1 April 2019
'Wait and see' method is effective in atrial fibrillation
When atrial fibrillation has recently been detected, it is just as effective to wait 48 hours as to apply acute cardioversion (with an electrical shock or intravenous drip with medication). This is because in nearly 70 per cent of cases, the heart rhythm recovers spontaneously. This is the...
19 November 2018
'Virtual doctor to take over part of heart failure care'
Researchers in the field of heart failure will soon be working on a digital application that is capable of independent, remote decision-making, such as prescribing medication and issuing medical advice. The Maastricht UMC+ and a number of international partners will receive in total more than 4.5...
11 September 2018
3 million for research on hereditary heart failure
A team of researchers from Maastricht and Amsterdam receives a three million euro subsidy from the Dutch Heart Foundation (Nederlandse Hartstichting) to boost research on hereditary heart failure. The professors Leon de Windt (Maastricht University/Maastricht UMC+) and Yigal Pinto (Amsterdam UMC)...
4 June 2018
New pacemaker technique applied for the first time in the Netherlands
For the first time in the Netherlands, cardiologists at the Heart+Vascular Center at the Maastricht UMC+ have applied a new pacemaker technique that causes fewer complications in the long-term. In this technique, a special catheter is used to locate the heart's natural conduction system before...
31 October 2017
Researchers discover cause of brain sensitivity to lack of oxygen
Researchers at Maastricht University Medical Center and Maastricht University have discovered why the brain is more sensitive to oxygen deprivation, or hypoxia, than other organs. Hypoxia caused by a stroke, for example, activates a specific mechanism that is protective in other organs but can be...
11 September 2017
Cardiovascular diseases accelerate deterioration of brain health
People with cardiovascular diseases experience faster cognitive decline with age, with vascular constrictions posing a particularly high risk factor. This is the key finding of two studies conducted at Maastricht UMC+, which followed almost 2,000 people over twelve years to trace possible links...
22 June 2017
Awards for cardiology research
Three Maastricht cardiology researchers won awards at the EHRA conference in Vienna this week, where more than six thousand cardiologists came together. The conference, organised by the European Society of Cardiology, focused on electrophysiology and cardiac arrhythmias. At the conference, the...