Frits Prinzen

Professor

Frits Prinzen is professor of Physiology. He studied Medical Biology in Utrecht and defended his PhD in Maastricht in 1982. His research focusses on the relation between the electrical activation and mechanical contraction and pump function of the heart, with specific application to pacemaker therapies in heart failure. His work is highly translational, ranging from preclinical to clinical research and more recently also using computer simulations. Results from his work provided new insights in and opportunities for pacemaker therapies. He has participated in the CTMM-COHFAR consortium and has been and is workpackage leader in several EU-funded projects, including an International Training Network (Personalised in silico Cardiology). Several of his team members achieved personal grants (ZonMw Veni, Vidi, Clinical Fellow; Netherlands Heart Foundation junior and senior postdoc; young staff member). Besides, he ran multiple investigator-initiated studies that were funded by industry. He has been chairman of the Cardiovascular System Dynamics Society and of the Innovation Committee of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA). Currently he is member of the Scientific Initiatives Committee of EHRA. He is (co-)author on 280 scientific articles, with 7740 citations and H-index of 50.

His main research topic is regional cardiac mechanics and long-term structural and functional adaptations to various conditions, with emphasis on asynchronous electrical activation and cardiac resynchronisation. Primarily animal experimental work, but with important links to Biomedical Engineering (computer models of cardiac electrophysiology and mechanics) and Cardiology (patients with pacemakers, bundle branch block, heart failure). With this background Prof. Frits Prinzen is a world expert on pacing therapies, both for bradycardia and for heart failure (cardiac resynchronisation therapy, CRT).

Department of Physiology
Universiteitssingel 50, 6229 ER Maastricht
PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht
T: +31(0)43 3881080
  • 2020
    • Corral-Acero, J., Margara, F., Marciniak, M., Rodero, C., Loncaric, F., Feng, Y., Gilbert, A., Fernandes, J. F., Bukhari, H. A., Wajdan, A., Martinez, M. V., Santos, M. S., Shamohammdi, M., Luo, H., Westphal, P., Leeson, P., DiAchille, P., Gurev, V., Mayr, M., ... Lamata, P. (2020). The 'Digital Twin' to enable the vision of precision cardiology. European Heart Journal, 41(48), 4556-4564. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurheartj/ehaa159
    • Salden, F., Luermans, J. G., Van Stipdonk, A. M. W., Allaart, C. P., Meine, M., Prinzen, F. W., & Vernooy, K. (2020). Improving atrioventricular coupling in heart failure patients with PR prolongation, the ReachPR Trial. European Heart Journal, 41, 1036-1036.
    • Deshmukh, A., Prinzen, F. W., & Deshmukh, P. (2020). Response to: Next-level examination of His-optimized cardiac resynchronization therapy by noninvasive electrocardiographic activation mapping. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, 31(11), 3064-3064. https://doi.org/10.1111/jce.14734
    • Prinzen, F. W., & Lumens, J. (2020). Investigating myocardial work as a CRT response predictor is not a waste of work. European Heart Journal, 41(39), 3824-3826. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurheartj/ehaa677
    • Lyon, A., Dupuis, L. J., Arts, T., Crijns, H. J. G. M., Prinzen, F. W., Delhaas, T., Heijman, J., & Lumens, J. (2020). Differentiating the effects of beta-adrenergic stimulation and stretch on calcium and force dynamics using a novel electromechanical cardiomyocyte model. American Journal of Physiology-heart and Circulatory Physiology, 319(3), H519-H530. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpheart.00275.2020
    • Deshmukh, A., Sattur, S., Bechtol, T., Heckman, L. I. B., Prinzen, F. W., & Deshmukh, P. (2020). Sequential His bundle and left ventricular pacing for cardiac resynchronization. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, 31(9), 2448-2454. https://doi.org/10.1111/jce.14674
    • Castro, E., Korver, F., Merry, A., van Moorsel, F., Hazebroek, M., Smid, M., Ploux, S., Bordachar, P., Prinzen, F., Sipers, W., & Strik, M. (2020). Should we still monitor QTc duration in frail older patients on low-dose haloperidol? A prospective observational cohort study. Age and Ageing, 49(5), 829-836. https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afaa066
