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[Cardiology telemedicine solutions - opinion of the Committee of Informatics and Telemedicine of Polish Society of Cardiology, Section of Non-invasive Electrocardiology and Telemedicine of Polish Society of Cardiology and Clinical Sciences Committee of the].
ski G Abstract For several years, we have observed the dynamic development of technologies that allow patients to access medical care from the comfort of their homes, without direct contact with the doctor. Innovative solutions based on telemedicine improve care coordination and communication among clinicians, patients, and their families, as well as increases patients' security and gives them greater independence, thus eliminating health care inequalities. The rapidly growth of telemedicine and the adoption of new technologies in clinical practice is also observed in Poland. Crucial moment for the telemedicine fa...
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 14, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Piotrowicz R, Krzesiński P, Balsam P, Kempa M, Główczyńska R, Grabowski M, Kołtowski Ł, Lewicka E, Peller M, Piotrowicz E, Podolec J, Stańczyk A, Zajdel J, Opolski G Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Left atrial appendage occlusion: consensus document of Association of Cardiovascular Interventions and Heart Rhythm Section of Polish Cardiac Society.
Abstract Left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion devices have the potential to influence the clinical approach to stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation. A number of percutaneous techniques have been proposed, including various intracardiac plugs and also external ligation. Several devices have been already used in Poland. One of them has been evaluated in randomised controlled trials compared with the current standard of care. Others are less well studied but quite commonly used in Europe. It is anticipated that the use of LAA occlusion technologies in clinical practice will expand. This Consensus D...
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 14, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Grygier M, Wojakowski W, Smolka G, Demkow M, Wąsek W, Sorysz D, Kralisz P, Bartuś K, Sukiennik A, Pracoń R, Witkowski A, Kowalski O, Legutko J Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Evaluation of indications for reduced-dose NOACs in hospitalized atrial fibrillation patients.
CONCLUSIONS: Standard doses of NOACs were prescribed to most hospitalized AF patients. Apixaban was prescribed more frequently in the reduced dose regimen while the frequencies of standard and reduced doses being prescribed were similar for dabigatran and rivaroxaban alike. Absence of indications for dose reduction as defined in relevant guidelines and Summaries of Product Characteristics was identified in 16% of patients receiving reduced doses of NOACs. More than one indication for dose reduction was identified in most patients receiving reduced-dose dabigatran while one dose reduction was identified in most patients rec...
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 14, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Jelonek O, Gorczyca I, Bączek M, Kośmider P, Wożakowska-Kapłon B Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Editorial.
PMID: 29399764 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 7, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Undas A Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

[2017 ESC/EACTS Guidelines for the management of valvular heart disease].
JL PMID: 29399765 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 7, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Baumgartner H, Falk V, Bax JJ, Bonis M, Hamm C, Holm PJ, Iung B, Lancellotti P, Lansac E, Munoz DR, Rosenhek R, Sjögren J, Mas PT, Vahanian A, Walther T, Wendler O, Windecker S, Zamorano JL Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

The first successful bridging with an Impella CP ® to minimally invasive HeartMate 3 LVAD implantation in Poland.
The first successful bridging with an Impella CP® to minimally invasive HeartMate 3 LVAD implantation in Poland. Kardiol Pol. 2018;76(1):209 Authors: Antończyk K, Antończyk R, Zembala M, Zakliczyński M, Zembala MO PMID: 29399766 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 7, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Antończyk K, Antończyk R, Zembala M, Zakliczyński M, Zembala MO Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Angiographic appearance of the HeartMate 3 ™.
We present the angiographic data of our patient. PMID: 29399767 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 7, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Proczka MS, Kalińczuk Ł, Kuśmierczyk M, Demkow M, Trzciński A Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Percutaneous transmitral commissurotomy in calcified, restenosed mitral valve: a technical challenge.
PMID: 29399768 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 7, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Sinha SK, Jha MJ, Mishra V, Aggarwal P, Thakur R Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Augmented reality in left atrial appendage occlusion.
PMID: 29399769 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 7, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Zbroński K, Rymuza B, Scisło P, Kochman J, Huczek Z Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Device-associated thrombus after left atrial appendage occlusion.
