Christian Knackstedt

Associate professor

Dr Christian Knackstedt was born in in Giessen (Germany). After completing his secondary school (Gymnasium) in Münster, he started his medical training at the University of Münster, Germany. During his studies, he spent some time abroad in France, Switzerland, and the US and finally obtained his medical degree.

After an interim position at the Department of Cardiology, Herz- und Diabeteszentrum, Bad Oeynhausen, he soon moved to the University Hospital at the RWTH Aachen University where he pursued his formation as internist and cardiologist. Also, he succeeded in obtaining his German 'promotion' and later 'habilitation' besides passing the board examinations for internal medicine, cardiology and sport medicine. Gaining some more expertise in the field of sport cardiology as a senior physician at the Institute of Cardiology and Sports medicine, German Sport University Cologne, Cologne, Germany, he finally returned to his roots as a clinical cardiologist at Maastricht UMC+. He now holds a position as senior physician with an expertise in heart failure.

My research interest has always been the niche between heart failure and imaging/ mostly echocardiography. One of the topics I am currently interested in, is early detection of cardiac dysfunction. This goes hand in hand with the application of new echocardiographic techniques in the clinical practice. Also, I have been engaged and involved in research activities to improve therapy of heart failure by different means.

Department of Cardiology
Universiteitssingel 50, 6229 ER Maastricht
PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht

  • 2023
    • Weerts, J., Amin, H., Barandiarán Aizpurua, A., Gevaert, A. B., Handoko, M. L., Dauw, J., Tun, H. N., Rommel, K-P., Verbrugge, F. H., Kresoja, K-P., Sanders-van Wijk, S., Brunner-La Rocca, H-P., Bayés-Genís, A., Lumens, J., Knackstedt, C., & van Empel, V. P. M. (2023). Webtool to enhance the accuracy of diagnostic algorithms for HFpEF: a prospective cross-over study. Esc heart failure.
    • van Mourik, M. J. W., Linz, D., Verwijs, H. J. A., Bekkers, S. C. A. M., Weerts, J., Schotten, U., Rocca, H. B-L., Lumens, J., Crijns, H. J. G. M., Weijs, B., & Knackstedt, C. (2023). Evaluating subclinical left ventricular and left atrial dysfunction in idiopathic atrial fibrillation: A speckle-tracking based strain-analysis. International Journal of Cardiology, 383, 159-165. Advance online publication.
    • Kerstens, T. P., Weerts, J., van Dijk, A. P. J., Weijers, G., Knackstedt, C., Eijsvogels, T. M. H., Oxborough, D., van Empel, V. P. M., & Thijssen, D. H. J. (2023). Association of left ventricular strain-volume loop characteristics with adverse events in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging, 1-9. Advance online publication.
    • Kerstens, T. P., Weerts, J., van Dijk, A. P. J., Weijers, G., Knackstedt, C., Eijsvogels, T. M. H., Oxborough, D., van Empel, V. P. M., & Thijssen, D. H. J. (2023). Left ventricular strain-volume loops and diastolic dysfunction in suspected heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. International Journal of Cardiology, 378, 144-150. Advance online publication.
    • Knackstedt, C., Schummers, G., Schroder, J., Marx, N., Lumens, J., Sanders-van Wijk, S., Ramaekers, B., Becker, M., van Empel, V., Brunner-La Rocca, H. P., & PsychEcho study group (2023). A graphical analysis of aspects contributing to the spreading of measurements of left ventricular function. International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging, 39(5), 915-927. Advance online publication.
    • Nuzzi, V., Raafs, A., Manca, P., Henkens, M. T. H. M., Gregorio, C., Boscutti, A., Verdonschot, J., Hazebroek, M., Knackstedt, C., Merlo, M., Stolfo, D., Sinagra, G., & Heymans, S. R. B. (2023). Left Atrial Reverse Remodeling in Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, 36(2), 154-162. Advance online publication.
    • HENKENS, MICHIEL. T. H. M., RAAFS, ANNE. G., VANLOON, T. I. M., VOS, JACQUELINE. L., VANDENWIJNGAARD, ARTHUR., BRUNNER, HAN. G., KRAPELS, INGRID. P. C., KNACKSTEDT, CHRISTIAN., GERRETSEN, SUZANNE., HAZEBROEK, MARK. R., VERNOOY, KEVIN., NIJVELDT, ROBIN., LUMENS, JOOST., & VERDONSCHOT, JOB. A. J. (2023). Left Atrial Function in Patients with Titin Cardiomyopathy. Journal of Cardiac Failure. Advance online publication.
  • 2022
    • Gingele, A. J., Boyne, J., Knackstedt, C., & Brunner-La Rocca, H. P. (2022). The MIS-HF in clinical practice. Netherlands Heart Journal, 30(12), 582-583.
    • Raafs, A. G., Adriaans, B. P., Henkens, M. T. H. M., Verdonschot, J. A. J., Ramaekers, M. J. F. G., Gommers, S., Hamid, M. A. A., Schalla, S., Knackstedt, C., van Empel, V. P. M., Hans-Peter, B., Wildberger, J. E., Bekkers, S. C. A. M., & Hazebroek, M. R. (2022). Myocardial Fibrosis Assessment Using T1 and ECV Mapping With Histologic Validation in Chronic Dilated Cardiomyopathy. JACC-Cardiovascular Imaging, 15(10), 1828-1830.
    • Gingele, A. J., Brandts, L., Brunner-La Rocca, H. P., Cleuren, G., Knackstedt, C., & Boyne, J. J. J. (2022). Introduction of a new scoring tool to identify clinically stable heart failure patients. Netherlands Heart Journal, 30(9), 402-410. Advance online publication.