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Acta Cardiologica

Julien Higny, Michaël Dupont, Antoine Guédès
A strong family history of early-onset coronary artery disease (CAD) may represent a substantial predictor of enhanced development of subclinical atherosclerosis in a sibling population. In this population, standard cardiovascular (CV) risk assessment could be underrated with the predictive capacity of the Framingham Risk Score. At present, cardiac computed tomography (CT) provides a high diagnostic performance for the detection of coronary atherosclerosis. Nevertheless, there is a paucity of data concerning the prognostic value of this technology in apparently healthy relatives of patients with premature coronary events...
February 11, 2019: Acta Cardiologica
Pieter Martens, Joyce Janssens, Jobbe Ramaekers, Matthias Dupont, Wilfried Mullens
BACKGROUND: The choice of glucose lowering agent in heart failure (HF)-patients can have a strong effect on HF-related adverse events, with some classes increasing and other classes reducing the risk. Little data is available about the choice of glucose lowering agents in HF-patients with type-2-diabetes. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional single centre point analysis of all patients with both a diagnoses of HF and type-2-diabetes followed in a tertiary HF-clinic...
February 8, 2019: Acta Cardiologica
Isaac Cheruiyot, Jeremiah Munguti, Beda Olabu, Peter Gichangi
BACKGROUND: Our aim was to provide an evidence-based assessment of the relationship between pulmonary vein variants and atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: A comprehensive systematic search was performed on the databases PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane library and Science Direct. Following assessment of eligibility and methodologic quality, data on PV variants were extracted and pooled into a meta-analysis. RESULTS: A total of 12 studies (1337 cases and 1250 controls) were included...
February 8, 2019: Acta Cardiologica
Shu Yoshihara, Shioto Suzuki, Masaki Matsunaga, Ippei Ohnishi, Masaaki Naito
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 8, 2019: Acta Cardiologica
Lucas Van Hoof, Kristof De Brabandere, Steffen Fieuws, Bernard Stockman, Herbert Gutermann, Filip Rega
BACKGROUND: The Belgian 'National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (RIZIV-INAMI)' requested prospective collection of data on all ablations in Belgium to determine the outcomes of surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) during concomitant cardiac surgery. METHODS: 890 patients undergoing concomitant ablation for AF between 2011 and 2016 were prospectively followed. Freedom from AF with and without anti-arrhythmic drugs was calculated for 817 patients with follow-up beyond the 3-month blanking period and for 574 patients with sufficient rhythm-related follow-up consisting of at least one Holter registration or a skipped Holter due to AF being evident on ECG...
February 8, 2019: Acta Cardiologica
Vineeta Ojha, Niraj Nirmal Pandey, Gurpreet Singh Gulati
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 8, 2019: Acta Cardiologica
Mieke Roggen, Christophe Garweg, Rik Willems, Marc Gewillig, Joris Ector
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 8, 2019: Acta Cardiologica
Yang Chen, Zheqi Wen, Long Peng, Xing Liu, Yanting Luo, Bingyuan Wu, Suhua Li
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to review the diagnostic value of mid-regional pro-atrial natriuretic peptide (MR-proANP) for heart failure (HF) in patients who presented to the emergency department (ED) with acute dyspnoea. METHODS: Relevant studies were searched on the databases of PubMed, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, with publication date limited to 30 March 2018. Literature identification, quality assessment, data extraction, synthesis, and statistical analysis were performed by standard meta-analysis methods...
February 8, 2019: Acta Cardiologica
Keir McCutcheon, Johan Bennett, Thomas Marynissen, Tom Adriaenssens
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 8, 2019: Acta Cardiologica
Sarah Stroobants, Eric Bijnens, Lieven Herbots
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 8, 2019: Acta Cardiologica
Melina Terrana, Christophe Scavée
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 29, 2019: Acta Cardiologica
Ali Nazmi Çalık, Kazım Serhan Özcan, Banu Mesci, Tufan Çınar, Yiğit Çanga, Barış Güngör, Mukaddes Kavala, Aytekin Oğuz, Osman Bolca, Ömer Kozan
BACKGROUND: The main objective of the current study is to find out if any association exists between specific inflammatory markers such as homocysteine (Hcy) and pentraxin-3 (PTX-3) and cardiac involvement determined by means of echocardiographic parameters in patients with Behçet disease (BD). METHODS: From January 2011 to January 2012, a total of 62 Behçet's patients were enrolled in the study. Thirty-two healthy subjects constituted the control group. The diagnosis of BD was made as proposed by International Study Group of BD...
