Kerstin Bentz

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BACKGROUND The diagnosis of myocarditis is challenging due to its varying clinical presentation. Since myocarditis can be associated with significant 5-year mortality, and postmortem data show myocarditis in almost 10% of all adults suffering sudden cardiac death, individual risk stratification for patients with suspected myocarditis is of great clinical(More)
AIMS Atrial fibrillation (AF) leads to electrical atrial remodeling including alterations of various ion channels early after arrhythmia onset. The beneficial effects of statins in AF treatment due to their influence on oxidative stress and inflammation are discussed. Our hypothesis was that statins might also alter atrial ion currents and their early(More)
BACKGROUND The diagnostic performance of adenosine stress cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) in patients with arrhythmias presenting for work-up of suspected or known CAD is largely unknown, since most CMR studies currently available exclude arrhythmic patients from analysis fearing gating problems, or other artifacts will impair image quality. The(More)
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia in man. Over the past years, importance of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system in AF pathophysiology has been recognized. Lately, the role of aldosterone in AF pathophysiology and mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) antagonism in "upstream" AF treatment is discussed with special regards(More)
Over the past years, the importance of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system in atrial fibrillation (AF) pathophysiology has been recognised. Lately, the role of aldosterone in AF pathophysiology and mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) antagonism in "upstream" AF treatment is discussed. Hypothesising that selective MR antagonism might also influence atrial(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Studies report on the reversal of electrophysiological parameters altered by atrial tachycardia after cessation of the latter. However, there is no data concerning reversal of tachycardia-induced alterations of ion currents. Reverse remodeling of atrial ion currents (I(Ca,L), I(to), I(sus)) was studied in our rabbit model of(More)
HISTORY AND ADMISSION FINDINGS A 61-year-old man presented with recurrent angina pectoris at rest for 3 days. The medical history revealed hypertension and an elevated cholesterol level as cardiovascular risk factors. INVESTIGATIONS The physical examination revealed no pathological findings. ECG at admission showed no signs of ischemia, while(More)
A 71-year-old white male patient presented for workup of recurrent syncope. Ten years earlier, he had a diffuse large B-cell lymphoma of the stomach and successfully underwent both chemotherapy and radiation therapy (total dose, 40 Gy). Transthoracic echocardiography for the workup of syncope revealed a large left ventricular mass attached to the apex,(More)
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