Stefan C. Bertog

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OBJECTIVES We sought to determine the association of etiology of constrictive pericarditis (CP), pericardial calcification (CA), and other clinical variables with long-term survival after pericardiectomy. BACKGROUND Constrictive pericarditis is the result of a spectrum of primary cardiac and noncardiac conditions. Few data exist on the cause-specific(More)
AIMS Percutaneous patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure for secondary stroke prevention is discussed controversially. Long-term data comparing different closure devices are limited. The objective is the prospective comparison of procedural complications and long-term results after PFO closure in patients with cryptogenic stroke randomized to three different(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to assess the efficacy of catheter-based renal sympathetic denervation in patients with accessory renal arteries and to compare the blood pressure (BP)-lowering effect with that observed in patients with bilateral single renal arteries after renal denervation. BACKGROUND Catheter-based renal sympathetic denervation causes(More)
Systemic hypertension is a major burden to the individual and society. Its association with major adverse cardiac and cerebral events and favorable effects of antihypertensive therapy are undisputed. However, despite multidrug therapy, blood pressures are frequently suboptimally controlled. Moreover, adverse drug effects often interfere with patients'(More)
PD Dr. med. R. Bosch, Ludwigburg PD Dr. med. T. Eggeling, Köln Prof. Dr. med. M. Hennersdorf, Heilbronn Dr. med. K. Graf La Rosee, Bonn Prof. Dr. med. T. Korte, München PD Dr. med. T. Lauer, Düsseldorf Prof. Dr. med. M. Leschke, Esslingen Prof. Dr. med. T. Lewalter, Bonn Prof. Dr. med. D. Mathey, Hamburg Prof. Dr. med. H. Mudra, München Prof. Dr. med. N.(More)
To the Editor: Renal sympathetic denervation (RDN) has been dopted in a number of countries as an additional treatment option o supplement antihypertensive therapy in patients with resistant ypertension. Concerns have been raised with regard to the ossible occurrence of renal artery stenosis (RAS). In the followng, we present a case of RAS as the(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the incidence of symptomatic recurrent embolic events after patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure and potential causes for these events. BACKGROUND It is well-known that cerebral or other embolic events may occur after PFO closure. METHODS This is a retrospective analysis of consecutive patients who underwent PFO closure for(More)
This is a case report of a 69-year-old female with treatment-resistant severe arterial hypertension despite prior successful percutaneous intervention to both renal arteries for significant renal artery stenoses (stenting of the right and balloon angioplasty of the left renal artery). The office blood pressure was 221/108 mm Hg at baseline. Secondary(More)
Treatment of an aberrant right subclavian artery (arteria lusoria) aneurysm is traditionally performed surgically or via a hybrid approach. To our knowledge, a fully percutaneous approach has not yet been reported. We describe the fully endovascular exclusion of an aberrant right subclavian artery and thoracic aortic aneurysm. This approach has the(More)
We report a case of incomplete left atrial appendage (LAA) closure after Watchman device (Atritech, Boston Scientific, Natrick, MA) implantation which subsequently developed a thrombus 3 years after the initial procedure. The thrombus resolved after a short period of anticoagulation with warfarin, and the LAA was successfully occluded with a(More)