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Summary of 2017 ESC guidelines on valvular heart disease, peripheral artery disease, STEMI and on dual antiplatelet therapy.
Authors: Van Camp G, De Backer T, Beauloye C, Desmet W, Claeys MJ Abstract During the ESC congress in September 2017 in Barcelona, the new ESC guidelines were presented and are now available on the ESC website. The new guidelines cover management recommendations on following cardiovascular items: valvular heart disease, peripheral artery disease, ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and on dual antiplatelet therapy. The present document gives a summary of these guidelines and highlights the most important recommendations and changes in the management of these diseases. It will help to increase awareness about...
Source: Acta Cardiologica - December 14, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Quality assessment in Belgian ST elevation myocardial infarction patients: results from the Belgian STEMI database.
Authors: Claeys MJ, Sinnaeve PR, Convens C, Dubois P, Pourbaix S, Vranckx P, Gevaert S, De Raedt H, Beauloye C, Argacha JF, Evrard P, Coussement P, Belgian interdisciplinary working group of acute cardiology (BIWAC) and of the college of cardiology Abstract The present report describes the quality of care, including in hospital mortality for more than 22.000 STEMI patients admitted in 60 Belgian hospitals for the period 2008-2016. We found a strong increase in the use of primary PCI over time, particularly for patients that were admitted first in a non-PCI capable hospital, reaching a penetration rate of>95%. Th...
Source: Acta Cardiologica - December 14, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Bio-width index: a novel biomarker for prognostication of long term outcomes in patients with anaemia and heart failure.
The objective of this study was to assess the ability of a novel biomarker, bio-width index (BWI),to improve risk stratification in patients with anaemia and acutely decompensated heart failure(ADHF), in comparison to conventional markers, B-type natriuretic peptide(BNP) and red- cell distribution width(RDW). METHODS: Data from 1569 consecutive patients with ADHF treated at a multidisciplinary HF unit was analysed in this study. The bio-width index (BWI) was calculated by multiplying BNP to RDW and dividing the product by 10 (BWI = BNP x RDW/10). The primary outcome was one year all-cause mo...
Source: Acta Cardiologica - December 9, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Fragmented QRS complexes are associated with left ventricular dysfunction in patients with type-2 diabetes mellitus: a two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography study.
In this study, we examined the utility of speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) in assessing LV function in DM patients with fQRS. METHODS AND RESULTS: The current study included 178 consecutive patients diagnosed with type-2 DM. The patients included were separated into two groups: those with (n = 50) and without (n = 128) fQRS. The two groups were compared by obtaining LV strain values with STE. Statistically significant differences were also identified between fQRS(-) and fQRS (+) groups with respect to Lv-GLS (p 
Source: Acta Cardiologica - December 9, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Assessing the landscape of percutaneous coronary chronic total occlusion treatment in Belgium and Luxembourg: the Belgian Working Group on Chronic Total Occlusions (BWGCTO) registry.
CONCLUSION: Satisfactory procedural outcomes and a low rate of adverse events were obtained in a complex CTO population, treated by operators with variable experience levels. Antegrade wire escalation was the preferred strategy, regardless of operator volume. PMID: 29183248 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - December 2, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular risk assessment tools' estimations of 10-year cardiovascular risk: a population-based study.
CONCLUSION: No independent associations were observed between estimations of 10-year CVD risk using four risk assessment tools and various definitions of MetS. PMID: 29188761 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - December 2, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Monocentric experience of leadless pacing with focus on challenging cases for conventional pacemaker.
CONCLUSION: Our experience confirms that implantation of Micra is safe and efficient in a real world population including patients who present a challenging condition for conventional pacing. PMID: 29189109 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - December 2, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Statin related adverse effects and patient education: a study from resource limited settings.
CONCLUSION: The study shows that a considerable proportion of statin users experience adverse effects and knowledge and awareness amongst patients is inadequate. Awareness programmes and counselling for patients, sensitisation of healthcare professionals and better screening systems for monitoring AEs can help improve the scenario. PMID: 29179650 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - November 29, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Percutaneous repair of mitral valve regurgitation in patients with severe heart failure: comparison with optimal medical treatment.
