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OBJECTIVES This study was designed to prospectively determine, in patients with an acute coronary syndrome, whether the inflammatory marker, C-reactive protein (CRP), measured at hospital admission, discharge, and 1 month later has incremental value to predict outcomes at 1 year. BACKGROUND The clinical utility of CRP measurements in patients with acute(More)
The amount of wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) dealing with solid separation problems has significantly increased since the new requirements of the EU Directive 271/91 on nutrient removal. In Flanders a number of the nutrient removal WWTP are affected by solid separation problems mostly attributed to Microthrix parvicella being the most common dominant(More)
Variant angina was diagnosed after coronary artery bypass surgery in six patients over a 22-month period. Although all six patients had at least occasional angina at rest preoperatively, all but one had predominantly exertional angina. After surgery, rest angina with transient ST-segment elevation appeared in all six after an asymptomatic interval of 1 week(More)
Exercise, ergonovine and the cold pressor test have been used to provoke variant angina attacks. The sensitivity of these three tests was compared in 34 hospitalized patients with well documented, active variant angina who had recently undergone coronary arteriography. The three tests were usually performed on three consecutive days, and 28 of the 34 had(More)
This study describes the results of ergonovine testing in 100 consecutive patients who underwent this procedure in a coronary care unit. All patients had recently undergone coronary arteriography. A bolus injection of ergonovine was administered at 5 minute intervals in the following doses (mg): 0.0125, 0.025, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 and 0.4. The criterion for(More)
A subgroup of 22 patients with variant angina who had responded well to calcium antagonist drugs were studied to determine if ergonovine testing could help assess the need for continued therapy. Before treatment all 22 patients exhibited angina with S-T elevation during ergonovine testing done in the coronary care unit according to a previously described(More)
Kleine-Levin syndrome is a rare neuro-psychiatric disease. Most of the young patients are males who present with hypersomnia, cognitive dysfunction, altered perception, eating disorder (e.g. hyperphagia) or disinhibited behaviour (e.g. hypersexuality). Psychiatric symptoms such as apathy, delusions and hallucinations, depressed mood and compulsive(More)
A young man with a single left coronary artery and refractory variant angina is described. Spontaneous coronary artery spasm developed during coronary arteriography at the site of a 50% fixed left anterior descending coronary artery stenosis. Frequent episodes of rest angina with transient ST segment elevation persisted in hospital in spite of treatment(More)
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