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AIMS Inappropriate sinus tachycardia (IST) is a clinical syndrome characterized by excessive resting heart rate (HR) or disproportional increasing HR during exercise. The treatment of IST symptoms using beta-blockers or calcium channel-blockers is often non-effective or not well tolerated. Ivabradine is a new agent inhibiting sinus node I(f) current,(More)
BACKGROUND Inappropriate sinus tachycardia (IST) is a clinical syndrome characterized by excessive resting heart rate (HR) or a disproportional increase in HR during exercise. β-blocker or calcium channel-blocker therapy is often noneffective or not well tolerated. The HR reduction on ivabradine is similar to β-blockers but in some patients its efficacy to(More)
BACKGROUND Although the relationship between sex steroid levels and coronary artery disease (CAD) has been the subject of many studies there are still controversies concerning the role of sex steroids in CAD. In patients with CAD, especially after a myocardial infarction, there is evidence for autonomic nervous system dysfunction. However, there is no data(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity has been shown to affect heart rate variability (HRV). Adipokines (hormone-like peptides secreted by adipose tissue) display several bioactivities and have an impact on the cardiovascular system. The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of obesity (BMI > or = 30) and adipokines (leptin, adiponectin and resistin) on HRV. METHODS(More)
This study evaluated the influence of coronary artery bypass grafting on heart rate turbulence (HRT) parameters assessed during 1-year follow-up in patients with coronary artery disease. HRT and heart rate variability (HRV) parameters significantly worsened 3 months after surgery. After 1 year, HRV parameters and turbulence onset returned to preoperative(More)
BACKGROUND Deceleration capacity (DC) is a novel electrocardiography (ECG) parameter characterizing the overall capacity of slowing down the heart rate. The aim of this study was to evaluate clinical and ECG covariates of DC in patients with the first episode of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) treated with primary angioplasty. METHODS(More)
INTRODUCTION Heart rate variability (HRV) illustrates regulation of the heart by the autonomic nervous system whereas heart rate turbulence (HRT) is believed to reflect baroreflex sensitivity. The aim of this study was to determine the association between HRT and HRV parameters and the relationship between HRT parameters and heart rate and number of(More)
The aim of this study was non-invasive assessment of cardiac function in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). In a group of 36 patients with SLE transthoracic echocardiography, standard ECG and the 24-hour ECG Holter monitoring were performed and the results were compared to a control group of 35 healthy volunteers. Significantly lower mean(More)
Heart rate turbulence is a novel method to identify patients at risk of cardiac death, and to date, there are no data concerning its circadian changes. In 46 coronary patients (mean age 63 +/- 8 years) with at least 100 ventricular premature beats in 24-hour Holter monitoring, turbulence onset, turbulence slope, and heart rate variability parameters were(More)
The precise mechanisms that cause atrial fibrillation (AF) are not completely understood. Clinicians should ask themselves whether AF is truly 'lone' or is the effect of an underlying, 'masked' disorder. Atrial fibrillation shares strong epidemiological associations with other cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, valvular(More)