This study examines clinical effects and cardiac reverse remodelling in patients with severe systolic HF receiving percutaneous mitral valve repair (PMVR) using MitraClip in comparison to patients receiving optimal medical therapy only. METHODS: Between 2010 and 2014, 86 patients (Society of Thoracic Surgeons score: 10.5% ± 1.2%) with severe HF (left ventricular [LV] ejection fraction; LVEF: 25% ± 2%; LV endsystolic diameter [LVESD]: 55 ± 3 mm) and severe MR received PMVR using MitraClip. Cardiac reverse remodelling and clinical parameters were compa...
Source: Acta Cardiologica - November 24, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Quality assessment in percutaneous coronary interventions: the QERMID Belgian PCI registry.
Authors: Hanet C, Claeys MJ, Carlier M, Desmet W, College of Cardiology Abstract BACKGROUND: The recent increase in the number of interventional cathlabs that followed a moratorium of several years has resulted in an abrupt increase in the number of PCI and a dilution of the experience per centre and per operator. METHODS: Based on data extracted from the national "Quality Oriented Electronic Registration of Medical Implant Devices" (QERMID) database, we compared the characteristics and outcome of patients treated in 2015 in the 21 newly (
Source: Acta Cardiologica - November 12, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Kidney function is associated with short-term, mid-term and long-term clinical outcome after coronary angiography and intervention.
Authors: Panayiotou AG, Spaak J, Kalani M Abstract BACKGROUND: Patients with kidney dysfunction are at risk of developing ischaemic heart disease. We investigated the association between eGFR and early-, mid- and long-term clinical outcome in patients undergoing coronary angiography and intervention. METHODS: Retrospective study on 4968 patients with complete data on eGFR, 65% male and aged 32-80 years, admitted to Danderyd University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden for coronary angiography and intervention from 2006 to 2008. Data were censored at 0-30 days, 31-365 days and 366-1825 days of follow-up. RESULTS: ...
Source: Acta Cardiologica - November 1, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Association of QRS duration with left ventricular volume and ejection fraction after anterior myocardial infarction assessed by gated single photon emission computed tomography.
Authors: Kurisu S, Sumimoto Y, Ikenaga H, Ishibashi K, Fukuda Y, Kihara Y Abstract BACKGROUND: Even intermediate QRS prolongation without bundle branch block is associated with worse clinical outcome after myocardial infarction (MI). We assessed the association of QRS duration with left ventricular (LV) volume and ejection fraction after anterior MI by using quantitative gated single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). METHODS: Eighty-two patients with prior anterior MI were enrolled. Intermediate QRS prolongation was defined as QRS duration ≥100 ms without bundle branch block. Quantitative a...
Source: Acta Cardiologica - October 29, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Narrow QRS tachycardia with AV response from 2:1 to 1:1. What is the mechanism?
Authors: De Roy L, Xhaët O PMID: 29025367 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - October 16, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Drugs in cardiac arrest: the rise and fall of antiarrhythmics.
Authors: Karlis G, Afantenou S Abstract Since the publication of 2000 guidelines for resuscitation, amiodarone is considered the antiarrhythmic drug of choice for refractory ventricular fibrillation/pulseless ventricular tachycardia. However, to date there is no proven benefit in terms of neurologically intact survival to hospital discharge. A comprehensive search of the recent literature on amiodarone, nifekalant and lidocaine in cardiac arrest was performed. Amiodarone and nifekalant are superior to lidocaine with regards to the return of spontaneous circulation and survival to hospital admission. Nifekalant show...
Source: Acta Cardiologica - October 16, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

The prognostic value of high sensitive cardiac troponin I in patients receiving cardiac resynchronisation therapy.
Authors: Kerekanič M, Hudák M, Mišíková S, Komanová E, Bohó A, Kyselovič J, Stančák B Abstract BACKGROUND: Cardiac troponin I (cTnI) is a valuable prognostic biomarker in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). However, the prognostic importance of cTnI in patients who received cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) remains unknown. The aim of this prospective study was to determine the prognostic value of high-sensitive cTnI (hs-cTnI) in CHF patients receiving CRT. METHODS: We performed measurements of baseline hs-cTnI levels in CRT patients with ischaemi...
Source: Acta Cardiologica - October 16, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Electrical support during outdoor cycling in patients with coronary artery disease: impact on exercise intensity, volume and perception of effort.