PMID: 29399770 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 7, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Ruivo C, Santos L, Gama V, Fontes-Carvalho R Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Cardiac malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumours arising from atrial neurofibroma as an unusual complication of neurofibromatosis.
PMID: 29399771 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 7, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Stępień-Wałek A, Spałek M, Pietrzyk E, Lewitowicz P, Wożakowska-Kapłon B Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Expert consensus on the usefulness of natriuretic peptides in heart failure.
Abstract Heart failure (HF) has becoming an increasing clinical and social problem worldwide and despite modern therapy the syndrome still imposes high burden on healthcare systems. In contrast to western countries, the diagnosis of HF in Poland is established later, at more advanced stage of the disease, thus leaving less time for modern therapy and more frequently requiring hospitalisation. As a result, the alarmingly high proportion of patients with HF is treated in hospitals in Poland. According to current guidelines clinical suspicion of HF should be verified based on early assessment of plasma levels of natr...
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 7, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Nessler J, Straburzyńska-Migaj E, Windak A, Solnica B, Szmitkowski M, Paradowski M, Kaźmierczak J, Puacz E, Rozentryt P Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Deciphering bioresorbable stent thrombosis: investigating the mechanisms.
PMID: 29399773 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 7, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Kounis NG, Tsigkas G, Koniari I, Tzanis G, Despotopoulos S, Roumeliotis A, Hahalis G Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Parameters of platelet indices in young patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction. Commentary to the article: "Platelet distribution width and plateletcrit: novel biomarkers of ST elevation myocardial infarction in young patients".
Parameters of platelet indices in young patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction. Commentary to the article: "Platelet distribution width and plateletcrit: novel biomarkers of ST elevation myocardial infarction in young patients". Kardiol Pol. 2018;76(1):227 Authors: Yildirim T, Akin F, Altun I, Ergun G, Yildirim SE, Soylu MO PMID: 29399774 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 7, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Yildirim T, Akin F, Altun I, Ergun G, Yildirim SE, Soylu MO Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Response to the letter concerning the article: "Platelet distribution width and plateletcrit: novel biomarkers of ST elevation myocardial infarction in young patients".
Response to the letter concerning the article: "Platelet distribution width and plateletcrit: novel biomarkers of ST elevation myocardial infarction in young patients". Kardiol Pol. 2018;76(1):228 Authors: Cetin EHO, Cetin MS, Akdi A, Aras D, Topaloglu S, Temizhan A, Aydogdu S PMID: 29399775 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 7, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Cetin EHO, Cetin MS, Akdi A, Aras D, Topaloglu S, Temizhan A, Aydogdu S Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Cardiovascular risk assessment, cardiovascular disease risk factors, and lung function parameters.
CONCLUSIONS: Impaired lung function was associated with higher CVD risk what could be explained partly by adverse association between lung function and prevalence of obesity, hypertension, diabetes. PMID: 29399756 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 5, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Polak M, Doryńska A, Szafraniec K, Pająk A Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

The clinical usefulness of epicardial adipose tissue in patients with high-intermediate pre-test probability for coronary artery disease.
GF Abstract BACKGROUND: Epicardial adipose tissue [EAT] is thought to be associated with extension and severity of coronary artery disease [CAD] and echocardiographic measurement of EAT thickness has been considered to be a possible cardiovascular risk indicator. ESC Task Force recommends further non-invasive testing in patients with an intermediate pre-test probability [PTP] for the diagnosis of CAD. AIM: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical usefulness of performing EAT measurements in patients with a high-intermediate PTP. METHODS: Patients referred to an outpatient clinic with stabl...
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 5, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Zehir R, Güner A, Hayiroglu MI, Oz TK, Osken A, Aksu H, Dayi SU, Hobikoğlu GF Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Prevalence, diagnosis, and treatment of familial hypercholesterolaemia in outpatient practice in Poland.
CONCLUSIONS: FH is inadequately diagnosed and treated in Poland which calls for a radical improvement of pre- and postgraduate education in this regard. PMID: 29399758 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 5, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Chlebus K, Cybulska B, Gruchała M, Smaga A, Wróbel K, Wojtyniak B, Pajkowski M, Jankowski P, Zdrojewski T Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

MiR-130a inhibition protects rat cardiac myocytes from hypoxia-triggered apoptosis by targeting Smad4.
