Marija M. Polovina

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BACKGROUND Lone atrial fibrillation (AF) has been suggested to have a favorable long-term prognosis. Significant interest has been directed at factors predicting arrhythmia progression, and the HATCH score (hypertension, age ≥ 75 years, transient ischemic attack or stroke [2 points], COPD, and heart failure [2 points]) recently has been proposed as a(More)
BACKGROUND The CHA(2)DS(2)-VASc (Congestive heart failure, Hypertension, Age ≥75 years, Diabetes mellitus, previous Stroke/transient ischemic attack [TIA], Vascular disease, Age 65-74 years, and Sex category [female gender]) schema recently has been introduced to complement the CHADS(2) (Congestive heart failure, Hypertension, Age >75 years, Diabetes(More)
BACKGROUND To investigate baseline characteristics and long-term prognosis of carefully characterized asymptomatic and symptomatic patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) in a 'real-world' cohort of first-diagnosed non-valvular AF over a 10-year follow-up period. METHODS AND RESULTS We conducted an observational, non-interventional, and single-centre(More)
Vascular endothelium has important regulatory functions in the cardiovascular system and a pivotal role in the maintenance of vascular health and metabolic homeostasis. It has long been recognized that endothelial dysfunction participates in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis from early, preclinical lesions to advanced, thrombotic complications. In(More)
BACKGROUND Many blood biomarkers have a positive association with stroke outcome, but adding blood biomarkers to the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) did not significantly improve its discriminatory ability. We investigated the association of the CHA2DS2-VASc score with unfavourable functional outcome (defined as a 30-day modified Rankin(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia in general population. The aim of the study was to compare all-cause mortality and cardiovascular mortality in patients with lone and idiopathic AF to correspondent mortality in general population of Serbia. METHODS A longitudinal observational study included the(More)
BACKGROUND Many atrial fibrillation (AF) patients have a poor understanding of the management of this condition. We investigated patient attitudes towards AF and a potential invasive treatment following an average 10-year period of prospective rhythm control in a cohort of newly diagnosed AF patients. METHODS This was a prospective registry-based study.(More)
Data on the management of atrial fibrillation (AF) in the Balkan Region are limited. The Serbian AF Association (SAFA) prospectively investigated contemporary 'real-world' AF management in clinical practice in Albania, Bosnia&Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia through a 14-week (December 2014-February 2015) prospective,(More)
AIM Atrial fibrillation (AF) commonly co-exists with heart failure (HF). The risk factors for and prognostic implications of incident HF development in patients with first-diagnosed AF and structurally normal hearts are poorly defined. In a cohort of patients with first-diagnosed AF and structurally normal hearts on baseline echocardiography, we(More)
BACKGROUND Several studies have investigated gender-related differences in atrial fibrillation (AF), but limited data are available in relation to gender-related differences in presentation, treatment and long-term outcomes of patients with first-diagnosed AF and structurally normal heart. OBJECTIVE To compare gender-related clinical characteristics,(More)