Stephan H Flüchter

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To assess cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) findings in Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC), 17 consecutive patients (15 women) with TTC who underwent left heart catheterization and gadolinium-enhanced CMR were evaluated. All patients had an abnormal electrocardiogram consisting of ST-segment elevation (n=8) and/or ST-segment depression (n=4) and/or T-wave(More)
Aims The aim of our study is to assess the incidence and clinical significance of right ventricular (RV) involvement in Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC). Methods and results Between February 2002 and December 2005, 47 patients with TTC underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) at our institutions. 13 patients with delayed initial CMR were excluded. In(More)
INTRODUCTION Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) is a powerful diagnostic tool for evaluating cardiac structure and function. Recently, right ventricular wall-motion abnormalities were described using electron beam tomography in patients with Brugada syndrome. In the present study, we prospectively evaluated CMR findings in patients with Brugada(More)
PURPOSE To prospectively evaluate incidence of clinically silent and clinically apparent embolic cerebral infarction following diagnostic and interventional coronary angiography and associated risk factors. MATERIALS AND METHODS Written informed consent was obtained from all patients, and the study was approved by the research ethics committee of(More)
OBJECTIVE Previous studies determined the amount of epicardial fat by measuring the right ventricular epicardial fat thickness. However, it is not proven whether this one-dimensional method correlates well with the absolute amount of epicardial fat. In this prospective study, a new cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) method using the(More)
An immunohistochemical technique for determination of "estramustine-binding protein" (EMBP) in rat prostate is described. The localization and staining intensity of this protein were correlated to prostatic morphological structures in intact animals and at different time intervals after androgen deprivation by castration. EMBP was found almost exclusively(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to evaluate the extent of epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) and its relationship with left ventricular (LV) parameters assessed by cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) and healthy controls. BACKGROUND EAT is the true visceral fat deposited around the heart which generates(More)
BACKGROUND Myocardial fibrosis is frequently identified in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). The aim of this study was to investigate the role of myocardial fibrosis detected by late gadolinium-enhancement (LGE) cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) as a potential arrhythmogenic substrate in HCM. We hypothesized that the extent of LGE might(More)
Diagnosis of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (also known as stress cardiomyopathy or acute left ventricular apical ballooning syndrome) can be challenging in patients who are being treated for other diseases in the intensive care unit, because symptoms could erroneously be attributed to the underlying disease or patients may not experience symptoms due to(More)