CONCLUSIONS: Overall, these findings indicate that inhibition of miR-130a, which targets the Smad4 gene, shields cardiac myocytes from hypoxic apoptosis. This study offers a novel perspective of the molecular basis of hypoxia-induced cardiomyocyte apoptosis and suggests a possible drug target for the treatment of myocardial infarction. PMID: 29399759 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 5, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Li Y, Du Y, Cao J, Gao Q, Li H, Chen Y, Lu N Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

The impact of previous percutaneous coronary interventions on the course and clinical outcomes of coronary artery bypass grafting.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Despite increasing number of patients after percutaneous coronary interventions requiring coronary artery bypass grafting, studies on the impact of these procedures on surgical revascularization outcomes are sparse. Furthermore, advances in cardiology require reassessment of their potential prognostic significance. AIM: We sought to assess the influence of previous percutaneous coronary interventions on coronary artery bypass grafting outcomes. METHODS: 211 consecutive patients scheduled for coronary artery bypass grafting were enrolled into this prospective study. Patients after per...
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 5, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Bugajski P, Greberski K, Kuzemczak M, Kalawski R, Jarząbek R, Siminiak T Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Kinetics of common inflammatory biomarkers in postoperative course after congenital heart defects procedures with extracorporeal circulation in children.
CONCLUSION: Kinetics of analyzed inflammatory biomarkers in the first days after cardiac surgery for congenital heart disease in children have different characteristics. The knowledge about inflammatory biomarkers' kinetics could be useful in determining the possibility of evolving infections in the early postoperative period. PMID: 29399761 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 5, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Haponiuk I, Jaworski R, Paczkowski K, Chojnicki M, Steffens M, Szofer-Sendrowska A, Gierat-Haponiuk K, Kwaśniak E, Paśko-Majewska M, Leszczyńska K, Zieliński J, Szymanowicz W Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

The effects of supraphysiological estrogen levels on ventricular repolarization parameters.
CONCLUSIONS: Supraphysiological estradiol levels that occur during controlled ovarian stimulation causes prolongation in QTc intervals, but this is not at pathological level. Although this prolongation is not significant in healthy individuals, it might increase ventricular arrhythmia risk in patients with congenital long QT syndrome and in patients taking medication that prolongs QT. PMID: 29399762 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 5, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Yiginer O, Dogan M, Gun I, Kutlu HT, Degirmencioglu G, Guliyev İ, Tokatli A, Kilicaslan F Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Significant mitral regurgitation predicts the long-term prognosis in patients receiving cardiac resynchronization therapy.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) has been shown to reduce Functional mitral regurgitation (FMR), although the relationship between significant mitral regurgitation (SMR) and the clinical prognosis of CRT remains uncertain. AIM: To investigate the association of baseline of SMR with long-term outcomes in patients undergoing CRT. METHODS: A total of 296 consecutive patients undergoing CRT were enrolled. SMR was quantified by color Doppler in all the patients at baseline and defined as grading scale ≥ 3. The primary endpoint events included all-cause death, heart failure hospi...
Source: Polish Heart Journal - February 5, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Jin H, Yang S, Hua W, Gu M, Niu H, Ding L, Wang J, Xue C, Zhang S Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Baseline and postoperative levels of C-reactive protein and interleukins as inflammatory predictors of atrial fibrillation following cardiac surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Rezaeisadrabadi M, D'Ascenzo F, Zhigalov K, Benedetto U, Aminolsharieh Najafi S, Szczechowicz M, Roever L, Meng L, Gong M, Deshmukh AJ, Palmerini T, Linde C, Filipiak KJ, Stone GW, Biondi-Zoccai G, Calkins H Abstract BACKGROUND AND AIM: Postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) is a leading arrhythmia with high incidence and serious clinical implications after cardiac surgery. Cardiac surgery is associated with systemic inflammatory response including increase in cytokines and activation of endothelial and leukocyte responses. This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to determine the strength of evidence for ...
