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Cardiology Journal

Anne Louise Mortensen, Franklin Rosenfeldt, Krzysztof J Filipiak
BACKGROUND: Geographical differences in patient characteristics, management and outcomes in heart failure (HF) trials are well recognized. The aim of this study was to assess the consistency of the treatment effect of coenzyme Q₁₀ (CoQ₁₀) in the European sub-population of Q-SYMBIO, a randomized double-blind multinational trial of treatment with CoQ₁₀, in addition to standard therapy in chronic HF. METHODS: Patients with moderate to severe HF were randomized to CoQ₁₀ 300 mg daily or placebo in addition to standard therapy...
March 5, 2019: Cardiology Journal
Piotr Duchnowski, Tomasz Hryniewiecki, Mariusz Kuśmierczyk, Piotr Szymański
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is one of the serious postoperative complications in patients undergoing heart valve surgery. The aim of the present study was to identify selected biomarkers to predict AKI requiring renal replacement. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted on a group of 751 patients undergoing heart valve surgery. The data on risk factors, preoperative complete blood count, course of operations and postoperative period was assessed. The primary endpoint at the 30-day follow-up was postoperative AKI requiring renal replacement therapy...
February 25, 2019: Cardiology Journal
Katarzyna Cierpka-Kmieć, Dagmara Hering
Early detection and management of elevated blood pressure is crucial in reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The importance of an absolute risk assessment and patient risk stratification has been highlighted in the European hypertension guidelines since 2003. Amongst numerous risk factors influencing patient prognosis, elevated heart rate (HR) has been indicated as important predictor of future risk of hypertension, coronary heart disease, sudden cardiac death, heart failure, CVD, stroke, total cancer and mortality...
February 25, 2019: Cardiology Journal
Jakub Ratajczak, Piotr Łach, Julia Umińska, Krzysztof Pstrągowski, Michał Kasprzak, Tomasz Fabiszak, Eliano Pio Navarese, Jacek Kubica
BACKGROUND: Mild therapeutic hypothermia (MTH) is a recommended treatment of comatose patients after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). The aim of the study was to examine determinants of clinical outcome in OHCA survivors treated with MTH and variables associated with MTH induction time. METHODS: Analysis of combined results from a retrospective and a prospective observational study including 90 OHCA survivors treated with MTH from January 2010 to March 2018...
February 25, 2019: Cardiology Journal
Julia Maria Umińska, Jakub Ratajczak, Katarzyna Buszko, Przemysław Sobczak, Wiktor Sroka, Michał Piotr Marszałł, Piotr Adamski, Klemen Steblovnik, Marko Noč, Jacek Kubica
BACKGROUND: Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) frequently occurs in the early phase of acute myocardial infarction (MI). Survivors require percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with concomitant dual antiplatelet therapy. Target temperature management, including mild therapeutic hypothermia (MTH), should be applied in comatose patients after resuscitation. However, an increased risk of stent thrombosis in patients undergoing hypothermia is observed. The aim of this study was to assess the impact of MTH on pharmacokinetics of ticagrelor in cardiac arrest survivors with MI treated with MTH and PCI...
February 25, 2019: Cardiology Journal
Dariusz Dudek, Waldemar Banasiak, Wojciech Braksator, Jacek Dubiel, Tomasz Grodzicki, Piotr Hoffman, Mariusz Kuśmierczyk, Grzegorz Opolski, Piotr Ponikowski, Jacek Różański, Jerzy Sadowski, Wojciech Wojakowski, Marcin Grabowski, Katarzyna Bondaryk, Jacek Walczak, Izabela Pieniążek, Maciej Grys, Anna Lesiak-Bednarek, Piotr Przygodzki
There is a great need for innovative technologies that will improve the health and quality of life (QoL) of Polish patients with cardiac problems. It is important that the safety and effectiveness of the technology are confirmed by scientific evidence on which guidelines and clinical recommendations are based. Scientific evidence for medical devices is also increasingly important for decision-making in finance approval from public funds. New technologies in cardiology and cardiac surgery contribute to improved patient QoL, increased treatment effectiveness and facilitated diagnosis...