In this study we examined, for the first time, the acute physiological impact of electrical support during outdoor cycling in CAD patients (ISRCTN32238279). METHODS: Fifteen CAD patients (13 males), aged 64 ± 7 years executed a maximal cardiopulmonary exercise test and afterwards cycled a predefined outdoor route of 10 km, in three different conditions: classical cycling (no support), EAB with low support (EABlow) and high support (EABhigh). Oxygen uptake (VO2) and carbon dioxide output (VCO2) was measured continuously by a portable gas-analysing system. Cycling time was recorded and ratings...
Source: Acta Cardiologica - October 13, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Obstructive sleep apnoea: from respiratory events to coronary microvascular dysfunction.
Authors: Morra S, Roubille F Abstract Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is an emerging and independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases; coronary artery disease (CAD) is higher in OSA patients, even in the absence of other traditional cardiovascular risk factors. There is little evidence to show abnormalities in coronary blood flow (CBF) and disorders in coronary vascular resistance (CVR), occurring during the obstructive respiratory event, suggesting coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) as a potential mechanism of ischaemic heart disease (IHD) OSA-as a related consequence. PMID: 28990847 [PubMed - as s...
Source: Acta Cardiologica - October 12, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Similar results but not the same: because of the different ways.
Authors: Çöteli C, Sener Y, Okşul M PMID: 28990869 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - October 12, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Belgian Society of Cardiology Belgian Heart Rhythm Association (BeHRA).
Authors: PMID: 28994644 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - October 12, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Authors' reply on the 'glycosylated haemoglobin and coronary atherosclerosis in non-diabetic patients: is it a prognostic factor?'
Authors: Karimi-Sari H PMID: 28974144 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - October 6, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Coagulation F13A1 V34L, fibrinogen and homocysteine versus conventional risk factors in the pathogenesis of MI in young persons.
Authors: Vishwajeet V, Jamwal M, Sharma P, Das R, Ahluwalia J, Dogra RK, Rohit MK Abstract BACKGROUND: The pathogenesis of myocardial infarction (MI) involves environmental and genetic risk factors, with the latter putatively playing significant roles in younger patients. Genetic variability in coagulation factors comprises one such group. The coagulation factor 13 subunit A (F13A1) Val34Leu polymorphism (rs5985) has yielded variable findings in literature, with no prior South Asian data. METHODS: We studied the frequency of this polymorphism using the amplification-created restriction-enzyme site (ACRES) polym...
Source: Acta Cardiologica - October 6, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Three-dimensional transoesophageal echocardiography is crucial for valid assessment of mitral valve leaflet morphology in severe mitral regurgitation prior to interventional repair.
Authors: Alfakhouri A, Heidrich FM, Sveric KM, Pfluecke C, Kvakan H, Quick S, Speiser U, Youssef A, Strasser RH, Wiedemann S Abstract BACKGROUND: Interventional mitral valve (MV) repair of severe symptomatic mitral regurgitation (MR) is a therapeutic option in high-risk surgical or inoperable patients. Assessment of the MV remains a crucial part of pre-interventional screening. Three-dimensional transoesophageal echocardiography (3D-TOE) may compensate for well-known pitfalls that occur in 2D-TOE. PURPOSE: We investigated whether the functional length of the central segments of the posterior and anterior MV lea...
Source: Acta Cardiologica - October 6, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Loop diuretic down-titration in stable chronic heart failure is often achievable, especially when urinary chloride concentration is low.
CONCLUSIONS: Loop diuretic down-titration was successful in 3 out of 4 euvolemic CHF patients, irrespectively of urinary chloride concentration on spot samples collected after diuretic intake. PMID: 28971753 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - October 5, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

The perils of intense exercise: swimming-induced pulmonary oedema.
Authors: Vermaete I, Muyldermans L PMID: 28949266 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - September 29, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Long-term outcomes of bioresorbable vascular scaffold in ST-elevation myocardial infarction.
CONCLUSIONS: The results of this single-centre retrospective study, one of the first assessing long-term safety and efficacy of BVS in STEMI, seems reassuring with similar long-term results as compared with patients treated with conventional DES. PMID: 28954592 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - September 29, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Complete recovery of string sign of the internal mammary artery graft 11 years after coronary artery bypass surgery associated with disparition of competitive flow.
