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There is conflicting information about gender differences in presentation, treatment, and outcome after acute ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) in the era of thrombolytic therapy and primary percutaneous coronary intervention. From June 1994 to January 1997, we enrolled 6,067 consecutive patients with STEMI admitted to 54 hospitals in southwest(More)
PURPOSE To quantify left ventricular function and mass derived from retrospectively ECG-gated 64-detector-row computed tomography coronary angiography data sets in comparison to cine magnetic resonance (MR) imaging as the reference standard. We hypothesized that the administration of beta-blockers prior to multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) coronary(More)
OBJECTIVES Two third of patients with acute myocardial infarction are admitted to hospitals without cardiac catheterization facilities. Whether a postinfarction patient will undergo cardiac catheterization or not is more often decided by general physicians than by cardiologists. The purpose of this presentation is to investigate the determinants for(More)
OBJECTIVE Our aim was to evaluate the patency of coronary artery bypass grafts and to detect graft stenosis using different breath-hold MR imaging techniques. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Twenty-two patients with 59 grafts (14 internal mammary artery grafts and 45 saphenous vein grafts) and 76 distal anastomoses (singular and sequential grafts) were studied using(More)
In an attempt to improve the treatment of patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS), a network of certified chest pain units (CPUs) has been recently established in Germany. Data from patients admitted between December 2008 and September 2011 for ACS in 40 certified CPUs participating in the registry were prospectively collected. A total of 5,457(More)
BACKGROUND We investigated the current management of unstable angina pectoris (UAP) in certified chest pain units (CPUs) in Germany and focused on the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guideline-adherence in the timing of invasive strategies or choice of conservative treatment options. More specifically, we analyzed differences in clinical outcome with(More)
PURPOSE Comparison of a breath-hold, velocity-encoded, phase-difference magnetic resonance (MR) sequence for intracardiac shunt flow measurement with the invasive shunt size determination by oximetry. PATIENTS AND METHODS 10 patients with different cardiac shunts (6 ASD/3 VSD/1 PDA) and four healthy individuals were investigated using a 1.5 Tesla Siemens(More)
AIMS Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) represents a novel treatment option for inoperable or high surgical risk patients with severe symptomatic aortic valve disease. Recent randomised studies have raised major safety concerns because of increased stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA) rates with TAVI compared to medical treatment and(More)