Matthijs Bax

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BACKGROUND Fractional flow reserve (FFR) and coronary blood flow velocity reserve (CFR) represent physiological quantities used to evaluate coronary lesion severity and to make clinical decisions. A comparison between the outcomes of both diagnostic techniques has not been performed in a large cohort of patients with intermediate coronary lesions. METHODS(More)
Sanfilippo syndrome is a rare degenerative disorder which has severe intellectual and behavioural sequelae, commonly including sleep problems. A parental questionnaire was used to gather information on the sleep patterns of 80 children with Sanfilippo syndrome (mean age 10 years 2 months). The majority were found to have sleep problems (78%). Many also(More)
BACKGROUND Microvascular function is increasingly being recognized as an important marker of risk in coronary artery disease, and may be accurately assessed by intracoronary Doppler flow velocity measurements. In the setting of ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction there are limited data regarding the prognostic value of microvascular function in both(More)
BACKGROUND Percutaneous renal denervation (RDN) has recently been introduced as a treatment for therapy-resistant hypertension. Also, it has been suggested that RDN may be beneficial for other conditions characterised by increased sympathetic nerve activity. There are still many uncertainties with regard to efficacy, safety, predictors for success and(More)
To determine the influence of coronary artery stent strut thickness on angiographic late luminal loss, 663 patients were included in a single-center observational cohort after receiving an ACS Multilink stent in a native coronary vessel. At 6- to 10-month follow-up, 287 patients treated with a thin-strut stent (50 microm) had significantly less late luminal(More)
BACKGROUND We assessed the predictive value of preprocedural plasma C-reactive protein (CRP) concentrations and statin therapy on 6 months angiographic and 1-year clinical outcome after nonurgent coronary stent placement. METHODS AND RESULTS Baseline plasma high-sensitivity CRP concentrations were prospectively measured in 345 patients undergoing elective(More)
BACKGROUND Abnormalities in the coronary microcirculation are increasingly recognized as an elementary component of ischemic heart disease, which can be accurately assessed by coronary flow velocity reserve in reference vessels (refCFVR). We studied the prognostic value of refCFVR for long-term mortality in patients with stable coronary artery disease. (More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to perform a direct comparison between perfusion scintigraphic results and intracoronary-derived hemodynamic variables (fractional flow reserve [FFR]; absolute and relative coronary flow velocity reserve [CFVR and rCFVR, respectively]) in patients with two-vessel disease. BACKGROUND There is limited information on the diagnostic(More)
BACKGROUND In the setting of primary percutaneous coronary intervention, patients with a chronic total occlusion in a non-infarct related artery were recently identified as a high-risk subgroup. It is unclear whether ST-elevation myocardial infarction patients with a chronic total occlusion in a non-infarct related artery should undergo additional(More)
Contemporary mechanical reperfusion therapy for acute myocardial infarction is aimed at early and complete restoration of myocardial perfusion. However, successful restoration of epicardial blood flow does not guarantee restoration of flow at the myocardial tissue level. The incidence of inadequate myocardial reperfusion after primary percutaneous coronary(More)