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We describe a case of an elderly woman who was diagnosed with a biventricular takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) with combination of emotional stress and poorly controlled type 2 diabetes. We observed significant correlation between biphasic improvement of right (after 4 days) and left ventricle function (after 4 weeks) with normalization glycemic status. To(More)
BACKGROUND Radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation is a first-line therapy for patients withdrug-refractory atrial fibrillation (AF). Complete isolation of electrical potentials at the ostium of pulmonary vein (PV) is a challenging procedure. There are different techniques and devicesused for PV isolation (PVI). The objective of this study was to evaluate the(More)
BACKGROUND The aims of the study are 1) to assess antiarrhythmic prophylaxis efficacy during the first 2 months after radiofrequency ablation (ARF) due to AF; 2) to define risk factors for early AF recurrence (EAFR) after ARF; 3) to determine the long-term follow-up results and risk factors for late AF recurrence (LAFR). METHODS A total number of 210(More)
BACKGROUND Tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) is an uncommon transient cardiomyopathy with a clinical and electrocardiographic (ECG) presentation similar to that of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). AIM To compare clinical presentation, in-hospital course, and long-term outcomes in TTC female patients with on-admission ST-segment elevation and(More)
Few publications report the possibility of "torsade de pointes"" (TdP) type tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation occurring in patients with prolonged QT syndrome in the course of hypothyroidism. The authors present the case of a 51-year-old woman with Hashimoto disease and hypothyroidism, inadequately supplemented with L-thyroxine. This patient was(More)
BACKGROUND In recent years large scale clinical trials have cleary shown that a number of pharmacological treatments can improve the outcomes of patients (pts) with chronic heart failure (CHF). AIM The aim of this study was to assess the effect of optimal neurohormal blockade in pts with chronic heart failure on survival during 12 month follow-up. (More)
BACKGROUND Despite a substantial progress in diagnosis and therapy, acute myocardial infarction (MI) is a major cause of mortality in the general population. A novel insight into the pathophysiology of myocardial infarction obtained by studying gene expression should help to discover novel biomarkers of MI and to suggest novel strategies of therapy. The aim(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia, having a strong impact on long-term stroke and heart failure prevalence and mortality. Nowadays, rapid development in the field of minimising the invasiveness of surgical ablation of AF can be observed. AIM To report on the feasibility and early results of the first Polish experience with(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Mitoxantrone (MTX) has been shown to reduce progression of disability and number of clinical exacerbations in patients with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). Prolonged administration of MTX, however, is limited by the risk of cardiotoxicity. Cardiac monitoring in MTX-treated patients includes usually measurement of left ventricular(More)
INTRODUCTION Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) is a rare transient cardiomyopathy mimicking acute coronary syndrome (ACS). OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to retrospectively analyze the clinical course, treatment strategies, and follow-up of patients with TTC. PATIENTS AND METHODS Among all patients hospitalized in the department between January 2005(More)