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BACKGROUND Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is an option in certain high-risk surgical patients with severe aortic valve stenosis. It is unknown whether TAVR can be safely introduced to lower-risk patients. OBJECTIVES The NOTION (Nordic Aortic Valve Intervention Trial) randomized clinical trial compared TAVR with surgical aortic valve(More)
OBJECTIVES We report our experience with transcatheter valve-in-valve implantations in patients with degenerated bioprostheses in aortic and mitral position. BACKGROUND Xenograft degeneration is a potential problem after biological valve replacement. Reoperation remains the gold standard with very good short- and long-term results. In selected patients(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this article is to report early and mid-term outcomes of the ACCESS-EU study (ACCESS-Europe A Two-Phase Observational Study of the MitraClip System in Europe), a European prospective, multicenter, nonrandomized post-approval study of MitraClip therapy (Abbott Vascular, Inc., Santa Clara, California). BACKGROUND MitraClip has been(More)
AIMS A substantial percentage of patients with mitral regurgitation (MR) in need of mitral valve repair are currently considered not suitable for conventional surgery. In Germany, the largest cohort of patients studied to date has been treated using a percutaneous, catheter-based approach. We report the acute outcomes of patients enrolled in the(More)
It has long been recognized that humans can perceive respiratory loads. There have been several studies on the detection and psychophysical quantification of mechanical load perception. This investigation was designed to record cortical sensory neurogenic activity related to inspiratory mechanical loading in humans. Inspiration was periodically occluded in(More)
We investigated our experience with combined transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) as an alternative strategy in high-risk patients. Combined surgical aortic valve replacement and coronary artery bypass grafting are the gold standard treatment for patients with aortic stenosis and concomitant coronary(More)
Congenital anomalies of the coronary arteries occur in 0.2-1.2% of the general population; they cause 12% of sports-related sudden cardiac deaths and 1.2% of non-sports-related deaths. We review some of the substantial advances that have been made both, in the understanding of the embryonic development of the coronary arteries and in the clinical diagnosis(More)
AIMS Conduction abnormalities (CA) requiring permanent pacemaker (PPM) are a well-known complication after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). This study aimed to determine the incidence of TAVI-related PPM and reevaluate the indications for PPM after the periprocedural period. METHODS AND RESULTS A total of 258 consecutive patients underwent(More)
The interventional treatment of mitral valve regurgitation by the MitraClip procedure has grown rapidly in Germany and Europe during the past years. The MitraClip procedure has the potential to treat high-risk patients with secondary mitral valve regurgitation and poor left ventricular function. Furthermore, patients with primary mitral valve regurgitation(More)
BACKGROUND Successful prevention of aortic complications has lead to improved survival of Marfan syndrome (MFS). With increasing age, however, ventricular arrhythmia and heart failure are emerging as life-threatening manifestations of myocardial dysfunction. HYPOTHESIS We sought to investigate whether echocardiography with tissue Doppler imaging (TDI)(More)