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BACKGROUND Previous studies have demonstrated that induction of heat shock protein (HSP) 72 by whole-body hyperthermia reduces infarct size in an in vivo model of ischemia and reperfusion. Furthermore, hearts obtained from transgenic mice that overexpress HSP72 demonstrate improved functional recovery and decreased infarct size in vitro after global(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have demonstrated that ischemic preconditioning prevents lethal cell injury and, as a consequence, limits infarct size in rat heart. Although both apoptosis and necrosis have been shown to contribute to myocardial cell death after myocardial ischemia and reperfusion, the ability of ischemic preconditioning to prevent programmed(More)
Involvement of ceramide signaling in the initiation of apoptosis induction in myocardial cells by in vitro and in vivo ischemia and reperfusion was analyzed. Synthetic cell permeable C2-ceramide induced apoptotic death of rat neonatal cardiomyocytes in vitro. In vitro ischemia (oxygen/serum/glucose deprivation) led to a progressive accumulation of ceramide(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have demonstrated that heat-shock treatment results in the induction of 72-kD heat-shock protein (HSP72) and a reduction of infarct size after subsequent ischemia and reperfusion. METHODS AND RESULTS To test the hypothesis that the degree of protection from ischemic injury in heat-shocked rats correlates with the degree of(More)
BACKGROUND To test the hypothesis that the heat shock response is associated with improved myocardial salvage after myocardial ischemia and reperfusion, rats treated with prior whole-body hyperthermia and 24 hours of recovery (n = 26) or 20 minutes of ischemic pretreatment and 8 hours of recovery (n = 24) and control rats (n = 27, n = 24, for hyperthermic(More)
To determine the feasibility of noninvasive determination of right ventricular systolic pressure (RVSP) during a graded-exercise protocol, saline contrast-enhanced Doppler echocardiography of tricuspid insufficiency was performed in 36 patients with chronic lung disease and 12 normal controls. In the patients with chronic pulmonary disease, symptom-limited,(More)
Previous reports have validated the accuracy of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) imaging for quantitating ventricular volumes and myocardial mass. In this study, a new rapid NMR imaging method, cine NMR imaging, was used to compare left ventricular volumes determined from the transverse plane and short-axis plane in healthy volunteers and patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Although aspirin is beneficial in patients with unstable angina, it is a relatively weak inhibitor of platelet aggregation. The effect of Integrelin, which inhibits the platelet fibrinogen receptor glycoprotein (GP) IIb/IIIa, on the frequency and duration of Holter ischemia was evaluated in 227 patients with unstable angina. METHODS AND RESULTS(More)
To test the hypothesis that single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) might permit accurate, noninvasive measurement of LV mass, SPECT measurements of LV mass to LV weight were compared in 20 mongrel dogs. Projection images of the left ventricle were acquired after intravenous injection of thallium-201 (TI-201). Transverse sections were(More)
Nonglycosidic adrenergic and nonadrenergic inotropic drugs improve systemic hemodynamics and left ventricular function in patients with severe congestive heart failure. As these beneficial effects are observed with short-term therapy, the use of these agents should be restricted to the treatment of acute heart failure. Long-term therapy with adrenergic(More)