Maria Siwicka

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Heart and pulmonary involvement is a leading cause of systemic sclerosis (SSc)-related deaths. The aim of our study was to assess if biochemical markers of right ventricular (RV) overload, endothelial function and collagen metabolism can predict RV dysfunction assessed by Doppler echocardiography in SSc patients. We prospectively studied 111 consecutive(More)
Although scleroderma is generally considered a fibrosing disease, it is now recognized that the underlying vascular pathology is playing a fundamental role in its pathogenesis. The present study was aimed at testing the prevalence of anti-endothelial cell antibodies (AECA) in systemic scleroderma (SSc) patients with and without pulmonary hypertension (PH)(More)
High prevalence of exaggerated pulmonary artery pressure response to exercise (EPAPR) was reported in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). However, pathophysiology of this phenomenon has not been well defined. Therefore, we evaluated the frequency and potential aetiology of EPAPR in SSc patients. We included 85 patients (79 female, 6 male, mean age 54.3(More)
INTRODUCTION There are limited data on left (LV) and right ventricular (RV) diastolic function in systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients especially in relation to biomarkers of matrix remodeling. The aim of the study was to analyze LV and RV myocardial diastolic function in SSc patients at baseline and after at least 1 year of follow-up and its relation to serum(More)
OBJECTIVES Systemic sclerosis (SSc) leads to pulmonary circulation dysfunctionand there are some indications of systemic circulation impairment. We evaluated the influence of SSc on the elastic properties of large systemic arterial walls and potential correlations between systemic and pulmonary circulation involvement. METHOD We examined 75 consecutive(More)
OBJECTIVES Heart and pulmonary involvement is a leading cause of systemic sclerosis (SSc)-related deaths. The six-minute walk test (6MWT) is a simple and reproducible test commonly used to evaluate exercise capacity. We tried to assess a potential relationship between exercise capacity assessed by 6MWT, echocardiographic parameters of right ventricular(More)
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disorder characterized by skin and internal organs fibrosis and concomitant vascular abnormalities. Although SSc is considered mainly fibrosing disease, underlying vascular pathology plays a fundamental role in its pathogenesis. We have focused on positive and negative serum markers of angiogenesis and fibrosis(More)
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