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OBJECTIVE Previous studies suggest that heat shock protein (HSP) 60 has a contributory role in atherosclerosis development. We examined whether circulating HSP70 protein and anti-HSP70 antibodies are associated with coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS AND RESULTS Blood samples from 421 patients (62% men, mean age 57 years) evaluated for CAD by coronary(More)
Previous studies have shown a high incidence of cardiovascular complications when noncardiac surgery (NCS) is performed after coronary stenting. No study has compared the outcomes of NCS after stenting compared with percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) alone. The records of all patients who underwent NCS within 3 months of percutaneous(More)
Although both vasopressin and stress have been implicated in the course of schizophrenia, it is unknown whether schizophrenic patients have altered stress-induced function of the vasopressinergic system. We examined the effects of acute metabolic stress induced by pharmacological doses (40 mg/kg) of 2-deoxyglucose (2DG) on plasma concentrations of(More)
BACKGROUND Antibodies to mycobacterial heat-shock protein (HSP) 65 have been reported to be associated with carotid artery thickening. We examined whether antibodies to human HSP60 are associated with the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS AND RESULTS Blood samples from 391 patients (62% men, mean age 57 years) being evaluated for CAD by(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies demonstrated an association between antibodies to mycobacterial heat-shock protein 65 (mHSP65) and carotid artery thickening. We examined whether mHSP65 antibodies are associated with levels of coronary calcification that appear to reflect preclinical coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS AND RESULTS Serum specimens from 201(More)
OBJECTIVES Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels correlate with prognosis in patients with cardiac disease and may be useful in the risk stratification of cardiac patients undergoing noncardiac surgery (NCS). The objective of this study was to examine whether BNP levels predict perioperative events in cardiac patients undergoing NCS. METHODS Patients(More)
OBJECTIVES Myocardial infarction (MI) may be classified as ST elevation MI (STEMI) or non-ST elevation MI (NSTEMI). Procoagulants such as plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) as well as markers of inflammation such as C-reactive protein (CRP), serum amyloid A (SAA) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) are elevated in acute coronary syndromes. However, no study has(More)
Methods: Patients with RA for at least 3 months not amenable for revascularization with ischemia on thallium testing were eligible. All candidates underwent exercise treadmill testing and filled out a Seattle Angina Questionaire (SAQ) prior to therapy. Patients were randomly assigned to active or sham treatment in a 2:1 ratio. Exercise testing was repeated(More)
The purpose of the present study was to determine whether patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in Killip class II or III are likely to benefit from catheterization and coronary revascularization performed within 30 days of AMI. The study population was drawn from 2 national surveys performed during 1996 and 1998 in 26 coronary care units(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this research was to test the effects of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)/angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1) on adult hypoperfused tissues. BACKGROUND Angiopoietin-1 and VEGF act separately and synergistically in vascular development during embryogenesis. However, little is known regarding their relative roles in collateral development(More)