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We tested whether cardiac mass can be related to decreased aortic stiffness in an original rat model of isolated systolic hypertension. Increased aortic stiffness was produced by calcium overload of elastic arteries after vitamin D3 plus nicotine treatment. Half of the animals were chronically treated with the angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor(More)
1. We investigated possible structural correlates of the beneficial effect of chronic angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibition (ACEI) with lisinopril on the aortic distensibility of normotensive rats. 2. Experiments were performed in young (4-month old), normotensive, Wistar rats which received lisinopril in their drinking water (0.9 or 9 mg kg-1 day-1) for(More)
We investigated possible links between left ventricular mass and central arterial elasticity in the adult spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR) and in a subgroup of SHR in which blood pressure was normalized by chronic antihypertensive drug treatment; results were compared with those of age-matched normotensive Wistar-Kyoto rats. Two indexes of arterial(More)
OBJECTIVE Octogenarians, as the fastest growing stratum of the population and with the highest prevalence of coronary artery disease, are being increasingly referred for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). The general perception is that the presence of comorbidities and the propensity for neurological injury expose them to a higher risk for mortality(More)
OBJECTIVE A common perception is that use of pedicled bilateral internal mammary arteries (BIMA) increases the risk of sternal wound complications in diabetic patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). The purpose of this study was to compare the in-hospital outcomes of CABG using pedicled BIMA in diabetic and nondiabetic patients. (More)
OBJECTIVE Surgical management of ischemic mitral regurgitation (IMR) has primarily consisted of revascularization with or without the addition of mitral valve repair or replacement. We hypothesize that performing off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) grafting before fixing MR improves in-hospital outcomes for patients with IMR undergoing surgery. (More)
PURPOSE A former wood exploitation revealing high Cu and As concentration of the soils served as a case study for assisted phytoextraction. METHOD P-spiked Linz-Donawitz (LD) slag was used as a soil additive to improve physico-chemical soil properties and in situ stabilize Cu and other trace metals in a sandy Cu-contaminated soil (630 mg kg⁻¹ soil). The(More)
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