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Central issues in intracoronary infusion (ICI) of bone marrow (BM)-cells to damaged myocardium for improving cardiac function are the cell number that is feasible and safe to be administrated as well as the retention of cells in the target area. Our study addressed these issues in eight patients with chronic ischemic cardiomyopathy undergoing ICI of(More)
The purpose of the study was to analyse the technical characteristics of a newly installed flat-panel fluoroscopy (FPF) system in an interventional cardiology (IC) department and compare it with an older conventional system. A patient survey was performed to investigate the radiation doses delivered by the X-ray systems. Finally, methods of technique(More)
Inappropriate sinus tachycardia and atrial arrhythmias have been reported after radiofrequency ablation. Previous studies have suggested that cardiac denervation is a possible explanation for these rhythm disturbances. The aim of this study was to investigate possible alterations in autonomic innervation of the heart after ablation using the techniques of(More)
The purpose of this study was to collect information on the practice and patient doses in a major Greek cardiac centre, investigate differences between senior cardiologists of various levels of experience and compare results with the literature, in order to optimize angiographic and interventional cardiology procedures. Radiation doses from 292 patients(More)
OBJECTIVES This study assessed changes in coronary flow velocity measured distal to a significant stenosis of the left anterior descending coronary artery and at the adjacent normal left circumflex coronary artery, produced by intravenous administration of dipyridamole, in patients undergoing coronary angioplasty with a documented perfusion defect on(More)
BACKGROUND In experimental studies, two windows of preconditioning have been identified, one lasting 1-2h and a second one (SWOP) starting 24h later and lasting 3-4 days. We sought to document SWOP in humans, using scintigraphy as an objective method of imaging. METHODS Nineteen male patients, aged 62+/-7 years with documented coronary artery disease(More)
OBJECTIVES Various types of surgical and interventional procedures have been reported to cause cardiac sympathetic denervation. We aimed at evaluating the effects of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in cardiac sympathetic innervation through meta-iodobenzyl-guanidine (MIBG) imaging. METHODS MIBG imaging was performed in 21 patients with coronary(More)
The prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in 182 prospectively followed adult patients (110 males, 72 females) with acute non-A, non-B hepatitis and its correlation with progression to chronic hepatitis were studied. These patients were followed for a mean of 24.7 +/- 13.1 (range, 6-57) months. By using a specific enzyme immunoassay for the(More)
BACKGROUND Although myocardial perfusion scintigraphy is of proven value in the risk stratification of patients with a recent myocardial infarction who receive conventional therapy, its value in patients undergoing thrombolytic therapy remains controversial. METHODS AND RESULTS Seventy-one patients who received thrombolytic therapy for acute myocardial(More)
AIMS The purpose of this study was to determine the most appropriate prognostic endpoint for myocardial (123)I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) scintigraphy in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) based on aggregate results from multiple studies published in the past decade. METHODS AND RESULTS Original individual late (3-5 h) heart/mediastinum (H/M)(More)