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AIM The inactive N-terminal fragment of B-type natriuretic peptide is a strong predictor of mortality among patients with acute and chronic heart failure secondary to ischaemic heart disease. Its prognostic utility in patients with non-ischaemic heart disease is not well established. We therefore assessed the relationship of N-terminal proBNP levels and(More)
BACKGROUND Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a multicausal disease which recurs. Hematocrit is associated with a thrombotic risk. We aimed to investigate if hematocrit is associated with the recurrence risk. METHODS Patients with a first VTE were followed after anticoagulation. Patients with VTE provoked by a transient risk factor, natural inhibitor(More)
AIMS Beta-blockers (BBs) improve outcomes in heart failure. Results from the Cardiac Insufficiency Bisoprolol Study in Elderly (CIBIS-ELD) trial previously demonstrated the feasibility of heart rate, not maximum dose, as a treatment goal. In this pre-specified analysis, we investigated the prognostic value of achieved heart rate after BB optimization on(More)
AIMS Propofol is commonly used as an anaesthetic during catheter ablation. Bradycardia and termination of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) under propofol are reported. Ketamine is used for cardiac catheterization procedures and increases heart rate and blood pressure. Our study aimed to determine the effects of propopfol and ketamine on atrial(More)
AIM To elucidate the prognostic role of procalcitonin (PCT) in patients with acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) without clinical signs of infection at admission. MATERIALS & METHODS Serial measurements of PCT and NT-proBNP were performed in 168 patients, aged 68 ± 10 years with ADHF followed by 3-month outcome evaluation. RESULTS Cox regression(More)
This case report describes a 31-year-old man with a sustained wide complex tachycardia with left bundle brunch block morphology after surgical repair of a tetralogy of Fallot. The tachycardia was inducible after orciprenaline administration after ventricular stimulation with one extra beat. In combination with the three-dimensional electroanatomic mapping(More)
AIMS Atrial standstill is characterized by the absence of atrial activity. We report about a series of cases, in which conventional atrial pacemaker lead implantation in patients with symptomatic sinus node disease failed due to lack of excitable right atrial tissue, thus, prompting the diagnosis of atrial standstill. We hypothesized that mapping of the(More)
AIMS Patients with heart failure (HF) commonly suffer from severe impairment of quality of life (QoL). One main goal of HF treatment is improvement of QoL. Physical well-being is an essential component of QoL. To enable assessment of physical well-being in HF patients, we validated the FEW16 questionnaire in a prospective study with patients from the(More)
BACKGROUND Second-generation cryoballoon (CB2)-based pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) has demonstrated encouraging clinical results in the treatment of paroxysmal (PAF) and persistent atrial fibrillation (PersAF). However, the CB2 features a maximal diameter of 28 mm, and its adaptability to anatomic variations of the pulmonary veins (PVs) might be(More)
BACKGROUND The efficacy of the second-generation cryoballoon (CB) in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) has been demonstrated previously. Data on the efficacy of CB ablation in patients with persistent AF are sparse. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the 2-year success rate of pulmonary vein isolation in patients with(More)