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  • 1.
    Ahn, Henrik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in Östergötland.
    Baranowski, Jacek
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Physiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology UHL.
    Dahlin, Lars-Göran
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in Östergötland.
    Nielsen, Niels-Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization, CMIV. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Physiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology UHL.
    Wallby, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology UHL.
    TAVI without concomitant balloon dilatation2012Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 2.
    Ahn, Henrik Casimir
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Baranowski, J
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Clinical Physiology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology.
    Nielsen, Nils Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Cardiology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Cardiology.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Clinical Physiology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology.
    Tamas, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Wallby, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Cardiology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology.
    Transcatheter aortic valve implantation in high-risk surgical candidates with low risk-scores1984Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Ahn, Henrik Casimir
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Baranowski, Jacek
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Dahlin, Lars-Göran
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Transvenous Implantation of a Stent Valve in Patients With Degenerated Mitral Prostheses and Native Mitral Stenosis2016In: Annals of Thoracic Surgery, ISSN 0003-4975, E-ISSN 1552-6259, Vol. 101, no 6, p. 2279-2284Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to report the use of a transvenous transseptal approach using a stent valve in patients with degenerated biological mitral valve prostheses, regurgitation after mitral repair, and native mitral stenosis.

    METHODS: Ten patients (median age, 74 years; range, 20-89 years; 5 men and 5 women) with degenerated mitral bioprosthetic valves (n = 7), failed mitral repair (n = 1), or calcified native stenotic valves (n = 2) underwent transvenous implantation of a stent valve.

    RESULTS: The procedure was initially successful in all patients. Predilation was performed for balloon sizing only in the 2 patients with native mitral stenosis. The stent valve was deployed during 1 period of rapid pacing. A guidewire, as a loop from the right femoral vein and through the left ventricular apex, facilitated a good angle and secure positioning of the stent valve. An ultrasonographically guided puncture of the apex was carried out in 6 patients, and in the other 4 we performed a minithoracotomy before apical puncture. All valves were implanted in a good position with improved function and without significant paravalvular leakage (PVL). There were no periprocedural deaths. The 30-day survival was 80% (8 of 10 patients), and 60% (6 of 10) of patients were still alive a median time of 290 days after the procedure.

    CONCLUSIONS: Transvenous transseptal implantation of a stent valve was performed in 10 patients with mitral valve disease, with good early functional results. These high-risk patients must be carefully selected by a multidisciplinary team because the procedure carries a high mortality.

  • 4.
    Appel, Carl-Fredrik
    et al.
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in Östergötland. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Hultkvist, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in Östergötland.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Physiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology UHL.
    Ahn, Henrik Casimir
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in Östergötland.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Freter, Wolfgang
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in Östergötland. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Vánky, Farkas
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in Östergötland.
    Transcatheter versus surgical treatment for aortic stenosis: Patient selection and early outcome2012In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 46, no 5, p. 301-307Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives. To describe short-term clinical and echocardiography outcomes in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR). To explore patient selection criteria for treatment with TAVI. Design. TAVI patients (n = 45) were matched to SAVR patients (n = 45) with respect to age within +/- 10 years, sex and systolic left ventricular function. Results. TAVI patients were older, 82 +/- 8 versus 78 +/- 5 years (p = 0.005) and they had higher logEuroSCORE, 16 +/- 11% versus 8 +/- 4% (p andlt; 0.001). There were no significant differences in 30 days mortality, stroke and myocardial infarction. TAVI patients received less erythrocyte (53% vs. 78%, p = 0.03) and thrombocyte (7% vs. 27%, p = 0.02) transfusions. Postoperative atrial fibrillation was less common (18% vs. 60%, p andlt; 0.001) in the TAVI group. Paravalvular regurgitation was more common in TAVI patients (87% vs. 0%, p andlt; 0.001) and 27% had access site complications. Aortic transvalvular velocity was 2.3 +/- 0.4 m/s versus 2.6 +/- 0.5 m/s (p = 0.002) and mean valve pressure gradient was 12 +/- 4 mmHg versus 15 +/- 5 mmHg (p = 0.01) in the TAVI and SAVR groups, respectively. Twenty-nine (64%) of the TAVI patients had logEuroSCORE andlt; 15%. Conclusions. Both TAVI and SAVR have good short term clinical outcome with excellent hemodynamic result. In clinical practice, factors other than high logEuroSCORE play an important role in patient selection for TAVI.

  • 5.
    Baranowski, Jacek
    et al.
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology UHL.
    Ahn, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in Östergötland.
    Freter, Wolfgang
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in Östergötland.
    Nielsen, Niels-Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Physiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology UHL.
    Janerot-Sjöberg, Birgitta
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology UHL.
    Sandborg, Michael
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Radiation Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Radiation Physics UHL.
    Wallby, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology UHL.
    Echo-guided presentation of the aortic valve minimises contrast exposure in transcatheter valve recipients2011In: Catheterization and cardiovascular interventions, ISSN 1522-1946, E-ISSN 1522-726X, Vol. 77, no 2, p. 272-275Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVES:

    We have developed a method using transthoracic echocardiography in establishing optimal visualization of the aortic root, to reduce the amount of contrast medium used in each patient.

    BACKGROUND:

    During transcatheter aortic valve implantation, it is necessary to obtain an optimal fluoroscopic projection for deployment of the valve showing the aortic ostium with the three cusps aligned in the beam direction. This may require repeat aortic root angiograms at this stage of the procedure with a high amount of contrast medium with a risk of detrimental influence on renal function.

    METHODS:

    We studied the conventional way and an echo guided way to optimize visualisation of the aortic root. Echocardiography was used initially allowing easier alignment of the image intensifier with the transducer's direction.

    RESULTS:

    Contrast volumes, radiation/fluoroscopy exposure times, and postoperative creatinine levels were significantly less in patients having the echo-guided orientation of the optimal fluoroscopic angles compared with patients treated with the conventional approach.

    CONCLUSION:

    We present a user-friendly echo-guided method to facilitate fluoroscopy adjustment during transcatheter aortic valve implantation. In our series, the amounts of contrast medium and radiation have been significantly reduced, with a concomitant reduction in detrimental effects on renal function in the early postoperative phase.

  • 6.
    Baranowski, Jacek
    et al.
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Dahlin, Lars-Göran
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Nielsen, Niels-Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV). Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Wallby, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Ahn, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Transcatheter aortic valve implantation without prior balloon dilatation - a non-randomized single centre experience2013Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 7. Baranowski, Jacek
    et al.
    Nielsen, Niels-Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    TAVI without BAV2014Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 8. Baranowski, Jacek
    et al.
    Nielsen, Niels-Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Ahn, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Total percutaneuous transcatheter valve implantation in native mitral stenosis in a patient with previous transapical TAVI2014Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 9. Baranowski, Jacek
    et al.
    Wallby, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Ahn, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Dahlin, Lars-Göran
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).
    Lindgren, B
    Freter, W
    Johansson, M
    Nielsen, Niels-Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    TAVI without balloon predilation. A ramdomized single centre study.2014Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 10. Baranowski, Jacek
    et al.
    Wallby, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).
    Boano, Gabriella
    Vanky, Farkas
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Löfstöm, Lars
    Johansson, Mats
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Nielsen, Niels-Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    MitraClip after myocardial infarction with papillary muscle rupture and as treatment of systolic anterior motion of the mitral valve.2014Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 11.
    Escobar Kvitting, John-Peder
    et al.
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Physiology. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology, Department of Surgery in Östergötland.
    Engvall, Jan
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Physiology. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology.
    Broqvist, Mats
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Cardiology.
    FranzÉn, Stefan
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Andersson, Mats
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Neurology. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Local Health Care Services in Central Östergötland, Department of Neurology.
    Ohlsson, Ulf
    Department of Medicine Oskarshamns Hospital.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Cardiology.
    Recurrence of myxoma in the left ventricle with concurrent cerebral fusiform aneurysms after previous atrial myxoma surgery2008In: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, ISSN 0022-5223, E-ISSN 1097-685X, Vol. 135, no 5, p. 1172-1173Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Forsberg, Lena M
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Physiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology UHL.
    Tamas, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in Östergötland.
    Vánky, Farkas
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in Östergötland.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Engvall, Jan
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Physiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology UHL.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Physiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology UHL. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization, CMIV.
    Left and right ventricular function in aortic stenosis patients 8 weeks post-transcatheter aortic valve implantation or surgical aortic valve replacement2011In: European Journal of Echocardiography, ISSN 1525-2167, E-ISSN 1532-2114, Vol. 12, no 8, p. 603-611Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aims Knowledge of longitudinal left and right ventricular (LV and RV) function after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is scarce. We hypothesized that the longitudinal systolic biventricular function in aortic stenosis (AS) patients is affected differently by TAVI and surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR). less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanMethods and results Thirty-three AS patients (all-TAVI group, age 81 +/- 9 years, 18 female), with EuroSCORE 18 +/- 9%, were accepted for TAVI. Seventeen of these patients were matched (by gender, age, and LV function) to 17 patients undergoing SAVR. Conventional echocardiographic parameters, systolic atrioventricular plane displacement (AVPD) at standard sites and peak systolic velocity (PSV) by pulsed tissue Doppler at basal RV free wall, LV lateral wall, and septum were studied before and 8 weeks after the procedure. Procedural success was 100%, and 30-day mortality 9%. In all TAVI patients, AVPD(lateral), PSV(lateral), AVPD(septal), and PSV(septal) increased (P andlt; 0.001, 0.003, 0.006 and 0.002). When studying the matched patients postoperatively, both the SAVR and TAVI patients had increased PSV(lateral) and AVPD(lateral) (SAVR: P = 0.03 and P = 0.04, TAVI: P = 0.04 and P = 0.01). The PSV(RV) increased in the all-TAVI group (P = 0.007), while the AVPD(RV) was unchanged. SAVR patients had decreased AVPD(RV) (P = 0.001) and PSV(RV) (P = 0.004), while the matched TAVI patients had unchanged RV function parameters. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanConclusion An improvement in regional longitudinal LV function in the septal and lateral wall could be seen after TAVI. Among the matched patients, both the TAVI and SAVR patients seemed to improve LV function in the lateral wall. RV systolic function increased in TAVI patients, but was impaired in the matched SAVR group at the 8-week follow-up.

