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Selenium (Se) is an essential trace element with antioxidant function. The aim of the present study was to estimate the alterations of Se serum level during the acute phase of myocardial infarction and its relation to biomarkers of myocardial necrosis. Serum Se levels were measured at admission and after 24 h in 60 consecutive patients with acute coronary(More)
The aim of our study was to evaluate whether a single dose of cerivastatin at the time of admission of patients with unstable angina pectoris (UAP) or non-Q-wave myocardial infarction (NQMI) can influence the serum level of C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6 (IL-6) and interleukin-8 (IL-8) 24 h later. Forty-four patients with rest chest pain and(More)
Statins are cholesterol-lowering drugs, highly effective in the primary and secondary prevention of coronary artery disease. It has been found, however, that statins also have nonlipid effects; they can influence different pathways, which have been described to participate in the pathogenesis of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Inflammation or decreased(More)
BACKGROUND Statins have been proved to be effective in reduction of mortality and morbidity when started in the early secondary prevention in stabilized patients after acute coronary syndrome (ACS). The safety and efficacy of statin administration directly in the first-line therapy in unstable ACS patients is not clear. The aim of our study was, therefore,(More)
Background: Activation of inflammatory pathways plays an important contributory role in coronary plaque instability and subsequent rupture, which can lead to the development of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Elevated levels of serum inflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein (CRP) represent independent risk factors for further cardiovascular events.(More)
A left main coronary artery thrombosis is a life-threatening condition demanding immediate therapeutic management. Traditional treatment options include thrombolysis, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with stenting or cardiac bypass surgery. The number of reported cases in which aspiration thrombectomy has been used is limited. Indications for this(More)
It is widely assumed that acute benefit of statin therapy is mediated especially by non-lipid effects. The immediate influence of statins on lipid levels in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is, however, not clear. A total of 64 consecutive patients with ACS were randomized at admission to fluvastatin 80 mg (Group 1, N = 32) or standard therapy(More)
Combined atrial septal defect and pulmonic or aortic stenosis are relatively uncommon conditions in adult patients, with few reported cases of percutaneous treatment. We present two patients with secundum type atrial septal defect and concomitant pulmonic or aortic stenosis and their treatment by transcatheter techniques.
In spite of many years of development and implementation of pre-hospital advanced life support programmes, the survival rate of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) used to be very poor. Neurologic injury from cerebral hypoxia is the most common cause of death in patients with OHCA. In the past two decades, post-resuscitation care has developed many new(More)
Mobile aortic thrombosis is a relatively rare condition with a high morbidity particularly due to peripheral embolisation. The most frequent management is anticoagulant or surgical therapy but the number of cases reported is limited and therapeutic approaches are still not well established. We present a case of large multiple mobile pedunculated thrombosis(More)