Ruud J Kuiper

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BACKGROUND The co-existence between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure has been previously described. However, the co-existence between COPD and subclinical left ventricular (LV) dysfunction, without the presence of heart failure symptoms, is less well understood. This study determined the relationship and clinical relevance of(More)
AIMS Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are often diagnosed at time of (impending) rupture leading to a dramatic increase of morbidity and mortality. A simple screening device might be the key solution for widespread AAA screening. This study evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of a new portable ultrasound scanner (Aortascan BVI 9600) developed for automatic(More)
Diabetes mellitus (DM) and left ventricular dysfunction (LVD) are often coexistent and invariably associated with increased mortality. Data on long-term prognosis of "isolated" diastolic LVD in diabetics are lacking; therefore, we evaluated these prognostic implications in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and DM. Using echocardiography, 1321(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular (CV) complications are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in vascular surgery patients. The Revised Cardiac Risk (RCR) index, identifying cardiac risk factors, is commonly used for preoperative risk stratification. However, a more direct marker of the underlying atherosclerotic disease, such as the common carotid artery(More)
BACKGROUND The prognostic value of heart failure symptoms on postoperative outcome is well acknowledged in perioperative guidelines. The prognostic value of asymptomatic left ventricular (LV) dysfunction remains unknown. This study evaluated the prognostic implications of asymptomatic LV dysfunction in vascular surgery patients assessed with routine(More)
AIMS This study evaluated the prevalence of left-ventricular (LV) dysfunction in vascular surgery patients and pharmacological treatment, according ESC guidelines. METHODS AND RESULTS Echocardiography was performed pre-operatively in 1,005 consecutive patients. Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) <or=50% defined systolic LV dysfunction. Diastolic LV(More)
BACKGROUND Both preoperative left ventricular dysfunction (LVD) and acute kidney injury (AKI) in the postoperative period are independently associated with mortality. We evaluated the prevalence and prognostic implications of AKI in a cohort of vascular surgery patients. METHODS Before vascular surgery, 1,158 patients were screened for LVD. Development of(More)
Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) in patients at risk will become more cost effective if a simple, inexpensive, and reliable ultrasound device is available. The aim of this study was to compare a 2-dimensional, handheld ultrasound device and a newly developed ultrasound volume scanner (based on bladder scan technology) with computed tomography(More)
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