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Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is defined as acute chest pain during stressful incidents which is associated with ST-segment abnormalities and/or increased serum troponin levels. There is also regressive systolic dysfunction which is usually localized in the apical and medial left ventricles but there are no significant coronary artery lesions. The ventricular(More)
Cholesterol and triglycerides, important lipid constituents of cell, are essential to carry out several vital physiological functions. Lipids might be associated with cancers because they play a key role in the maintenance of cell integrity. The pathway for cholesterol synthesis may also produce various tumorigenic compounds and cholesterol serves as a(More)
Hypertension is a progressive cardiovascular syndrome that arises from many differing, but interrelated, etiologies. Hypertension is the most prevalent cardiovascular disorder, affecting 20% to 50% of the adult population in developed countries. Arterial hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and death. Epidemiologic data have shown(More)
We assessed the predictive ability of selected biomarkers using N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) as the benchmark and tried to establish a multi-biomarker approach to heart failure (HF) in hypertensive patients. In 120 hypertensive patients with or without overt heart failure, the incremental predictive value of the following biomarkers(More)
Hypertension represents the most common cardiovascular risk factor, affecting more than 25% of the adult population in developed societies. Although beta-blockers have been previously shown to effectively reduce blood pressure and have been used for hypertension treatment for over 40 years, their effect on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in(More)
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a complex condition with several possible contributing factors. The rapid and irregular heartbeat produced by AF increases the risk of blood clot formation inside the heart. These clots may eventually become dislodged, causing embolism, stroke and other disorders. AF occurs in up to 15% of patients with hyperthyroidism compared(More)
BACKGROUND We assessed the influence of atorvastatin on selected indicators of an inflammation, function of the left ventricle and factors affecting the occurrence of rehospitalisation and mortality in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). MATERIAL/METHODS In a prospective, randomized study, 68 patients with DCM with LVEF <or=40% were divided into 2(More)
The study aimed to identify early echocardiographic and circulating biomarkers of heart failure (HF) in hypertensive patients with normal resting echocardiography. Echocardiography at rest and during exercise, and selected biomarkers were assessed in control group, dyspnea group, and HF group. On exercise dyspnea patients had lower early diastolic (E') and(More)
BACKGROUND Atherosclerosis and its complications represent the leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) protects cellular elements from injury by reducing oxidation, inflammation and apoptosis and by refolding damaged proteins. HSP70 improves viability of stressed vascular smooth muscle cells, possibly via its chaperone(More)
The aim of the study was to assess the influence of co-existing atrial fibrillation (AF) on inflammatory condition factors, left ventricular function, clinical course and the efficacy of statin treatment of congestive heart failure in the course of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). In a prospective, randomized, open-label study, 69 patients with DCM and left(More)