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BACKGROUND Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may contribute to the pathogenesis of congestive heart failure (CHF). Nocturnal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy can alleviate OSA and may have a role in the treatment of CHF patients. OBJECTIVES To investigate the acute and chronic effects of CPAP therapy on left ventricular systolic function,(More)
BACKGROUND Positron emission tomography using (18)F-Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) is an emerging modality for diagnosis of cardiac sarcoidosis (CS). We compared the location and degree of FDG uptake in CS patients presenting with either advanced atrioventricular block (AVB) or ventricular tachycardia (VT). METHODS AND RESULTS We included consecutive patients(More)
BACKGROUND Up to 50% of patients do not respond to Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT). Recent work has focused on quantifying mechanical dyssynchrony and left ventricular scar. Septal reverse-mismatch (R-MM) (reduced FDG uptake vs perfusion) has been observed in patients with cardiomyopathy and prolonged QRS duration. We hypothesized that a greater(More)
The Family Project Approach (FPA) has been developed as an alternative to the placement of conduct-disordered adolescents into care. Since 1987, the target group of this project has been extended to include maltreated children and to parents who are in despair because of persistent child behaviour problems and other stressors. This article gives an overview(More)
BACKGROUND Impairment of myocardial flow reserve (MFR) in aortic stenosis (AS) with normal left ventricular function relates to the haemodynamic severity. OBJECTIVES To investigate whether myocardial blood flow (MBF) and MFR differ in low-flow, low-gradient AS depending on whether there is underlying true-severe AS (TSAS) or pseudo-severe AS (PSAS). (More)
At the current stage of development in the family therapy field, exploratory, small-scale process studies are necessary in order to understand through what interpersonal processes child and family change occur. The goal of this article is to show how relevant therapist-parent interactions within family-based approaches can be explored and linked to the(More)
The objective of this study was to determine whether sending an information pamphlet to patients scheduled for a PET test two weeks prior to the appointment date significantly reduced patient anxiety and increased patient knowledge about the test. This study was conducted as a randomized controlled trial in which patients were randomly allocated to receive(More)
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