Krzysztof L. Wilczek

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This study evaluated the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of statin therapy in patients with heart failure secondary to inflammatory dilated cardiomyopathy and moderately elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. Seventy-four patients were randomized to receive atorvastatin 40 mg/day or conventional treatment for heart failure. After 6 months(More)
Quantitation of coronary luminal diameter with a 20 MHz mechanically rotating intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) catheter was compared with orthogonal-view cineangiography by use of a semiautomated edge-detection algorithm in 48 patients undergoing coronary angioplasty. Quantitative comparison of 196 matched segments was attempted, but in only 174 (88.8%) was(More)
BACKGROUND Prognoses in STEMI and NSTEMI beyond one year from onset remain unclear. We aimed to compare the treatments and the two-year outcomes in patients with myocardial infarction (MI) enrolled at the Polish Registry of Acute Coronary Syndromes (PL-ACS). METHODS A total of 13,441 patients with MI (8250 with STEMI, and 5191 with NSTEMI) underwent(More)
BACKGROUND Data regarding the association between red cell distribution width (RDW) values and mortality in patients with stable coronary artery disease are scarce. We aimed to investigate the link between mortality and RDW in patients with stable coronary artery disease undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS We analyzed 2550(More)
OBJECTIVE The efficacy of percutaneous and surgical revascularization in acute coronary syndromes without ST-segment elevation is similar. Therefore, other factors, like health-related quality of life, should play an important role in choosing the revascularization method. METHODS We compared 12-month health-related quality of life for high-risk patients(More)
Polymer coatings have been suggested to decrease the thrombogenicity of metallic intravascular stents. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the intimal response to two different polymers when used as coatings for stents implanted in normal porcine coronary arteries. Non-articulated stainless steel-slotted tube stents were coated with either a(More)
BACKGROUND Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a significant factor regarding poor outcome in patients with myocardial infarction. Recently a new prognostic factor is under consideration - a baseline glucose level on admission. We sought to assess the influence of blood glucose levels on admission on prognosis of patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial(More)
Cardiogenic shock (CS) continues to be the most important factor affecting the mortality rate of patients with acute myocardial infarctions (AMIs). However, controversy regarding the optimal treatment of older patients with AMIs complicated by CS still exists. The aim of this study was to compare the results of invasive (coronary angiography during index(More)
AIMS Today's knowledge concerning the progression of coronary artery disease (CAD) is mainly derived from randomised clinical studies performed in patients with stable CAD. Data on atherosclerosis progression (AP) after myocardial infarction are limited. The aim of this study was to assess the AP in such a population of patients. METHODS AND RESULTS A(More)
The aim of this work was to analyze temporal trends in clinical presentation, treatment methods, and outcomes of patients in Poland with non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) from 2004 to 2010. A total of 90,153 patients with NSTEMI enrolled in the Polish Registry of Acute Coronary Syndromes (PL-ACS) from 2004 to 2010 were analyzed. The(More)