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The cumulative incidence of anthracycline-induced clinical heart failure (A-CHF) in a large cohort of 830 children treated with a mean cumulative anthracycline dose of 288 mg/m2 (median 280 mg/m2; range 15-900 mg/m2) with a very long and complete follow-up after the start of anthracycline therapy (mean 8.5 years; median 7.1 years; range 0.01-28.4 years) was(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the long-term risk for validated symptomatic cardiac events (CEs) and associated risk factors in childhood cancer survivors (CCSs). PATIENTS AND METHODS We determined CEs grade 3 or higher: congestive heart failure (CHF), cardiac ischemia, valvular disease, arrhythmia and/or pericarditis (according to Common Terminology Criteria for(More)
In patients with myocardial bridging, the area within the bridge usually remains free from atherosclerotic disease. The case of a 47 year old man is described who had the rare combination of myocardial bridging with an atherosclerotic plaque within the area of bridging, which was detected with intravascular ultrasound but not with coronary angiography. The(More)
RATIONALE Aberrant expression profiles of circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) have been described in various diseases and provide high sensitivity and specificity. We explored circulating miRNAs as potential biomarkers in patients with heart failure (HF). OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to determine whether miRNAs allow to distinguish clinical HF not only(More)
The possibility of developing bioadhesive drug delivery systems on the basis of molecules which selectively bind to the small intestinal epithelium by specific, receptor-mediated mechanisms was investigated using a lectin isolated from tomato fruits (Lycopersicum esculentum). The tomato lectin (TL) was found to bind specifically onto both isolated, fixed(More)
BACKGROUND Childhood cancer survivors (CCSs) have an increased risk of morbidity and mortality. We evaluated the prevalence and determinants of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in a large cohort of long-term CCSs treated with different potentially cardiotoxic therapies. METHODS The study cohort consisted of all adult 5-year CCSs who were treated with(More)
IMPORTANCE Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) survivors are at increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. It is unclear, however, how long the increased risk persists and what the risk factors are for various cardiovascular diseases. OBJECTIVES To examine relative and absolute excess risk up to 40 years since HL treatment compared with cardiovascular disease incidence(More)
The purpose of this study was to validate intracoronary ultrasound imaging by correlation with histologic examination. In this in-vitro study of pressure-perfused human coronary arteries, 104 matching intracoronary ultrasound imaging images and histologic cross-sections from 12 hearts were compared to determine the diagnostic accuracy of 30 MHz commercially(More)
BACKGROUND Models to stratify risk for patients hospitalised for acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) do not include the change in N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels during hospitalisation. OBJECTIVE The aim of our study was to develop a simple yet robust discharge prognostication score including NT-proBNP for this notorious(More)
BACKGROUND Intracoronary ultrasound (ICUS) imaging is potentially suitable to identify lesions at high risk of restenosis after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), but it has not been studied systematically. METHODS AND RESULTS We recruited 200 patients in whom ICUS studies were performed after successful PTCA and related their ICUS(More)