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We report a case of anterior myocardial infarction due to a Stanford type A aortic dissection involving the left main trunk of the coronary artery. Acute myocardial infarction due to extension of an acute Stanford type A aortic dissection is an infrequent but devastating situation. In our case a spontaneous aortocoronary dissection involving the Valsalva(More)
A fully documented case of complete absence of the left pericardium in a 44-year-old male is presented. Complaints of acute chest pain were caused by strangulation of the heart between the pulmonary ligament and the diaphragm. Preoperative electrocardiogram, chest X-ray and echocardiography showed 'classic' signs as described in the literature. A CAT scan(More)
BACKGROUND While percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is increasingly being performed in octogenarians, little is known about the quality of life (QOL) one year after PCI. We assessed the one-year outcome and QOL after PCI. METHODS Outcome and QOL at one year were assessed in patients of 80 years and older who underwent PCI at our institution. We used(More)
Combined coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and pneumonectomy has a high morbidity and mortality rate, especially when the right lung has to be removed. A patient is described who underwent a CABG operation through a midline sternotomy without the use of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), and a right pneumonectomy through a right lateral thoracotomy in one(More)
OBJECTIVES This study reports the long-term follow-up of the randomised controlled HEBE trial. The HEBE study is a multicentre trial that randomised 200 patients with large first acute myocardial infarction (AMI) treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention to either intracoronary infusion of bone marrow mononuclear cells (BMMCs) (n=69),(More)
AIMS The consequences of high radiation dose for patient and staff demand constant improvements in X-ray dose reduction technology. This study assessed non-inferiority of image quality and quantified patient dose reduction in interventional cardiology for an anatomy-specific optimised cine acquisition chain combined with advanced real-time image noise(More)
The heart is involved in up to 50% of all patients with Churg–Strauss syndrome, but vasculitis of the coronary arteries has only been rarely documented. We present a young patient with severe coronary aneurysms and stenotic lesions due to a Churg–Strauss vasculitis. Prompt therapy with prednisone and cyclophosphamide resulted in the complete resolution of(More)