January 28, 2019: Acta Cardiologica
Tufan Çınar, Yavuz Karabağ, Veysel Ozan Tanık, Metin Çağdaş, İbrahim Rencüzoğulları, Ahmet Öz
OBJECTIVE: Contrast-induced acute kidney injury (CI-AKI) is a well-known and life-threating complication in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infraction (STEMI) after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Several studies demonstrated that the Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) Risk Index (TRI) is a useful risk model in predicting early mortality in patients with acute coronary syndrome. The objective of the present study is to evaluate the predictive value of admission TRI for the occurrence of CI-AKI in patients with STEMI treated with primary PCI...
January 25, 2019: Acta Cardiologica
Narut Prasitlumkum, Jakrin Kewcharoen, Chanavuth Kanitsoraphan, Pattara Rattanawong, Raktham Mekritthikrai, Erin A Gillaspie, Michael A Mao, Wisit Cheungpasitporn
INTRODUCTION: Patients with previous coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) are usually considered as high-risk groups perioperatively. Recent studies suggest that previous CABG is not associated with mortality in patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) who underwent transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). However, systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature has not been done. Thus, we conducted this systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the association between previous CABG and mortality in patients undergoing TAVR...
January 16, 2019: Acta Cardiologica
Robin A P Weir, Joanna Osmanska, Kieran F Docherty, Colin J Petrie
BACKGROUND: Patients with chest pain are risk-stratified using serial high-sensitivity troponin (T) assays (hsTnT). Those with change in (Δ)hsTnT <20% are often categorised as low-risk and are less likely to be managed as acute coronary syndromes (ACS). We sought to characterise such a population of 'low-risk' chest pain presenters. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort analysis of sequential patients admitted to our centre over a 1-year period with chest pain, absence of ST-elevation, with elevated hsTnT concentrations, and compared demographic, clinical and outcome data according to ΔhsTnT...
January 16, 2019: Acta Cardiologica
Jobbe Ramaekers, Joyce Janssens, Lise Waumans, Linde Stessens, Matthias Dupont, Wilfried Mullens, Pieter Martens
BACKGROUND: Endomyocardial biopsies (EMBs) remain the golden standard to diagnose underlying pathophysiologic process in heart failure (HF), when potential therapeutic decisions cannot be made by non-invasive techniques. However, changes in the field of non-invasive diagnostic testing might have an impact on the need for performing an EMB in certain scenarios. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of consecutive EMBs performed in a single, non-academic, tertiary-care centre...
January 16, 2019: Acta Cardiologica
Kerem Can Yilmaz, Sirel Sur Gungor, Orcun Ciftci, Ahmet Akman, Haldun Muderrisoglu
BACKGROUND: Glaucoma is commonly defined as high intra ocular pressure (≥21 mmHg) with optic neuropathy characterised by progressive loss of retinal ganglion cells which is associated with characteristic structural damage to the optic nerve and visual field loss. There are several studies investigating relation between primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) and both systemic hypertension and especially night hypotension. Our aim was to compare 24-h ambulatory blood pressure variability of patients with glaucoma followed-up in the eye outpatient clinic with that of patients free of glaucoma...
January 16, 2019: Acta Cardiologica
Răzvan Constantin Șerban, Ioana Șuș, Eva Katalin Lakatos, Zoltan Demjen, Alexandru Ceamburu, Paul Ciprian Fișcă, Cristina Somkereki, Laszlo Hadadi, Alina Scridon
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) often complicates ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Predictors of AF in this setting include factors related to the acute phase of STEMI and pre-existing conditions. More recently, novel AF predictors have been identified in the general population. We aimed to assess the ability of such novel factors to predict STEMI-related AF. METHODS: Data were collected from STEMI patients treated by primary PCI. Factors related to the acute phase of STEMI (Killip class, heart rate, blood pressure on admission, post-PCI TIMI flow), classic (age, hypertension, heart failure, previous myocardial infarction), and more novel (body mass index [BMI], diabetes, chronic kidney disease [CKD], chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD]) AF predictors were evaluated...
January 16, 2019: Acta Cardiologica
Anouschka Cogen, Steven E Haine, Bernard P Paelinck, Paul L Van Herck, Patrick Pauwels, Paul E Van Schil
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January 16, 2019: Acta Cardiologica
Haisong Bu, Tianli Zhao
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January 16, 2019: Acta Cardiologica
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