Ignasi Anguera

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CONTEXT The global significance of infective endocarditis (IE) caused by Staphylococcus aureus is unknown. OBJECTIVES To document the international emergence of health care-associated S aureus IE and methicillin-resistant S aureus (MRSA) IE and to evaluate regional variation in patients with S aureus IE. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS Prospective(More)
AIMS To investigate the clinical features, echocardiographic characteristics, management, and prognostic factors of mortality of aorto-cavitary fistulization (ACF) in infective endocarditis (IE). Extension of infection in aortic valve IE beyond valvular structures may result in peri-annular complications with resulting necrosis and rupture, and subsequent(More)
BACKGROUND Staphylococcus aureus native valve infective endocarditis (SA-NVIE) is not completely understood. The objective of this investigation was to describe the characteristics of a large, international cohort of patients with SA-NVIE. METHODS The International Collaboration on Endocarditis Merged Database (ICE-MD) is a combination of 7 existing(More)
BACKGROUND Inflammation is an important phenomenon in atherosclerotic plaque growth and in plaque instability. Cytokines are nuclear mediators in the inflammatory response; some have proinflammatory and others anti-inflammatory roles. Proinflammatory cytokines have been associated with worse outcomes in unstable angina. The aims of this study were to(More)
BACKGROUND Atrioventricular (AV) block is one of the most frequent complications of CoreValve transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). The aim of this study was to analyze the effects of CoreValve implantation on AV conduction. METHODS AND RESULTS Electrophysiological study was performed immediately before and after CoreValve implantation in 18(More)
This study sought to determine the clinical and echocardiographic features, surgical approach, and outcome of patients with infective endocarditis complicated with aortocardiac fistulas among a series of 346 consecutive cases between 1988 and 1998. Nine patients (2%) were found to have aortocardiac fistulas complicating infective endocarditis caused by(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the incidence and the clinical and echocardiographic features of infective endocarditis (IE) caused by Staphylococcus lugdunensis and to identify the prognostic factors of surgery and mortality in this disease. DESIGN Prospective cohort study. SETTING Study at two centres (a tertiary care centre and a community hospital). (More)
The accumulation of fluid in the pericardium in an amount sufficient to cause severe obstruction to blood inflow to the ventricles results in cardiac tamponade. In this condition, relief of intrapericardial pressure by pericardiocentesis usually dramatically improves cardiac output, and can be lifesaving. We report a case of a patient with malignant cardiac(More)
Aims The aim of this article is to evaluate the impact of a coronary chronic total occlusion in an infarct-related artery (IRA-CTO) on the occurrence of ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) in patients implanted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) for primary prevention. Methods and Results The study includes a prospective cohort of 108(More)
The aims of this study were to determine the clinical characteristics and outcome of patients who had definite infective endocarditis (IE) complicated by aortic ring abscess formation that was detected with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and to determine the prognostic significance of abscess formation in aortic valve IE. Patients who had aortic(More)