  • 13.
    Hansson, Nicolaj C.
    et al.
    Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.
    Norgaard, Bjarne L.
    Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.
    Barbanti, Marco
    St Pauls Hospital, Canada; University of Catania, Italy.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Yang, Tae-Hyun
    St Pauls Hospital, Canada; Inje University, South Korea.
    Tamburino, Corrado
    University of Catania, Italy.
    Dvir, Danny
    St Pauls Hospital, Canada.
    Jilaihawi, Hasan
    Cedars Sinai Heart Institute, CA USA.
    Blanke, Philip
    University Hospital Freiburg, Germany.
    Makkar, Raj R.
    Cedars Sinai Heart Institute, CA USA.
    Latib, Azeem
    EMO GVM Centre Cuore Columbus, Italy; Ist Science San Raffaele, Italy.
    Colombo, Antonio
    EMO GVM Centre Cuore Columbus, Italy; Ist Science San Raffaele, Italy.
    Tarantini, Giuseppe
    University of Padua, Italy.
    Raju, Rekha
    St Pauls Hospital, Canada.
    Wood, David
    St Pauls Hospital, Canada.
    Andersen, Henning R.
    Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.
    Ribeiro, Henrique B.
    University of Laval, Canada.
    Kapadia, Samir
    Cleveland Clin, OH 44106 USA.
    Min, James
    Cedars Sinai Heart Institute, CA USA.
    Feuchtner, Gudrun
    Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria.
    Gurvitch, Ronen
    Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia.
    Alqoofi, Faisal
    University of Calgary, Canada.
    Pelletier, Marc
    New Brunswick Heart Centre, Canada.
    Paolo Ussia, Gian
    University of Roma Tor Vergata, Italy.
    Napodano, Massimo
    EMO GVM Centre Cuore Columbus, Italy; Ist Science San Raffaele, Italy.
    de Brito, Fabio Sandoli Jr.
    Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Brazil.
    Kodali, Susheel
    Columbia University, NY USA.
    Pache, Gregor
    University Hospital Freiburg, Germany.
    Canovas, Sergio J.
    Arrixaca University Hospital, Spain.
    Berger, Adam
    St Pauls Hospital, Canada.
    Murphy, Darra
    St Pauls Hospital, Canada.
    Svensson, Lars G.
    Cleveland Clin, OH 44106 USA.
    Rodes-Cabau, Josep
    University of Laval, Canada.
    Leon, Martin B.
    Columbia University, NY USA.
    Webb, John G.
    St Pauls Hospital, Canada.
    Leipsic, Jonathon
    St Pauls Hospital, Canada.
    The impact of calcium volume and distribution in aortic root injury related to balloon-expandable transcatheter aortic valve replacement2015In: JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY, ISSN 1934-5925, Vol. 9, no 5, p. 382-392Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: A detailed assessment of calcium within the aortic root may provide important additional information regarding the risk of aortic root injury during transcatheter heart valve replacement (TAVR). Objective: We sought to delineate the effect of calcium volume and distribution on aortic root injury during TAVR. Methods: Thirty-three patients experiencing aortic root injury during TAVR with a balloon-expandable valve were compared with a control group of 153 consecutive TAVR patients without aortic root injury (as assessed by post-TAVR multidetector CT). Using commercial software to analyze contrast-enhanced pre-TAVR CT scans, caltium volume was determined in 3 regions: (1) the overall left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT), extending 10 mm down from the aortic annulus plane; (2) the upper LVOT, extending 2 mm down from the annulus plane; and (3) the aortic valve region. Results: Calcium volumes in the upper LVOT (median, 29 vs 0 mm(3); P less than .0001) and overall LVOT (median, 74 vs 3 mm(3); P = .0001) were higher in patients who experienced aortic root injury compared with the control group. Calcium in the aortic valve region did not differ between groups. Upper LVOT calcium volume was more predictive of aortic root injury than overall LVOT calcium volume (area under receiver operating curve [AUG]; 0.78; 95% confidence interval, 0.69-0.86 vs AUC, 0.71; 95% confidence interval, 0.62-0.82; P = .010). Upper LVOT calcium below the noncoronary cusp was significantly more predictive of aortic root injury compared to calcium underneath the right coronary cusp or the left coronary cusp (AUC, 0.81 vs 0.68 vs 0.64). Prosthesis oversizing greater than20% (likelihood ratio test, P = .028) and redilatation (likelihood ratio test, P = .015) improved prediction of aortic root injury by upper LVOT calcium volume. Conclusion: Calcification of the LVOT, especially in the upper LVOT, located below the noncoronary cusp and extending from the annular region, is predictive of aortic root injury during TAVR with a balloon-expandable valve. (C) 2015 Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. All rights reserved.

  • 14.
    Ihlberg, Leo
    et al.
    Helsinki University Hospital, Finland .
    Nissen, Henrik
    Odense University Hospital, Denmark .
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Rueck, Andreas
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden .
    Busund, Rolf
    University Hospital North Norway, Norway .
    Klaarborg, Kaj-Erik
    Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark .
    Soendergaard, Lars
    Rigshosp, Denmark .
    Harnek, Jan
    University of Lund Hospital, Sweden .
    Miettinen, Heikki
    Kuopio University Hospital, Finland .
    Eskola, Markku
    Tampere University Hospital, Finland .
    Wahba, Alexander
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway .
    Laine, Mika
    Helsinki University Hospital, Finland .
    Early clinical outcome of aortic transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation in the Nordic countries2013In: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, ISSN 0022-5223, E-ISSN 1097-685X, Vol. 146, no 5, p. 1047-1054Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective: Transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation has emerged as an option, in addition to reoperative surgical aortic valve replacement, to treat failed biologic heart valve substitutes. However, the clinical experience with this approach is still limited. We report the comprehensive experience of transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation in the Nordic countries from May 2008 to January 2012. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanMethods: A total of 45 transcatheter aortic valve-in-valve implantations were performed during the study period in 11 centers. The mean age of the patients was 80.6 years (range, 61-91), 26 were male and 19 were female, and the mean EuroSCORE, EuroSCORE II, and Society of Thoracic Surgeons score was 35.4, 16.3, and 14.6, respectively. The type of failure was stenosis and combined in 58% (mean and peak aortic valve gradient, 77 and 45 mm Hg, respectively) and regurgitation in 42% of cases. The SAPIEN/XT (Edwards LifeSciences, Irvine, Calif) and CoreValve (Medtronic Inc, Minneapolis, Minn) system was used in 33 and 12 cases, respectively. The access route was transapical in 25, transfemoral in 17, transaortic in 2, and subclavian in 1 case. The mean follow-up was 14.4 months. The periprocedural and postoperative outcomes were assessed using the Valve Academic Research Consortium criteria. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanResults: No intraprocedural mortality occurred. The technical success rate was 95.6% (1 second valve implantation, 1 conversion to open surgery). The all-cause 30-day mortality was 4.4% (1 cardiac-related and 1 aspiration pneumonia). The major complications within 30 days included stroke in 2.2%, periprocedural myocardial infarction in 4.4%, and major vascular complication in 2.2% of patients. At 1 month, all but 1 patient had either no or mild paravalvular leakage, with a mean and peak valve gradient of 17 mm Hg (range, 4-38) and 30 mm Hg (range, 7-68), respectively. The mean gradient was greater than 20 mm Hg in 17% of patients and remained unchanged at 12 months. The 1-year survival was 88.1%. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanConclusions: Transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation is widely performed, albeit in small numbers, in most centers in the Nordic countries. The short-termresults were excellent in this high-risk patient population, demonstrating a low incidence of device-or procedure-related complications. However, a considerable number of patients were left with suboptimal systolic valve performance with unknown long-term effects, warranting close surveillance after transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation.