Authors: Simon F, Guedes A, Hanet C PMID: 28954599 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - September 29, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Prognostic value of sST2 and NT-proBNP at admission in heart failure with preserved, mid-ranged and reduced ejection fraction.
CONCLUSIONS: sST2 can provide different prognostic information in distinct types of HF, and even be superior to NT-proBNP. sST2 combined with NT-proBNP can improve predicting accuracy. PMID: 28944719 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - September 26, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Serum paraoxonase activity in patients with ischaemic and nonischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy.
This study examined whether the serum PON1 activity is different in patients with ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDCM) and nonischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy (NDCM) and the relation between the serum PON1 activity and serum pro-BNP levels. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this study, we enrolled 60 patients with left ventricular systolic failure (New York Heart Association [NYHA] class III-IV) and a left ventricular ejection fraction (EF) 
Source: Acta Cardiologica - September 15, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Reduction in electrocardiographic lateral precordial voltage after subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator implantation.
Authors: De Roy L, Blommaert D PMID: 28899260 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - September 15, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Hemorheological dysfunction in cardiac syndrome X.
CONCLUSIONS: Hemorheological impairments are associated with CSX. PMID: 28889793 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - September 13, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

A percutaneous repair of a coronary pseudo-aneurysm, the role of the intravascular ultrasound.
Authors: Calculli G, Contuzzi R, Ciccone MM, Loiodice C, Cortese F PMID: 28893138 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - September 13, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Predictors of a high defibrillation threshold test during routine ICD implantation.
Authors: Al-Atia B, Vandenberk B, Vörös G, Garweg C, Ector J, Willems R Abstract BACKGROUND: There is growing evidence that routine defibrillation threshold (DFT) testing during implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation is not necessary. However a small group of patients might be at risk if no DFT testing is performed. METHODS: Patients with a new pectoral ICD implantation in our hospital between 2006 and 2014 were included in a retrospective registry. A clinical high DFT was defined as a safety margin 
Source: Acta Cardiologica - September 9, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Rosuvastatin inhibits high glucose-stimulated upregulation of VCAM-1 via the MAPK-signalling pathway in endothelial cells.
CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrated that rosuvastatin suppresses HG-induced VCAM-1 production via the MAPK signalling pathway, playing a role in the suppression of atherosclerosis. PMID: 28885098 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - September 9, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Comparison of radial access versus femoral access with the use of a vascular closure device for the prevention of vascular complications and mortality after percutaneous coronary intervention.
Authors: Téblick A, Vanderbruggen W, Vandendriessche T, Bosmans J, Haine SEF, Miljoen H, Segers V, Wouters K, Vrints C, Claeys MJ Abstract BACKGROUND: Radial access (RA) and vascular closure devices (VCD) have been shown to be superior to transfemoral access (TFA) with regard to the prevention of vascular complications after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). OBJECTIVE: The present study evaluates whether RA is associated with less vascular complications and a lower mortality than VCD. METHODS: A total of 6999 consecutive PCI patients were studied through a single-centre prospective registry f...
Source: Acta Cardiologica - August 31, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Increased monocyte-to-HDL cholesterol ratio is related to cardiac syndrome X.
Authors: Dogan A, Oylumlu M Abstract OBJECTIVE: Cardiac syndrome X (CSX) is typically identified with ischaemia in treadmill exercise test or stress myocardial perfusion scintigraphy as well as angina-like chest pain without stenosis in coronary angiography. The purpose of the present study is to investigate the association between cardiac syndrome X and monocyte-to-HDL cholesterol ratio (MHR) which is a new marker associated with inflammation. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 230 patients (105 patients with cardiac syndrome X and 125 normal controls) were included in the study. Peripheral venous blood samples ...
Source: Acta Cardiologica - August 31, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Moderate, but not vigorous, intensity exercise training reduces C-reactive protein.
CONCLUSION: These results indicate MOD-C training may be more effective in reducing CRP than VIG-SIC. PMID: 28847205 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - August 30, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Left ventricular assist device: exercise capacity evolution and rehabilitation added value.
CONCLUSIONS: Exercise capacity of patient implanted with a HeartWare(©) LVAD increased in the early period after implantation. Rehabilitation allowed implanted patients to have a significantly better evolution compared to non-rehabilitated patients. PMID: 28847218 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - August 30, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

A cardio-abdominal dilemma.