    • Lumens, J., Willemen, E., & Prinzen, F. W. (2020). Does the Right Go Wrong During Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy?JACC-Cardiovascular Imaging, 13(7), 1485-1488. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcmg.2020.01.009
    • Maffessanti, F., Jadczyk, T., Kurzelowski, R., Regoli, F., Caputo, M. L., Conte, G., Golba, K. S., Biernat, J., Wilczek, J., Dabrowska, M., Pezzuto, S., Moccetti, T., Krause, R., Wojakowski, W., Prinzen, F. W., & Auricchio, A. (2020). The influence of scar on the spatio-temporal relationship between electrical and mechanical activation in heart failure patients. EP Europace, 22(5), 777-786. https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/euz346
    • Kloosterman, M., van Stipdonk, A. M. W., ter Horst, I., Rienstra, M., Van Gelder, I. C., Vos, M. A., Prinzen, F. W., Meine, M., Vernooy, K., & Maass, A. H. (2020). Association between heart failure aetiology and magnitude of echocardiographic remodelling and outcome of cardiac resynchronization therapy. Esc heart failure, 7(2), 645-653. https://doi.org/10.1002/ehf2.12624
    • Salden, F. C. W. M., Luermans, J. G. L. M., Westra, S. W., Weijs, B., Engels, E. B., Heckman, L. I. B., Lamerichs, L. J. M., Janssen, M. H. G., Clerx, K. J. H., Cornelussen, R., Ghosh, S., Prinzen, F. W., & Vernooy, K. (2020). Short-Term Hemodynamic and Electrophysiological Effects of Cardiac Resynchronization by Left Ventricular Septal Pacing. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 75(4), 347-359. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2019.11.040
    • van Stipdonk, A. M. W., Hoogland, R., Ter Horst, I., Kloosterman, M., Vanbelle, S., Crijns, H. J. G. M., Prinzen, F. W., Meine, M., Maass, A. H., & Vernooy, K. (2020). Evaluating Electrocardiography-Based Identification of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Responders Beyond Current Left Bundle Branch Block Definitions. JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology, 6(2), 193-203. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacep.2019.10.009
    • Gauthey, A., Willemen, E., Lumens, J., Ploux, S., Bordachar, P., Ritter, P., Prinzen, F. W., Lejeune, S., Pouleur, A-C., Garnir, Q., Marchandise, S., Scavee, C., Wauters, A., & De Waroux, J-B. L. P. (2020). Impact of paced left ventricular dyssynchrony on left ventricular reverse remodeling after cardiac resynchronization therapy. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, 31(2), 494-502. https://doi.org/10.1111/jce.14330
    • Salden, O. A. E., Vernooy, K., van Stipdonk, A. M. W., Cramer, M. J., Prinzen, F. W., & Meine, M. (2020). Strategies to Improve Selection of Patients Without Typical Left Bundle Branch Block for Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy. JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology, 6(2), 129-142. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacep.2019.11.018
    • Jurak, P., Curila, K., Leinveber, P., Prinzen, F. W., Viscor, I., Plesinger, F., Smisek, R., Prochazkova, R., Osmancik, P., & Halamek, J. (2020). Novel ultra-high-frequency electrocardiogram tool for the description of the ventricular depolarization pattern before and during cardiac resynchronization. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, 31(1), 300-307. https://doi.org/10.1111/jce.14299
    • Engels, E. B., Thibault, B., Mangual, J., Badie, N., McSpadden, L. C., Calo, L., Ritter, P., Pappone, C., Bode, K., Varma, N., & Prinzen, F. W. (2020). Dynamic atrioventricular delay programming improves ventricular electrical synchronization as evaluated by 3D vectorcardiography. Journal of Electrocardiology, 58, 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jelectrocard.2019.09.026
    • Plesinger, F., van Stipdonk, A. M. W., Smisek, R., Halamek, J., Jurak, P., Maass, A. H., Meine, M., Vernooy, K., & Prinzen, F. W. (2020). Fully automated QRS area measurement for predicting response to cardiac resynchronization therapy. Journal of Electrocardiology, 63, 159-163. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jelectrocard.2019.07.003
  • 2019
