Birgit Heppner

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This study compares the effects of piroximone (MDL 19,205), a new inotropic agent, with dobutamine in dogs with congestive heart failure. With dobutamine, (15 micrograms/kg/min) left ventricular (LV) dp/dt increased from 2220 +/- 215 (mean +/- S.E.M.) to 2815 +/- 280 mm Hg/sec and cardiac index increased from 2.9 +/- 0.2 to 3.7 +/- 0.4 liters/min/m2,(More)
A laboratory-scale fluidized-bed reactor was inoculated with a syntrophically propionate-degrading co-culture. After 24 days of batch operation with propionate and acetate in the medium, the reactor was operated for 8 months with propionate as the sole substrate. The loading rate was 8.5 kg chemical oxygen demand/m3 ·day, yielding a maximal gas production(More)
Scanning electron microphotographs from the biofilm of a pilot scale anaerobic fluid-ized-bed reactor fed with acetate, propionate, and butyrate as carbon sources showed a predominance of filamentous organisms resembling Methanothrix sp. which could be isolated as an al-most pure culture as well as a Methanosarcina strain. Three syntrophic cultures,(More)
A total of 50 patients with chronic pain syndromes were selected for treatment with spinal cord stimulation. Correct positioning of electrodes was obtained in 44 patients, leading to an initial alleviation of pain in 25 patients. In 6 patients, electrodes (though still effective in 4) had to be removed because of surgical complications within the first 5(More)
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