Authors: Rosier S, Breuls J, Dewolf P, Ameloot K PMID: 28841815 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - August 27, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Plasma osteopontin concentration is elevated in patients with coronary bare metal stent restenosis.
CONCLUSIONS: Elevated plasma osteopontin concentration is associated with in-stent stenosis in patients with coronary artery disease. Further studies will be needed to establish whether osteopontin can predict in-stent restenosis and guide clinical management strategies. PMID: 28841817 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - August 27, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Diagnostic efficacy of fractional flow reserve with coronary angiography in dual-source computed tomography scanner.
CONCLUSIONS: FFRCT is featured by moderate accuracy in discriminating lesions of intermediate coronary artery stenosis that cause myocardial ischaemia. Impact statement How to treat intermediate coronary stenosis represents a major clinical issue. FFRCT has recently emerged as a novel noninvasive method evaluating ischemic lesions. In this study, we defined such lesion as 50-70% diameter stenosis. We designed the study to assess the diagnostic efficacy of FFRCT both at per-vessel level and at per-vessel levels for ischemic lesions. PMID: 28830299 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - August 24, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

A bullet through the aortic arch.
Authors: Nguyen T, Antoine M, Vanden Eynden F, Van Nooten G, El Oumeiri B PMID: 28830305 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - August 24, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Intramural haematoma and delayed ischaemia of a non-target vessel following percutaneous coronary intervention: insights from optical coherence tomography.
Authors: O'Sullivan CJ, Bernheim AM, Eberli FR PMID: 28826316 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - August 23, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Prosthetic valve endocarditis: positron emission tomography/computed tomography as a new golden grail.
Authors: Holvoet W, Al Younis I, Meeder JG Abstract Prosthetic valve endocarditis (PVE) is a serious infection with potentially fatal consequences. Early detection is crucial for successful management and outcome. The diagnosis of PVE is challenging and is based on the Duke criteria (DC) in which echocardiography plays a crucial role. However, transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography have less diagnostic value in PVE compared to native valve endocarditis. Combined computed tomography and fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission is a new technique providing improved diagnostic accuracy in PVE. This paper pres...
Source: Acta Cardiologica - August 23, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Cryoballoon ablation in the presence of a large occlutech device.
Authors: Ströker E, de Asmundis C, Chierchia GB PMID: 28826333 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - August 23, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Long RP tachycardia with cycle length alternans and QRS alternans. What is the mechanism?
Authors: Mohanan Nair KK, Namboodiri N, Abhilash SP, Valaparambil A PMID: 28826338 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - August 23, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Serial electrocardiographic changes in isolated cardiac sarcoidosis.
Authors: Yoshihara S, Matsunaga M, Suzuki S, Suzuki T, Naito M PMID: 28826341 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - August 23, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

A commentary on the 'glycosylated haemoglobin and coronary atherosclerosis in non-diabetic patients: is it a prognostic factor?'
Authors: Jannat AM, Shahlavi-Monavvar P PMID: 28826345 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - August 23, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Flail, aneurysm, perforation: enhanced visualisation of complex mitral valve damage in enterococcal endocarditis using 3D-echocardiography.
Authors: Wierzbowska-Drabik K, Damian Kasprzak J PMID: 28814177 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - August 19, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Change of plasmalogen content of red blood cells in myocardial hypoxia and acidosis.
CONCLUSIONS: The results indicate changes in the physicochemical properties of the cell membrane in hypoxia. One of the most likely reasons of the increase of plasmalogen content in the membranes may be a more significant increase in activity of calcium-dependent phospholipases in comparison with the activity of calcium-independent plasmalogen phospholipases. PMID: 28814195 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Cardiologica)
Source: Acta Cardiologica - August 19, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

Transcatheter aortic valve implantation compared with surgical aortic valve replacement in patients with anaemia.
Authors: D'Errigo P, Biancari F, Rosato S, Tamburino C, Ranucci M, Santoro G, Barbanti M, Ventura M, Fusco D, Seccareccia F Abstract OBJECTIVES: We compared the outcome of anaemic patients undergoing transcatheter (TAVI) and surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) for severe aortic valve stenosis. METHODS: Anaemic patients (haemoglobin
Source: Acta Cardiologica - August 17, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research