Christina Strack

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AIMS This study aimed to examine the incremental value of growth-differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) to N-terminal pro brain natriuretic hormone (NT-proBNP) levels for the diagnosis of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) and possible heart failure (HF) in morbidly obese patients. Method and results We analysed data from 207 obese subjects [body(More)
AIM In subjects with metabolic syndrome (MetS) endothelial dysfunction is a very consistent finding. Processes leading to endothelial dysfunction and atherosclerosis involve the altered control of subclinical inflammation by innate immune defenses that possibly include mannose-binding lectin (MBL). We investigated the associations of MBL with traits of MetS(More)
Obesity and the metabolic syndrome (MetS) are risk factors for left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD). However, little is known about the impact of successful weight reduction (WR) on diastolic function and physical performance.Obese subjects (øBMI 40.2 ± 8.6 kg/m(2)) underwent a 1-year WR program comprising diet and lifestyle components.(More)
This study sought to examine the relationships between right ventricular (RV) function and geometry, morbid obesity with and without the metabolic syndrome, and the effect of long-term weight loss. Obese (n = 153, BMI 41.2 ± 8.7 kg/m(2)) and healthy non-obese control subjects (n = 38, BMI 25.5 ± 3.3 kg/m(2)) of similar age and gender distribution were(More)
AIM Multimer complex formation of adiponectin is recognized as an important mechanism modulating the biological functions of this adipokine, but the role of adiponectin isoforms in myocardial infarction (MI) is still unclear. METHODS We quantified total adiponectin (TOTAL), high, middle, and low molecular weight adiponectin multimers (HMW, MMW, LMW) in a(More)
Objectives:This study aimed to examine the association of adipocyte fatty acid-binding protein (FABP4) levels with left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) in obese subjects with varying degrees of the metabolic syndrome (MetS).Methods:Fifty morbidly obese subjects with LVDD were selected at random and matched by age (±5 years) and sex with 50 morbidly(More)
Decompression sickness (DCS) is usually categorised as type I (mild; peripheral pain, non-neurological) or type II (serious; neurological). Type II is regarded as predominantly a spinal cord disease with infrequent cerebral involvement. Cerebral perfusion was studied by injection of 99Tcm-hexamethylpropyleneamine oxime and single photon emission tomography(More)
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