controlled type 2 diabetes. We observed significant correlation between biphasic improvement of right (after 4 days) and left ventricle function (after 4 weeks) with normalization glycemic status. To(More)