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A mathematical modelling analysis of the response of blood pressure and heart rate to submaximal exercise.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Jun 18:1-8. Epub 2018 Jun 18.

c Department of Medical Assistance and Physical Therapy , University of Pitesti , Pitesti , Romania.

Objective: According to Golden ratio (GR) and Fibonacci sequence, models of the organisation of various structures can be encountered in biology, medicine, architecture and engineering. Recent studies indicate that GR can be highlighted in the organisation and physiological functioning of the cardiovascular system. The aim of this study was to investigate the cardiovascular homeostasis during rest and exercise testing by determining the GR validity at the dynamic level of systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP, DBP) and heart rate (HR) values. Read More

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June 2018
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Early detection strain/strain rate and time to strain/strain rate abnormalities for left atrial mechanical function in hypertensive patients.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Jun 18:1-11. Epub 2018 Jun 18.

a Department of Cardiology , Kafkas University Faculty of Medicine , Kars , Turkey.

Objective: To evaluate left atrial (LA) deformation parameters strain (S)/strain rate (SR) and time to peak S/SR obtained by two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) in patients with hypertension for three LA mechanical phases and to compare them with the same indices in the control subjects.

Methods: Fifty-five patients with hypertension (HT) and 29 healthy controls were included in the study. All patients had normal LA poster-anterior diameter, LA and left ventricular ejection fractions (LVEF >50%) in two-dimensional echocardiography (2-DE). Read More

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June 2018
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Neopterin as a novel marker; well correlated with mortality and morbidity in patients with advanced systolic heart failure.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Jun 18:1-6. Epub 2018 Jun 18.

a Cardiology Department , Adana City Hospital, Health and Science Unıversıty , Adana , Turkey.

Objective: The aim of this study is research relation of serum neopterin level with mortality and morbidity due to systolic HF and also its role in diagnosis of patients with systolic HF.

Material And Methods: Eighty-one patients with systolic heart failure (HF group) and eighty-one age- and gender-matched healthy subjects (the control group) were enrolled in the study. Echocardiographic examination was performed accordingly. Read More

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Association between Lp(a) and small dense LDL in menopausal women without metabolic syndrome.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Jun 19:1-5. Epub 2018 Jun 19.

c UO Medicina Interna , AORN "A. Cardarelli" di Napoli , Napoli , Italy.

Background: Lipoprotein (a) (Lp [a]) is associated with premature atherosclerosis in menopausal women without metabolic syndrome (MS). MS is the main confounder in the relationship between Lp(a) and atherosclerosis in menopausal women. We have evaluated the relationship between Lp(a) and small dense-low density lipoprotein (sd-LDL) in 228 menopausal women participating to Progetto Atena. Read More

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Finding of an unknown loss.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Jun 18:1-2. Epub 2018 Jun 18.

a Department of Cardiology , University Hospital , Ghent , Belgium.

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Elevated oxidative DNA damage in patients with coronary artery disease and its association with oxidative stress biomarkers.

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M A Bhat G Gandhi

Acta Cardiol 2018 Jun 18:1-8. Epub 2018 Jun 18.

a Department of Human Genetics , Guru Nanak Dev University , Amritsar , India.

Objective: The objective of the present study was to evaluate oxidative DNA damage in peripheral blood leukocytes (PBLs) of patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) and to explore the relationship of oxidised purine and pyrimidine with oxidative stress.

Methods: The study participants (n = 100) included 50 patients and unrelated 50 age-, sex- and population-subgroup (Jat Sikhs)-matched healthy controls. Oxidative DNA damage using the modified enzymatic comet in PBLs, and malondialdehyde (MDA) levels, total oxidant status (TOS) and total antioxidant status (TAS) in blood serum samples using spectrophotometric methods was determined. Read More

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Variability of longitudinal strain measurements: levelling the playing field.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Jun 18:1-10. Epub 2018 Jun 18.

a Department of Cardiology , Emergency County Hospital Craiova, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova , Craiova , Romania.

