Marta Hlawaty

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BACKGROUND The rate of early complications of carotid artery stenting (CAS) should not exceed 3% in asymptomatic and 6% in symptomatic patients. However, some recent studies/registries failed to reach this threshold, fueling a debate on the role of CAS in the treatment of patients with carotid artery stenosis. AIM To evaluate 30-day safety of CAS using(More)
A role of coagulation in the pathogenesis of aortic stenosis (AS) is unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the fibrin (Fn) presence and its determinants in calcified stenotic aortic valve leaflets. Twenty-one patients with dominant AS and 17 well-matched patients with dominant aortic insufficiency (AI) undergoing aortic valve replacement were(More)
BACKGROUND High molecular weight von Willebrand factor (vWF) multimers (HMWM) are often deficient in patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) owing to shear stress-enhanced proteolysis of vWF. It has also been reported that AS is associated with increased activation of blood coagulation. OBJECTIVE To investigate whether patients with AS with a deficiency(More)
BACKGROUND In patients with severe degenerative aortic stenosis (DAS) the operative mortality risk is 3% for isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR), but it significantly increases in patients with concomitant coronary artery disease (CAD) and internal carotid artery stenosis (ICAS). AIM To assess the frequency of ICAS > or = 50% and factors determining(More)
INTRODUCTION The role of blood coagulation in the pathogenesis of aortic stenosis (AS) is unknown. Recently, tissue factor (TF) expression in stenotic aortic valves has been reported in animal model. OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to investigate TF expression in valve leaflets obtained from AS patients and to determine its associations with(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of study was to assess whether activation of blood coagulation and platelets is enhanced in aortic stenosis (AS) and if so, to determine factors that might modulate these processes. PATIENTS/METHODS Seventy-five patients with AS (48 males, 27 females, aged 65+/-10 years) were enrolled in the study. A control group comprised 75 age- and(More)
Background: Tc99m MIBI single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) study facilitates the evaluation of the regional myocardial perfusion and tissue Doppler echocardiography imaging facilitates the quantitative assessment of the regional systolic and diastolic function of the myocardium. The aim of the study was an assessment of the correlation(More)
Coexistent carotid artery stenosis (CS) and multivessel coronary artery disease (CAD) is not infrequent. One in 5 patients with multivessel CAD has a severe CS, and CAD incidence reaches 80% in those referred for carotid revascularization. We reviewed treatment strategies for concomitant severe CS and CAD. We performed a literature search (MEDLINE) with(More)
INTRODUCTION The immediate and complete restoration of perfusion in patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI) leads to the survival of myocardial cells in the initially ischaemic risk area and makes the recovery of left ventricular contractile function possible. AIM The goal of the study was to assess the utility of contrast echocardiography (CE) in(More)
Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is a common complication of essential hypertension and an independent risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease. Therefore, antihypertensive treatment should decrease blood pressure (BP) and reverse LVH. However, antihypertensive drugs have been shown to have different effects on LVH despite similar effects(More)