Jean Beissel

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PURPOSE An open, randomized, controlled study was designed to study the effects of exclusive strength training (ST) in patients with severe chronic heart failure (CHF) in comparison with conventional endurance (ET) and combined ET-ST training (CT). The hypothesis was that ST would at least be equal to ET or CT, because peripheral muscle atrophy and weakness(More)
BACKGROUND The ORISCAV-LUX study is the first baseline survey of an on-going cardiovascular health monitoring programme in Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. The main objectives of the present manuscript were 1) to describe the study design and conduct, and 2) to present the salient outcomes of the study, in particular the prevalence of the potentially modifiable(More)
BACKGROUND Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) have been associated with the development of left ventricular remodeling after myocardial infarction (MI). We sought to determine whether peripheral levels of MMPs can be used as a risk marker for the development of congestive heart failure (CHF) after acute MI. METHODS AND RESULTS Plasma levels of MMP-2, MMP-9,(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility and the effects of a long-term training program with endurance and strength elements for patients with advanced congestive heart failure (CHF). METHODS We studied 14 patients, mean age 57 yr, mean NYHA class 2.7, mean LVEF 29%, and mean VO2max 17.2 mL x kg(-1) x min(-1). They underwent a 6(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to compare the effects of endurance training alone (ET) with combined endurance and strength training (CT) on hemodynamic and strength parameters in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). METHODS Twenty male patients with CHF were randomized into one of two training regimens consisting of endurance training or a(More)
AIMS The purpose of this registry is to collect data on trends in interventional cardiology within Europe. Special interest focuses on relative increases and ratios in newer revascularization approaches and its distribution in different regions in Europe. We report the data of the year 2003 and give an overview of the development of coronary interventions(More)
BACKGROUND In the absence of evidence-based information, assessment of population awareness and management of diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia (treatable and preventable cardiovascular risk factors) are important to halt coronary and cerebrovascular diseases and to improve public health. METHODS The analysis was based on a nationally representative(More)
Pulse transit time (PTT), the interval between ventricular electrical activity and arrival of the peripheral pulse wave, has been used to detect changes in autonomic tone during sleep and anesthesia. The purpose of this study was to evaluate PTT in patients with chronic heart failure (HF). Pulse transit time was measured with R-wave gated(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States and in most European countries. Cardiovascular health, as defined by the American Heart Association, is comprised of seven health metrics (smoking, body mass index, physical activity, diet, total cholesterol, blood pressure, and fasting plasma glucose). No studies have(More)
Intracoronary infusion of autologous bone marrow cells (CTX) has been shown to improve myocardial function in post infarct patients and in patients with chronic ischemic cardiomyopathy. Whether CTX affects exercise-induced changes in cardiac deformation and mitral regurgitation (MR) in patients with end stage heart failure has not been studied. In this(More)