Speckle tracking echocardiography offers a unique opportunity to evaluate myocardial function, and global longitudinal strain (GLS) is currently recommended as a measurement of global left ventricular function. To facilitate clinical applicability of the method, collective efforts have been made to standardise strain measurements and to raise awareness of the potential sources of variability. The purpose of this review is to familiarise the reader with the most common sources of variability of longitudinal strain measurements and detail the possible measures to increase the accuracy and reproducibility of strain parameters. Read More

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Meta-analysis of randomized trials on percutaneous patent foramen ovale closure for prevention of migraine.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Jun 18:1-6. Epub 2018 Jun 18.

b Department of Cardiovascular Medicine , Ain Shams University , Cairo , Egypt.

Background: The role of percutaneous patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure for prevention of migraine is controversial.

Methods: We performed a computerised search of MEDLINE, EMBASE and COCHRANE databases through December 2017 for randomised trials evaluating PFO closure versus control in patients with migraine headaches (with or without aura). The main study outcome was the reduction in monthly migraine attacks after PFO closure compared with the control group. Read More

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The path to surgery in carcinoid heart disease: a retrospective study and a multidisciplinary proposal of a new algorithm.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Jun 18:1-8. Epub 2018 Jun 18.

c Cardiology Department , Jessa Hospital Hasselt , Hasselt , Belgium.

Background: Development of carcinoid heart disease (CHD) is the major negative prognostic factor in patients with the carcinoid syndrome. The only effective treatment is valve replacement. However, the selection of candidates and determination of optimal timing remain unclear. Read More

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Alteration at transcriptional level of cardiac renin-angiotensin system by letrozole treatment.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Jun 17:1-5. Epub 2018 Jun 17.

c Biotechnology Research Center, International Campus , Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences , Yazd , Iran.

Introduction: The use of aromatase inhibitors (AIs) for breast cancer led to a marked change in ventricular function. Since accumulating evidence indicates that overactivation of the cardiac renin-angiotensin system (RAS) plays an important role in the development of cardiovascular diseases such as hypertrophy and remodelling, we aimed to investigate whether letrozole alters the transcription level of RAS related genes in the cardiac tissue.

Methods: Twenty four rats were randomly divided into four groups (n = 6 per group): two groups were letrozole treated (1 and 2 mg/kg/day orally), one group was vehicle treated (DMSO) and one group was the control group without any treatment. Read More

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Impact of sacubitril/valsartan on heart failure admissions: insights from real-world patient prescriptions.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Jun 17:1-8. Epub 2018 Jun 17.

a Department of Cardiology , Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg , Genk , Belgium.

Background: Sacubitril/valsartan reduced heart failure (HF)-admissions and cardiovascular mortality in the PARADIGM-HF-trial. However, real-world patients are often frailer and less able to tolerate high doses of sacubitril/valsartan.

Methods: We performed a retrospective analysis of consecutive patients prescribed sacubitril/valsartan in a single tertiary HF-clinic between December 2016 and January 2018. Read More

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Respirophasic desaturation in multivalvar rheumatic heart disease.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Jun 17:1-2. Epub 2018 Jun 17.

a Department of Cardiology , Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology , Thiruvananthapuram , Kerala , India.

A 28-year-old lady with rheumatic heart disease presented with dyspnoea and overt right heart failure and was admitted for stabilization. She had respirophasic desaturation predominantly during inspiration. Trans-oesophageal echocardiography revealed the aetiology of the same and dictated the management strategy. Read More

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Role of cardiovascular implantable electronic devices in delivering individualized disease-guided management of patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation and high bleeding risk.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Jun 4:1-9. Epub 2018 Jun 4.

d Cardiovascular and Heart Rhythm Consultants , New York , NY , USA.

Background: Many patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) with high risk for thromboembolic stroke and bleeding may not wish to continue long-term oral anticoagulants (OACs) to avoid bleeding complications. We aimed to investigate whether AF burden assessment by cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) would allow an individualised disease-guided approach for safe withdrawal of long-term OAC in high-risk patients.

Methods And Results: We studied 145 patients (age 77. Read More

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June 2018
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Is ticagrelor worth its high cost and side-effects?

Acta Cardiol 2018 May 7:1-6. Epub 2018 May 7.

d Department of Cardiology , Centre Hospitalier Regional Universitaire Grenoble-Alpes , La Tronche , France.

