Birgit B Heinisch

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BACKGROUND & AIMS Despite the important clinical value of hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) and its increasing use, no specific balloon occlusion catheters have been designed to cannulate liver veins. The aim of the study was to evaluate the clinical applicability of a novel balloon (NC) occlusion catheter specifically designed for HVPG measurement.(More)
OBJECTIVE Non-selective β-blockers or endoscopic band ligation (EBL) are recommended for primary prophylaxis of variceal bleeding in patients with oesophageal varices. Additional α-adrenergic blockade (as by carvedilol) may increase the number of patients with haemodynamic response (reduction in hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) of ≥ 20% or to values(More)
Erythropoietin (EPO) enhances formation of red blood cells and also affects thrombopoiesis and platelet function. We hypothesized that the effect of EPO may be reflected by changes in thromboxane B2 (TXB2) and endothelial cell function. Six male and six female subjects received recombinant human epoetin alpha (Erypo®) intravenously (300 U/kg). Biomarker(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS We evaluated the gastrointestinal permeability and bacterial translocation in cirrhotic patients with portal hypertension (PHT) prior to and after non-selective betablocker (NSBB) treatment. METHODS Hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) was measured prior to and under NSBB treatment. Gastroduodenal and intestinal permeability was(More)
AIMS The aim of the ReoPro-BRIDGING Austrian multi-centre study was to investigate the effects of abciximab (ReoPro) on early reperfusion in ST-elevation myocardial infarction prior to or during primary percutaneous coronary angioplasty (pPCI). METHODS AND RESULTS Fifty-five patients with STEMI were randomized either to start abciximab (0.25 mg/kg bolus(More)
OBJECTIVE The present study aimed at testing the effect of S- and R-ibuprofen on thromboxane B(2) (TXB(2)), collagen-epinephrine closure time (CEPI-CT) and collagen-adenosine 5'-diphosphate closure time (CADP-CT) in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated and non-stimulated human whole blood. MATERIALS AND METHODS Whole blood was incubated with S- or(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) treatment on endothelium-dependent and -independent vasodilatation, assessed by forearm blood flow (FBF), in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS A total of 30 subjects with type 2 diabetes were included in this randomized, controlled,(More)
BACKGROUND Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support through the groin vessels is an established treatment option for patients with life-threatening conditions, resistant to medical treatment. However, because of critical status and type of vascular access, late vascular complications are a potential risk. METHODS From January 1998 through December(More)
Chronic heart failure is accompanied by anorexia and increased release of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) from ventricular cardiomyocytes. The pathophysiological mechanisms linking heart failure and appetite regulation remain unknown. In this study, we investigated the impact of intravenous BNP administration on appetite-regulating hormones and subjective(More)