    • Lee, A. W. C., Nguyen, U. C., Razeghi, O., Gould, J., Sidhu, B. S., Sieniewicz, B., Behar, J., Mafi-Rad, M., Plank, G., Prinzen, F. W., Rinaldi, C. A., Vernooy, K., & Niederer, S. (2019). A rule-based method for predicting the electrical activation of the heart with cardiac resynchronization therapy from non-invasive clinical data. Medical Image Analysis, 57, 197-213. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.media.2019.06.017
    • Zweerink, A., Salden, O. A. E., van Everdingen, W. M., de Roest, G. J., van de Ven, P. M., Cramer, M. J., Doevendans, P. A., van Rossum, A. C., Vernooy, K., Prinzen, F. W., Meine, M., & Allaart, C. P. (2019). Hemodynamic Optimization in Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: Should We Aim for dP/dtmax or Stroke Work?JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology, 5(9), 1013-1025. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacep.2019.05.020
    • Fixsen, L. S., de Lepper, A. G. W., Strik, M., van Middendorp, L. B., Prinzen, F. W., van de Vosse, F. N., Houthuizen, P., & Lopata, R. G. P. (2019). ECHOCARDIOGRAPHIC ASSESSMENT OF LEFT BUNDLE BRANCH-RELATED STRAIN DYSSYNCHRONY: A COMPARISON WITH TAGGED MRI. Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 45(8), 2063-2074. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2019.03.012
    • Zhou, Q., Zeng, Y., Xiong, Q., Zhong, S., Li, P., Ran, H., Yin, Y., Reutelingsperger, C., Prinze, F. W., & Ling, Z. (2019). Construction of CNA35 Collagen-Targeted Phase-Changeable Nanoagents for Low-Intensity Focused Ultrasound-Triggered Ultrasound Molecular Imaging of Myocardial Fibrosis in Rabbits. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 11(26), 23006-23017. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.9b05999
    • van Stipdonk, A. M. W., Vanbelle, S., ter Horst, I. A. H., Luermans, J. G., Meine, M., Maass, A. H., Auricchio, A., Prinzen, F. W., & Vernooy, K. (2019). Large variability in clinical judgement and definitions of left bundle branch block to identify candidates for cardiac resynchronisation therapy. International Journal of Cardiology, 286, 61-65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcard.2019.01.051
    • Goette, A., Auricchio, A., Boriani, G., Braunschweig, F., Brugada Terradellas, J., Burri, H., Camm, A. J., Crijns, H., Dagres, N., Deharo, J-C., Dobrev, D., Hatala, R., Hindricks, G., Hohnloser, S. H., Leclercq, C., Lewalter, T., Lip, G. Y. H., Luis Merino, J., Mont, L., ... ESC Sci Document Grp (2019). EHRA White Paper: knowledge gaps in arrhythmia management-status 2019. EP Europace, 21(7), 993-+. https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/euz055
    • Prinzen, F. W., Willemen, E., & Lumens, J. (2019). LBBB and High Afterload A Dangerous Liaison?JACC-Cardiovascular Imaging, 12(6), 978-980. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcmg.2017.12.002
    • Nguyen, U. C., Cluitmans, M. J. M., Strik, M., Luermans, J. G., Gommers, S., Wildberger, J. E., Bekkers, S. C. A. M., Volders, P. G. A., Mihl, C., Prinzen, F. W., & Vernooy, K. (2019). Integration of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, electrocardiographic imaging, and coronary venous computed tomography angiography for guidance of left ventricular lead positioning. EP Europace, 21(4), 626-635. https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/euy292
    • van Stipdonk, A. M. W., ter Horst, I., Kloosterman, M., Engels, E. B., Rienstra, M., Crijns, H. J. G. M., Vos, M. A., van Gelder, I. C., Prinzen, F. W., Meine, M., Maass, A., & Vernooy, K. (2019). Response to Letter From Vereckei Regarding, "QRS Area Is a Strong Determinant of Outcome in Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy". Circulation-Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, 12(4), [007297]. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCEP.119.007297
    • van der Weg, K., Prinzen, F. W., & Gorgels, A. P. M. (2019). Editor's Choice- Reperfusion cardiac arrhythmias and their relation to reperfusion-induced cell death. European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care, 8(2), 142-152. https://doi.org/10.1177/2048872618812148
