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C-reactive protein (CRP) is a powerful independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Elevated mechanical strain on vessels induces the local expression of proinflammatory cytokines. We hypothesized that mechanical strain on vessels may induce local CRP expression. Human saphenous vein and internal mammary artery (IMA) rings were stretched in vitro(More)
INTRODUCTION Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with impaired coronary flow by means of Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) frame count (TFC). Mean platelet volume (MPV) is elevated in patients with AF. In the present study we aimed to investigate the relationship between MPV and TFC in patients with AF in the absence of obstructive coronary(More)
OBJECTIVES We try to clear the relationship between high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hsCRP) release and abdominal aortic aneurysm formation. METHODS AND RESULTS A rabbit abdominal aortic aneurysm model was created by elastase perfusion. At days 10, 20, and 30 after elastase perfusion, mean serum hsCRP levels detected by ELISA increased over 200% over(More)
OBJECTIVES C-reactive protein (CRP), an inflammation marker, is a strong independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Vessels are able to express CRP; however, the molecular mechanism behind this expression is not clear. METHODS Reverse transcription PCR and ELISA were used to detect messenger RNA and proteins of CRP and nuclear factor κB (NF-κB)(More)
BACKGROUND Recurrent angina (RA) after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) remains a challenging problem that confronts cardiologists in routine clinical practice. In patients without epicardial coronary causes, RA is commonly speculated as resulting from coronary microvascular dysfunction. The aim of this study was to investigate the coronary(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with impaired coronary flow and diminished myocardial perfusion. In the present study we aimed to evaluate coronary blood flow by means of Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) frame count (TFC) in patients with AF in the absence of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS This prospective(More)
BACKGROUND The vessel heterogeneity of thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) frame count (TFC) in patients with coronary slow flow (CSF) remains to be further evaluated, and the correlation between TFC heterogeneity and P-wave dispersion (PWD) has not been elucidated. We aim to investigate the vessel heterogeneity of TFC in coronary arteries, and its(More)
BACKGROUND Lipid disorder causes vascular endothelial cell damage and contributes to the early development of dyslipidaemia-induced atherosclerosis. In vivo and in vitro, it has been found that increasing shear stress can improve endothelial function. Clinically, enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) plays important roles in the treatment of coronary(More)
BACKGROUND Although increased coronary microvascular resistance (CMR), resulting in coronary microvascular dysfunction, is speculated to be responsible for myocardial ischemia in patients with cardiac syndrome X (CSX), it has never been directly demonstrated, and the correlation between CMR and severity of myocardial ischemia has not been elucidated in this(More)