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An increasing number of patients undergoing radiotherapy (RT) have cardiac implantable electronic devices [CIEDs, cardiac pacemakers (PMs) and implanted cardioverters/defibrillators (ICDs)]. Ionizing radiation can cause latent and permanent damage to CIEDs, which may result in loss of function in patients with asystole or ventricular fibrillation. Reviewing(More)
BACKGROUND Accumulation of macrophages and their in situ expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are important determinants of plaque stability. Activation of membrane-bound MT1-MMP, the major activator of pro-MMP-2, requires intracellular endoproteolytic cleavage of its precursor protein. This type of activation typically requires suitable(More)
AIMS Recent studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of catheter-based renal sympathetic denervation (RDN) for the treatment of resistant hypertension. We aimed to determine the cost-effectiveness of this approach separately for men and women of different ages. METHODS AND RESULTS A Markov state-transition model accounting for costs, life-years,(More)
AIMS Atrial fibrillation ablation is a complex procedure that requires detailed anatomic information about left atrium (LA) and pulmonary veins (PVs). The goal of this study was to test rotational angiography of the LA during adenosine-induced asystole as an imaging tool in patients undergoing atrial fibrillation ablation. METHODS AND RESULTS Seventy(More)
BACKGROUND Pulmonary vein (PV) isolation is a technically challenging intervention. For this reason, integration of three-dimensional imaging with computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in order to enhance effectiveness and safety has been widely adopted. A novel imaging approach--intraprocedural rotational angiography and(More)
INTRODUCTION Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with electroanatomical remodelling of the left atrium (LA), especially with LA dilatation. However, little is known about the changes of the three-dimensional structure of the LA, regarding the type of atrial fibrillation and their prognostic value after an ablative treatment. METHODS One hundred fifteen(More)
OBJECTIVE Therapeutic hypothermia has proved effective in improving outcome in patients after cardiac arrest due to ventricular fibrillation (VF). The benefit in patients with non-VF cardiac arrest is still not defined. METHODS This prospective observational study was conducted in a university hospital setting with historical controls. Between 2002 and(More)
Integrin alphav is involved in intracellular-extracellular signaling important for cytoskeleton alterations and control of cell movement. In vitro experiments indicate that the integrin alphav-subunit undergoes post-translational endoproteolytic cleavage. This type of activation requires the presence of suitable kexin/subtilisin-like proprotein convertases.(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Detection rates of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) after acute ischemic stroke increase with duration of ECG monitoring. To date, it is unknown which patient group may benefit most from intensive monitoring strategies. Therefore, we aimed to identify predictors of previously unknown AF during in-hospital ECG monitoring. METHODS(More)