Vanessa van Empel

Associate professor

Dr Vanessa van Empel studied Medicine at the University of Maastricht. During her studies, she started her PhD on the topic heart failure. She obtained her PhD from the University of Utrecht in 2007. Subsequently she started her training as a cardiologist at the Maastricht University Medical Centre. After finishing her cardiology training in 2011, Vanessa was rewarded the ICIN fellowship, which enabled her to do a post-doctoral fellowship at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, where she gained more expertise in the field of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). She now is a staff member at the Maastricht UMC+ with an expertise in heart failure, and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction specifically.

Her clinical work and research has been dedicated to HFpEF. She initiated the HFpEF clinic in Maastricht, which started in 2015, and is responsible for the Maastricht HFpEF cohort. She obtained a grant 'Vrouwelijk Hartfalen' from the Health Foundation Limburg together with Prof. Blanche Schroen, is co-PI on the CVON project Early detection of HFpEF and is project leader of the CVON SHE-PREDICT-HF, which studies sex differences in HFpEF. These projects allow her to continue her research on HFpEF with special focus on cardiovascular imaging, biomarkers and microvascular dysfunction.

Department of Cardiology
P. Debeyelaan 25, 6229 HX Maastricht 
PO Box 5800, 6202 AZ Maastricht
Room number: Maastricht UMC+ level 3
T: +31(0)43 387 70 95

  • 2022
    • Dal Canto, E., Remmelzwaal, S., van Ballegooijen, A. J., Handoko, M. L., Heymans, S., van Empel, V., Paulus, W. J., Nijpels, G., Elders, P., & Beulens, J. W. J. (2022). Diagnostic value of echocardiographic markers for diastolic dysfunction and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Heart Failure Reviews, 27(1), 207-218. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10741-020-09985-1
  • 2021
    • Weerts, J., Barandiarán Aizpurua, A., Henkens, M. T. H. M., Lyon, A., van Mourik, M. J. W., van Gemert, M. R. A. A., Raafs, A., Sanders-van Wijk, S., Bayés-Genís, A., Heymans, S. R. B., Crijns, H. J. G. M., Brunner-La Rocca, H-P., Lumens, J., van Empel, V. P. M., & Knackstedt, C. (2021). The prognostic impact of mechanical atrial dysfunction and atrial fibrillation in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging. https://doi.org/10.1093/ehjci/jeab222
    • 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]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-00541-x
    • 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. https://doi.org/10.1002/ehf2.13465
    • 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. https://doi.org/10.1002/ehf2.13476
    • van Woerden, G., van Veldhuisen, D. J., Gorter, T. M., Willems, T. P., van Empel, V. P. M., Peters, A., Pundziute, G., Op den Akker, J. W., Rienstra, M., & Westenbrink, B. D. (2021). The clinical and prognostic value of late Gadolinium enhancement imaging in heart failure with mid-range and preserved ejection fraction. Heart and Vessels. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00380-021-01910-2
    • van Woerden, G., van Veldhuisen, D. J., Gorter, T. M., van Empel, V. P. M., Hemels, M. E. W., Hazebroek, E. J., van Veldhuisen, S. L., Willems, T. P., Rienstra, M., & Westenbrink, B. D. (2021). Importance of epicardial adipose tissue localization using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in patients with heart failure with mid-range and preserved ejection fraction. Clinical Cardiology, 44(7), 987-993. https://doi.org/10.1002/clc.23644
    • Uijl, A., Veenis, J. F., Brunner-La Rocca, H. P., van Empel, V., Linssen, G. C. M., Asselbergs, F. W., van der Lee, C., Eurlings, L. W. M., Kragten, H., Al-Windy, N. Y. Y., van der Spank, A., Koudstaal, S., Brugts, J. J., & Hoes, A. W. (2021). Clinical profile and contemporary management of patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction: results from the CHECK-HF registry. Netherlands Heart Journal, 29(7-8), 370-376. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12471-020-01534-7
    • Uijl, A., Savarese, G., Vaartjes, I., Dahlstrom, U., Brugts, J. J., Linssen, G. C. M., van Empel, V., Rocca, H. P. B. L., Asselbergs, F. W., Lund, L. H., Hoes, A. W., & Koudstaal, S. (2021). Identification of distinct phenotypic clusters in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. European journal of heart failure, 23(6), 973-982. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejhf.2169
    • Raafs, A. G., Verdonschot, J. A. J., Henkens, M. T. H. M., Adriaans, B. P., Wang, P., Derks, K., Abdul Hamid, M. A., Knackstedt, C., van Empel, V. P. M., Diez, J., Brunner-La Rocca, H-P., Brunner, H. G., Gonzalez, A., Bekkers, S. C. A. M., Heymans, S. R. B., & Hazebroek, M. R. (2021). The combination of carboxy-terminal propeptide of procollagen type I blood levels and late gadolinium enhancement at cardiac magnetic resonance provides additional prognostic information in idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy - A multilevel assessment of myocardial fibrosis in dilated cardiomyopathy. European journal of heart failure, 23(6), 933-944. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejhf.2201