  • 15.
    Josefsson, Ann
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Paediatrics and Gynecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    Kernell, K
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Cardiology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Cardiology.
    Bladh, Marie
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Sydsjö, Gunilla
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Paediatrics and Gynecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    Reproductive Pattern and Pregnancy Outcome in Women with Congenital Heart Disease: A Swedish Population-Based Study in JOURNAL OF WOMENS HEALTH, vol 19, issue 3, pp 619-6192010In: JOURNAL OF WOMENS HEALTH, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. , 2010, Vol. 19, no 3, p. 619-619Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 16.
    Josefsson, Ann
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Paediatrics and Gynecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    Kernell, Kristina
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Bladh, Marie
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Paediatrics and Gynecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    Sydsjö, Gunilla
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Paediatrics and Gynecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    Reproductive patterns and pregnancy outcomes in women with congenital heart disease - a Swedish population-based study2011In: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6349, E-ISSN 1600-0412, Vol. 90, no 6, p. 659-665Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective. To study women diagnosed with congenital heart disease (CHD) with respect to characteristics related to their own births, their subsequent likelihood of giving birth and the obstetric and neonatal outcomes of their pregnancies. Design. Population-based register study. Population. All women born in 1973-1983 who were alive and living in Sweden at 13 years of age (n=500 245). Methods. Women diagnosed with CHD (n=2 216) were compared with women without CHD (n=492 476). A total of 188 867 mother-firstborn-offspring pairs were identified and available for analysis. Results. Mothers of women with CHD were more often older and single/unmarried. Women with CHD were more often born preterm or small-for-gestational age (SGA) than women without CHD, more likely to have been born with a cesarean section, to have given birth during the study period, and to be younger at the time of their first pregnancy. Women with CHD were also more prone to give birth to children preterm or SGA and their babies were more often delivered by cesarean section with a higher frequency of congenital abnormality. Conclusions. Women with CHD were more likely to have been born preterm or SGA and these outcomes were repeated in the next generation. Women with CHD should not be discouraged from pregnancy. Prenatal diagnostics should be discussed and offered to these women, as there is an increased risk for congenital abnormalities.

  • 17.
    Kernell, Kristina
    et al.
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    Sydsjö, Gunilla
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    Bladh, Marie
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    Nielsen, Niels-Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Josefsson, Ann
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    Congenital heart disease in men - birth characteristics and reproduction: a national cohort study.2014In: BMC pregnancy and childbirth, ISSN 1471-2393, Vol. 14, p. 187-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Women with congenital heart disease (CHD) are more often born preterm or small-for-gestational age and with a caesarean section. This pattern together with an increased risk of congenital anomalies seems to be repeated in the next generation. Information on the effect of paternal CHD on their offspring is sparse. In this study we investigated if men with CHD differ from those who do not have CHD with respect to characteristics related to their own births, their reproductive patterns and the neonatal outcomes of their children.

    METHODS: In this national cohort study data were derived from Swedish population-based registries. The population consists of all men born in 1973-1983 who were alive and living in Sweden at 13 years of age (n = 522 216). The index group is men with CHD (n = 2689). Men diagnosed with CHD were compared with men without CHD. The CHD were also divided into two groups, complex and simple CHD and comparisons between the groups were made.

    RESULTS: Men with CHD are more likely to have been born preterm (p < 0.001), small-for gestational-age (p < 0.001) or large-for-gestational-age (p < 0.001) than men without CHD. They are also more likely to have been the result of a twin pregnancy (p < 0.001) and to have been delivered by caesarean section (p < 0.001). Men with CHD have a decreased likelihood to become fathers compared to non-CHD men and in this study their offspring do not have a higher incidence of CHD than offspring to non-CHD fathers. The neonatal outcomes of children of men with CHD do not differ from the outcomes of children of non-CHD men.

    CONCLUSIONS: Men with CHD were more often born with non-optimal characteristics compared to men without the condition. However, the increased risk does not repeat itself in the next generation. This knowledge can lead to improved preconception counselling for couples in which the father has a CHD.

  • 18.
    Kühme, Tobias
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Säfström, Kåge
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Cardiology.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Cardiology.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Clinical Physiology. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology.
    Olin, Christian
    Rupture of a synthetic VSD patch 28 years after total correction of Fallot's anomaly2006In: Annals of Thoracic Surgery, ISSN 0003-4975, E-ISSN 1552-6259, Vol. 81, no 4, p. 1510-1512Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Patients operated on for complex congenital heart malformations need continuous follow-up. We present a male patient born in 1948 with Fallot's anomaly. A total correction was performed when he was 21 years old. Twenty-eight years after the operation, at routine follow-up, he presented with a significant left-to-right shunt because of a new ventricular septal defect. During the operation we found the original patch to be fractured with a central perforation. The patient received a new patch and has been without any clinical symptoms since. © 2006 by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

  • 19.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Clinical and Laboratory Investigations in Postmenopusal Women with Unstable Coronary Artery Disease2000Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the major cause of death in both sexes in the western world. In men with chest pain the diagnostic methods are more useful than in women. An exercise test is considered less reliable in women, mostly due to a high percentage offalse positive tests. Furthermore, 20-40% of women with typical angina have normal vessels at coronary angiography. The mechanisms behind the chest pain in these patients are unknown, but could be due to disturbances in endothelial, thrombogenetic and/or fibrinolytic function.

    In a prospective multicentre trial we examined 200 postmenopausal women with unstable CAD and 101 healthy controls. At coronary angiography 15% had normal vessels, 14% had non-significant atherosclerosis and 71% had at least one significant stenosis.

    The diagnostic information from basic clinical parameters, ECG and an early exercise test were evaluated. The prevalence of coronary atherosclerosis was high, 85%, and the early exercise test was just as valuable as in men for identifying patients with significant CAD.

    Endothelial markers, cyclic GMP (cGMP) and immunoreactive endothelin (irET), were analysed regarding presence or not of coronary atherosclerosis. Patients with normal vessels had low levels of ir-Ef, indicating different mechanisms for ischemia/angina in these patients compared with patients with atherosclerosis. No differences were found regarding cGMP, unless the patient had long-term nitroglycerin treatment, which increased plasma cGMP. Patients with exerciseinduced ischemia had higher cGMP plasma levels compared to those without. This may reflect a general compensatory mechanism.

    New lipid variables, apolipoproteins and lipoprotein particles, were no better than the routine lipid examination in separating women with and without coronary atherosclerosis, and the measurement of apolipoproteins and lipoprotein particles on the basis of diagnostic accuracy alone is not justified. Also, elevated triglycerides was most pronounced in women with unstable CAD and coronary atherosclerosis.

    Plasma total homocysteine (tHey) is considered a risk factor for CAD, but the relationship between tHey and well-defined CAD in women is still unclear. Mild hyperhomocysteinemia was not related to the risk of unstable CAD in postmenopausal women. Our study stresses the importance of adjusting tHey for the covariates, i.e. age and serum values of folate, vitamin Bl2 and creatinine.

    Fibrinolytic and coagulation variables did neither reveal signs of disturbed fibrinolysis nor were in favour of a hypercoagulable/hyperthrombotic state in patients with unstable CAD and normal vessels.

    In summary, the prevalence of coronary atherosclerosis in postmenopausal women with signs and symptoms of unstable CAD is high. An early exercise test together with basic clinical parameters is a valuable diagnostic tool. Although there were differences in biochemical markers between patients with and without coronary atherosclerosis, the overlapping between the groups was high. No clinically useful test to separate these two groups was found. Patients with normal vessels were much alike the control group and it is still unclear whether these patients have CAD without atherosclerosis or another mechanism for their chest pain.

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    1. Unstable coronary artery disease in post-menopausal women: Identifying patients with significant coronary artery disease by basic clinical parameters and exercise test
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Unstable coronary artery disease in post-menopausal women: Identifying patients with significant coronary artery disease by basic clinical parameters and exercise test
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    1998 (English)In: European Heart Journal, ISSN 0195-668X, E-ISSN 1522-9645, Vol. 19, no 6, p. 899-907Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Background The diagnostic information from an ECG taken while at rest and an exercise test is considered less reliable in women than in men, mostly due to a high percentage offalse-positive tests. This can be explained by a lower pre-test likelihood of coronary heart disease.

    Aims To evaluate the diagnostic information that can be gained from basic clinical parameters, an ECG and exercise test in a group of post-menopausal women with symptoms of unstable coronary artery disease in order to identify patients with significant coronary artery stenoses.

    Methods and Results We prospectively studied 200 postmenopausal women admitted to the coronary care unit with symptoms of unstable coronary artery disease and ECG changes suggestive of ischaemia. The diagnostic value of common risk factors, myocardial enzymes and an early exercise test were assessed. A coronary angiogram was performed within 60 days. Median age was 67 years. On admission, 38% had ST depression on an ECG taken while at rest, 76% had T-wave inversion, and 41% increased enzyme levels. The coronary angiogram revealed that 15% had no atherosclerosis, 14% had atherosclerosis but no lesion ≥ 50% of luminal diameter and 71 % had at least one significant stenosis. Of patients with known indicators of atherosclerotic disease, all but one had atherosclerosis visualized on the coronary angiogram. A relative ST depression ≥ 0·1 m V and a low maximum workload at exercise test were strong predictors of significant coronary artery disease. The positive predictive value of ST depression was 91% and of low maximum workload 84%.

