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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)
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)
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)
The aim of the study was to assess the value of signal-averaged ECG of P-wave in predicting recurrence of atrial fibrillation after direct-current electrical cardioversion of chronic atrial fibrillation. The signal-averaged ECG triggered by P-wave was recorded in 35 patients after successful electroconversion. Duration of the high frequency P-wave and the(More)
BACKGROUND A substantial progress has been made in Poland in the field of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) management over the last 10 years. AIM To present the data from the Polish Registry of Acute Coronary Syndromes (PL-ACS) collected between 2003 and 2009. Changes in treatment strategies and outcomes in ST-segment myocardial infarction (STEMI) were(More)
BACKGROUND The aims of the study are 1) to assess antiarrhythmic prophylaxis efficacy during the first 2 months after radiofrequency ablation (ARF) due to AF; 2) to define risk factors for early AF recurrence (EAFR) after ARF; 3) to determine the long-term follow-up results and risk factors for late AF recurrence (LAFR). METHODS A total number of 210(More)
BACKGROUND Tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) is an uncommon transient cardiomyopathy with a clinical and electrocardiographic (ECG) presentation similar to that of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). AIM To compare clinical presentation, in-hospital course, and long-term outcomes in TTC female patients with on-admission ST-segment elevation and(More)