Ticagrelor is a reversible P2Y receptor antagonist that is more potent than clopidogrel. When used in combination with aspirin, it reduces cardiovascular events in patients with acute coronary syndrome. However, unbiased review of 5 randomised controlled trials indicates that although statistically significant, the clinical superiority of ticagrelor over clopidogrel is modest. Read More

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May 2018
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Regular QRS complex tachycardia: think outside the box.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Apr 11;73(2):207-208. Epub 2017 Aug 11.

a Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology , New York Medical College, Saint Joseph's Regional Medical Center , Paterson , NJ , USA.

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Dual antiplatelet therapy after percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion: single center experience with the Amplatzer Cardiac Plug.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Apr 1:1-8. Epub 2018 Apr 1.

a Heart Center Hasselt, Jessa Ziekenhuis , Hasselt , Belgium.

Background: Percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) is an alternative to anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation patients at high bleeding risk. Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) is generally recommended in the months following the procedure to prevent thrombotic complications. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of DAPT after LAAO in a single-centre population of high bleeding risk patients. Read More

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April 2018
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Spironolactone to increase natriuresis in congestive heart failure with cardiorenal syndrome.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Mar 27:1-8. Epub 2018 Mar 27.

a Department of Cardiology , Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg , Genk , Belgium.

Background: Signs and symptoms of volume overload are the most frequent reason for hospital admission in acute heart failure (AHF). Diuretics are mainstay treatment, but their optimal type and dose regimen remain unclear, especially in patients with cardiorenal syndrome.

Methods: This prospective study aimed to include 80 AHF patients with volume overload and cardiorenal syndrome. Read More

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March 2018
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Age at death of major cardiovascular diseases in 13 cohorts. The seven countries study of cardiovascular diseases 45-year follow-up.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Mar 23:1-7. Epub 2018 Mar 23.

g Departement of Epidemiology , University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen , Groningen , The Netherlands.

Objectives: To explore age at death (AD) for major cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and their risk factors in originally middle-aged men followed nearly to extinction in the Seven Countries Study.

Materials And Methods: Thirteen cohorts of men aged 40-59 years (N = 10,628) in seven countries (USA, Finland, the Netherlands, Italy, Serbia, Greece, Japan) were enrolled in late 1950s and early 1960s and were followed 45 years for mortality. AD was computed for coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke (STR), heart disease of uncertain aetiology (HDUE) and for all-causes. Read More

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March 2018
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Idiopathic pericardial cyst causing heart failure.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Mar 23:1-20. Epub 2018 Mar 23.

a Cardiology Department , CHU UcL Namur site Godinne , Yvoir , Belgium.

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March 2018
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Major adverse cardiovascular events while awaiting staged non-culprit percutaneous coronary intervention after ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Mar 21:1-5. Epub 2018 Mar 21.

a Department of Cardiovascular Medicine , University Hospitals Leuven , Leuven , Belgium.

Background: The optimal therapeutic strategy for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients found to have multi-vessel disease (MVD) is controversial but recent data support complete revascularisation (CR). Whether CR should be completed during the index admission or during a second staged admission remains unclear. Our main objective was to measure rates of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACEs) during the waiting period in STEMI patients selected for staged revascularisation (SR), in order to determine the safety of delaying CR. Read More

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March 2018
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Idiopathic enlargement of the right atrium.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Mar 20:1-9. Epub 2018 Mar 20.

a Division of Cardiology , Centre Hospitalier Universitaire du Sart Tilman , Liège , Belgium.

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March 2018
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Hemangioma of the mitral valve as a rare, incidental finding in an adult female.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Mar 20:1-5. Epub 2018 Mar 20.

a Department of Cardiology , OLV Clinic Aalst , Aalst , Belgium.

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March 2018
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QT prolongation and sudden cardiac death risk in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Mar 7:1-6. Epub 2018 Mar 7.

c Division of Cardiovascular Diseases , Mayo Clinic , Scottsdale , AZ , USA.