February 14, 2019: Cardiology Journal
Jarosław Hiczkiewicz, Sylwia Iwańczyk, Aleksander Araszkiewicz, Magdalena Łanocha, Dariusz Hiczkiewicz, Stefan Grajek, Maciej Lesiak
BACKGROUND: The PSP (predilatation, sizing, post-dilatation)-technique was developed to improve the prognosis of patients after bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS) implantation. In acute coronary syndrome (ACS) the use of BVS is particularly demanding and carries some potential risk regarding aggressive lesion preparation, proper vessel sizing due to spasm and thrombus inside the artery. The aim herein, was to determine the long-term results of BVS stenting in ACS patients depending on the scaffold implantation technique...
February 14, 2019: Cardiology Journal
Dariusz Jagielak, Aleksandra Stanska, Andrzej Klapkowski, Maciej Brzezinski, Maciej Kowalik, Dariusz Ciecwierz, Milosz Jaguszewski, Marcin Fijalkowski
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has become a standard therapeutic option for patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) at high cardiac surgical risk. The aim of the NAUTILUS study was to investigate the safety and performance of the New Valve Technology (NVT) Allegra bioprosthesis in high-risk patients undergoing TAVI. METHODS: 27 patients with severe, symptomatic AS at high surgical risk were prospectively enrolled, who underwent treatment using the novel self-expanding NVT Allegra bioprosthesis via transfemoral approach (TF-TAVI)...
February 14, 2019: Cardiology Journal
Aleksandra Liżewska-Springer, Alicja Dąbrowska-Kugacka, Ewa Lewicka, Tomasz Królak, Łukasz Drelich, Dariusz Kozłowski, Grzegorz Raczak
BACKGROUND: Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of atrial fibrillation (AF) can be curative. There are conflicting data on whether AF associated atrial and ventricular structural remodeling reverses after ablation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the hemodynamic effect of AF ablation in patients with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). METHODS: 43 AF patients were studied (aged 56 ± 11 years; 29 male, 23% persistent AF, LVEF ≥ 50%) in whom RFCA was performed...
January 31, 2019: Cardiology Journal
Piotr Duchnowski, Tomasz Hryniewiecki, Mariusz Kuśmierczyk, Piotr Szymański
BACKGROUND: The usefulness of high-sensitivity troponin T (hs-TnT) as a predictor of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in patients undergoing valve surgery is currently unknown. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted on a group of 815 consecutive patients with significant valvular heart disease that underwent elective valve surgery. The primary end-point was postoperative SCA. RESULTS: The postoperative SCA occurred in 26 patients. At multivariate analysis of hs-TnT measured immediately after surgery (hs-TnT I) and age remained independent predictors of the primary end-point...
January 31, 2019: Cardiology Journal
Rafik Abusamra, Marek Król, Krzysztof Milewski, Mateusz Kachel, Loai Abudaqa, Justyna Jankowska-Sanetra, Kamil Derbisz, Krzysztof Sanetra, Anna Sobieszek, Piotr P Buszman, Wojciech Wojakowski, Paweł E Buszman, Andrzej Bochenek, Marek Cisowski
BACKGROUND: To perform a retrospective analysis of patients who underwent endoscopic atraumatic coronary artery off-pump bypass grafting (EACAB) in a single center over a period of 11 years. METHODS: Data was acquired from the hospital registry and patient medical records. In order to determine changes in clinical profile, patients were subdivided into three groups regarding year of surgery: 1998-2002 (group 1), 2003-2005 (group 2), 2006-2009 (group 3). In-hospital analysis up to 30 days and long-term observation were conducted...
