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Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a cause of pregnancy-associated heart failure. It typically develops during the last month of, and up to 6 months after, pregnancy in women without known cardiovascular disease. The present position statement offers a state-of-the-art summary of what is known about risk factors for potential pathophysiological mechanisms,(More)
AIMS To determine whether the risk of adverse cardiovascular (CV) outcomes associated with diabetes differs in patients with low and preserved ejection fraction (EF) heart failure (HF). METHODS AND RESULTS We analysed outcomes in the Candesartan in Heart failure-Assessment of Reduction in Mortality and morbidity (CHARM) programme which randomized 7599(More)
AIMS Adiponectin is a fat-derived hormone involved in the regulation of metabolism. Adiponectin concentration is inversely related to body weight and, in animals, causes weight loss. We, therefore, measured adiponectin concentration in patients with heart failure (HF) and cachexia. METHODS AND RESULTS Serum adiponectin concentrations were measured in(More)
INTRODUCTION Cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) inhibitors have less upper gastrointestinal toxicity than traditional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). However, both COX-2 inhibitors and traditional NSAIDs may be associated with adverse cardiovascular side effects. Data from randomised and observational studies suggest that celecoxib has similar(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical significance of native T1 values in remote myocardium in survivors of acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). BACKGROUND The pathophysiology and prognostic significance of remote myocardium in the natural history of STEMI is uncertain. Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR)(More)
BACKGROUND The pathophysiology of myocardial injury and repair in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction is incompletely understood. We investigated the relationships among culprit artery microvascular resistance, myocardial salvage, and ventricular function. METHODS AND RESULTS The index of microvascular resistance (IMR) was measured by means(More)
BACKGROUND The indications, complexity and capabilities of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) have rapidly expanded. Whether actual service provision and training have developed in parallel is unknown. METHODS We undertook a systematic telephone and postal survey of all public hospitals on behalf of the British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic(More)
AIMS To assess the prognostic significance of infarct core tissue characteristics using cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging in survivors of acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). METHODS AND RESULTS We performed an observational prospective single centre cohort study in 300 reperfused STEMI patients (mean ± SD age 59 ± 12 years, 74% male)(More)
OBJECTIVE Diabetes and heart failure commonly coexist, and prior studies have suggested better outcomes with metformin than other antidiabetic agents. We designed this study to determine whether this association reflects a beneficial effect of metformin or a harmful effect of other agents. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS We performed a case-control study(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to assess whether deferred stenting might reduce no-reflow and salvage myocardium in primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). BACKGROUND No-reflow is associated with adverse outcomes in STEMI. METHODS This was a prospective, single-center, randomized,(More)