Alain P Furber

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Recent studies reported cardioprotective effects of erythropoietin (EPO) against ischemia–reperfusion (I/R) injury through activation of the reperfusion injury salvage kinase (RISK) pathway. As RISK has been reported to be impaired in diabetes and insulin resistance syndrome, we examined whether EPO-induced cardioprotection was maintained in rat models of(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been shown to be a robust and noninvasive method to assess left ventricular (LV) cardiac function. This study sought to assess volumes and mass calculated with MRI using fast techniques for acquisition and postprocessing, and to compare results in terms of cost-effectiveness with those of(More)
Local ischemic postconditioning (IPost) and remote ischemic perconditioning (RIPer) are promising methods to decrease ischemia–reperfusion (I/R) injury. We tested whether the use of the two procedures in combination led to an improvement in cardioprotection through a higher activation of survival signaling pathways. Rats exposed to myocardial I/R were(More)
Local ischemic postconditioning (IPost) and remote ischemic perconditioning (RIPer) are promising cardioprotective therapies in ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). We aimed: (1) to investigate whether RIPer initiated at the catheterization laboratory would reduce infarct size, as measured using serum creatine kinase-MB isoenzyme (CK-MB) release as a(More)
PURPOSE To measure coronary vasodilator reserve with breath-hold velocity-encoded cine magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS Eight healthy adult volunteers underwent 1.5-T MR imaging. Velocity-encoded cine images were acquired at seven to 13 temporal phases in 25 seconds, with k-space segmentation and view-sharing reconstruction (+/- 1(More)
Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction is a predictor of poor outcome in patients with heart disease. Conventional imaging modalities fail to assess RV volumes accurately. We sought to assess the accuracy and reproducibility of routine breath-hold gradient echo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-derived RV mass, volumes and function. We assessed (1) The accuracy(More)
Remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) has emerged as a feasible and attractive therapeutic procedure for heart protection against ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. However, its molecular mechanisms remain poorly understood. Hypoxia inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) is a transcription factor that plays a key role in the cellular adaptation to hypoxia and(More)
Remote ischemic perconditioning (RIPer) and local ischemic postconditioning (IPost) are promising methods to decrease ischemia-reperfusion injury. We tested whether these two methods were effective in reducing infarct size through activation of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress response, a potential survival pathway. Rats exposed to myocardial(More)
BACKGROUND International guidelines include several strategies for diagnosing pulmonary embolism with confidence, but little is known about how these guidelines are implemented in routine practice. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the appropriateness of diagnostic management of suspected pulmonary embolism and the relationship between diagnostic criteria and(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation developing at the acute stage of myocardial infarction is associated with untoward clinical outcomes. The aim of this study was to determine correlations between early statin therapy and atrial fibrillation in acute myocardial infarction. METHODS Patients (3396) with sinus rhythm developing acute myocardial infarction were(More)