January 31, 2019: Cardiology Journal
Kamila Lachowska, Jerzy Bellwon, Joanna Moryś, Marcin Gruchała, Dagmara Hering
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have demonstrated therapeutic benefits of slow breathing (SLOWB) in chronic heart failure (HF) but its impact on cardiovascular reactivity in response to laboratory stressors remains unknown. METHODS: Using device-guided breathing this study explored the acute and long-term effects of SLOWB on hemodynamic responses to handgrip, mental and cold pressor tests, and health-related quality of life (QoL) in stable HF patients with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) who had received all available optimal drug and device therapies...
January 30, 2019: Cardiology Journal
Jolanta Małyszko, Anna Tomaszuk-Kazberuk, Konrad Dobrzycki, Hanna Bachórzewska-Gajewska, Marcin Zorawski, Ewa Koc-Zorawska, Grażyna Kobus, Sławomir Dobrzycki
BACKGROUND: Anemia and vitamin D deficiency are common factors in chronic heart failure (CHF). The aim of this study was to assess vitamin D levels as well as its binding protein and anemia in relation to a cause of CHF: coronary heart disease, valvular disease and cardiomyopathy. METHODS: 116 consecutive patients (36 females and 80 males) with CHF were admitted for percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). Hemoglobin concentration, serum creatinine, B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP), 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] and its binding protein-VDBP were measured...
January 30, 2019: Cardiology Journal
Lukasz Koltowski, Pawel Balsam, Renata Glłowczynska, Jakub K Rokicki, Michal Peller, Jakub Maksym, Leszek Blicharz, Kacper Maciejewski, Magdalena Niedziela, Grzegorz Opolski, Marcin Grabowski
BACKGROUND: Mobile devices are gaining a rising number of users in all countries around the globe. Novel solutions to diagnose patients with out-of-hospital onset of arrhythmic symptoms can be easily used to record such events, but the effectiveness of these devices remain unknown. METHODS: In a group of 100 consecutive patients of an academic cardiology care center (mean age 68 ± 14.2 years, males: 66%) a standard 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) and a Kardia Mobile (KM) record were registered...
January 15, 2019: Cardiology Journal
Szymon Bialka, Andrzej Jaroszynski, Todd T Schlegel, Hanna Misiolek, Damian Czyzewski, Marek Sawicki, Piotr Skoczylas, Magdalena Bielacz, Mateusz Bialy, Lukasz Szarpak, Wojciech Dabrowski
BACKGROUND: Lung resection changes intra-thoracic anatomy, which may affect electrocardiographic results. While postoperative cardiac arrhythmias have been recognized after lung resection, no study has documented changes in vectorcardiographic variables in patients undergoing this surgery. The purpose of this study was to analyse changes in spatial QRS-T angle (spQRS-T) and corrected QT interval (QTc) after lung resection. METHODS: Adult patients undergoing elective lung resection under general anaesthesia were studied...
December 27, 2018: Cardiology Journal
Grzegorz Sławiński, Ewa Lewicka, Maciej Kempa, Szymon Budrejko, Alicja Dąbrowska-Kugacka, Grzegorz Romanowicz, Grzegorz Raczak
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2019: Cardiology Journal
Alicja Dąbrowska-Kugacka, Dariusz Ciećwierz, Grzegorz Żuk, Marcin Fijałkowski, Antoni Ottowicz, Joanna Kwiatkowska, Ewa Lewicka, Robert Sabiniewicz
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2019: Cardiology Journal
Claudio Borghi, Krzysztof Narkiewicz, Giuseppe Mancia
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2019: Cardiology Journal
Ilona Michałowska, Jarosław Kuriata, Paweł Kwiatek, Elżbieta Florczak, Mariusz Kuśmierczyk
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2019: Cardiology Journal
Hideaki Yuki, Yuichiro Arima, Daisuke Utsunomiya, Koichiro Fujisue, Masafumi Kidoh, Seitaro Oda, Takeshi Nakaura, Yasuyuki Yamashita, Kenichi Tsujita
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2019: Cardiology Journal
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