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BACKGROUND Heart valve diseases are common with an estimated prevalence of 2.5% in the Western world. The number is rising because of an ageing population. Once symptomatic, heart valve diseases are(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES Suffering through infective endocarditis (IE) can drastically alter a person's physical appearance, and body image-related concerns have been reported by patients. The extent(More)
BACKGROUND Although highly effective in preventing arrhythmic death, there is a high prevalence of anxiety, depression and reduced quality of life among patients who have received an implantable(More)
BACKGROUND Infective endocarditis (IE) is a severe disease requiring lengthy hospitalisation. Little is known about patients' recovery after IE. The aims of this study in IE patients were; (i) to(More)