    Conclusion In post-menopausal women with signs of unstable angina and ischaemia on an ECG taken while at rest, the prevalence of coronary atherosclerosis is high, 85%. Contrary to earlier studies, ST T-changes at the early exercise test had a high positive predictive value, especially in combination with a low maximum workload with no false-positive results.

    Keywords
    women, coronary angiography, unstable angina, exercise test, electrocardiography, risk factors
    National Category
    Medical and Health Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-26815 (URN)10.1053/euhj.1997.0867 (DOI)11427 (Local ID)11427 (Archive number)11427 (OAI)
    Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
    2. Plasma levels of cyclic GMP and endothelin in postmenopausal women with unstable coronary artery disease
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Plasma levels of cyclic GMP and endothelin in postmenopausal women with unstable coronary artery disease
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    1999 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation, ISSN 0036-5513, E-ISSN 1502-7686, Vol. 59, no 5, p. 325-334Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Many women with typical anginal chest pain have normal coronary angiograms, which may be due to altered endothelial function. We evaluated the endothelial markers cyclic GMP (cGMP) and immunoreactive endothelin (ir-ET) regarding presence of coronary atherosclerosis in women with clinical signs of unstable coronary artery disease (CAD). Plasma levels of cGMP and ir-ET were determined in 118 patients and 84 controls. Ischaemia was evaluated at an exercise test. Of the patients 20% had normal vessels, 14% insignificant CAD and 66% significant stenosis at coronary angiography. Mean (95% CI) concentration of cGMP (nmol/l) was higher in patients than in controls (5.05 (4.53; 5.58) vs. 3.79 (3.34; 4.23)). Separating patients according to daily intake of nitroglycerin, only patients with this medication had significantly higher cGMP level (5.73 (4.88; 6.58)), whereas the difference between those without (4.35 (3.76; 4.94)) and controls disappeared. Patients with ischaemia at exercise test had higher cGMP level than those without (6.01 (5.13; 6.88) vs. 4.30 (3.66; 4.94)), even after adjusting for nitroglycerin treatment. ir-ET (pmol/l) was lower in patients with normal vessels than patients with coronary atherosclerosis (0.83 (0.78; 0.88) vs. 0.98 (0.92; 1.04)) and than the control group (0.91 (0.87; 0.94)). The difference between the control group and patients with atherosclerosis was also significant. Patients with unstable CAD and long-term nitroglycerin treatment have increased cGMP level. Patients with exercise-induced ischaemia have higher cGMP level than those without, irrespective of nitroglycerin treatment, which may reflect a general compensatory mechanism. Patients with normal vessels have low level of ir-ET, indicating different mechanisms for ischaemia/angina in these patients compared with patients with atherosclerosis.

    Keywords
    Coronary atherosclerosis, cyclic GMP, endothelin, exercise test, nitroglycerin, women
    National Category
    Medical and Health Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-26737 (URN)10.1080/00365519950185517 (DOI)11332 (Local ID)11332 (Archive number)11332 (OAI)
    Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
    3. Plasma lipoprotein particle concentrations in postmenopausal women with unstable coronary artery disease: Analysis of diagnostic accuracy using receiver operating characteristics
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Plasma lipoprotein particle concentrations in postmenopausal women with unstable coronary artery disease: Analysis of diagnostic accuracy using receiver operating characteristics
    2000 (English)In: Journal of Internal Medicine, ISSN 0954-6820, E-ISSN 1365-2796, Vol. 247, no 1, p. 43-52Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Background.The contribution of plasma lipids to cardiovascular risk is usually evaluated by measuring plasma concentrations of total cholesterol, triglycerides and HDL cholesterol, and calculating LDL cholesterol concentration. We investigated plasma concentrations of apolipoproteins and lipoprotein particles in women with unstable coronary artery disease (CAD) to evaluate whether these, better than the routine lipid status, could differentiate women with and without coronary atherosclerosis.

    Methods. Blood samples for lipid analyses were collected from 119 angiographically examined postmenopausal 49–79-year-old women with unstable CAD, and from 101 age-matched controls. Mean plasma concentrations were compared and the discriminatory ability of the different variables were tested using receiver operating characteristics (ROC).

    Results. At coronary angiography 19% had normal vessels and 81% had coronary atherosclerosis. A disturbed triglyceride metabolism was the most pronounced lipid abnormality in women with unstable CAD and coronary atherosclerosis. ROC showed that none of the evaluated variables had a particularly high discriminatory power regarding unstable CAD or coronary atherosclerosis. The ratio cholesterol/HDL cholesterol was best with an ROC area of 0.79. Furthermore, the newer lipid variables, i.e. lipoprotein particles and apolipoproteins, were no better than the traditional variables.

    Conclusion. Lipoprotein changes reflecting a disturbed triglyceride metabolism are most pronounced in women with unstable CAD and coronary atherosclerosis. Lipoprotein particles and apolipoproteins alone were no better than lipids and lipoproteins in separating women with from those without coronary atherosclerosis. Our study does not support the measurement of apolipoproteins and lipoprotein particles on the basis of diagnostic accuracy alone.

    Keywords
    lipoprotein particles, ROC, unstable CAD, women.
    National Category
    Medical and Health Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27049 (URN)10.1046/j.1365-2796.2000.00567.x (DOI)11694 (Local ID)11694 (Archive number)11694 (OAI)
    Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
    4. Plasma total homocysteine levels in postmenopausal women with unstable coronary artery disease
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Plasma total homocysteine levels in postmenopausal women with unstable coronary artery disease
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    2000 (English)In: Atherosclerosis, ISSN 0021-9150, E-ISSN 1879-1484, Vol. 151, no 2, p. 423-431Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    An elevated plasma total homocysteine (tHcy) level is considered a risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD), but the relationship between plasma tHcy and well-defined CAD in women is still unclear. Plasma tHcy concentrations and the covariates serum folate, vitamin B12, and creatinine were analysed in 157 angiographically examined postmenopausal women with unstable CAD and in 101 healthy controls. At coronary angiography, 16% had normal vessels and 84% had coronary atherosclerosis. Mean plasma tHcy concentration (μmol/l, 95% confidence interval) did not differ in patients compared to controls (13.1 (12.3–13.8) vs. 12.5 (11.6–13.5)) or in patients with or without coronary atherosclerosis (13.3 (12.4–14.1) vs. 12.0 (10.8–13.2)). A trend to an increasing plasma tHcy with increasing degree of coronary atherosclerosis was attenuated after adjustment for age and the previous mentioned covariates. Odds ratio for the risk of coronary artery disease and coronary atherosclerosis in hyperhomocysteinemic patients (≥90th percentile in controls) was approximately 3. However, the confidence interval included unity in half of the groups and the significance was therefore difficult to judge. Receiver operating characteristics showed age to be the only variable with a significant discriminatory ability regarding the presence of coronary atherosclerosis (area 0.77). Mild hyperhomocysteinemia seems not to be related to the risk of unstable CAD in postmenopausal women. The trend towards higher plasma tHcy with increasing degree of coronary atherosclerosis may be a marker of the disease. In future studies adjustment for age and the other three covariates should be considered.

    Keywords
    Homocysteine, Women, Unstable coronary artery disease, Coronary angiography, Odds ratio, Covariates, ROC curve
    National Category
    Medical and Health Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27048 (URN)10.1016/S0021-9150(99)00416-5 (DOI)11693 (Local ID)11693 (Archive number)11693 (OAI)
    Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
    5. Fibrinolytic Variables in Postmenopausal Women with Unstable Coronary Artery Disease
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fibrinolytic Variables in Postmenopausal Women with Unstable Coronary Artery Disease
    2001 (English)In: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis, ISSN 0929-5305, E-ISSN 1573-742X, Vol. 12, no 3, p. 217-223Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: Many women with typical anginal chest pain have normal coronary angiograms. The pathogenetic mechanisms behind the chest pain in these patients is unknown but may be due to altered fibrinolytic function enhancing thrombosis formation. We evaluated the two key components of the fibrinolytic system, tissue-type plasminogen activator (t-PA) and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) in women with clinical signs of unstable coronary artery disease (CAD).

    Methods and results: 158 patients with unstable CAD and 101 controls were examined. Of the patients 16% had normal vessels and 84% coronary atherosclerosis at coronary angiography. Mean plasma concentration of t-PA-ag, but not of PAI-1-act was higher in patients than in controls (t-PA-ag: 2.12 (2.05;2.19) vs. 1.98 (1.89;2.07), p<0.05; PAI-1-act: 1.55 (1.35;1.74) vs. 1.49 (1.24;1.73), p¼n.s.). Patients with coronary atherosclerosis had significantly higher mean plasma levels of both t-PA-ag and PAI-1-act than patients with normal coronary vessels (t-PA-ag: 2.16 (2.08;2.33) vs. 1.94 (1.78;2.10), p<0.05; PAI-1-act: 1.68 (1.47;1.90) vs. 0.82 (0.43;1.21), p<0.01), and these differences were seen whether markers of myocardial damage were elevated or not. Mean plasma levels of PAI-1-act in patients with normal coronary vessels were even lower than in the control group (p<0.05). Almost all significant differences in mean plasma t-PA-ag and PAI-1-act disappeared after adjustments for known covariates.