Introduction: Risk assessment for sudden cardiac death (SCD) in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) remains complex. The goal of this study was to assess electrocardiogram (ECG)-derived risk factors on SCD in a large HCM population Methods: Retrospective review of adults with HCM evaluated at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN from 1 December 2002 to 31 December 2012 was performed. Data inclusive of ECG and 24-hour ambulatory Holter monitor were assessed. Read More

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March 2018
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Beyond JNC 8: implications for evaluation and management of hypertension in underserved populations.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Mar 5:1-8. Epub 2018 Mar 5.

a Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine , Florida International University , Miami , FL , USA.

In the United States, hypertension is a significant medical problem that affects nearly 1 in 3 adults, causes thousands of deaths annually, and costs the nation billions of dollars annually for medical management in terms of hospitalisations, lost wages, and pharmacotherapy. The management guidelines of hypertension have greatly varied between different healthcare organisations including the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the Joint National Committee (JNC-7, 8). One of the points of contention is the generalisability of the guidelines to all individuals despite empirical evidence suggesting racial sensitivities to pharmacotherapy and high clinical adversities with elevations in blood pressure (BP). Read More

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March 2018
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Rare congenital cardiac anomalies in an asymptomatic athlete.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Feb 28:1-2. Epub 2018 Feb 28.

a Cardiology department , Centro Hospitalar do Porto , Porto , Portugal.

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February 2018
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Technical aspects and limitations of fractional flow reserve measurement.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Feb 27:1-8. Epub 2018 Feb 27.

a 2nd Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, 1st Faculty of Medicine , Charles University in Prague and General University Hospital in Prague , Praha , Czech Republic.

Background: The only indication for coronary revascularization is elimination of ischaemia. Invasive hemodynamic methods (fractional flow reserve - FFR and instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR) are superior to coronary angiography in detection of lesions causing myocardial ischaemia. Current European guidelines for myocardial revascularization recommend using of FFR for detection of functional assessment of lesions severity in category IA and number of these procedures increases. Read More

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February 2018
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The predictive role of modified TIMI risk index in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Feb 23:1-8. Epub 2018 Feb 23.

a Department of Cardiology , Duzce University , Duzce , Turkey.

Background: The prognostic value of thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) risk index (TRI) has been reported in patients with coronary artery disease. In this study, we evaluated the additional prognostic value of blood urea nitrogen (BUN) level to the TRI in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).

Methods: We evaluated the in-hospital and long-term (3-year) prognostic value of modified TRI (mTRI) in patients with STEMI. Read More

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February 2018
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Subacute prosthesis migration and rotation following percutaneous transcatheter aortic valve implantation.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Feb 23:1-2. Epub 2018 Feb 23.

b Department of Cardiovascular Surgery , University of Health Sciences, Trabzon Ahi Evren Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Training and Research Hospital , Trabzon , Turkey.

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February 2018
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NOACs only for those who cannot tolerate a VKA: where is the evidence?

Acta Cardiol 2018 Feb 23:1-4. Epub 2018 Feb 23.

a Department of Medicine , McMaster University , Hamilton , Canada.

The 2016 European Society of Cardiology Guidelines recommend non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in preference to vitamin K antagonists (VKA) for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. A recent report from the Belgian Healthcare Knowledge Centre (KCE) raised concerns about the results of the phase 3 randomised trials that led to the approval of the NOACs for this indication and concluded that NOACs should only be used for patients who fail or cannot undergo treatment with a vitamin K antagonist because they cannot achieve stable INR values. Evidence from community-based studies suggests that NOACs are often not optimally used; however, our critical review of the randomised trial data provides no support for the concerns raised by the Belgian KCE about the trials. Read More

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February 2018
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Quality assessment in Belgian arrhythmology: the Belgian heart rhythm association (BeHRA) databases.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Feb 20:1-6. Epub 2018 Feb 20.

g Department of Cardiology, UVC Brugmann , Brussels , Belgium.

This report presents and discusses, on behalf of the Belgian College of Cardiology, the evolution of the peer review process in arrhythmology, focussing on pacemaker implantation. Data from the last 22 years are compared. The national annual increase in implants is around 1%, clinical patient characteristics remained stable over the years while dual chamber pacing was proportionally increasing. Read More

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February 2018
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Lifestyle behaviour and risk factor control in coronary patients: Belgian results from the cross-sectional EUROASPIRE surveys.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Feb 19:1-7. Epub 2018 Feb 19.

a Department of Public Health , Ghent University , Gent , Belgium.

