Teresa María de Caralt

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Sarcoidosis is a multisystem disorder that is characterized by noncaseous epithelioid cell granulomas, which may affect almost any organ. Thoracic involvement is common and accounts for most of the morbidity and mortality associated with the disease. Thoracic radiologic abnormalities are seen at some stage in approximately 90% of patients with sarcoidosis,(More)
AIMS To assess the short- and long-term effects of postconditioning (p-cond) on infarct size, extent of myocardial salvage, and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) in a series of patients presenting with evolving ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Previous studies have shown that p-cond during primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to evaluate the efficacy of enalapril and carvedilol to prevent chemotherapy-induced left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) in patients with hematological malignancies. BACKGROUND Current chemotherapy may induce LVSD. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and beta-blockers prevent LVSD in animal models of(More)
INTRODUCTION Circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA) for atrial fibrillation (AF) consists of creating extensive lesions in the left atrium (LA). The aim of the study was to evaluate changes in LA contractility after ablation and their relationship with procedure outcome. METHODS AND RESULTS A series of 90 consecutive patients underwent cardiac(More)
BACKGROUND Conducting channels are the target for ventricular tachycardia (VT) ablation. Conducting channels could be identified with contrast enhanced-cardiac magnetic resonance (ce-CMR) as border zone (BZ) corridors. A 3-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of the ce-CMR could allow visualization of the 3D structure of these BZ channels. METHODS AND RESULTS(More)
BACKGROUND Ablation of the pulmonary veins (PVs) for atrial fibrillation treatment is often combined with linear radiofrequency lesions along the left atrium (LA) to improve the success rate. The study was designed to assess the contribution of LA posterior wall isolation to the outcome of circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA). METHODS AND(More)
Background Angiotensin converting enzyme-2 (ACE2) is an analogue of the ACE that cleaves Angiotensin II to Angiotensin 1-7, a peptide with vasodilatory properties. Previous studies showed increased ACE2 activity among patients with chronic heart failure. ACE2 activity has been shown to correlate with the NYHA functional class in this setting, suggesting a(More)
The main objective of this study was to investigate the relation between brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels within the first 96 hours after ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI) and the development of left ventricular (LV) dilatation at 6-month follow-up. Eighty-two patients with first STEMIs, reperfused within 12 hours of symptom(More)
Accurate preoperative depiction of biliary anatomy is not always adequately accomplished by imaging techniques in living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). We present the results of a prospective study designed to evaluate the ability of mangafodipir trisodium (Mn-DPDP)-enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) cholangiography (MRC) for this purpose in a series of(More)
BACKGROUND The current treatment of hematologic malignancies includes diverse potentially cardiotoxic chemotherapy agents, including high-dose myeloablative regimens used in autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Many of these treatments could induce left ventricular dysfunction (LVD), and limit their efficacy. Angiotensin-converting(More)