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AIMS To determine in a multicentre, multivendor trial the diagnostic performance for perfusion-cardiac magnetic resonance (perfusion-CMR) in comparison with coronary X-ray angiography (CXA) and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). METHODS AND RESULTS Of 241 eligible patients from 18 centres, 234 were randomly dosed with 0.01, 0.025, 0.05,(More)
BACKGROUND Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) is a promising intervention to treat atrial fibrillation. However, pulmonary vein (PV) stenosis after RFCA has been reported. The aim of this study was to investigate the incidence and time course of pulmonary vein stenosis after RFCA within a period of 3 months. Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance(More)
AIMS Perfusion-cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) has emerged as a potential alternative to single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) to assess myocardial ischaemia non-invasively. The goal was to compare the diagnostic performance of perfusion-CMR and SPECT for the detection of coronary artery disease (CAD) using conventional X-ray coronary(More)
BACKGROUND Serial cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) is the reference standard for evaluating left ventricular function, wall motion, and infarct size in patients with acute myocardial infarction, as well as remodeling during follow-up. The cardiac CMR substudy of the randomized multicenter REPAIR-AMI trial (Reinfusion of Enriched Progenitor cells And(More)
BACKGROUND The most effective magnitude and timing of antiplatelet therapy is important in patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). We investigated whether the results of primary coronary angioplasty (PCI) can be improved by the early administration of the glycoprotein IIb/IIIa blocker tirofiban at first medical contact in the(More)
BACKGROUND The EuroCMR registry sought to evaluate indications, image quality, safety and impact on patient management of clinical routine CMR in a multi-national European setting. Furthermore, interim analysis of the specific protocols should underscore the prognostic potential of CMR. METHODS Multi-center registry with consecutive enrolment of patients(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) has favorable characteristics for diagnostic evaluation and risk stratification of patients with known or suspected CAD. CMR utilization in CAD detection is growing fast. However, data on its cost-effectiveness are scarce. The goal of this study is to compare the costs of two strategies for detection of(More)
OBJECTIVES During its German pilot phase, the EuroCMR (European Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance) registry sought to evaluate indications, image quality, safety, and impact on patient management of routine CMR. BACKGROUND CMR has a broad range of applications and is increasingly used in clinical practice. METHODS This was a multicenter registry with(More)
BACKGROUND B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and its N-terminal fragment (NT-proBNP) are elevated in patients with acute coronary syndromes and are closely linked to prognosis. Because there is only a small amount of data available concerning NT-proBNP in patients with stable angina pectoris, we aimed to determine whether NT-proBNP is of additional(More)
AIMS Cerebral embolism is a possible serious complication during catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). The purpose of this prospective pilot study was to analyse the incidence and possible impact of cryo ablation on cerebral lesions and possible differences to radiofrequency (RF) ablation during pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). METHODS AND RESULTS(More)