Stephane Heymans


Stephane Heymans is Professor of Cardiomyopathies and Head of the Centre for Heart Failure Research, Department of Cardiology, Maastricht University. He obtained his Medical Degree from the KU Leuven (Belgium) in 1995 and went on to get a PhD in Medical Sciences in 2000, studying the role of proteinases in acute myocardial infarction. In 2003, he joined the Department of Cardiology of Maastricht UMC+ as an academic medical specialist and in 2006 he took over the Multidisciplinary Cardiomyopathy Program (Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology and Pathology departments).

In 2008, he established his independent research laboratory at Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht. His research interests focus on the molecular mechanisms of heart failure, looking at the interplay between inflammatory cells, fibroblasts and cardiomyocytes. Particular focus is on the role of non-structural matrix proteins, matrix turnover and non-coding RNAs.

Furthermore, he is Professor of 'Inflammation and Matrix Biology in Cardiomyopathies' at the University of Leuven and he is a board member of the ESC Heart Failure Association, ESC Working Group of Myocardial Function, ESC Heart Failure Association Committee on Diastolic Heart Failure and ESC Heart Failure Association Committee on Translational Research.


Department of Cardiology
Universiteitssingel 50, 6229 ER Maastricht
PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht
Room number: G3.230
T: +31(0)43 388 43 04

  • 2021
    • Omerovic, E., Citro, R., Bossone, E., Redfors, B., Backs, J., Bruns, B., Ciccarelli, M., Couch, L. S., Dawson, D., Grassi, G., Iacoviello, M., Parodi, G., Schneider, B., Templin, C., Ghadri, J. R., Thum, T., Chioncel, O., Tocchetti, C. G., Van der Velden, J., ... Lyon, A. R. (2021). Pathophysiology of Takotsubo syndrome - a joint scientific statement from the Heart Failure Association Takotsubo Syndrome Study Group and Myocardial Function Working Group of the European Society of Cardiology - Part 2: vascular pathophysiology, gender and sex hormones, genetics, chronic cardiovascular problems and clinical implications. European journal of heart failure.
    • Stroeks, S. L. V. M., Hellebrekers, D. M. E. I., Claes, G. R. F., Tayal, U., Krapels, I. P. C., Vanhoutte, E. K., van den Wijngaard, A., Henkens, M. T. H. M., Ware, J. S., Heymans, S. R. B., Brunner, H. G., & Verdonschot, J. A. J. (2021). Clinical impact of re-evaluating genes and variants implicated in dilated cardiomyopathy. Genetics in Medicine, 23(11), 2186-2193.
    • Remmelzwaal, S., Beulens, J. W. J., Elders, P. J. M., Stehouwer, C. D. A., Handoko, M. L., Appelman, Y., van Empel, V., Heymans, S. R. B., & van Ballegooijen, A. J. (2021). Sex-specific associations of body composition measures with cardiac function and structure after 8 years of follow-up. Scientific Reports, 11(1), [21046].
    • Verdonschot, J. A. J., Henkens, M. T. H. M., Wang, P., Schummers, G., Raafs, A. G., Krapels, I. P. C., van Empel, V., Heymans, S. R. B., Brunner-La Rocca, H-P., & Knackstedt, C. (2021). A global longitudinal strain cut-off value to predict adverse outcomes in individuals with a normal ejection fraction. Esc heart failure, 8(5), 4343-4345.
    • Raafs, A., Verdonschot, J., Ferreira, J. P., Wang, P., Collier, T., Henkens, M., Bjorkman, J., Boccanelli, A., Clark, A. L., Delles, C., Diez, J., Gonzalez, A., Girerd, N., Jukema, J. W., Pinet, F., Rossignol, P., Thum, T., Vodovar, N., de Boer, R. A., ... Heymans, S. (2021). Identification of sex-specific biomarkers predicting new-onset heart failure. Esc heart failure, 8(5), 3512-3520.
    • McDonagh, T. A., Metra, M., Adamo, M., Gardner, R. S., Baumbach, A., Bohm, M., Burri, H., Butler, J., Celutkiene, J., Chioncel, O., Cleland, J. G. F., Coats, A. J. S., Crespo-Leiro, M. G., Farmakis, D., Gilard, M., Heymans, S., Hoes, A. W., Jaarsma, T., Jankowska, E. A., ... ESC Scientific Document Group (2021). 2021 ESC Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic heart failure. European Heart Journal, 42(36), 3599-3726.
    • Verdonschot, J. A. J., Ferreira, J. P., Pellicori, P., Brunner-La Rocca, H. P., Clark, A. L., Cosmi, F., Cuthbert, J., Girerd, N., Mariottoni, B., Petutschnigg, J., Rossignol, P., Cleland, J. G. F., Zannad, F., Heymans, S. R. B., & HOMAGE “Heart Omics in AGEing” consortium (2021). Proteomic mechanistic profile of patients with diabetes at risk of developing heart failure: insights from the HOMAGE trial. Cardiovascular Diabetology, 20(1), [163].
    • Russcher, A., Verdonschot, J., Molenaar-de Backer, M. W. A., Heymans, S. R. B., Kroes, A. C. M., & Zaaijer, H. L. (2021). Parvovirus B19 DNA detectable in hearts of patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, but absent or inactive in blood. Esc heart failure, 8(4), 2723-2730.
    • Gentile, P., Merlo, M., Peretto, G., Ammirati, E., Sala, S., Della Bella, P., Aquaro, G. D., Imazio, M., Potena, L., Campodonico, J., Foa, A., Raafs, A., Hazebroek, M., Brambatti, M., Cercek, A. C., Nucifora, G., Shrivastava, S., Huang, F., Schmidt, M., ... Sinagra, G. (2021). Post-discharge arrhythmic risk stratification of patients with acute myocarditis and life-threatening ventricular tachyarrhythmias. European journal of heart failure.
    • Breuls, N., Giarratana, N., Yedigaryan, L., Garrido, G. M., Carai, P., Heymans, S., Ranga, A., Deroose, C., & Sampaolesi, M. (2021). Valproic acid stimulates myogenesis in pluripotent stem cell-derived mesodermal progenitors in a NOTCH-dependent manner. Cell Death & Disease, 12(7), [677].