Frits W H M Bär

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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)
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)
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 present study investigates the association between the severity of coronary artery disease (CAD) and feelings of exhaustion. Vital exhaustion consists of three major components: lack of energy, increased irritability, and demoralization. Previous studies showed that exhaustion is of predictive value for first myocardial infarction (MI). However, these(More)
OBJECTIVE The effects of a short intervention on behavioral risk factor modification in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) on Type A behavior, vital exhaustion, and depression were studied in a randomized controlled trial. METHODS Acute myocardial infarction patients or patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) were randomly(More)
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is still the main cause of death in developed countries. Because of improved treatment, many patients survive the acute phase of a myocardial infarction, which makes secondary prevention of CHD of major importance. Most risk factors responsible for the development and progression of CHD are associated with behavior. Therefore,(More)
OBJECTIVE Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF), a protein secreted by immune cells and the pituitary gland, may be associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) and the mental state of coronary patients. The first origin of MIF suggests positive, the second negative associations. The aim of this study was to explore the direction of the association(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)
Aims Successful epicardial reperfusion with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) can paradoxically evoke myocardial reperfusion injury, which may be signalled by temporally associated ventricular arrhythmias (VAs). We correlated reperfusion VA 'bursts' with final infarct size (IS) in patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Extreme fatigue is a common complaint in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) patients, and is associated with an increased risk for new cardiac events. The objective of the Exhaustion Intervention Trial (EXIT) was to determine whether a behavioral intervention on exhaustion reduces the risk of a new coronary event after PCI. METHODS AND(More)