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AIMS To investigate the prognostic impact of left-ventricular (LV) cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) deformation imaging in patients with non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) compared with late-gadolinium enhancement (LGE) quantification and LV ejection fraction (EF). METHODS AND RESULTS A total of 210 subjects with DCM were examined prospectively(More)
Die Herzinsuffizienz stellt ein bedeutendes klinisches und gesundheitsökonomisches Problem dar. Dennoch bleibt die Umsetzung neuer, den Krankheitsverlauf günstig beeinflussender Therapiestrategien im Praxisalltag unzureichend. Der Einsatz der Telemedizin bietet sich daher als zentrales Service- und Informationsinstrument an, um durch eine konsequente(More)
BACKGROUND The 6-minute walk test (6 WT) is an established tool in the assessment of endurance and prognosis in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). For these patients there is very limited data on biological variation of 6 WT distances. We determined the minimal important difference (MID) for the 6 WT in patients with stable systolic CHF. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) have become cornerstones of therapy for chronic heart failure (CHF). Guidelines advise high target doses for ACEIs/ARBs, but fear of worsening renal function may limit dose titration in patients with concomitant chronic kidney disease (CKD). METHODS In(More)
Despite the widespread application of measurements of respiratory muscle force (PImax) in clinical trials there is no data on biological variation, reference change value (RCV), or the minimal important difference (MID) for PImax irrespective of the target cohort. We addressed this issue for patients with chronic stable heart failure. From the outpatients’(More)
Patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (dCMP) might present coronary artery disease (CAD) concomitant to dCMP and prognostic differences between ischemic heart disease and non-ischemic cardiomyopathy have been described. Clinical characteristics and prognostic implications of concomitant CAD in patients with dCMP are largely unknown. A total of(More)
OBJECTIVE To date, very little is known about the specific needs of patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) who must cope with depression. We therefore questioned CHF patients reporting depressive symptoms about their concerns and preferences regarding various psychosocial treatment options. After three-month, we determined how many patients had actually(More)
AIMS In chronic heart failure (CHF), changes in cardiac function define the course of the disease. The cardiac index (CI) is the most adequate indicator of cardiac function. Interpretation of serial CI measurements, however, requires knowledge of the biological variation of CI. Because measurements of CI can be confounded by the clinical situation or the(More)
BACKGROUND β-Blockers exert a prognostic benefit in the treatment of chronic heart failure. Their pharmacological properties vary. The only substantial comparative trial to date-the Carvedilol or Metoprolol European Trial-has compared carvedilol with short-acting metoprolol tartrate at different dose equivalents. We therefore addressed the relative efficacy(More)
BACKGROUND While comprehensive evidence exists regarding negative effects of depression on self-care behaviours in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF), the relation between anxiety and self-care behaviours in patients with CHF is not clear. The aim of this study was to analyse the interactions between anxiety, depression and self-care behaviours in(More)