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The association between dermatomyositis and restrictive cardiomyopathy has not been reported before. We present here the clinical, echocardiographic and muscle biopsy data for a patient with dermatomyositis and restrictive cardiomyopathy. In a 78-year-old male with a history of arterial hypertension, recurrent episodes of atrial fibrillation and syncopes,(More)
AIMS Stroke patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) have a poorer neurological outcome than stroke patients without AF. Whether stroke patients with AF also have a higher rate of medical complications is unknown. The aim of the study was to compare the in-hospital course of acute stroke patients with and without AF. METHODS AND RESULTS The Austrian Stroke(More)
Aortitis may be due to infectious and non-infectious causes. We observed aortitis, associated with glaucoma, thyroiditis, pericarditis, pleural effusion and neuropathy in a 63-years old woman. Despite antibiotic therapy, inflammatory signs persisted and resolved only after initiation of glucocorticoid therapy. Increasing aortic ectasia necessitated(More)
BACKGROUND Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked recessive disease that occurs in males leading to immobility and death in early adulthood. Female carriers of DMD are generally asymptomatic, yet frequently develop dilated cardiomyopathy. This study aims to detect early cardiac manifestation in DMD using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) and(More)
We present the case of a 76-year-old female with suspected Friedreich ataxia, in whom leakage and thrombosis of a percutaneously implanted left atrial appendage occluder (PLAATO) was observed 2 years after implantation. Because of late developing leakages and thrombi, regular transesophageal echocardiographic examinations should be carried out in patients(More)