The influence of aetiology on inflammatory and neurohumoral activation in patients with severe heart failure: a prospective study comparing Chagas' heart disease and idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy.


Patients with Chagas' cardiomyopathy have the worst prognosis when compared to other aetiologies. It has been suggested that a more intense inflammatory activation could be responsible for this excessive mortality. We studied 35 patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDC group) and 28 patients with Chagas' heart disease (Chagas' group) and 12… (More)