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OBJECTIVE To assess the prognostic significance of iron deficiency (ID) in a chronic heart failure (CHF) outpatient population. METHODS AND RESULTS We prospectively evaluated 127 patients with stable CHF and left ventricular ejection fraction ≤45%. Clinical and analytical data as well as information regarding the occurrence of the composite endpoint of(More)
PURPOSE It is estimated that approximately 20-30% of patients diagnosed with epilepsy have been misdiagnosed, and neurocardiogenic syncope (NCS) might frequently be the real cause of transient loss of consciousness (TLOC) episodes. We assessed the role of the head-up tilt test (HUTT) in patients previously diagnosed with refractory epilepsy to evaluate the(More)
One of the greatest challenges in medicine consists of arriving at a correct diagnosis despite different presentations of the disease. We present a case in which, notwithstanding the initial diagnosis, the search for the etiology was essential for clinical guidance. Left ventricular non-compaction (LVNC) was first described by Chin et al. in 1990. This(More)
Post-cardiac injury syndrome (PCIS) is an inflammatory process involving the pericardium secondary to cardiac injury. It can develop after cardiac trauma, cardiac surgery, myocardial infarction, and, rarely, after certain intravascular procedures. We report a rare case of an iatrogenic cardiac rupture followed by PCIS with delayed inflammatory pericardial(More)
Calcium plays a key role in heart muscle contraction and relaxation. Hypocalcemic heart failure is a rare and potentially reversible disturbance, which reflects this intrinsic relationship. The authors present the case of a 35-year-old woman who developed acute heart failure during the early postoperative period following total thyroidectomy. The(More)
Secondary tumors are much more frequent than primary tumors, but cardiac metastasis of laryngeal carcinoma is uncommon. The authors report the case of a 71-year-old man, with a history of laryngeal carcinoma, admitted to the emergency room with symptoms of two weeks' evolution suggestive of respiratory infection. Due to lack of therapeutic response and(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE The prognostic value of myocardium deformation measurements in chronic heart failure (CHF) is still poorly addressed. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the correlation of left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS) with clinical and prognostic indicators in patients with CHF and systolic dysfunction. METHODS(More)
Prosthetic valve thrombosis (PVT) refers to the presence of non infective material in valvular apparatus, interfering with its function. It is a potentially fatal complication of valvular replacement surgery. Treatment options include surgery, fibrinolysis and anticoagulation optimisation. The authors present the case of a young man, carrier of an aortic(More)