    Conclusion: Our results indicate, regardless of myocardial marker elevation or not, an activated fibrinolytic system in postmenopausal women with unstable CAD and coronary atherosclerosis, but not in the same group of patients with normal coronary vessels. This argues against reduced fibrinolytic capacity in the latter patients and therefore against thrombosis formation as the cause of chest pain in these women. However, we cannot exclude that the differences can be an effect of inequality among some common risk factors between the groups.

    Keywords
    tissue plasminogen activator, plasminogen activator inhibitor, unstable coronary artery disease, women
    National Category
    Medical and Health Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-79488 (URN)10.1023/A:1015270907430 (DOI)
    Available from: 2012-08-06 Created: 2012-08-06 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
    6. Markers of hypercoagulation, von Willebrand factor and anticardiolipin antibodies in postmenopausal women with unstable coronary artery disease: Discriminatory Ability Regarding Unstable Coronary Artery Disease and Coronary Atherosclerosis Using Receiver Operating Characterstics
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Markers of hypercoagulation, von Willebrand factor and anticardiolipin antibodies in postmenopausal women with unstable coronary artery disease: Discriminatory Ability Regarding Unstable Coronary Artery Disease and Coronary Atherosclerosis Using Receiver Operating Characterstics
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    Abstract [en]

    Aims - Many women with typical anginal chest pain have normal coronary angiograms. The pathogenetic mechanisms behind the chest pain in these patients are unknown but may be due to increased thrombogenecity. We evaluated markers of hypercoagulation and thrombosis in women with clinical signs of unstable coronary artery disease (CAD).

    Methods and results - 158 patients with unstable CAD and 101 controls were examined. 16% of the patients had nonnal vessels and 84% had coronary atherosclerosis at coronary angiography. Mean plasma concentrations of von Willebrand factor-antigen, soluble fibrin (SF), thrombin-antithrombin complex and Ddimer were significantly higher, whereas there was no difference regarding prothrombin fragment 1 +2 between patients and controls. Patients with coronary atherosclerosis had higher mean plasma levels for most variables compared to those with normal coronary vessels, but the only significant difference was for SF. D-dimer was significantly higher in patients with nonnal coronary vessels compared to the control group. Anticardiolipin antibody (ACA) levels were significantly lower in the patient group compared to the control group. Receiver operating characteristics (ROC) showed that none of the variables represented high diagnostic accuracy in distinguishing patients with unstable CAD from healthy controls, or patients with from those without coronary atherosclerosis.

    Conclusion - Our results are in favour of a hypercoagulable state in postmenopausal women with unstable CAD and coronary atherosclerosis, even in the absence of myocardial marker elevation, whereas this does not seem to be the case in patients with nonnal vessels. ROC revealed no variable to be particularly clinical useful in separating patients and control or patients with and without coronary atherosclerosis.

    Keywords
    Coagulation, Unstable Coronary Artery Disease, Women, ROC Curve, Cardiolipin, Coronary Atherosclerosis
    National Category
    Medical and Health Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-79489 (URN)
    Available from: 2012-08-06 Created: 2012-08-06 Last updated: 2013-09-11Bibliographically approved
  • 20.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Ahlner, Johan
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Clinical Pharmacology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Malmstedt, J
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Öhman, K. P.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Endocrinology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Swahn, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Plasma levels of cyclic GMP and endothelin in postmenopausal women with unstable coronary artery disease1999In: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation, ISSN 0036-5513, E-ISSN 1502-7686, Vol. 59, no 5, p. 325-334Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Many women with typical anginal chest pain have normal coronary angiograms, which may be due to altered endothelial function. We evaluated the endothelial markers cyclic GMP (cGMP) and immunoreactive endothelin (ir-ET) regarding presence of coronary atherosclerosis in women with clinical signs of unstable coronary artery disease (CAD). Plasma levels of cGMP and ir-ET were determined in 118 patients and 84 controls. Ischaemia was evaluated at an exercise test. Of the patients 20% had normal vessels, 14% insignificant CAD and 66% significant stenosis at coronary angiography. Mean (95% CI) concentration of cGMP (nmol/l) was higher in patients than in controls (5.05 (4.53; 5.58) vs. 3.79 (3.34; 4.23)). Separating patients according to daily intake of nitroglycerin, only patients with this medication had significantly higher cGMP level (5.73 (4.88; 6.58)), whereas the difference between those without (4.35 (3.76; 4.94)) and controls disappeared. Patients with ischaemia at exercise test had higher cGMP level than those without (6.01 (5.13; 6.88) vs. 4.30 (3.66; 4.94)), even after adjusting for nitroglycerin treatment. ir-ET (pmol/l) was lower in patients with normal vessels than patients with coronary atherosclerosis (0.83 (0.78; 0.88) vs. 0.98 (0.92; 1.04)) and than the control group (0.91 (0.87; 0.94)). The difference between the control group and patients with atherosclerosis was also significant. Patients with unstable CAD and long-term nitroglycerin treatment have increased cGMP level. Patients with exercise-induced ischaemia have higher cGMP level than those without, irrespective of nitroglycerin treatment, which may reflect a general compensatory mechanism. Patients with normal vessels have low level of ir-ET, indicating different mechanisms for ischaemia/angina in these patients compared with patients with atherosclerosis.

  • 21.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Baranowski, Jacek
    Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Casimir Ahn, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Editorial Material: Transvenous Implantation of a Stent Valve for Calcified Native Mitral Stenosis in ANNALS OF THORACIC SURGERY, vol 100, issue 1, pp E21-E232015In: Annals of Thoracic Surgery, ISSN 0003-4975, E-ISSN 1552-6259, Vol. 100, no 1, p. E21-E23Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    We used a modified combination of the transseptal and transapical methods to facilitate the controlled delivery and use of a stent valve in a patient with calcified native mitral stenosis. A loop from the right femoral vein passing transseptally and then through the apex of the left ventricle was created, enabling highly controlled positioning and deployment of the stent valve.

  • 22.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Brattström, Lars
    Department of Medicine, County Hospital, Kalmar, Sweden.
    Hultberg, Björn
    Department of Clinical Chemistry, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.
    Landgren, Finn
    Department of Medicine, County Hospital, Kalmar, Sweden.
    Swahn, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Plasma total homocysteine levels in postmenopausal women with unstable coronary artery disease2000In: Atherosclerosis, ISSN 0021-9150, E-ISSN 1879-1484, Vol. 151, no 2, p. 423-431Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An elevated plasma total homocysteine (tHcy) level is considered a risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD), but the relationship between plasma tHcy and well-defined CAD in women is still unclear. Plasma tHcy concentrations and the covariates serum folate, vitamin B12, and creatinine were analysed in 157 angiographically examined postmenopausal women with unstable CAD and in 101 healthy controls. At coronary angiography, 16% had normal vessels and 84% had coronary atherosclerosis. Mean plasma tHcy concentration (μmol/l, 95% confidence interval) did not differ in patients compared to controls (13.1 (12.3–13.8) vs. 12.5 (11.6–13.5)) or in patients with or without coronary atherosclerosis (13.3 (12.4–14.1) vs. 12.0 (10.8–13.2)). A trend to an increasing plasma tHcy with increasing degree of coronary atherosclerosis was attenuated after adjustment for age and the previous mentioned covariates. Odds ratio for the risk of coronary artery disease and coronary atherosclerosis in hyperhomocysteinemic patients (≥90th percentile in controls) was approximately 3. However, the confidence interval included unity in half of the groups and the significance was therefore difficult to judge. Receiver operating characteristics showed age to be the only variable with a significant discriminatory ability regarding the presence of coronary atherosclerosis (area 0.77). Mild hyperhomocysteinemia seems not to be related to the risk of unstable CAD in postmenopausal women. The trend towards higher plasma tHcy with increasing degree of coronary atherosclerosis may be a marker of the disease. In future studies adjustment for age and the other three covariates should be considered.

  • 23.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Ernerudh, Jan
    Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Clinical Immunology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Siegbahn, Agneta
    Department of Clinical Chemistry, University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Swahn, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Markers of hypercoagulation, von Willebrand factor and anticardiolipin antibodies in postmenopausal women with unstable coronary artery disease: Discriminatory Ability Regarding Unstable Coronary Artery Disease and Coronary Atherosclerosis Using Receiver Operating CharactersticsManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Aims - Many women with typical anginal chest pain have normal coronary angiograms. The pathogenetic mechanisms behind the chest pain in these patients are unknown but may be due to increased thrombogenecity. We evaluated markers of hypercoagulation and thrombosis in women with clinical signs of unstable coronary artery disease (CAD).

    Methods and results - 158 patients with unstable CAD and 101 controls were examined. 16% of the patients had nonnal vessels and 84% had coronary atherosclerosis at coronary angiography. Mean plasma concentrations of von Willebrand factor-antigen, soluble fibrin (SF), thrombin-antithrombin complex and Ddimer were significantly higher, whereas there was no difference regarding prothrombin fragment 1 +2 between patients and controls. Patients with coronary atherosclerosis had higher mean plasma levels for most variables compared to those with normal coronary vessels, but the only significant difference was for SF. D-dimer was significantly higher in patients with nonnal coronary vessels compared to the control group. Anticardiolipin antibody (ACA) levels were significantly lower in the patient group compared to the control group. Receiver operating characteristics (ROC) showed that none of the variables represented high diagnostic accuracy in distinguishing patients with unstable CAD from healthy controls, or patients with from those without coronary atherosclerosis.

