Zivile Valuckiene

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BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES Ischemic mitral regurgitation (MR) is an adverse prognostic factor. We aimed to assess the role of time delay from symptom onset to reperfusion, and the impact of collateral circulation to incidence of MR in relation to established echocardiographic and clinical risk factors. METHODS Patients with STEMI presenting within 12 h from(More)
Biobanks have been recognized as a key research infrastructure and how to approach ethical questions has been a topic of discussion for at least a decade by now. This article explores the characteristics of donors' participation in European biobanks as reflected in the consent documents of a selection of different biobanks from various European countries.(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic kidney disease (CKD) and coronary artery disease (CAD) are independently associated with increased vascular stiffness. We examined whether renal function contributes to vascular stiffness independently of CAD status. METHODS We studied 160 patients with CAD and 169 subjects without CAD. The 4-variable MDRD formula was used to estimate(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Left atrium (LA) is an important biomarker of adverse cardiovascular outcomes and cerebrovascular events. This study aimed to evaluate LA myocardial deformation using cardiac magnetic resonance feature tracking (CMR-FT) in patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and secondary mitral regurgitation (MR).(More)
This case report describes a successful percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of a severely calcified aorto-ostial chronic total occlusion (CTO) of the right coronary artery (RCA). The lesion was treated by a retrograde approach implementing long spiral subintimal wire tracking and final coronary stenting creating a subintimal neo-luminal helix around(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Mitral regurgitation (MR) after myocardial infarction (MI) carries adverse prognosis. The objective of this study was to assess the impact of functional MR on adverse in-hospital outcomes in acute MI. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 569 patients with first ever acute MI were divided into three groups: no MR, mild MR (regurgitant(More)
BACKGROUND Retrograde recanalization of coronary chronic total occlusions (CTO) via contralateral (CL) collateral connections (CCs) is successful in 60-70% of patients in whom conventional antegrade approach fails or is unpromising. This study describes our experience with retrograde CTO-PCI via ipsi-lateral (IL) CCs in patients with unfavorable CL CCs. (More)
Ionizing radiation management is among the most important safety issues in interventional cardiology. Multiple radiation protection measures allow the minimization of x-ray exposure during interventional procedures. Our purpose was to assess the utilization and effectiveness of radiation protection and optimization techniques among interventional(More)
UNLABELLED Ischemic mitral regurgitation (MR) is an established adverse prognostic factor after myocardial infarction (MI). Functional ischemic mitral regurgitation in acute phase of MI remains under-investigated due to its often transient and dynamic nature. We aimed to assess left ventricular (LV) mechanics by speckle-tracking echocardiography in acute(More)