S. C. A. M. Bekkers

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Aims Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a frequent cause of sudden cardiac death (SCD) due to exercise-related ventricular arrhythmias (ERVA); however the pathological substrate is uncertain. The aim was to determine the prevalence of ERVA and their relation with fibrosis as determined by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) in carriers of an HCM(More)
BACKGROUND Dilated cardiomyopathy and ischaemic heart disease can both lead to right ventricular (RV) dysfunction. Direct comparisons of the two entities regarding RV size and function using state-of-the-art imaging techniques have not yet been performed. We aimed to determine RV function and volume in dilated cardiomyopathy and ischaemic heart disease in(More)
Heart failure (HF) is a complex clinical syndrome resulting from impaired diastolic and/or systolic function and clinically manifested by numerous, rather unspecific symptoms such as dyspnoea (at rest or exertion), orthopnoea, wheezing, chronic fatigue and lower extremity oedema. The prevalence of HF increases steeply with age, causing high mortality and(More)
Infectious complications following cardiac surgery are associated with increased mortality, prolonged hospital stay and increased health care costs [1]. The prevalence of post-cardiac surgery infections ranges between 5 and 21 %, depending on whether surgical site (sternal wound and leg harvest site infections) or non-surgical site infections (pneumonia,(More)
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