Sasa Kadivec

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PURPOSE In chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cardiovascular system is involved but less is known about role of specific cardiac biomarkers. We aimed to investigate associations between N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and troponin T during hospitalisation with 6-month outcome. METHODS This was a prospective study conducted(More)
OBJECTIVES To test whether coordination of discharge from hospital reduces hospitalizations in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). DESIGN Randomized controlled clinical trial. SETTING Specialized pulmonary hospital. PARTICIPANTS Patients hospitalized for an acute exacerbation of COPD. INTERVENTION Care as usual included(More)
BACKGROUND Limited information is available about Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA) questionnaire in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We have conceived this analysis to study the associations between MNA questionnaire, body composition, and rehospitalisations in patients with COPD. METHODS This prospective study recruited(More)
Diagnosing heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is difficult due to overlapping pathophysiological pathways, risk factors and clinical presentations. We investigated the prevalence and prognostic implications of coexisting HFpEF in patients hospitalized for acute exacerbation of(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) follows a slowly progressive natural course that can be accelerated by acute exacerbations, which frequently trigger admissions to hospital. Specific healthcare professional profiles such as that of discharge coordinator have been successful in reducing numbers of hospitalizations and need for medical(More)
BACKGROUND We aimed to assess the relationship between echocardiographic characteristics and mortality in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). METHODS We prospectively studied 154 patients (mean age 71 ± 10 years, 71% male) with COPD. All patients underwent transthoracic Doppler echocardiography within 48 hours of hospital(More)
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