Objective: The aim of this study was to assess lifestyle behaviour as well as risk factor management across Belgian coronary patients who participated in the cross-sectional European Action on Secondary Prevention through Intervention to Reduce Events (EUROASPIRE) surveys.

Methods: Analyses are based on a series of coronary patients by combining data from the Belgian participants in the EUROASPIRE III (328 patients; in 2006-2007) and EUROASPIRE IV (343 patients; in 2012-2013) surveys. Four hospitals located in the Ghent area participated in the surveys. Read More

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February 2018
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A quality project for radiation reduction in the cath lab.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Feb 19:1-7. Epub 2018 Feb 19.

a Cardiology , AZ Delta , Roeselare , Belgium.

The radiation exposure in the cath lab of patients, cardiologists, and nurses was measured during three consecutive periods of 8 weeks. The first 8 weeks the baseline radiation exposure was obtained. In the second period standard incidences for coronarography and frame rate were changed, without compromising the image quality of the examination. Read More

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February 2018
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A predominant cardiac phenotype of Anderson-Fabry disease in presence of a MYBPC3 gene mutation and a LAMA4 gene mutation.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Feb 7:1-2. Epub 2018 Feb 7.

a Department of Cardiology , Jessa Hospital , Hasselt , Belgium.

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February 2018
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Prevention of minor myocardial injury after elective percutaneous coronary intervention: comparison of ticagrelor versus clopidogrel.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Jan 22:1-7. Epub 2018 Jan 22.

a Cardiology Department , Ankara University , Ankara , Turkey.

Background: Elective percutaneous coronary intervention (ePCI) may cause minor elevation of cardiac enzymes, so-called minor myocardial injury (MMI) which can be due to different pathophysiological mechanism (e.g. distal embolisation, side branch occlusion, increased platelet activation triggered by the intracoronary metallic stents). Read More

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January 2018
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Wide QRS alternans caused by propafenone toxicity.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Jan 18:1-2. Epub 2018 Jan 18.

a Cardiology Department , St. John of Brother of God Hospital , Budapest , Hungary.

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January 2018
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Early prognosis and predictor analysis for positive coronary angiography after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA).

Acta Cardiol 2018 Jan 16:1-8. Epub 2018 Jan 16.

a Service de Pathologie Cardiovasculaire , Cliniques Universitaires de Mont-Godinne , Yvoir , Belgique.

Background: Key predictors of survival after OHCA have been described in the literature. Current guidelines recommend emergency angiography in patients without an obvious extra-cardiac cause of arrest. However, the value of this strategy is debated. Read More

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January 2018
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Coronary anomaly: when you think you've seen it all.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Jan 16. Epub 2018 Jan 16.

a Department of Cardiology , Maastricht University Medical Center , Maastricht , The Netherlands.

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January 2018
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Predictive value of metabolic syndrome definitions in patients with myocardial infarction with ST segment elevation - are they all the same?

Acta Cardiol 2018 Jan 15:1-9. Epub 2018 Jan 15.

a Institute for Prevention and Rehabilitation Niska Banja , Nis , Serbia.

Objectives: We sought to determine the predictive power of metabolic syndrome (MS) definitions on the prognosis in patients with myocardial infarction with ST-segment elevation (STEMI).

Methods: We prospectively included 507 patients with STEMI who were admitted for primary percutaneous coronary intervention and could be identified for MS using the AHA-NHLBI, NCEP-ATP III and IDF definitions. After applying these criteria, we divided the group in patients with MS and without MS; we compared baseline characteristics, clinical findings and outcomes among these patients. Read More

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January 2018
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Hospitalization-associated disability in older adults with valvular heart disease: incidence, risk factors and its association with care processes.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Jan 4:1-7. Epub 2018 Jan 4.

e Department of Chronic Diseases, Metabolism and Ageing , University Hospitals Leuven , Leuven , Belgium.

Background: The aim of this study was to determine the incidence and recovery of hospitalisation-associated disability (HAD), the associated risk factors, and the link with care processes in patients aged 70 years or older hospitalised with valvular heart disease (VHD).

