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The renin-angiotensin system is a key regulator of blood pressure (BP), with inhibitors of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) used clinically to treat hypertension and other cardiovascular conditions. ACE2 is a newly identified member of this system, which converts angiotensin II to angiotensin, and of which the occurrence in plasma has not been(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE A common G-to-T point mutation (Val 34 Leu) in exon 2 of the alpha-subunit of the factor XIII is strongly negatively associated with the development of myocardial infarction. This result suggests that factor XIII Val 34 Leu is interfering with the formation of cross-linked fibrin. The role of factor XIII Val 34 Leu in the pathogenesis(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Inflammatory biomarkers predict development of atherothrombotic events. In the present study we examined the relationships between C-reactive protein (CRP), complement C3, and long-term mortality after acute ischemic stroke. METHODS CRP and C3 were analyzed by in-house enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in 394 subjects with acute(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the apo E genotype with acute cerebral infarction and primary intracerebral haemorrhage and to examine the relationship of the apo E genotype with mortality following acute stroke. MATERIALS AND METHODS We studied 592 cases of acute stroke and 289 healthy control subjects(More)
OBJECTIVE End-stage coagulation and the structure/function of fibrin are implicated in the pathogenesis of ischemic stroke. We explored whether genetic variants associated with end-stage coagulation in healthy volunteers account for the genetic predisposition to ischemic stroke and examined their influence on stroke subtype. METHODS Common genetic(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Stroke is a major healthcare issue worldwide with an incidence comparable to coronary events, highlighting the importance of understanding risk factors for stroke and subsequent mortality. METHODS In the present study, we determined long-term (all-cause) mortality in 545 patients with ischemic stroke compared with a cohort of 330(More)
OBJECTIVE The relative balance between clot formation and fibrinolysis is considered to reflect thrombotic potential following vascular injury. The aims of the present study were to (1) to determine the contribution of genetic and environmental factors to variance in measures of clot structure/function in the Leeds Family Study, and (2) to determine the(More)
BACKGROUND Dimethylarginines (DMA) interfere with nitric oxide formation by inhibiting nitric oxide synthase (asymmetrical DMA [ADMA]) and l-arginine uptake into the cell (ADMA and symmetrical DMA [SDMA]). In prospective clinical studies, ADMA has been characterized as a cardiovascular risk marker, whereas SDMA is a novel marker for renal function and(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The role of polymorphisms of the platelet glycoprotein (GP) IIb/IIIa receptor in the development of cardiovascular disease has been the subject of intensive research. The aim of this study was to determine the association of the HPA-3 polymorphism of platelet GPIIb with ischemic stroke and subsequent survival and to identify possible(More)