    • Willemen, E., Schreurs, R., Huntjens, P. R., Strik, M., Plank, G., Vigmond, E., Walmsley, J., Vernooy, K., Delhaas, T., Prinzen, F. W., & Lumens, J. (2019). The Left and Right Ventricles Respond Differently to Variation of Pacing Delays in Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: A Combined Experimental- Computational Approach. Frontiers in physiology, 10, 1-13. [17]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2019.00017
    • Lumens, J., Fan, C-P. S., Walmsley, J., Yim, D., Manlhiot, C., Dragulescu, A., Grosse-Wortmann, L., Mertens, L., Prinzen, F. W., Delhaas, T., & Friedberg, M. K. (2019). Relative Impact of Right Ventricular Electromechanical Dyssynchrony Versus Pulmonary Regurgitation on Right Ventricular Dysfunction and Exercise Intolerance in Patients After Repair of Tetralogy of Fallot. Journal of the American Heart Association, 8(2), [010903]. https://doi.org/10.1161/JAHA.118.010903
    • de Jaegere, P. P. T., Houthuizen, P., & Prinzen, F. W. (2019). New Conduction Abnormalities After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement An Innocent Bystander or a Serious Adverse Event Indeed?Jacc-Cardiovascular Interventions, 12(1), 62-64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcin.2018.11.038
    • van Everdingen, W. M., Zweerink, A., Salden, O. A. E., Cramer, M. J., Doevendans, P. A., van Rossum, A. C., Prinzen, F. W., Vernooy, K., Allaart, C. P., & Meine, M. (2019). Atrioventricular optimization in cardiac resynchronization therapy with quadripolar leads: should we optimize every pacing configuration including multi-point pacing?EP Europace, 21(1), E11-E19. https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/euy138
  • 2018
    • Chau Nguyen, U., Verzaal, N. J., van Nieuwenhoven, F. A., Vernooy, K., & Prinzen, F. (2018). Pathobiology of cardiac dyssynchrony and resynchronization therapy. EP Europace, 20(12), 1898-1909. https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/euy035
    • van Stipdonk, A. M. W., ter Horst, I., Kloosterman, M., Engels, E. B., Rienstra, M., Crijns, H. J. G. M., Vos, M. A., van Gelder, I. C., Prinzen, F. W., Meine, M., Maass, A. H., & Vernooy, K. (2018). QRS Area Is a Strong Determinant of Outcome in Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy. Circulation-Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, 11(12), [006497]. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCEP.118.006497
    • Nguyen, U. C., Cluitmans, M. J. M., Prinzen, F. W., Mihl, C., & Vernooy, K. (2018). Reply to the letter from Bhagirath etal. Imaging for cardiac resynchronisation therapy requires cardiac magnetic resonance. Netherlands Heart Journal, 26(12), 641-642. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12471-018-1196-z
    • Virag, N., Jacquemet, V., Kappenberger, L., Krause, R., Prinzen, F., & Auricchio, A. (2018). 9th Theo Rossi di Montelera forum on computer simulation and experimental assessment of cardiac function: from model to clinical outcome . EP Europace, 20(Suppl. 3), 1-2. https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/euy256
    • Strik, M., Ploux, S., Huntjens, P. R., Nguyen, U. C., Frontera, A., Eschalier, R., Dubois, R., Ritter, P., Klotz, N., Vernooy, K., Haissaguerre, M., Crijns, H. J. G. M., Prinzen, F. W., & Bordachar, P. (2018). Response to cardiac resynchronization therapy is determined by intrinsic electrical substrate rather than by its modification. International Journal of Cardiology, 270, 143-148. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcard.2018.06.005
    • Uyen Chau Nguyen, N. V., Potse, M., Vernooy, K., Mafi-Rad, M., Heijman, J., Caputo, M. L., Conte, G., Regoli, F., Krause, R., Moccetti, T., Auricchio, A., Prinzen, F. W., & Maffessanti, F. (2018). A left bundle branch block activation sequence and ventricular pacing influence voltage amplitudes: an in vivo and in silico study. EP Europace, 20, 77-86. https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/euy233
    • Dupuis, L. J., Arts, T., Prinzen, F. W., Delhaas, T., & Lumens, J. (2018). Linking cross-bridge cycling kinetics to response to cardiac resynchronization therapy: a multiscale modelling study. EP Europace, 20, 87-93. https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/euy230
    • Caputo, M. L., van Stipdonk, A., Illner, A., D'Ambrosio, G., Regoli, F., Conte, G., Moccetti, T., Klersy, C., Prinzen, F. W., Vernooy, K., & Auricchio, A. (2018). The definition of left bundle branch block influences the response to cardiac resynchronization therapy. International Journal of Cardiology, 269, 165-169. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcard.2018.07.060
