Stefan Störk

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OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to explore the left ventricular (LV) deformation changes and the potential impact of deformation on outcome in patients with proven light-chain (AL) amyloidosis and LV hypertrophy. BACKGROUND Cardiac involvement in AL amyloidosis patients is associated with poor outcome. Detecting regional cardiac function by advanced(More)
Electronic health records are a rich source for medical information. However, large parts of clinical diagnosis reports are in textual form and are therefore not per se usable for statistical evaluations. To transform the information from an unstructured into a struc-tured form is the goal of medical language processing. In this paper we want to propose an(More)
For epidemiological research, the usage of standard electronic health records may be regarded a convenient way to obtain large amounts of medical data. Unfortunately, large parts of clinical reports are in written text form and cannot be used for statistical evaluations without appropriate preprocessing. This functionality is one of the main tasks in(More)
OBJECTIVES Since diastolic abnormalities are typical findings of cardiac amyloidosis (CA), we hypothesized that speckle-tracking-imaging (STI) derived longitudinal early diastolic strain rate (LSRdias) could predict outcome in CA patients with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF >50%). BACKGROUND Diastolic abnormalities including altered(More)
BACKGROUND To assess heart failure therapies in diabetic patients with preserved as compared to impaired systolic ventricular function. METHODS 3304 patients with heart failure from 9 different studies were included (mean age 63 ± 14 years); out of these, 711 subjects had preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (≥ 50%) and 994 patients in the whole(More)
Despite substantial advances in the imaging techniques and pathophysiological understanding over the last decades, identification of the underlying causes of left ventricular hypertrophy by means of echocardiographic examination remains a challenge in current clinical practice. The longitudinal strain bull's eye plot derived from 2D speckle tracking imaging(More)
OBJECTIVES Population-based health risk assessment and stratification are considered highly relevant for large-scale implementation of integrated care by facilitating services design and case identification. The principal objective of the study was to analyse five health-risk assessment strategies and health indicators used in the five regions participating(More)
BACKGROUND High-sensitivity troponin (hs-TNT), a biomarker of myocardial damage, might be useful for assessing fibrosis in Fabry cardiomyopathy. We performed a prospective analysis of hs-TNT as a biomarker for myocardial changes in Fabry patients and a retrospective longitudinal follow-up study to assess longitudinal hs-TNT changes relative to fibrosis and(More)
BACKGROUND In spite of several research studies help to describe the heart in Fabry disease (FD), the cardiomyopathy is not entirely understood. In addition, the impact of blood pressure and alterations in geometry have not been systematically evaluated. METHODS In 74 FD patients (mean age 36±12 years; 45 females) the extent of myocardial fibrosis and its(More)
Right ventricle (RV) dysfunction is a key outcome determinant and a leading cause of death for patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). In this report, we followed the 5-year clinical journey of a patient with CTEPH. The tricuspid pressure gradient was significantly increased in the early phase of CTEPH and "normalized" at the(More)