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 22, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Weymann A, Popov AF, Sabashnikov A, Ali-Hasan-Al-Saegh S, Ryazanov M, Tse G, Mirhosseini SJ, Liu T, Lotfaliani M, Sedaghat M, Baker WL, Ghanei A, Yavuz S, Zeriouh M, Izadpanah P, Dehghan H, Testa L, Nikfard M, Sá MPBO, Mashhour A, Nombela-Franco L, Rezae Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

EQ-5D studies in cardiovascular diseases in eight Central and Eastern European countries: a systematic review of the literature.
CONCLUSIONS: The number of cardiovascular-related studies that reported HRQoL using EQ-5D has consistently increased in the CEE countries over the past decade and is outstanding compared to other clinical fields. As would be expected, in these studies EQ-5D index and EQ VAS scores varied based on the disease severity, patient characteristics and treatment protocol. PMID: 29350378 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 19, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Batóg P, Rencz F, Péntek M, Gulácsi L, Filipiak KJ, Prevolnik Rupel V, Simon J, Brodszky V, Baji P, Závada J, Petrova G, Rotar A, Golicki D Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Metabolic syndrome in HIV infected adults in Poland.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome (MS) is usually diagnosed based on presence of abdominal obesity, elevated blood pressure, elevated fasting plasma glucose, high serum triglycerides (TG) and low high-density lipoprotein levels (HDL). Whether HIV is associated with a higher prevalence of metabolic syndrome than general population remains unclear. AIM: Aim of the study was to determine the incidence of metabolic syndrome in the population of HIV infected adults and its association with clinical, virological and biochemical features. METHODS: Two hundred and seventy HIV infected Caucasian adult patie...
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 19, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Rogalska-Płońska M, Grzeszczuk A, Rogalski P, Łucejko M, Flisiak R Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Patients treated with bivalirudin still at higher risk of stent thrombosis: a comprehensive meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials of bivalirudin and heparin for percutaneous coronary interventions.
CONCLUSIONS: Advantages of bivalirudin are undoubtedly related to GPI use in the heparin arms. Bivalirudin-based regimens are more beneficial when compared with heparin and planned GPI use in terms of NACE and major bleedings. It was not observed when compared to heparin and provisional GPI use. Regardless of adjunctive GPI use, stent thrombosis episodes were significantly more common in bivalirudin treated subjects. Therefore the safety and economic issues may urge revision of this aspect of current clinical practice and guidelines. PMID: 29350380 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 19, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Grajek S, Michlak M, Gwizdała A, Araszkiewicz A, Grygier M, Hiczkiewicz J, Lesiak M Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Macrophage migration inhibitory factor knockout attenuates endotoxin induced cardiac dysfunction in mice.
CONCLUSIONS: The data collectively suggest that MIF mediates LPS-induced cardiac dysfunction in murine cardiomyocytes, which was attenuated by MIF knockout, and the therapeutic option with regard to MIF may aid the management of cardiac dysfunction in sepsis. PMID: 29350381 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 19, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Zhang J, Zhang X, Cui Y, Cui L, Zhao P Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Risk factors for adverse outcomes of acute coronary syndrome patients - single center experience in long term follow-up of treated patients.
CONCLUSIONS: The risk factors obtained from the medical history and during the hospitalization increased the power of the risk stratification during post-discharge period after ACS hospitalization. PMID: 29350382 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 19, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Grabowski M, Filipiak KJ, Opolski G, Główczyńska R, Gawałko M, Balsam P, Cacko A, Huczek Z, Karpiński G, Kowalik R, Majstrak F, Kochman J Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Which position should we take during newborn resuscitation? A prospective, randomized, multicentre simulation trial.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Early bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for cardiac arrest is crucial in the chain of survival. Cardiac arrest in infants is rare but CPR is also performed in severe bradycardia. The European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines recommend starting CPR and continuing it until the heart muscle is sufficiently oxygenated and regains sufficient contractility and function. Among the techniques of CPR that can be applied in newborns, the most common and therefore recommended by the ERC and AHA are the two-finger technique and two-thumb technique. ...
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 19, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Smereka J, Kaminska H, Wieczorek W, Dabrowski M, Ladny JR, Ruetzler K, Szarpak L, Robak O, Frass M Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

The importance of psychosocial factors in management of pulmonary arterial hypertension patients.
