Pedro Marcos-Alberca

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BACKGROUND Two-dimensional (2D) wall motion-tracking echocardiography (WMT) is a useful method to measure myocardial strain, but it is very limited because acquisition and analysis are time consuming. Three-dimensional (3D) WMT is a new method that might improve diagnostic usefulness and reduce study times. The aims of this study were to compare results on(More)
BACKGROUND Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) techniques have been presenting good procedural success and favorable clinical outcomes. However, optimal management of aortic valve disease in elderly patients depends on quality of life (QoL) improvement. In this study we aimed to evaluate changes in QoL in patients referred for TAVI. METHODS AND(More)
Obesity is considered as a strong risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. 3D-wall motion tracking echocardiography (3D-WMT) provides information regarding different parameters of left ventricular (LV) myocardial deformation. Our aim was to assess the presence of early myocardial deformation abnormalities in nonselected obese children free(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to determine whether human neutrophils express an endothelial-type nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), and to study the effect of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) on its expression. BACKGROUND Several studies have demonstrated the presence of a constitutively expressed nitric oxide svnthase (NOS) in neutrophils.(More)
This paper presents a methodology and a software package developed to quantify M-mode tissue Doppler imaging (TDI), defining a number of quantitative parameters drawn from velocity and gradient curves obtained after segmenting the myocardial wall into anatomical layers. The independent clinical predictive value of these parameters to detect motion(More)
BACKGROUND Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is an alternative therapy for high-risk patients with symptomatic aortic stenosis. TAVI without balloon aortic predilation (BPD) has been found to be as feasible and safe as the standard approach with predilation. The aim of this study was to show the usefulness of transesophageal echocardiographic(More)
Assessment of intramyocardial perfusion by contrast echocardiography is a promising new technique that allows to obtain quantitative parameters for the assessment of ischemic disease. In this work, a new methodology and a software prototype developed for this task are presented. It has been validated with Coherent Contrast Imaging (CCI®) images acquired(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES Tako-tsubo-like transient left ventricular apical ballooning has been described in Japan, but few cases have been reported in Western countries. We report one of the first series outside Japan, which provides new information on the coronary anatomy of this disorder. PATIENTS AND METHODS From January 1998 to February 2003 we(More)
AIMS Paravalvular aortic regurgitation (AR) is common after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). This study aimed to assess the prosthesis/aortic annulus discongruence by three-dimensional (3D) transoesophageal (TOE) planimetry of aortic annulus and its impact on the occurrence of significant AR after TAVI. METHODS AND RESULTS We included 33(More)