eLetters

176 e-Letters

published between 2013 and 2016

  • Diagnosing vascular mild cognitive impairment with atrial Fibrillation remains a challenge.
    Ronan O'Caoimh

    To the Editor, we read with interest Ball et al's article exploring the prevalence of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation (AF)[1]. This study suggests that MCI is highly prevalent (50 to 65%), among older, hospitalized patients with AF. This is valuable research, highlighting the much-overlooked association between cognitive impairment (CI) and AF. We feel however, that the prevalen...

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  • Cardiac rehabilitation and exercise training
    Lee Ingle

    We read with interest the recent multicentre UK study by Sandercock and colleagues1 quantifying prescribed exercise volume and changes in cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) involving 950 patients across four UK outpatient cardiac rehabilitation (CR) centres routinely performing CRF testing pre- and post-CR and with clinical practice consistent with professional body guidelines. The authors characterise low volume exercise...

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  • Diagnosing vascular mild cognitive impairment with atrial Fibrillation remains a challenge.
    Ronan O'Caoimh

    To the Editor, we read with interest Ball et al's article exploring the prevalence of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation (AF)[1]. This study suggests that MCI is highly prevalent (50 to 65%), among older, hospitalized patients with AF. This is valuable research, highlighting the much-overlooked association between cognitive impairment (CI) and AF. We feel however, that the prevalen...

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  • What was the clinical course of the aortic regurgitation?
    Abdul Hameed
    Rahman et al report on the utility of FDG/CT imaging in a case of large vessel arteritis, presenting as a P.U.O in a patient with severe aortic regurgitation and a dilated left ventricle. It would be of interest to know what the mechanism of the Aortic valve incompetence was? Was there any congenital valvular abnormality or evidence of aortic annular dilatation? And if so was this related to the arteritis? Finally the authors d...
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  • Why is the issue of left ventricular non-compaction in athletes so tricky ?
    Marija Zdravkovic

    Dear Editors: We are writing in regards to the paper entitled " Increased left ventricular trabeculation in highly trained athletes: do we need more stringent criteria for the diagnosis of left ventricular non-compaction in athletes?" that is published in the February 2012 issue of Heart. We would like to congratulate the authors for a very interesting and quite unique study that has revealed a controversial question of no...

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  • Vitamin C prevents AF on the basis of four studies
    Harri Hemila
    Sovari and Dudley write in their editorial [1] that "Despite ... a central role for ROS [reactive oxygen species] in many cardiovascular disorders including AF, clinical trials have not shown an impressive result with using general ROS scavengers [2]." In their editorial focused on AF [1], this statement is misleading in two ways.

    First, at least four studies have reported that vitamin C decreas...
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