Christos M Manetos

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BACKGROUND Chronotropic response to exercise and heart rate recovery immediately after exercise (HRR(1) ) are valid prognostic markers in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). The aim of this study was to evaluate heart rate profile during and after exercise in CHF patients early after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation. METHODS We(More)
BACKGROUND Pulmonary microcirculation abnormalities are the main determinants of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) pathophysiology. We hypothesized that PAH patients have peripheral tissue microcirculation alterations that might benefit from hyperoxic breathing. We evaluated peripheral muscle microcirculation with near-infrared spectroscopy, before and(More)
BACKGROUND Several skeletal muscle abnormalities have been identified in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF), including endothelial dysfunction. We hypothesized that skeletal muscle microcirculation, assessed by near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), is impaired in CHF patients and is associated with disease severity. METHODS Eighty-three stable(More)
PURPOSE Exercise training programs improve microcirculatory alternations in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). However less is known about the acute effect of maximum exercise on the skeletal muscle microcirculation. We aimed to assess the effect of acute exercise on peripheral microcirculation of patients with CHF, as assessed by near-infrared(More)
Although Brevibacterium species used to be considered as nonpathogenic microorganisms until recently, it seems that they can cause a wide variety of clinical diseases by acting mostly as opportunistic pathogens. The present case is the second reported case of infective endocarditis by Brevibacterium species; however, it is the first reported infected native(More)
BACKGROUND Skeletal muscle wasting is associated with altered catabolic/anabolic balance and poor prognosis in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). This study evaluated catabolic and anabolic abnormalities in relation to disease severity in CHF patients. METHODS Forty-two stable CHF patients (34 men; aged 56±12 years, body mass index, 27±5 kg/m2)(More)
Hypertension is very common and affects around 50 million Americans of which about 30% are not yet diagnosed. Hypertension is an under-diagnosed syndrome causing damage to the various target organs with no symptoms or only mild symptoms, also called a "silent killer" for this reason. Early diagnosis of arterial hypertension remains an important element in(More)
BACKGROUND Monitoring of the microcirculation may add additional information in terms of improving the adequacy of hemodialysis (HD) for patients. Withdrawal of liquid and complement activation during a HD session reduces the external pressure on the microcirculation and leads to an increased dilatation of the peripheral capillaries. The purposes of this(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) are characterized by exercise intolerance and ventilatory abnormalities that are related to poor prognosis. We hypothesized that CHF patients have increased respiratory drive and abnormal breathing pattern during exercise in relation to disease severity. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study population(More)
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