    • Zanon, F., Marcantoni, L., Baracca, E., Pastore, G., Giau, G., Rigatelli, G., Lanza, D., Picariello, C., Aggio, S., Giatti, S., Zuin, M., Roncon, L., Pacetta, D., Noventa, F., & Prinzen, F. W. (2018). Hemodynamic comparison of different multisites and multipoint pacing strategies in cardiac resynchronization therapies. Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology, 53(1), 31-39. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10840-018-0362-y
    • Nguyen, U. C., Cluitmans, M. J. M., Luermans, J. G. L. M., Strik, M., de Vos, C. B., Kietselaer, B. L. J. H., Wildberger, J. E., Prinzen, F. W., Mihl, C., & Vernooy, K. (2018). Visualisation of coronary venous anatomy by computed tomography angiography prior to cardiac resynchronisation therapy implantation. Netherlands Heart Journal, 26(9), 433-440. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12471-018-1132-2
    • Leyva, F., Zegard, A., Taylor, R. J., Foley, P. W. X., Umar, F., Patel, K., Panting, J., van Dam, P., Prinzen, F. W., Marshall, H., & Qiu, T. (2018). Long-Term Outcomes of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Using Apical Versus Nonapical Left Ventricular Pacing. Journal of the American Heart Association, 7(16), [008508]. https://doi.org/10.1161/JAHA.117.008508
    • Strik, M., Vernooy, K., & Prinzen, F. W. (2018). Too old to shock? Questioning added benefit of ICD in elderly CRT patients. International Journal of Cardiology, 263, 65-66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcard.2018.04.036
    • Salden, F. C. W. M., Kutyifa, V., Stockburger, M., Prinzen, F. W., & Vernooy, K. (2018). Atrioventricular dromotropathy: evidence for a distinctive entity in heart failure with prolonged PR interval?EP Europace, 20(7), 1067-1077. https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/eux207
    • Niederer, S. A., Gould, J., Sieniewicz, B., Prinzen, F., & Rinaldi, C. A. (2018). Is the rapidly paced pig the optimal model for endocardial cardiac resynchronization therapy?EP Europace, 20(7), 1227-1228. https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/eux280
    • Engels, E. B., Mafi-Rad, M., Hermans, B. J. M., Aranda, A., van Stipdonk, A. M. W., Rienstra, M., Scheerder, C. O. S., Maass, A. H., Prinzen, F. W., & Vernooy, K. (2018). Tailoring device settings in cardiac resynchronization therapy using electrograms from pacing electrodes. EP Europace, 20(7), 1146-1153. https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/eux208
    • Rinaldi, C. A., Auricchio, A., & Prinzen, F. W. (2018). Left ventricular endocardial pacing for the critically ill. Intensive Care Medicine, 44(6), 915-917. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00134-018-5062-7
    • Prinzen, F. W., Dagres, N., Bollmann, A., Arnar, D. O., Bove, S., Camm, J., Casadei, B., Kirchhof, P., Kuck, K-H., Lumens, J., Michel, M. C., Schwartz, P. J., Van Vleymen, B., Vardas, P., & Hindricks, G. (2018). Innovation in cardiovascular disease in Europe with focus on arrhythmias: current status, opportunities, roadblocks, and the role of multiple stakeholders. EP Europace, 20(5), 733-738. https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/eux095
    • Nguyen, C., Claridge, S., Vernooy, K., Engels, E. B., Razavi, R., Rinaldi, C. A., Chen, Z., & Prinzen, F. W. (2018). Relationship between vectorcardiographic QRS(area), myocardial scar quantification, and response to cardiac resynchronization therapy. Journal of Electrocardiology, 51(3), 457-463. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jelectrocard.2018.01.009
    • Piorkowski, C., Arya, A., Markovitz, C. D., Razavi, H., Jiang, C., Rosenberg, S., Breithardt, O-A., Rolf, S., John, S., Kosiuk, J., Huo, Y., Doring, M., Richter, S., Ryu, K., Gaspar, T., Prinzen, F. W., Hindricks, G., & Sommer, P. (2018). Characterizing left ventricular mechanical and electrical activation in patients with normal and impaired systolic function using a non-fluoroscopic cardiovascular navigation system. Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology, 51(3), 205-214. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10840-018-0317-3