Arnt Eltvedt Fiane

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Background—Complement activation contributes to ischemia-reperfusion injury. Patients undergoing thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA) repair suffer extensive ischemia-reperfusion and considerable systemic inflammation. Methods and Results—The degree and mechanism of complement activation and its role in inflammation were investigated in 19 patients(More)
AIMS Transplant-associated coronary artery disease (TxCAD) is a major cause of post-transplant graft failure. The aim of this study was to investigate a possible role of mannose-binding lectin (MBL) deficiency and complement activation in TxCAD. METHODS AND RESULTS In a prospective study of heart transplant recipients (n=38) with a follow-up of 5.3+/-1.3(More)
BACKGROUND CCL19 and CCL21, acting through CCR7, are termed homeostatic chemokines. Based on their role in concerting immunological responses and their proposed involvement in tissue remodeling, we hypothesized that these chemokines could play a pathogenic role in heart failure (HF). METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Our main findings were: (i) Serum levels(More)
BACKGROUND CCL21 acting through CCR7, is termed a homeostatic chemokine. Based on its role in concerting immunological responses and its proposed involvement in tissue remodeling, we hypothesized that this chemokine could play a role in myocardial remodeling during left ventricular (LV) pressure overload. METHODS AND RESULTS Our main findings were: (i)(More)
Background: The secondary metabolites of cyclosporine A (CsA), AM19, AM1c and AM1c9, have been indicated to be nephrotoxic. The aim of the present pilot study was to investigate the relationship between acute renal failure and CsA metabolite levels, including relevant pharmacokinetic genotypes, following heart transplantation. Methods: Whole-blood samples(More)
Pressure overload is a frequent cause of heart failure. Heart failure affects millions of patients worldwide and is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Cell surface proteoglycans are emerging as molecular players in cardiac remodeling, and increased knowledge about their regulation and function is needed for improved understanding of cardiac(More)
BACKGROUND We hypothesized that a novel three-dimensional virtual semi-transparent annulus plane (3D VSAP) presented on a holographic screen can be used to visualize the prolapsing tissue in degenerative mitral valve disease and furthermore, provide us with geometrical data of the mitral valve apparatus. Phantom and patient studies were designed to(More)
BACKGROUND The current study was undertaken to examine total hospital costs per patient of a consecutive implantation series of two 3rd generation Left Ventricle Assist Devices (LVAD). Further we analyzed if increased clinical experience would reduce total hospital costs and the gap between costs and the diagnosis related grouped (DRG)-reimbursement. (More)
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