    Conclusion - Our results are in favour of a hypercoagulable state in postmenopausal women with unstable CAD and coronary atherosclerosis, even in the absence of myocardial marker elevation, whereas this does not seem to be the case in patients with nonnal vessels. ROC revealed no variable to be particularly clinical useful in separating patients and control or patients with and without coronary atherosclerosis.

  • 24.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Logander, Elisabeth
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Swahn, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Fibrinolytic Variables in Postmenopausal Women with Unstable Coronary Artery Disease2001In: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis, ISSN 0929-5305, E-ISSN 1573-742X, Vol. 12, no 3, p. 217-223Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: Many women with typical anginal chest pain have normal coronary angiograms. The pathogenetic mechanisms behind the chest pain in these patients is unknown but may be due to altered fibrinolytic function enhancing thrombosis formation. We evaluated the two key components of the fibrinolytic system, tissue-type plasminogen activator (t-PA) and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) in women with clinical signs of unstable coronary artery disease (CAD).

    Methods and results: 158 patients with unstable CAD and 101 controls were examined. Of the patients 16% had normal vessels and 84% coronary atherosclerosis at coronary angiography. Mean plasma concentration of t-PA-ag, but not of PAI-1-act was higher in patients than in controls (t-PA-ag: 2.12 (2.05;2.19) vs. 1.98 (1.89;2.07), p<0.05; PAI-1-act: 1.55 (1.35;1.74) vs. 1.49 (1.24;1.73), p¼n.s.). Patients with coronary atherosclerosis had significantly higher mean plasma levels of both t-PA-ag and PAI-1-act than patients with normal coronary vessels (t-PA-ag: 2.16 (2.08;2.33) vs. 1.94 (1.78;2.10), p<0.05; PAI-1-act: 1.68 (1.47;1.90) vs. 0.82 (0.43;1.21), p<0.01), and these differences were seen whether markers of myocardial damage were elevated or not. Mean plasma levels of PAI-1-act in patients with normal coronary vessels were even lower than in the control group (p<0.05). Almost all significant differences in mean plasma t-PA-ag and PAI-1-act disappeared after adjustments for known covariates.

    Conclusion: Our results indicate, regardless of myocardial marker elevation or not, an activated fibrinolytic system in postmenopausal women with unstable CAD and coronary atherosclerosis, but not in the same group of patients with normal coronary vessels. This argues against reduced fibrinolytic capacity in the latter patients and therefore against thrombosis formation as the cause of chest pain in these women. However, we cannot exclude that the differences can be an effect of inequality among some common risk factors between the groups.

  • 25.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Olsson, Anders
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Gastroenterology. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Endocrinology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Swahn, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Plasma lipoprotein particle concentrations in postmenopausal women with unstable coronary artery disease: Analysis of diagnostic accuracy using receiver operating characteristics2000In: Journal of Internal Medicine, ISSN 0954-6820, E-ISSN 1365-2796, Vol. 247, no 1, p. 43-52Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background.The contribution of plasma lipids to cardiovascular risk is usually evaluated by measuring plasma concentrations of total cholesterol, triglycerides and HDL cholesterol, and calculating LDL cholesterol concentration. We investigated plasma concentrations of apolipoproteins and lipoprotein particles in women with unstable coronary artery disease (CAD) to evaluate whether these, better than the routine lipid status, could differentiate women with and without coronary atherosclerosis.

    Methods. Blood samples for lipid analyses were collected from 119 angiographically examined postmenopausal 49–79-year-old women with unstable CAD, and from 101 age-matched controls. Mean plasma concentrations were compared and the discriminatory ability of the different variables were tested using receiver operating characteristics (ROC).

    Results. At coronary angiography 19% had normal vessels and 81% had coronary atherosclerosis. A disturbed triglyceride metabolism was the most pronounced lipid abnormality in women with unstable CAD and coronary atherosclerosis. ROC showed that none of the evaluated variables had a particularly high discriminatory power regarding unstable CAD or coronary atherosclerosis. The ratio cholesterol/HDL cholesterol was best with an ROC area of 0.79. Furthermore, the newer lipid variables, i.e. lipoprotein particles and apolipoproteins, were no better than the traditional variables.

    Conclusion. Lipoprotein changes reflecting a disturbed triglyceride metabolism are most pronounced in women with unstable CAD and coronary atherosclerosis. Lipoprotein particles and apolipoproteins alone were no better than lipids and lipoproteins in separating women with from those without coronary atherosclerosis. Our study does not support the measurement of apolipoproteins and lipoprotein particles on the basis of diagnostic accuracy alone.

  • 26.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Siegbahn, Agneta
    Department of Clinical Chemistry, University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Swahn, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Markers of hypercoagulation and von Willebrand factor in postmenopausal women with unstable coronary artery disease. Discriminatory ability regarding unstable coronary artery disease and coronary atherosclerosis using receiver operating characteristics2000In: Journal of Internal Medicine, ISSN 0954-6820, E-ISSN 1365-2796, Vol. 248, no 2, p. 151-158Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives. Many women with typical anginal chest pain have normal coronary angiograms. The pathogenetic mechanisms behind the chest pain in these patients are unknown but may be due to increased thrombogenicity. We evaluated markers of hypercoagulation and thrombosis in women with clinical signs of unstable coronary artery disease (CAD).

    Methods and results. A total of 158 patients with unstable CAD and 101 controls were examined: 16% of the patients had normal vessels and 84% had coronary atherosclerosis at coronary angiography. Mean plasma concentrations of von Willebrand factor antigen, soluble fibrin (SF), thrombin–antithrombin complex and d-dimer were significantly higher, whereas there was no difference regarding prothrombin fragment 1+2 between patients and controls. Patients with coronary atherosclerosis had higher mean plasma levels for most variables compared with those with normal coronary vessels, although only significantly higher for SF. d-Dimer was significantly higher in patients with normal coronary vessels compared with the control group. Although multivariate analyses showed strong significant correlations of the haemostatic variables to the diagnosis of unstable CAD, receiver operating characteristics (ROC) revealed that none of the variables represented high diagnostic accuracy in separating patients with unstable CAD. Likewise, none of the variables was particularly good at identifying coronary atherosclerosis.

    Conclusion. Our results are in favour of a hypercoagulable state in postmenopausal women with unstable CAD and coronary atherosclerosis, whereas this does not seem to be the case in patients with normal vessels. ROC revealed no variable to be particularly clinically useful in separating patients from controls or patients from those without coronary atherosclerosis.

  • 27.
    Nielsen, Niels-Erik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Wallby, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Ahn, Henrik Casimir
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Dahlin, Lars-Göran
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV). Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Lindgren, B
    Freter, W
    Johansson, M
    Baranowski, Jacek
    Transcatheter valve-in-valve - an elegant solution to a surgical problem.2014Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 28.
    Nielsen, Niels-Erik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Wallby, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Freter, W
    Ahn, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Baranowski, Jacek
    Transcatheter valve implantation in a leaking degenerated aortic homograft2014Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 29.
    Nielsen, Niels-Erik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Wallby, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Johansson, Mats
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Ahn, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Dahlin, Lars-Göran
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Baranowski, Jacek
    Transcatheter valve implantation in 4 year old degenerated TAVI2014Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 30.
    Nielsen, Niels-Erik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Wallby, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Wolfgang, Freter
    Ahn, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Baranowski, Jacek
    Total percutaneous transcatheter valve implantation in native mitral stenosis in a patinent with previous transapical TACI2014Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 31.
    Rinnstrom, Daniel
    et al.
    Umeå University, Sweden.
    Dellborg, Mikael
    Gothenburg University, Sweden.
    Thilen, Ulf
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Sorensson, Peder
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Christersson, Christina
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Johansson, Bengt
    Umeå University, Sweden.
    Left ventricular hypertrophy in adults with previous repair of coarctation of the aorta; association with systolic blood pressure in the high normal range2016In: International Journal of Cardiology, ISSN 0167-5273, E-ISSN 1874-1754, Vol. 218, p. 59-64Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Arterial hypertension is common in adults with repaired coarctation of the aorta (CoA). The associations between the diagnosis of hypertension, actual blood pressure, other factors affecting left ventricular overload, and left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) are not yet fully explored in this population. Material and results: From the national register for congenital heart disease, 506 adult patients (amp;gt;= 18 years old) with previous repair of CoA were identified (37.0% female, mean age 35.7 +/- 13.8 years, with an average of 26.8 +/- 12.4 years post repair). Echocardiographic data were available for all patients, and showed LVH in 114 (22.5%) of these. Systolic blood pressure (SBP) (mm Hg) (OR 1.02, CI 1.01-1.04), aortic valve disease, (OR 2.17, CI 1.33-3.53), age (years) (OR 1.03, CI 1.01-1.05), diagnosis of arterial hypertension (OR 3.02, CI 1.81-5.02), and sex (female) (OR 0.41, CI 0.24-0.72) were independently associated with LVH. There was an association with LVH at SBP within the upper reference limits [ 130, 140] mm Hg (OR 2.23, CI 1.05-4.73) that further increased for SBP amp;gt; 140 mm Hg (OR 8.02, CI 3.76-17.12). Conclusions: LVH is common post repair of CoA and is associated with SBP even below the currently recommended target level. Lower target levels may therefore become justified in this population. ORCID Id: 0000-0003-0976-6910 (C) 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • 32.
    Rönning, Helén
    et al.
    School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University, Sweden.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Strömberg, Anna
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Thilen, Ulf
    Lund University Hospital, Sweden.
    Swahn, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Development and evaluation of a computer-based educational program for adults with congenitally malformed hearts2013In: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, ISSN 1474-5151, E-ISSN 1873-1953, Vol. 12, no 1, p. 78-86Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: There is a lack of educational material for adults with congenitally malformed hearts. Computer-based education has shown to have significant effects on knowledge and management of chronic diseases. AIM: The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate a computer-based educational program for adults with congenitally malformed hearts. METHODS: The program was developed by a multidisciplinary team. Data were collected by questionnaires, observations, and structured interviews. RESULTS: The final product was a computer-based educational program consisting of ten separate modules, one for each particular malformation. The program was experienced as stimulating and easy to use. The appearance and quantity of the text was graded as good and the content as relevant and very useful. CONCLUSION: This is the first computer-based program developed for adults with congenitally malformed hearts. The evaluation found the program to have great potential as an important tool for improving care. Further studies are needed to test the outcomes of the program on knowledge, perceived control over the heart condition, anxiety/depression. and health-related quality of life. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: The program may be used as a complement to verbal information and every adult with a congenitally malformed hearts can receive individualized information from a personal CD.

