Netherlands Heart Journal

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List of Papers (Total 754)

High intensity smoking cessation interventions: Cardiac patients of low socioeconomic status and low intention to quit profit most

Background Without assistance, smokers being admitted to the hospital for coronary heart disease often return to regular smoking within a year. Objective This study assessed the 12-month effectiveness of a telephone and a face-to-face counselling intervention on smoking abstinence among cardiac patients. Differential effects for subgroups varying in their socioeconomic status and ...

Effective contact and outcome after pulmonary vein isolation in novel circular multi-electrode atrial fibrillation ablation

Introduction Pulmonary vein (PV) reconnection is frequently the cause of recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) after ablation. The second-generation gold multi-electrode ablation (Gold-MEA) catheter has a new design possibly resulting in improved lesion formation compared with its predecessor. We aimed to determine the association between effective radiofrequency applications with ...

The effect of losartan therapy on ventricular function in Marfan patients with haploinsufficient or dominant negative FBN1 mutations

Background Mild biventricular dysfunction is often present in patients with Marfan syndrome. Losartan has been shown to reduce aortic dilatation in patients with Marfan syndrome. This study assesses the effect of losartan on ventricular volume and function in genetically classified subgroups of asymptomatic Marfan patients without significant valvular regurgitation. Methods In this ...

Transition from paediatric to adult care of adolescent patients with congenital heart disease: a pathway to optimal care

Introduction Adolescents with congenital heart disease transition from a paediatric to an adult setting. This is associated with loss-to-follow-up and suboptimal care. Increasing numbers of patients justify a special program. In this study we evaluated the cooperative program between paediatric and adult cardiology departments in a tertiary referral centre. Methods In this ...

Cardiac sympathetic activity in chronic heart failure: cardiac 123I-mIBG scintigraphy to improve patient selection for ICD implantation

Heart failure is a life-threatening disease with a growing incidence in the Netherlands. This growing incidence is related to increased life expectancy, improvement of survival after myocardial infarction and better treatment options for heart failure. As a consequence, the costs related to heart failure care will increase. Despite huge improvements in treatment, the prognosis ...

Three-dimensional rotational angiography in children with an aortic coarctation

Background Children with aortic coarctations (CoA) are increasingly percutaneously treated. Good visualisation of the CoA is mandatory and can be obtained with three-dimensional rotational angiography (3DRA). This study aims to compare the diagnostic and therapeutic additional value of 3DRA with conventional biplane angiography (CA) in children with a CoA. Methods Patients ...

Mobile health in adults with congenital heart disease: current use and future needs

Objective Many adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) are affected lifelong by cardiac events, particularly arrhythmias and heart failure. Despite the care provided, the cardiac event rate remains high. Mobile health (mHealth) brings opportunities to enhance daily monitoring and hence timely response in an attempt to improve outcome. However, it is not known if adults with CHD ...

NT-proBNP and exercise capacity in adult patients with congenital heart disease and a prosthetic valve: a multicentre PROSTAVA study

Objectives N-terminal B‑type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is an important biomarker for the detection of heart failure. Adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD) and a prosthetic heart valve are at risk for heart failure. This study aimed to determine the value of NT-proBNP in ACHD patients with a prosthetic valve and investigate its relationship with cardiac function and ...

KinCor, a national registry for paediatric patients with congenital and other types of heart disease in the Netherlands: aims, design and interim results

Objective Studies in children with heart disease have been hampered by a lack of easily identifiable patient groups. Currently, there are few prospective population-based registries covering the entire spectrum of heart disease in children. KinCor is a Dutch national registry for children with heart diseases. This paper presents the aims, design and interim results of the KinCor ...

Off-site primary percutaneous coronary intervention in a new centre is safe: comparing clinical outcomes with a hospital with surgical backup

Objectives To evaluate the procedural and clinical outcomes of a new primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) centre without surgical back-up (off-site PCI) and to investigate whether these results are comparable with a high volume on-site PCI centre in the Netherlands. Background Controversy remains about the safety and efficacy of PPCI in off-site PCI centres. Methods We ...

Cardiac allograft vasculopathy in Dutch heart transplant recipients

Background Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) is a multifactorial disease and a major cause of graft failure after heart transplantation. However, the impact of CAV may vary according to the definition and the regional differences in transplantation settings. Objectives We sought to assess CAV prevalence, predictors and prognosis in Dutch heart transplant recipients based on ...

Clinical characterisation and risk stratification of patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy ≥50 years of age

Purpose With the increased use of genetic testing for arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C), this disease is being increasingly recognised among elderly patients. However, elderly ARVD/C patients were underrepresented in prior cohorts. We aimed to describe the phenotypical characteristics and outcomes among ARVD/C patients surviving ≥50 years. Methods ...