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OBJECTIVES This study sought to investigate gender-related differences in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) in Europe. BACKGROUND Gender-related differences may play a significant role in AF. METHODS We analyzed the data of 5,333 patients (42% female) enrolled in the Euro Heart Survey on Atrial Fibrillation. RESULTS Compared with men, the women(More)
Early recanalization of the occluded culprit coronary artery clearly reduces infarct size in both animal models and patients and improves clinical outcomes. Unfortunately, reperfusion can seldom be accomplished before some myocardium infarcts. As a result there has been an intensive search for interventions that will make the heart resistant to infarction(More)
Rotational angiography is a novel method for three-dimensional reconstruction of the left atrium and pulmonary veins during catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation, but is still hampered by suboptimal reconstructions in a considerable number of patients. We describe the results of rapid pacing of the right ventricle for optimization of image acquisition(More)
The aims of this survey was to provide insight into treatment activity, the strategy of treatment, and risk stratification of patients with asymptomatic and symptomatic ventricular pre-excitation across Europe. Fifty-eight centres, members of the European Heart Rhythm Association EP research network, covering 20 countries answered the survey questions. All(More)
The aim of this survey was to provide insight into current practice regarding ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) among members of the European Heart Rhythm Association electrophysiology research network. Thirty centres responded to the survey. The main ablation technique for first-time ablation was stand-alone pulmonary vein isolation (PVI): in(More)
We investigated the influence of Holter duration on the detection of recurrences after ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF). Two-hundred-and-fifteen patients underwent a 7-day Holter ECG at 6 months after catheter ablation. We analyzed the number of patients who had a recurrence within the first 24, 48, 72 h etc. up to the total of 7 days. During the(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to examine the prognostic value of lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A(2) (Lp-PLA(2)) associated with high-density lipoprotein (HDL) (HDL-Lp-PLA(2)) in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD). BACKGROUND Lp-PLA(2) is a novel risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It has been postulated that the role of(More)
There are limited and controversial data regarding the impact of 4G/5G polymorphism of the plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) gene in the pathogenesis of premature myocardial infarction (MI). We explored whether 4G/5G polymorphism of the PAI-1 gene is associated with the development of MI <or= 35 years of age. We recruited 201 consecutive patients(More)
OBJECTIVE Depression is common in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) and is associated with higher risk of cardiovascular adverse events. We aimed to explore the prognostic role of mild depression on cardiovascular mortality and compare its prognostic value with C-reactive protein (CRP) levels in patients with stable CAD. RESEARCH DESIGN AND(More)
Accurate understanding and visualization of the mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias originating from a complex 3D substrate are a prerequisite for successful treatment of such disorders. Nonfluoroscopic cardiac mapping systems are designed to provide the required spatial anatomical information in combination with local electrical information. During recent(More)