  • 33.
    Rönning, Helén
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Swahn, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Strömberg, Anna
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Description and initial evaluation of an educational and psychosocial support model for adults with congenitally malformed hearts2011In: Patient Education and Counseling, ISSN 0738-3991, E-ISSN 1873-5134, Vol. 83, no 2, p. 247-251Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: Various programmes for adults with congenitally malformed hearts have been developed, but detailed descriptions of content, rationale and goals are often missing. The aim of this study was to describe and make an initial evaluation of a follow-up model for adults with congenitally malformed hearts, focusing on education and psychosocial support by a multidisciplinary team (EPS).

    METHODS: The model is described in steps and evaluated with regards to perceptions of knowledge, anxiety and satisfaction.

    RESULTS: The EPS model included a policlinic visit to the physician/nurse (medical consultation, computer-based and individual education face-to-face as well as psychosocial support) and a 1-month telephone follow-up. Fifty-five adults (mean age 34, 29 women) with the nine most common forms of congenitally malformed hearts participated in the EPS model as well as the 3-months follow-up. Knowledge about congenital heart malformation had increased in 40% of the participants at the 3-months follow-up.

    CONCLUSION: This study describes and evaluates a model that combines a multidisciplinary approach and computer-based education for follow-up of adults with congenitally malformed hearts. The EPS model was found to increase self-estimated knowledge, but further evaluations need to be conducted to prove patient-centred outcomes over time.

    PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: The model is now ready to be implemented in adults with congenitally malformed hearts.

  • 34.
    Rönning, Helén
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Medicine, Pain and Rehabilitation Centre.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Cardiology.
    Swahn, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Cardiology.
    Strömberg, Anna
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Cardiology.
    Educational needs in adults with congenitally malformed hearts2008In: Cardiology in the Young, ISSN 1047-9511, E-ISSN 1467-1107, Vol. 18, no 5, p. 473-479Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background and aim: The number of adults with congenitally malformed hearts is growing, and there is an increasing demand for their continuous follow-up. At present, different programmes have been established for adults with congenital cardiac disease, but there is a lack of knowledge regarding how education and psychosocial support should be given to achieve effects. Before developing educational programmes, it is necessary to be aware of the perspective of the patients. The aim of our study, therefore, was to describe how adults with congenitally malformed hearts experience their educational needs.

    Methods: The study had a qualitative design. We interviewed 16 adults, aged from 19 to 55 years, with congenitally malformed hearts.

    Results: Two-way communication emerged as crucial to individualising education. Without good communication, those with congenitally malformed hearts, receiving information from providers of healthcare, are unable to transfer the information received. Thus, individualised education gives access to knowledge and the tools required to manage important areas in life, such as the congenital cardiac malformation, physical activity, the situation of life, treatment, and resources available for healthcare. The information given should provide easy access to knowledge through proper educational materials and methods, and be given with respect for the individual. This is facilitated if the education is tailored to the requirements of the individual in a holistic approach, and is provided through good communication.

    Conclusion: Our investigation shows that a structured educational programme needs to start from the perspective of the individual patient, and that two-way Communication needs to be taken into consideration to enhance knowledge.

  • 35.
    Rönning, Helén
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Swahn, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Strömberg, Anna
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Evaluation of knowledge, perceived control, symptoms of anxiety and depression related to a model for follow-up in adults with congenitally malformed hearts: a randomised control trial2011Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective: To evaluate the effects of a model including computer-based and individualised education and psychosocial support for adults with congenitally malformed hearts.

    Design: Prospective randomised controlled multicentre trial.

    Setting: Four hospital outpatient clinics in Sweden.

    Participants: Adults with congenitally malformed hearts.

    Interventions: Comparing usual care twith education and psychosocial support by a multidisciplinary team.

    Main Outcome Measures: Knowledge and perceived control regarding the heart condition, and symptoms of anxiety and depression at baseline, 3 and 12-months follow-up.

    Results: Out of 114 included participants, 58 were randomised to the control group, and 56 to the intervention group. The average age was 34 (SD 13.5) years. Results showed a significant between-group treatment effect in general knowledge after 3 months (effect size 0.63, p=<0.01), and 12-month (effect size 0.53, p= 0.02). Knowledge regarding endocarditis also increased significantly between-group after 3 months (effect size 0.87, p= <0.01), and over time between baseline and 3 months (effect size 1.43, p=<0.001), and between baseline and 12-months (effect size 0.58, p= 0.02). There were no changes in knowledge in domains regarding self-management of medical treatment and contraceptives and pregnancy in any of the groups. Further, the intervention did neither increase nor decrease the perceived control over the heart condition or symptoms of anxiety and depression.

    Conclusion: Education and psychosocial support by a multidisciplinary team was effective in improving and maintaining knowledge about self-management in adults with heart malformation. Future research is needed to determine the long-time effects on selfmanagement behaviours and perceived control.

  • 36.
    Rönning, Helén
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Swahn, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Strömberg, Anna
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Follow up of adults with congenitally malformed hearts with focus on computer-based education and psychosocial support improves knowledge, results from a randomised intervention study in EUROPEAN HEART JOURNAL, vol 31, issue , pp 229-2292010In: EUROPEAN HEART JOURNAL, Oxford University Press , 2010, Vol. 31, p. 229-229Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 37.
    Rönning, Helén
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Årestedt, Kristofer
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Cardiology.
    Swahn, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Cardiology.
    Strömberg, Anna
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Cardiology.
    Development and psychometric evaluation of the knowledge scale for adults with congenitally malformed hearts2013In: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, ISSN 0889-4655, E-ISSN 1550-5049, Vol. 28, no 3, p. 228-237Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background and Research Objective: Adults with congenitally malformed hearts have knowledge gaps regarding their heart condition, and their level of knowledge is not routinely assessed during follow-up. One reason for this is that there are few validated, user-friendly questionnaires to assess knowledge about congenital heart disease and its effects on daily life. Failure to identify low levels of knowledge could lead to less motivated and insecure individuals not actively involved in treatment and care of their heart condition. Therefore, the objective of this study was to develop and test a knowledge scale for adults with congenitally malformed hearts.

    Participants and Methods: The development and psychometric evaluation of the Knowledge Scale for Adults With Congenitally Malformed Hearts (KnoCoMH) followed 2 phases: (1) development and evaluation of the initial version, with face validity and content validity assessed by experts and adults with congenitally malformed hearts, and (2) evaluation and refinement of the KnoCoMH in adults with congenitally malformed hearts, including item difficulty level, internal consistency, and test-retest reliability.

    Results: The development and evaluation of a knowledge scale for adults with congenitally malformed hearts resulted in the KnoCoMH including 46 items in 4 domains: General Knowledge, with a Kuder-Richardson formula 20 (KR-20) value of 0.68; Medical Treatment, with a KR-20 value of 0.74; Endocarditis Prophylaxis, with a KR-20 value of 0.90; and Contraceptives and Pregnancy, with a KR-20 value of 0.65. Test-retest evaluation showed significant correlations between 0.50 and 0.67 (P < .01) in all 4 domains. There was good variation in item difficulty, with a mean value of 0.56 in General Knowledge, 0.62 in Medical Treatment, 0.33 in Endocarditis Prophylaxis, and 0.48 in Contraceptives and Pregnancy.

    Conclusions: The KnoCoMH has acceptable psychometric properties for most of the knowledge domains included. It can be used for evaluating knowledge among adults with congenitally malformed hearts and its associations with other outcomes. However, further studies are advisable to test construct validity, predictive validity, and responsiveness.

