Kinga Gościńska-Bis

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OBJECTIVE We have tested the hypothesis that epicardial implantation of cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) system during coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) may be an additional treatment method, which can decrease the mortality and improve left ventricle (LV) systolic function in patients with ischaemic heart failure (HF) and LV dyssynchrony. (More)
BACKGROUND Systolic dyssynchrony is present in a considerable number of patients with heart failure (HF) undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Surgical revascularization offers an optimal setting for totally epicardial cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) system implantation. AIM To assess the efficacy of totally epicardial CRT(More)
AIMS The long-term clinical value of the optimization of atrioventricular (AVD) and interventricular (VVD) delays in cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) remains controversial. We studied retrospectively the association between the frequency of AVD and VVD optimization and 1-year clinical outcomes in the 199 CRT patients who completed the Clinical(More)
AIMS A recent study suggested that no single echocardiographic index of cardiac dyssynchrony can reliably identify candidates for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). We examined the value of three simple echocardiographic indices for predicting the 6-month clinical and echocardiographic responses to CRT. METHODS AND RESULTS We analysed data from 75(More)
Echocardiographic particle imaging velocimetry allows blood flow visualization and characterization of diastolic vortex formation that may play a key role in filling efficiency. We hypothesized that abrupt withdrawal of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) would alter the timing of left ventricular diastolic vortex formation and modify cardiac time(More)
BACKGROUND The issue of self-perceived health control and related sense of self-efficacy has not received any attention in patients with heart failure (HF), although these psychological features have been established to determine the patients' approach towards healthcare professionals and their recommendations, which strongly affects compliance. METHODS A(More)
BACKGROUND Experimental studies documented the relationship between T wave alternans (TWA) and duration of refractoriness. To date, association between TWA and QT interval on standard ECG has not been examined. Aim. To assess the relationship between TWA and QT interval. METHODS The study group consisted of 70 patients (57 males, mean age 56+/-16 years)(More)
INTRODUCTION Systolic dyssynchrony as an indication for cardiac re-synchronization therapy is present in a considerable subset of patients with congestive heart failure undergoing surgical coronary revascularisation. Coronary artery bypass grafting offers an optimal setting for totally epicardial cardiac re-synchronization system implantation. AIM To(More)
BACKGROUND Benefits of cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) for survival in selected congestive heart failure (CHF) patients have been acknowledged by the 2005 ESC guidelines. AIM To analyse mortality in CRT pacing only (CRT-P) patients during at least one-year follow-up. METHODS This was a prospective, multi-site, at least one-year observational(More)