Johannes Holzmeister

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BACKGROUND Because traditional nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs are associated with increased risk for acute cardiovascular events, current guidelines recommend acetaminophen as the first-line analgesic of choice on the assumption of its greater cardiovascular safety. Data from randomized clinical trials prospectively addressing cardiovascular safety of(More)
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators and cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) have become standard of care in modern treatment for heart failure. Results from trials have provided ample evidence that CRT, in addition to its proven benefits in patients with symptomatic heart failure (New York Heart Association [NYHA] class III), might also reduce(More)
BACKGROUND Abnormal baseline electrocardiograms (ECGs) are common in patients with isolated left ventricular noncompaction (IVNC). Whether certain electrocardiographic parameters are associated with a poor clinical outcome, however, remains elusive. The present study was therefore designed to comprehensively assess the predictive value of baseline ECG(More)
BACKGROUND In patients with acute heart failure, early intervention with an intravenous vasodilator has been proposed as a therapeutic goal to reduce cardiac-wall stress and, potentially, myocardial injury, thereby favorably affecting patients' long-term prognosis. METHODS In this double-blind trial, we randomly assigned 2157 patients with acute heart(More)
Although cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is indicated in patients with moderate to severe heart failure with a wide QRS complex (> 120 ms), current guidelines exclude many heart failure patients with a narrow QRS. Detecting mechanical dyssynchrony on echocardiography has become a promising tool in selecting patients with a narrow QRS who may respond(More)
BACKGROUND Randomized trials have demonstrated that implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy may reduce the risk of death in patients with non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy (CMP). In this study, we aimed at determining the long-term benefit of ICD therapy among patients with dilated CMP (DCM) and among those with other non-ischaemic cardiac diseases(More)
Indications for implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are expanding. Defining long-term predictors of ICD therapies might help to identify those patients who will benefit most from implantation of an ICD. The objective of this study was to examine long-term predictors of appropriate ICD therapy among patients with coronary disease at high risk of(More)
BACKGROUND The individual benefit from cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) varies largely among patients. AIMS To compare different definitions of echocardiographic super-response to CRT regarding their ability to predict the incidence of adverse events. METHODS Three definitions of super-response to CRT were evaluated in 110 consecutive patients(More)
BACKGROUND Fabry disease (FD) is an inherited X-chromosomal lysosomal storage disease resulting in intracellular storage of globotriaosylceramide. Cardiac involvement is most frequently manifested as left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). However, patients with FD may also have various conduction abnormalities before LVH develops. The present study was(More)
OBJECTIVES This study was designed to delineate the role of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy for the primary and secondary prevention of sudden cardiac death in patients listed for heart transplantation. SETTING Retrospective observational multicentre study. PATIENTS 1089 consecutive patients listed for heart transplantation in two(More)