Nikolaos V. Fotos

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BACKGROUND Heart failure is a serious chronic syndrome that is accompanied by significant physical and psychological burdens, resulting in poor quality of life. AIM To assess the quality of life of patients with severe heart failure and its correlation with patient demographic, socio-economic and clinical characteristics. METHOD We studied 199 patients(More)
BACKGROUND It is proven that early admission to hospital contributes significantly to the successful management of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). AIM This study aimed to examine the factors associated with delayed hospital arrival among patients with AMI. METHODS A cross-sectional study among 477 AMI patients was conducted during a 2-year period in(More)
Interferon-induced, immune-mediated, thrombocytopenia is a rare event. In this report the case is described of development of severe, reversible, autoimmune thrombocytopenia in a patient with chronic hepatitis C virus infection, 6 months after the discontinuation of pegylated interferon-alpha-2b plus ribavirin treatment. Physicians must be aware that(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the serological status of HBV infection and liver histology in chronic HCV-infected injecting drug users (IDUs) and to correlate them with the possible time of infection and the principal HCV genotype. METHODS Some 130 prior IDUs with chronic HCV infection were consecutively evaluated for the serological(More)
PURPOSE The assessment of the level of anxiety, depression and quality of life among patients with heart failure. METHODS It was an observational study. The populations were 231 patients with heart failure who were hospitalized in cardiology departments of 2 general hospitals in Athens, from September 1, 2010 through January 31, 2012. We used the(More)
BACKGROUND Several parameters of the nurse's work environment lead to fewer patient complications and lower nurse burnout. The aim of this systematic review was the analysis of research data related to the effect of nurses' work environments on outcomes for both patients and nurses. METHODS Medline was searched by using keywords: 'working conditions',(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the effect of body mass index (BMI) values on 1- and 2-year mortality rates in patients with chronic heart failure (HF). PATIENTS AND METHODS We conducted a retrospective cohort study of 112 patients with confirmed HF who visited the HF outpatient unit of a tertiary hospital of Athens, Greece, during a 5-month period (December 2012(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of the present study was to investigate the association between the perioperative neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and cardiac surgery patient outcomes. PATIENTS AND METHODS A retrospective cohort study of 145 patients who underwent cardiac surgery in a tertiary hospital of Athens, Greece, from January to March 2015, was conducted.(More)
AIM To evaluate the seroprevalence of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) in 13 581 women at reproductive age and the hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg)/anti-HBe status as well as serum hepatitis B virus (HBV)-DNA levels in a subgroup of HBsAg(+) pregnant women at labor in Greece. METHODS Serological markers were detected using enzyme immunoassays. Serum(More)