  • 38.
    Sandberg, Camilla
    et al.
    Umeå University, Sweden; Umeå University, Sweden; Umeå University, Sweden.
    Rinnstrom, Daniel
    Umeå University, Sweden; Umeå University, Sweden.
    Dellborg, Mikael
    University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Thilen, Ulf
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Sorensson, Peder
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Christersson, Christina
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Wadell, Karin
    Umeå University, Sweden.
    Johansson, Bengt
    Umeå University, Sweden; Umeå University, Sweden.
    Height, weight and body mass index in adults with congenital heart disease2015In: International Journal of Cardiology, ISSN 0167-5273, E-ISSN 1874-1754, Vol. 187, p. 219-226Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: High BMI is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and, in contrast, low BMI is associated with worse prognosis in heart failure. The knowledge on BMI and the distribution in different BMI-classes in adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) are limited. Methods and results: Data on 2424 adult patients was extracted from the Swedish Registry on Congenital Heart Disease and compared to a reference population (n = 4605). The prevalence of overweight/obesity (BMI greater than= 25) was lower in men with variants of the Fontan procedure, pulmonary atresia (PA)/double outlet right ventricle (DORV) and aortic valve disease (AVD) (Fontan 22.0% and PA/DORV 15.1% vs. 43.0%, p = 0.048 and p less than 0.001) (AVD 37.5% vs. 49.3%, p less than 0.001). Overt obesity (BMI greater than= 30) was only more common in women with AVD (12.8% vs. 9.0%, p = 0.005). Underweight (BMI less than 18.5) was generally more common in men with CHD (complex lesions 4.9% vs. 0.9%, p less than 0.001 and simple lesions 3.2% vs. 0.6%, less than0.001). Men with complex lesions were shorter than controls in contrast to females that in general did not differ from controls. Conclusion: Higher prevalence of underweight in men with CHD combined with a lower prevalence of over-weight/obesity in men with some complex lesions indicates that men with CHD in general has lower BMI compared to controls. In women, only limited differences between those with CHD and the controls were found. The complexity of the CHD had larger impact on height in men. The cause of these gender differences as well as possible significance for prognosis is unknown. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • 39.
    Settergren, Magnus
    et al.
    Karolinska universitetssjukhuset, Stockholm.
    Nielsen, Nils-Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Jönsson, Anders
    Karolinska universitetssjukhuset, Stockholm.
    Erlinge, David
    Skånes universitetssjukhus, Lund.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Physiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology UHL.
    Harnek, Jan
    Skånes universitetssjukhus, Lund.
    Mitralisklaff­sjukdom: »Nu kan vi både öppna och stänga«: [Mitral valve disease:"Now we can both open and close"]2011In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, E-ISSN 1652-7518, Vol. 108, no 20, p. 1117-1122Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Symptomatic mitral regurgitation is frequent in the elderly population. A significant proportion of patients are not eligible for mitral valve surgery because of significant morbidity and mortality risks. There is therefore a need for a less invasive alternative for this patient population. Several new transcatheter devices designed to treat mitral regurgitation have after encouraging trials, been applied in clinical practice. The most common cause of mitral stenosis is rheumatic fever. We present an overview of the pathophysiology, diagnosis, evaluation of severity and choice of treatment of mitral stenosis. We also give a description of how percutaneous mitral valvulotomy is performed.

  • 40.
    Säfström, Kåge
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Björkholm, Anders
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Cardiology Thoracic Radiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Wiklund, Gunnar
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Cardiology Thoracic Radiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Swahn, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Unstable coronary artery disease in post-menopausal women: Identifying patients with significant coronary artery disease by basic clinical parameters and exercise test1998In: European Heart Journal, ISSN 0195-668X, E-ISSN 1522-9645, Vol. 19, no 6, p. 899-907Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background The diagnostic information from an ECG taken while at rest and an exercise test is considered less reliable in women than in men, mostly due to a high percentage offalse-positive tests. This can be explained by a lower pre-test likelihood of coronary heart disease.

    Aims To evaluate the diagnostic information that can be gained from basic clinical parameters, an ECG and exercise test in a group of post-menopausal women with symptoms of unstable coronary artery disease in order to identify patients with significant coronary artery stenoses.

    Methods and Results We prospectively studied 200 postmenopausal women admitted to the coronary care unit with symptoms of unstable coronary artery disease and ECG changes suggestive of ischaemia. The diagnostic value of common risk factors, myocardial enzymes and an early exercise test were assessed. A coronary angiogram was performed within 60 days. Median age was 67 years. On admission, 38% had ST depression on an ECG taken while at rest, 76% had T-wave inversion, and 41% increased enzyme levels. The coronary angiogram revealed that 15% had no atherosclerosis, 14% had atherosclerosis but no lesion ≥ 50% of luminal diameter and 71 % had at least one significant stenosis. Of patients with known indicators of atherosclerotic disease, all but one had atherosclerosis visualized on the coronary angiogram. A relative ST depression ≥ 0·1 m V and a low maximum workload at exercise test were strong predictors of significant coronary artery disease. The positive predictive value of ST depression was 91% and of low maximum workload 84%.

    Conclusion In post-menopausal women with signs of unstable angina and ischaemia on an ECG taken while at rest, the prevalence of coronary atherosclerosis is high, 85%. Contrary to earlier studies, ST T-changes at the early exercise test had a high positive predictive value, especially in combination with a low maximum workload with no false-positive results.

  • 41.
    Säfström, Kåge
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Clinical Physiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Björkholm, A.
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Cardiology Thoracic Radiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Wiklund, G.
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Cardiology Thoracic Radiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Swahn, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Assessment of the presence and extent of coronary artery disease in postmenopausal women after an episode of unstable coronary artery disease: incremental value of exercise electrocardiography and thallium-201 SPECTManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Aims To compare the incremental diagnostic properties of Thallium-201 (201TI) SPECT perfusion imaging with clinical and exercise test variables in a female population with a suspected high prevalence of coronary artery disease.

    Methods and Results We prospectively studied 121 postmenopausal women admitted to the coronary care unit with symptoms of unstable coronary artery disease and ECG changes suggestive of ischaemia. Incremental diagnostic logistic algorithms were developed. These included pretest variables (age; body mass index; previous myocardial infarction; myocardial markers at inclusion and type of anginal symptoms); exercise test (maximum workload; occurrence of ST-depression ≥ 0.1mV and peak heart rate); and 201TI scintigram (extent of thallium uptake abnormalities during exercise and presence of reversibility). End points were presence of coronary artery disease (250% diameter stenosis) and extent ('severe coronary artery disease' defined as left main, three vessel disease and two vessel disease involving proximal left anterior descending). Diagnostic accuracy and incremental value were assessed by receiver operating characteristic curve analysis. Incremental curve areas for disease presence were pretest 0.76 ±0.04, post-exercise ECG 0.83 ±0.04 (p<0.02 for the increment), and post-thallium scintigraphy 0.89 ±0.03 (p<0.02) and for disease extent were pretest 0.82 ±0.04, post-exercise ECG 0.89 ±0.03 (p<0.01 for the increment), and post thallium scintigraphy 0.92 ±0.02 (p = ns).

    Conclusion In postmenopausal women, stable after an episode of unstable coronary artery disease, there is an incremental value of adding 201TI SPECT to clinical parameters and exercise testing in the determination of coronary artery disease. In women with severe coronary artery disease there was no significant additive value of myocardial scintigraphy.

  • 42.
    Tamás, Éva
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Cardiology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Vanhanen, Ingemar
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Clinical Physiology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Measurement of physical work capacity in patients with chronic aortic regurgitation: A potential improvement in patient management2009In: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging, ISSN 1475-0961, E-ISSN 1475-097X, Vol. 29, no 6, p. 453-457Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Timing of surgery in aortic regurgitation (AR) is important. Exercise testing is recommended upon uncertainty about functional limitations but reports on cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) in populations with pure chronic AR are scarce. METHOD: Twenty-eight patients referred for surgery because of chronic AR (13 in NYHA I, 10 in NYHA II and five in NYHA III) were tested by CPET pre- and 6 months postoperatively. Echocardiography, with measurement of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), diameters (LVED, LVES) and volumes (LVEDV, LVESV) was also performed. RESULTS: The patients had normal LVEF pre- and postoperatively. LV diameters and volumes diminished significantly postoperatively (LVED from 67 to 57, LVES from 49 to 41 mm; P < 0.001). The majority of the patients had a 'low' physical work capacity, none of them performed better than 'average' according to Astrand's classification preoperatively and there was no significant postoperative improvement. The mean peak oxygen uptake (VO(2peak)) was 25 ml kg(-1) min(-1) both pre- and postoperatively, and six of the 28 patients had a VO(2peak) of less than 20 ml kg(-1) min(-1). VO(2peak) was not significantly related to NYHA class. CONCLUSION: LVEF, diameters and volumes at rest did not fulfil the criteria for surgery in most of our AR patients, of whom 46% were asymptomatic. However, many had a remarkably low work capacity, which was neither improved 6 months postoperatively nor correlated to echocardiographic LV dimensions. CPET predicted the postoperative work capacity and may, therefore, be a useful complement for timing of surgery in patients with chronic AR.

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