We describe the relationships between the quality of life and depressive symptoms and the physical activity of the PAH patients, which have deep treatment-related consequences. The process of transition of teenage PAH patients into the adult care system is another sensitive phase, which requires careful preparation, individualised medical, psychosocial and educational approach, specific for the organisation of the Polish healthcare system. Palliative care of PAH patients has also been described, as it represents an integral part of treatment of this life-limiting disease. Swift recognition and adequate management of emotio...
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 19, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Sobczak-Kaleta MA, Torbicki A, Kasprzak JD Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Impact of previous cardiac surgery with sternotomy on clinical outcomes and quality of life after transcatheter aortic valve implantation for severe aortic stenosis.
CONCLUSIONS: TAVI seems to be a safe and effective technique for the treatment of severe AS in patients with previous cardiac surgery. PMID: 29350385 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 19, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Tokarek T, Dziewierz A, Bagienski M, Rzeszutko L, Sorysz D, Kleczynski P, Dudek D Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Comparison of clinical characteristics of real-life atrial fibrillation patients treated with vitamin K antagonists, dabigatran and rivaroxaban: results from the CRAFT study.
This study consisted of data from the multicentre CRAFT (MultiCentre expeRience in AFib patients Treated with OAC) study (NCT02987062). This was a retrospective analysis of hospital records of AF patients (hospitalized in years 2011-2016) treated with VKAs (acenocoumarol, warfarin) and NOACs (dabigatran, rivaroxaban). In the CRAFT study were enrolled 3 528 patients with non-valvular AF. RESULTS: The total cohort consisted of 1 973 patients on VKA, 504 patients on dabigatran and 1 051 patients on rivaroxaban. Patients on rivaroxaban were older (70.5 ± 13.1 years) and more likely female (47.9%), compared with pat...
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 19, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Balsam P, Ozierański K, Tymińska A, Żukowska K, Zaleska M, Szepietowska K, Maciejewski K, Peller M, Grabowski M, Lodziński P, Praska-Ogińska A, Zaboyska I, Kołtowski Ł, Kowalczuk A, Bednarski J, Filipiak KJ, Opolski G Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Clinical anatomy of human heart atria and interatrial septum - anatomical basis for interventional cardiologists and electrocardiologists. Part 1: right atrium and interatrial septum.
PMID: 29350387 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 19, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Kucybała I, Ciuk K, Klimek-Piotrowska W Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Chronic statin treatment is a predictor of pre-interventional infarct related artery patency in patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction treated with percutaneous coronary intervention.
In this study, 938 ST elevation myocardial infarction patients admitted to the hospital within the first 12 hours of symptom onset were prospectively enrolled (682 male, 256 female; mean age 58.6 ± 12.4 years). All patients underwent emergent primary percutaneous coronary intervention. Patients were divided into two groups based upon the angiographic infarct related artery patency. Impaired infarct related artery patency was defined as TIMI grade 0 and 1 flows (non-patent infarct related artery group). Angiographic infarct related artery patency was defined as TIMI 2 and 3 flows (patent infarct related artery group)...
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 19, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Özbiçer S, Gür M, Kalkan G, Özaltun B, Çaylı M Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Three-dimensional visualization of coronary sinus ostium from the inside right atrium perspective.
CONCLUSIONS: Cardiac computed tomography angiography is a useful method that permits the coronary sinus ostium and Thebesian valve to be visualized in vivo. The method that was developed permitted the coronary sinus ostium to be visualized from the inside of the right atrium in a comparable manner. PMID: 29350389 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 19, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Młynarski R, Młynarska A, Gołba KS, Sosnowski M Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Dual antiplatelet therapy is safe and efficient after left atrial appendage closure.
CONCLUSIONS: LAAC followed by DAPT seems to be a safe and efficient alternative for stroke prevention in patients with NVAF and contraindications to anticoagulation therapy. This strategy may provide a significant reduction of events such as stroke and bleeding versus the score-predicted rate. PMID: 29350390 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 19, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Maksym J, Mazurek T, Kochman J, Grygier M, Kapłon-Cieślicka A, Marchel M, Lodziński P, Piątkowski R, Wilimski R, Czub P, Fojt A, Karolczak N, Hendzel P, Opolski G Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

[Polish single-center follow-up of S-ICD systems implanted for the prevention of sudden cardiac death].
