Ines Streitner

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OBJECTIVE We investigated the relationship between interleukin-6 (IL-6) and the risk of experiencing spontaneous ventricular tachyarrhythmia (VT/VF) in patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). BACKGROUND Cytokine levels predict outcome in patients with advanced heart failure and are elevated in patients with coronary artery disease(More)
BACKGROUND Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) therapy for primary prevention is well established in ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM). Data on the role of ICDs in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and no history of ventricular tachyarrhythmia (VT/VF) are more limited. HYPOTHESIS DCM patients with an impaired left ventricular ejection(More)
AIMS To determine prevalence and predictors of electrical storm recurrences (ES-Rs) in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) as electrical storms (ESs) represent serious clinical events carrying a high risk of mortality. METHODS AND RESULTS Single-centre study analysing data of consecutive patients receiving an ICD between 1993 and(More)
BACKGROUND Several studies have attempted to identify risk factors for the development of an electrical storm (ES), which is defined as 3 separate ventricular tachyarrhythmic (VT/VF) events, but in the majority of studies no triggers have been found. However, little is known about the role of inflammation and NT-proBNP in patients with ES. The aim of this(More)
The goal of this study was to test the safety and efficacy of local paclitaxel delivery via a newly designed application catheter in an experimental animal study. Drug-eluting stents reduce restenosis in comparison to bare-metal stents. The drug-eluting polymer, however, may exert potential thrombogenic and inflammatory effects. A catheter-based local(More)
BACKGROUND Newer techniques are required to identify atherosclerotic lesions that are prone to rupture. Electric impedance spectroscopy (EIS) is able to provide information about the cellular composition of biological tissue. The present study was performed to determine the influence of inflammatory processes in type Va (lipid core, thick fibrous cap) and(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this in vitro study was to investigate the feasibility of a new highly flexible microelectrode on human tissue and its potential of differentiating atherosclerotic lesions by electric impedance spectroscopy (EIS). METHODS Electric impedance measurements (EIM) were performed on 148 spots of 7 aortic and 6 femoral human arteries at(More)
BACKGROUND Emerging interest is seen in the paradox of defibrillator shocks for ventricular tachyarrhythmia and increased mortality risk. Particularly in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), the prognostic importance of shocks is unclear. The purpose of this study was to compare the outcome after shocks in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM)(More)
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