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AIMS The objective of the EuroHeart Failure Survey II (EHFS II) was to assess patient characteristics, aetiology, treatment, and outcome of acute heart failure (AHF) in Europe in relation to the guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of AHF published by the European Society of Cardiology. METHODS AND RESULTS Patients hospitalized for AHF were recruited(More)
BACKGROUND Few data are available on the impact of heart failure (HF) across all types of acute coronary syndromes (ACS). METHODS AND RESULTS The Global Registry of Acute Coronary Events (GRACE) is a prospective study of patients hospitalized with ACS. Data from 16 166 patients were analyzed: 13 707 patients without prior HF or cardiogenic shock at(More)
BACKGROUND Patients enrolled in randomized clinical trials (RCTs) may not reflect those seen in real-life practice. Our goal was to compare patients eligible for enrollment but not enrolled in contemporary RCTs of reperfusion therapy with patients who would have been ineligible and also with patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) participating in(More)
AIM Many patients who are eligible for acute reperfusion therapy receive it after substantial delays or not at all. We wanted to determine whether over the years more patients are receiving reperfusion therapy. METHODS AND RESULTS This analysis is based on 10 954 patients with ST elevation or left bundle-branch block presenting within 12 h of symptom(More)
AIMS To determine the incidence and factors associated with heart rupture (HR) in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients. METHODS AND RESULTS Among 60 198 patients, 273 (0.45%) had HR (free wall rupture, n = 118; ventricular septal rupture, n = 155). Incidence was 0.9% for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), 0.17% for non-STEMI, and 0.25%(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES Malignant pericardial effusion has a high recurrence rate after pericardiocentesis. We sought to confirm the efficacy of percutaneous balloon pericardiotomy as the initial treatment of choice for these effusions. METHODS Retrospective analysis of the clinical, echocardiographic, and follow-up characteristics of a consecutive(More)
AIMS There have been no large observational studies attempting to identify predictors of major bleeding in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS), particularly from a multinational perspective. The objective of our study was thus to develop a prediction rule for the identification of patients with ACS at higher risk of major bleeding. METHODS AND(More)
Cocaine use has risen exponentially in all European countries, particularly Spain and the United Kingdom, with a prevalence of users per capita very similar to that of the United States. 1 The fact that cocaine use has become more widespread among Spanish youth is a matter of major concern. 2 As a result, the number of users treated in hospital emergency(More)
BACKGROUND The benefits of reperfusion therapy for patients with acute coronary syndromes have been established, but there is much variation in the type of reperfusion given and decisions about which patients are eligible. This study assessed current practices in relation to reperfusion therapy of ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction from data(More)
AIMS Atrial fibrillation (AF) is common among patients with impaired renal function. Apixaban, a novel oral anticoagulant with partial renal excretion, was compared with warfarin and reduced the rate stroke, death and bleeding in the ARISTOTLE trial. We evaluated these outcomes in relation to renal function. METHODS AND RESULTS Baseline glomerular(More)