Lluís Zapata

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To evaluate and compare BNP and NT-proBNP concentrations to predict weaning failure from mechanical ventilation (MV) due to heart failure (HF) before a spontaneous breathing trial (SBT) and to identify HF as the cause of failure. Prospective, observational study in a university hospital. The sample included 100 patients on MV for over 48 h who underwent an(More)
BACKGROUND Up-to-date identification of local trends in sepsis incidence and outcomes is of considerable public health importance. The aim of our study was to estimate annual incidence rates and in-hospital mortality trends for hospitalized patients with sepsis in a European setting, while avoiding selection bias in relation to different complexity(More)
were conducted in South America (92%), particularly in Brazil (64%). The mean age was 60 ± 9 years and the mean ejection fraction was 36 ± 9%. Most studies evaluated more than one etiology (79%) but the etiology more studies exclusively was Chagas disease (13%). The incidence of HF ranged from 199 to 557 cases per 100,000 person-years and the pooled(More)
were conducted in South America (92%), particularly in Brazil (64%). The mean age was 60 ± 9 years and the mean ejection fraction was 36 ± 9%. Most studies evaluated more than one etiology (79%) but the etiology more studies exclusively was Chagas disease (13%). The incidence of HF ranged from 199 to 557 cases per 100,000 person-years and the pooled(More)
Dear Editor, We thank Liu et al. [1] for their comments on our study published in your journal [2] and would like to clarify the points raised. First, it is important to keep in mind that our study aimed to predict and diagnose the onset of heart failure (HF) during a spontaneous breathing trial (SBT). HF was predicted by determining BNP before the SBT(More)
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