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Acta Cardiologica
Volume 65, issue 1
2010



Editorial
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'We do not need hope to undertake, nor success to persevere!'
H.E. Ector

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Original Articles
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Tilt training and pacing: a report on 9 patients with neurally mediated syncope
T. Reybrouck, H. Heidbüchel, R. Willems, H. Ector

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9 - 14 - 
Dilated cardiomyopathy, spontaneous echo contrast in the aorta and embolic events
G. Kozdag, G. Ertas, T. Sahin, T. Kiliç, A. Agaçdiken, U. Bildirici, A. Vural, D. Ural

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15 - 22 - 
Mechanistic insights into initiation and maintenance of ventricular fibrillation: Implications for catheter ablation
Z. Lu, S.S. Po, H. Jiang

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23 - 29 - 
Valsartan alleviates atherosclerotic lesions in pulmonary arteries of rabbits via an endothelium-dependent mechanism
Y. Li, L. Fu, Q. Gao, D. Ma

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31 - 36 - 
Influence of drug-eluting stent on inflammation during restenosis in a porcine coronary model
H. Ge, Y. Zhou, H. Ma, L. Liu, X. Nie, Z. Wang, F. Wang

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37 - 42 - 
Prevalence of preoperative arrhythmias in children with delayed treatment of severe congenital heart disease
M.M. Massin, H. Dessy, S.G. Malekzadeh-Milani, I. Van Aerschot, T. Verbeet

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43 - 51 - 
Usefulness of 6-minute walk test, plasma neurohumoral and cytokine activation in the assessment of symptomatic patients with left ventricle dysfunction caused by chronic severe mitral valve regurgitation
P. Leszek, A. Klisiewicz, J. Janas, A. Biederman, W. Piotrowski, T. Rywik, J. Korewicki

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53 - 57 - 
Investigation of oxidant and antioxidant pathway changes in acute rheumatic fever
A. Uner, E. Sal, M. Dogan, F.M. Sanli, M. Acikgoz, M. Cemek, E. Peker, E. Cagan

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Review Articles
59 - 66 - 
Carotid intima-media thickness: more than a research tool?
P. Verhamme, F. Kerkhof, I. Buysschaert, E. Rietzschel, E. de Groot

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67 - 77 - 
The right ventricle: anatomy, physiology and functional assessment
S. Giusca, R. Jurcut, C. Ginghina, J.-U. Voigt

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Focus
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Contribution of contrast echocardiography to the differentiation between a thrombus and a tumorous mass in end-stage lung carcinoma
J. Walpot, W.H. Pasteuning, E. Van Hezik, R. Hokken

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Left atrial appendage occlusion using an Amplatzer cardiac plug
M. Luykx, P. Vermeersch

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Case Reports
83 - 84 - 
Sarcoidosis: an unusual cause of acute pericarditis
B. Wyplosz, E. Marijon, J. Dougados, J. Pouchot

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85 - 87 - 
Malignant fibrous histiocytoma of the heart: a case report
S.-C. Hsieh, C.-Y. Chen, W.P. Chan

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89 - 92 - 
Percutaneous pulmonary valvuloplasty and atrial septal defect closure in a 69-year-old patient with Noonan’s syndrome
M. Hulselmans, E. Benit

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93 - 95 - 
Catastrophic rapid onset heparin-induced thrombocytopenia - Victim of our own success
S. Nanda, S.G. Sharma, S. Longo

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97 - 99 - 
Fulminant myocarditis with dramatic response to corticoids
M. Morteels, M.-L. Delforge, M. Renard

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101 - 103 - 
Stroke and recurrent peripheral embolism in left atrial myxoma
A. Uner, M. Dogan, E. Sal, E. Peker

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Abstracts
105 - 144 - 
Belgian Society of Cardiology, 29th Annual Scientific Meeting, 28th, 29th & 30th January, 2010 – Conrad hotel, Brussels, Belgium

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Book Reviews
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Book Reviews

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