Methods: Prospective cohort study performed on the cardiology and cardiac surgery units of University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium. HAD was defined as the loss of independence to complete one of the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) between hospital admission and discharge. Read More

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January 2018
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Prinzmetal Angina can kill twice.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Jan 3:1-2. Epub 2018 Jan 3.

a Department of Cardiology , AZ Sint-Jan Hospital , Bruges , Belgium.

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January 2018
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Exercise-induced asthma related to aortic regurgitation in ankylosing spondylitis.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Jan 3. Epub 2018 Jan 3.

d Department of Cardiovascular Surgery , Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Grenoble-Alpes , France.

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January 2018
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Drug-induced arterial hypertension - a frequently ignored cause of secondary hypertension: a review.

Acta Cardiol 2018 Jan 1:1-7. Epub 2018 Jan 1.

c Department of Family Medicine , University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Carol Davila" , Bucharest , Romania.

The prevalence of hypertension is likely to grow during the future years, mainly due to aging of the population and increasing prevalence of obesity, as an important risk factor for hypertension. One of the main causes of secondary hypertension, frequently ignored, is represented by certain categories of drugs, that can induce hypertension, increase the blood pressure values in previously controlled hypertension, decrease the effects of antihypertensive medication or induce a hypertensive emergency. These drugs may be over-the-counter medications, illicit drugs or prescription drugs used for the treatment of acute or chronic conditions. Read More

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January 2018
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Comparison of central hemodynamic parameters for young basketball athletes and control group.

Acta Cardiol 2017 Dec 28:1-7. Epub 2017 Dec 28.

d Department of Physical Education , Northeastern University , Shenyang , Liaoning Province , China.

Background: Long-term exercise training may have negative effects on cardiovascular functions. Measurement and calculation of central hemodynamic parameters can comprehensively evaluate the cardiovascular functions. This study aims to compare the central hemodynamics between young basketball athletes and matched controls. Read More

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December 2017
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Long-term intravascular follow-up of coronary bifurcation treatment with Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold.

Acta Cardiol 2017 Dec 25:1-2. Epub 2017 Dec 25.

a Department of Cardiovascular Medicine , University Hospitals Leuven , Leuven , Belgium.

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December 2017
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Coronary sinus signal amplitude predicts left atrial scarring.

Acta Cardiol 2017 Dec 22:1-6. Epub 2017 Dec 22.

a Department of Internal Medicine and Cardiology , Charité University Medicine , Berlin , Germany.

Background: Left atrial scarring is recognised as a critical component in the maintenance of atrial fibrillation and is associated with the failure of interventional treatment. Diminished bipolar voltage (LV) has been proposed as a useful tool for left atrial scar quantification. We hypothesised that, due to its anatomic location, signals on the coronary sinus catheter might be used to predict the amount of left atrial low voltage. Read More

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December 2017
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Investigation of mindin levels in hypertensive patients with left ventricular hypertrophy and QRS fragmentation on electrocardiography.

Acta Cardiol 2017 Dec 21:1-6. Epub 2017 Dec 21.

a Department of Cardiology , Hitit University Faculty of Medicine , Çorum , Turkey.

Purpose: Mindin was associated with diabetic nephropathy, podocyte injury, colitis, allergic asthma, liver ischaemia and reperpusion injury and ischaemic brain injury. On the other hand, it was reported as a protective factor against obesity, cardiac hypertrophy, fibrosis and remodelling. Fragmented QRS complexes (fQRS) are markers of altered ventricular depolarisation owing to a prior myocardial scar and fibrosis. Read More

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December 2017
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Key interventions and quality indicators for quality improvement of STEMI care: a RAND Delphi survey.

Acta Cardiol 2017 Dec 13:1-10. Epub 2017 Dec 13.

h Department of Quality Management , University Hospitals Leuven , Leuven , Belgium.

Objective: Identification, selection and validation of key interventions and quality indicators for improvement of in hospital quality of care for ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients.

Methods And Results: A structured literature review was followed by a RAND Delphi Survey. A purposively selected multidisciplinary expert panel of cardiologists, nurse managers and quality managers selected and validated key interventions and quality indicators prior for quality improvement for STEMI. Read More

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December 2017
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