CONCLUSIONS: S-ICD, being an effective and safe method used to treat patients at risk of sudden cardiac death, may be safely and successfully introduced into clinical practice in centers new to that field. The number of complications during the initial experience and introduction of that method may be kept low, if only the operating team is experienced enough in cardiac electrotherapy. PMID: 29350391 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 19, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Kempa M, Budrejko S, Sławiński G, Królak T, Lewicka E, Raczak G Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Diagnostic and prognostic micro-RNAs in ischemic stroke due to carotid artery stenosis and in acute coronary syndrome: the 4-year prospective study.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Circulating microRNAs (miRs) levels are potentially important diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) or cerebral ischemic event (CIE) resulting from internal carotid artery stenosis (ICAS). AIM: This 4-year prospective study aimed to compare the levels of circulating miRs in ACS vs CIE patients, and investigate miRs potentially associated with risk of recurrent cardiovascular event. METHODS: The circulating miRs levels (miR-1-3p, miR-16-5p, miR-34a-5p, mir-122-5p, miR-124-3p, miR-133a-3p, miR-133b, miR-134-5p, miR-208b-3p, miR-375 and miR-499-5p) were c...
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 19, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Gacoń J, Badacz R, Stępień E, Karch I, Enguita FJ, Żmudka K, Przewłocki T, Kabłak-Ziembicka A Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Is it possible to improve compliance in hypertension and reduce therapeutic inertia of physicians by mandatory periodical examinations of workers?
CONCLUSIONS: Prophylactic medical check-ups of workers permit improved compliance and medical surveillance over HT in patients an with uncontrolled clinical course of this disease. Obligations and periodical frequency of examinations encourage both patients and physicians to improve compliance and reduce the risk of therapeutic inertia. PMID: 29350393 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 19, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Marcinkiewicz A, Plewka M, Hanke W, Kałużny P, Wiszniewska M, Lipińska-Ojrzanowska A, Walusiak-Skorupa J Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Genetic variants in the Polish population of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension - sequencing of BMPR2, ALK1 and ENG genes.
CONCLUSIONS: We detected benign polymorphisms or genetic variants of unknown importance. Perhaps in the Polish population of PAH patients the frequency and importance of mutations of BMPR2, ALK1 and ENG genes is different from those described previously in the populations of other countries. PMID: 29350394 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 19, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Uznańska-Loch B, Wikło K, Kulczycka-Wojdala D, Szymańska B, Chrzanowski Ł, Wierzbowska-Drabik K, Trzos E, Kasprzak JD, Kurpesa M Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Early results of aortic arch reconstruction and bilateral pulmonary arteries banding: modification of the Norwood operation for treatment of hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
Abstract BACKGROUND: In the period from 2003 to the end of 2015, 96 Norwood I procedures were performed in Pediatric Heart Surgery Department in Katowice, Poland, in children with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). AIM: This paper presents a retrospective analysis of early surgical results. METHODS: The patients consisted of two groups: Group I included 59 children operated on in the years 2003-2012 in whom the stage I Norwood procedure with the Sano modification was performed with the aortic arch reconstructed by use of a homogenous pulmonary artery patch or a bovine pericardial patch. Group II inc...
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 19, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Pająk JW, Buczyński M, Stanek P, Zalewski G, Wites M, Szydłowski L, Tomkiewicz-Pająk L Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Quality control of oral anticoagulation with vitamin K antagonists in primary care patients in Poland: a multi-centre study.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Vitamin K antagonists (VKA) remain the mainstay of anticoagulation therapy, which requires monitoring of international normalised ratio (INR). Quality of oral anticoagulation, clinical benefits and the risk related to VKA application are determined by time in the therapeutic range (TTR). AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the therapeutic quality of oral anticoagulation and to determine factors that affect the incidence of INR outside the recommended range in primary care patients undergoing long-term VKAs therapy in Poland. METHODS: A multi-centre cross-sectional analysis was c...
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 9, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Sawicka-Powierza J, Buczkowski K, Chlabicz S, Gugnowski Z, Powierza K, Ołtarzewska AM Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

The long-term prognosis following acute coronary syndromes: a prospective observational study of unselected group treated in the 24/7 cardiac catheterization laboratory at university hospital.
