Carsten Wunderlich

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OBJECTIVE Cardiogenic shock is the leading cause of death in patients hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction. The objectives were to investigate the effects of levosimendan, a novel inodilator, compared with the phosphodiesterase-III inhibitor enoximone in refractory cardiogenic shock complicating acute myocardial infarction, on top of current(More)
Although caveolin-1 is not expressed in cardiomyocytes, this protein is assumed to act as a key regulator in the development of cardiomyopathy. In view of recent discordant findings we aimed to elucidate the cardiac phenotype of independently generated caveolin-1 knockout mice (cav-1(-/-)) and to unveil causative mechanisms. Invasive hemodynamic(More)
BACKGROUND The management strategy in patients presenting with pulmonary embolism at intermediate risk still remains controversial. Our aim was to determine the role of heart-type fatty acid-binding protein (H-FABP) in this patient population. METHODS One hundred one consecutive patients with confirmed pulmonary embolism and echocardiographic signs of(More)
OBJECTIVE Hypothermia has been shown to reduce neurologic deficits in patients after cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). It was not clear if intravascular cooling is superior to standard external cooling in inducing hypothermia. Goal of this study was to compare intravascular cooling with an automated cooling device with external cooling in everyday(More)
Targeted ablation of caveolin-1 (cav-1) results in a severe cardiomyopathy. How the loss of cav-1 mediates these abnormalities is currently under investigation. Mounting evidence indicates that cav-1 acts as a negative regulator of endothelial nitric oxide synthase resulting in a constitutive hyperactivation of the nitric oxide (NO)-pathway in cav-1(More)
INTRODUCTION This study was performed to investigate the role of chronic pretreatment with angiotensin II type 1 receptor antagonists (ARB) and angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE-I) in myocardial infarction (MI) and ischemic preconditioning (iPC). Little is known about molecular mechanisms of MI and iPC, especially about protein kinase C (PKC)(More)
BACKGROUND Arthrocentesis is an essential emergency step in managing patients with acute arthritis. To identify a bacterial infection, Gram staining is performed promptly. However, crystal analysis may not be immediately performed in many facilities. Being considered not to be stable over time, synovial fluid (SF) is sometimes discarded instead of being(More)
In our modern society hyperuricemia is one of the most frequent metabolism disturbances. So far, every fourth man and every tenth woman suffer from an asymptomatic or a symptomatic hyperuricemia named gout. Mostly, over nutrition and malnutrition as well as other secondary factors with a genetically determined renal secretion disturbance of uric acid lead(More)
The prevalence of gout is increasing with increased life expectancy. Approximately half of the patients with gout have some degree of renal impairment. If both conditions persistently coexist, and in severe tophaceous gout, in particular, treatment has been difficult. We here report on the case of an 87-year-old woman, who had been suffering from recurrent(More)
A growing body of evidence suggests a pivotal role of inflammatory processes in AF in a bidirectional manner. Infiltrating leukocytes seem to promote both structural and electrical remodelling processes in patients with AF. Monocyte-platelets-aggregates (MPAs) are sensitive markers of both platelets and monocyte activation. So far it is not clear whether(More)