Netherlands Heart Journal

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List of Papers (Total 751)

CC chemokine ligands in patients presenting with stable chest pain: association with atherosclerosis and future cardiovascular events

Background CC chemokine ligands (CCLs) are elevated during acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and correlate with secondary events. Their involvement in plaque inflammation led us to investigate whether CCL3-5-18 are linked to the extent of coronary artery disease (CAD) and prognostic for primary events during follow-up. Methods We measured CCL3-5-18 serum concentrations in 712 patients ...

Utilisation of cardiac pacemakers over a 20-year period: Results from a nationwide pacemaker registry

The implantation of cardiac pacemakers has become a well-established therapy for conduction disorders and sinus node dysfunction. In many countries pacemaker registries have been initiated in order to collect information on patient characteristics, trends in numbers and the types of pacemakers used, to identify problematic devices, and for safety monitoring. For this utilisation ...

Effects of radial versus femoral artery access in patients with acute myocardial infarction: A large centre prospective registry

Aim This study sought to assess whether radial artery access improves clinical outcomes in patients presenting with acute myocardial infarction compared with femoral artery access. Methods This is a single-centre, prospective observational registry of all STEMI and NSTEMI patients who underwent coronary angiography and/or primary PCI in the period January 2010 to December 2013. ...

Effect of statins on coronary blood flow after percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with stable coronary artery disease

Aims Statins have favourable effects on the vascular system. However, few data are available regarding the effect of these drugs on patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We sought to determine the impact of prior statin use on coronary blood flow after PCI in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) by using the corrected thrombolysis in myocardial ...

Relationship between atrial septal defects and asthma-like dyspnoea: the impact of transcatheter closure

Background Patients with atrial septal defects (ASD) are often misdiagnosed as asthma patients and accordingly receive erroneous bronchodilator treatment. In order to characterise their symptoms of dyspnoea to explain this clinical observation, we investigated the prevalence of asthma-like symptoms in patients with secundum ASD who then underwent successful percutaneous closure. ...

Erythropoietin stimulates the coronary collateral development in patients with coronary chronic total occlusion

Objective Erythropoietin (EPO) improves cardiac function and induces neovascularisation in post-myocardial infarction heart failure. The aim of this study was to analyse the association between the serum erythropoietin level and coronary collateral development in patients with coronary artery disease and chronic total occlusion. Methods A total of 168 patients consisting of 117 ...

Chronic fatigue syndrome in women assessed with combined cardiac magnetic resonance imaging

Objective In chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), only a few imaging and histopathological studies have previously assessed either cardiac dimensions/function or myocardial tissue, suggesting smaller left ventricular (LV) dimensions, LV wall motion abnormalities and occasionally viral persistence that may lead to cardiomyopathy. The present study with cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) ...

The Global Anticoagulant Registry in the FIELD-Atrial Fibrillation (GARFIELD-AF)

There are over 385,000 cases of atrial fibrillation (AF) in the Netherlands, with over 45,000 new cases each year. Among other things, AF patients are at high risk of stroke. Patients are often prescribed oral anticoagulation, such as vitamin K antagonists (VKA), to mitigate these risks. A recently introduced class of oral anticoagulants, non-vitamin K antagonists (NOAC), is ...

Role of prophylactic coronary revascularisation in improving cardiovascular outcomes during non-cardiac surgery: A narrative review

Coronary revascularisation has been a topic of debate for over three decades in patients undergoing high-risk non-cardiac surgery. The paradigm shifted from routine coronary angiography toward stress test guided decision-making based on larger randomised trials. However, this paradigm is challenged by relatively newer data where routine coronary angiography and revascularisation is ...

Three-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance for left ventricular chamber quantification and identification of myocardial transmural scar

Background We compared three-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (3DSTE) and its strain to cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) with delayed contrast enhancement for left ventricular (LV) chamber quantification and transmurality of myocardial scar. Furthermore, we examined the ability of 3DSTE strain to differentiate between ischaemic and non-ischaemic LV dysfunction. Methods ...

Diagnosis of takotsubo cardiomyopathy is increasing over time in patients presenting as ST-elevation myocardial infarction

Background Takotsubo cardiomyopathy often presents with the clinical signs of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). The increase in scientific publications addressing this relatively rare condition may result in higher awareness and diagnosis of takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Aim To assess the observed prevalence per year of takotsubo cardiomyopathy in a large registry of patients ...

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy: serious early complications and two-year mortality – a 101 case study

Background Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) is characterised by transient contractility disturbances of the apex of the left ventricle. Methods We enrolled 101 patients from the northern-eastern part of Poland in the years 2008–2012 who were hospitalised for TCC. The control group consisted of female patients diagnosed with anterior myocardial infarction with ST-segment elevation ...

Psychological distress and personality factors in takotsubo cardiomyopathy

Background Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCC) is a transient condition characterised by severe left ventricular dysfunction combined with symptoms and signs mimicking myocardial infarction. Emotional triggers are common, but little is known about the psychological background characteristics of TCC. This study examined whether patients with TTC have higher levels of psychological ...