CONCLUSIONS: The long-term several years survival did not depend on type of ACS. PMID: 29313559 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 9, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Grabowski M, Filipiak KJ, Opolski G, Główczyńska R, Gawałko M, Balsam P, Cacko A, Huczek Z, Karpiński G, Kowalik R, Majstrak F, Kochman J Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Surgical closure of patent ductus arteriosus in extremely low birth weight infants less than 750 grams.
CONCLUSIONS: Preterm infants with birth weight less than 750 grams and significant PDA are highly challenging patients. Despite the recent advances in perioperative management with neonates, surgery is still associated with high early mortality rate irrespective of applied method. PMID: 29313560 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 9, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Stankowski T, Aboulhassan SS, Fritzsche D, Misterski M, Marczak J, Szymańska A, Szarpak L, Augustyn C, Cichoń R, Perek B Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Relation between post-procedural platelet count and left ventricular aneurysm in patients with acute anterior ST elevated myocardial infarction following primary percutaneous coronary intervention.
CONCLUSIONS: Platelet count after PPCI was significantly associated with the development of LVA in anterior STEMI patients and may be available for early risk stratification of future LVA formation. PMID: 29313561 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 9, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Wang Z, Ren L, Liu N, Peng J Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

The associat ıon between serum serglycin level and coronary artery disease severity in patients with stable angina pectoris.
In this study, we aimed to investigate association of serglycin level with CAD severity in patients with stable angina pectoris (SAP). METHODS: Overall, 100 SAP patients diagnosed by coronary angiography and clinical manifestations and 100 control subjects matched for age and gender were enrolled in this case-control study. Plasma levels of serglycin, high‑sensitivity C‑reactive protein (hsCRP), lipid profiles and other clinical parameters were assayed for all participants. The severity of coronary lesions was evaluated based on the Syntax Score (SS) assessed by coronary angiography. RESULTS: Positively corre...
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 9, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Bolayır HA, Kıvrak T, Gunes H, Bolayır A, Karaca I Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Adropin and circadian variation of blood pressure.
This study aims to investigate the association between absolute nighttime blood pressure (BP) and circadian BP pattern with serum adropin and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) levels in patients with newly diagnosed untreated hypertension. METHODS: Twenty-four hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring was recorded in 100 hypertensives (n = 50 dipper, n = 50 non-dipper) and 50 healthy controls. Serum levels of adropin and hsCRP were measured and recorded. RESULTS: A strong correlation was found between nighttime blood pressure levels with adropin and hsCRP levels (p
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 9, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Bolayır HA, Kıvrak T, Gunes H, Bolayır A, Karaca I Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Clinical presentation, surgical management and outcomes of patients treated for aortic stenosis and coronary artery disease. Does age matter?
Abstract BACKGROUND: Aortic stenosis and coronary artery disease (CAD) sharing similar risk factors are associated with aging of human population. AIM: The purpose of this study was to examine if age affects clinical presentation, intraoperative management and outcomes of patients that undergo simultaneous operations of aortic valve replacement (AVR) and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). METHODS: The study involved 452 consecutive patients with the age of 64.8 ± 8.2 years (38 to 79 years) who underwent combined AVR and CABG between 2005 and 2015. They were divided into three groups, Y (young...
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 9, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Perek B, Casadei V, Puślecki M, Stefaniak S, Maison D, Gwizdała A, Perek A, Szarpak Ł, Jemielity M Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research

Utilization of the lipid-lowering therapies in outpatient settings in Poland - epidemiological survey Economedica Dyslipidemia 2015.
CONCLUSIONS: The most often-used lipid-lowering drugs in Poland are statins, with atorvastatin and rosuvastatin being used the most often. The present study shows, that a part of patients with LDL cholesterol concentration> 70 mg/dL and indication for lipid-lowering is not treated accordingly. PMID: 29313565 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Polish Heart Journal)
Source: Polish Heart Journal - January 9, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Szymański FM, Płatek AE, Ryś A, Semczuk-Kaczmarek K, Krzowski B, Wróbel K, Filipiak KJ Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research