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BACKGROUND Current guidelines recommend coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) when treating significant de novo left main coronary artery (LM) stenosis; however, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has a class IIa indication for unprotected LM disease in selected patients. This analysis compares 5-year clinical outcomes in PCI- and CABG-treated(More)
Major nuclear envelope abnormalities, such as disruption and/or presence of intranuclear organelles, have rarely been described in cardiomyocytes from dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) patients. In this study, we screened a series of 25 unrelated DCM patient samples for (a) cardiomyocyte nuclear abnormalities and (b) mutations in LMNA and TMPO as they are two(More)
BAG3 gene mutations have been recently implicated as a novel cause of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Our aim was to evaluate the prevalence of BAG3 mutations in Polish patients with DCM and to search for genotype-phenotype correlations. We studied 90 unrelated probands by direct sequencing of BAG3 exons and splice sites. Large deletions/insertions were(More)
AIMS Having several recently published reports on increased rate of cardiac perforation with some lead models as background, we assess the relation between cardiac perforations and models of leads used. METHODS AND RESULTS All pacing and defibrillation leads implantations between 1 January 2007 and 31 March 2008 were analysed retrospectively. There were(More)
BACKGROUND Modern Polish medicine offers patients various treatments for end-stage treatment-resistant heart failure. Methods applied at the right time before the occurrence of irreversible changes in organs give a chance for survival and prolong life. CASE REPORT Here, we report on the safety and efficacy of the sequential use of the above treatments in(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to assess the quality of life of patients before and after heart transplantation (HTX). MATERIAL AND METHODS We included 63 patients after a heart transplant under the care of the Transplantation Clinic. The authors' questionnaire was used, which consisted of 2 parts: questions concerning the life of patients before(More)
BACKGROUND The etiology of peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is not well understood. Potential causal mechanisms include infection, autoimmune disease, and abnormal response to the hemodynamic stress of pregnancy. Recently it was shown that the development of PPCM in an experimental model is associated with the generation of a cleaved antiangiogenic and(More)
Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is one of the modern management therapies in patients with advanced heart failure, and it serves as a bridge to heart transplantation or even as destination therapy. However, it is burdened with a high risk of thromboembolic, hemorrhagic, and infectious complications despite prophylactic management. Splenic abscesses,(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia among patients (pts) with heart failure and has significant influence on survival. AIM OF THE STUDY to assess prognosis of pts with refractory heart failure (HF) qualified for heart transplantation (HTX). MATERIAL/METHODS 872 pts (107 W and 765 M) were qualified for HTX between Dec 2003(More)