Frits W. H. M. Bär

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OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to investigate the appropriateness of stenting a functionally nonsignificant stenosis. BACKGROUND Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of an intermediate stenosis without evidence of ischemia is often performed, but its benefit is unproven. Coronary pressure-derived fractional flow reserve (FFR) is an invasive(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the safety and feasibility of acute transport followed by rescue percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) or primary PTCA in patients with acute myocardial infarction initially admitted to a hospital without PTCA facilities. DESIGN In a multicentre randomised open trial, three regimens of treatment of acute large(More)
In patients admitted to the hospital because of unstable angina, a subgroup can be recognized that is at high risk for the development of an extensive anterior wall myocardial infarction. These patients, who show characteristic ST-T segment changes in the precordial leads on or shortly after admission, have a critical stenosis high in the left anterior(More)
BACKGROUND The value of thrombolytic therapy in unstable angina is unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS To study this problem, 159 patients were studied in a double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter trial. Patients without a previous myocardial infarction, with a typical history of unstable angina, and ECG abnormalities indicative of ischemia were included.(More)
BACKGROUND Myenteric ganglia are key-structures for the control of intestinal motility and their mRNA expression profiles might be altered under pathological conditions. A drawback of conventional RT-PCR from full-thickness specimens is that gene expression analysis is based on heterogeneously composed tissues. To overcome this problem, laser(More)
Excessive tiredness is one of the most prevalent premonitory symptoms of myocardial infarction and sudden cardiac death. This state is labelled as vital exhaustion and consists of three components: fatigue, increased irritability, and demoralization. Vital exhaustion has been found to be an independent risk-indicator of myocardial infarction in one(More)
The aim of the study was to compare acute and long-term angiographic and clinical outcome of balloon angioplasty and elective stenting in de novo lesions in the body of a saphenous vein graft (SVG). A total of 150 patients, with de novo lesions in SVG, were randomly assigned to balloon angioplasty or elective Wiktor I stent implantation. The angiographic(More)
Two strategies for treatment of acute myocardial infarction were compared in a randomised trial of 533 patients admitted within 4 h of the onset of symptoms. 264 patients were allocated to conventional treatment and 269 patients to a strategy aimed at rapid recanalisation of the occluded coronary artery. At first, intracoronary streptokinase (up to 250 000(More)
OBJECTIVE Many patients feel exhausted or depressed before the onset of an acute coronary event, but little is known about the origin of these feelings. We tested the hypothesis that the depressive symptomatology is associated with a reactivation of latent viruses and inflammation of a coronary vessel. METHODS A blood sample was drawn and a biopsy sample(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the value of the electrocardiogram recorded during chest pain for identifying high-risk patients with 3-vessel or left main stem coronary artery disease (CAD). Therefore, the number of leads with abnormal ST segments, the amount of ST-segment deviation, and specific combinations of leads with abnormal ST segments were(More)