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Flecainide acetate, a new antiarrhythmic agent, was given orally to 11 hospitalized patients with chronic high-frequency ventricular ectopic depolarizations. Drug effectiveness was evaluated with a dose-ranging single-blind protocol, which included placebo control and washout periods. Twice-daily dosing (average daily dose 436 mg) completely suppressed all(More)
We compared side effects with flecainide trough levels and ECG intervals among 43 patients who received flecainide for up to 34 months. Flecainide plasma levels were higher when associated with cardiovascular side effects (mean 1063 ng/ml; range 296 to 2050 ng/ml) than when no side effects occurred (mean 609 ng/ml; range 89 to 1508 ng/ml; P less than(More)
The optimization of atrioventricular (AV) delay is known to significantly contribute to maximum cardiac performance. The aim of this study was to validate a new, fast, and simple echocardiographic method of identifying the AV delay that provides the maximum cardiac output (CO). Right heart catheterization and Doppler echocardiography of transmitral filling(More)
AIMS We decided to determine the long-term survival of patients after alcohol septal ablation (ASA) for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM) and compare this with the general population. METHODS AND RESULTS A total of 178 highly symptomatic, consecutive patients (58 ± 12 years, 53% women) were treated by ASA between April 1998 and April 2013 and(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM The choice of optimal treatment strategy in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) and severe left ventricular (LV) dysfunction is often difficult. The aim of this study was to compare long-term results of patients with chronic CAD, severe heart failure and a defined scope of myocardial viability treated with coronary(More)
BACKGROUND In idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDC), myocardial deformational parameters and their mutual relationships remain incompletely characterized. METHODS Thirty-seven patients with IDC underwent two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) to assess left ventricular rotation, torsion, and longitudinal, circumferential, and radial(More)
AIMS the ratio of early diastolic transmitral flow velocity (E) to early diastolic mitral annular velocity (E(a)) is frequently used to predict an increase in left ventricular filling pressure (LVFP). However, this approach has several limitations. The aim of this study was to test whether additional information is gained by new echocardiographic indexes(More)
An impedimetric lectin biosensor for the detection of changes in the glycan structure of antibodies isolated from human serum is here correlated with the progression of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The biosensor was built up from a mixed self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on gold consisting of two different thiolated zwitterionic derivatives, carboxybetaine and(More)
Little is known about the prognostic importance of right ventricular (RV) systolic and diastolic function. The purpose of this study was to determine the prognostic power of systolic and diastolic RV functional parameters derived from Doppler tissue imaging of tricuspid annular motion and to assess whether their combination might improve the risk(More)
BACKGROUND The presence of right ventricular systolic dysfunction is known to significantly worsen prognosis of patients with heart failure. However, the prognostic impact of right ventricular diastolic dysfunction and of its combination with right ventricular systolic dysfunction and with other prognostic markers has not yet been systematically studied.(More)