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BACKGROUND Therapeutic and prognostic implications of subclinical thyroid dysfunction in patients with heart failure (HF) are unclear. We compared the prognostic impact of euthyroidism, subclinical thyroid dysfunction, and euthyroid sick syndrome (ESS) in systolic HF. METHODS We included 1032 patients hospitalized for systolic HF (left ventricular(More)
BACKGROUND In patients with systolic heart failure, high levels of circulating aldosterone are associated with an adverse prognosis, and mineralocorticoid receptor blockade improves survival. The prognostic significance of cortisol that may also bind and activate the mineralocorticoid receptor in chronic heart failure is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS Serum(More)
BACKGROUND The Global initiative for chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) defines COPD as a fixed post-bronchodilator ratio of forced expiratory volume in 1 second and forced vital capacity (FEV1/FVC) below 0.7. Age-dependent cut-off values below the lower fifth percentile (LLN) of this ratio derived from the general population have been proposed as an(More)
BACKGROUND Observational studies indicate that classical cardiovascular risk factors as body mass index, total cholesterol, and systolic blood pressure are associated with improved rather than impaired survival in heart failure ("reverse epidemiology"). We estimated the prognostic role of these risk factors in unselected patients with heart failure. (More)
Heart failure and COPD are very common in the elderly. As both syndromes share common risk factors, such as tobacco smoking, and pathophysiological pathways, including systemic inflammation and activation of the neurohumoral system, they frequently coincide. Because of the similar clinical presentation, diagnoses of COPD in the presence of heart failure may(More)
OBJECTIVE Deficiency of anabolic sex steroids is common in heart failure (HF). The pathophysiological implications of this phenomenon, however, have not been fully elucidated. This clinical study investigated the significance of low serum androgen levels in HF. DESIGN Prospective cohort study. Patients and Methods In 191 consecutively recruited men with(More)
PDGF and nitric oxide (NO) have been shown to participate in the progression of several forms of glomerulonephritis. A potential influence of NO on PDGF-mediated signaling cascades was therefore examined. Treatment of rat mesangial cells (MC) with the NO donors diethylenetriamine NO (DETA-NO) or spermine-NONOate resulted in a time- and dose-dependent(More)
BACKGROUND In heart failure (HF), traditional cardiovascular risk factors (RF) as body mass index (BMI), total cholesterol (TC) and systolic blood pressure (SBP) are associated with better survival. It is unknown at which time point along the disease continuum the adverse impact of these RF ceases and may 'start to reverse'. We analyzed the distribution of(More)
BACKGROUND The diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in patients with systolic heart failure (SHF) is challenging because symptoms of both conditions overlap. We aimed to estimate the prevalence, correlates and prognostic impact of true COPD in patients with SHF. METHODS To diagnose COPD under stable conditions according to the(More)
AIMS To investigate in detail the correlates of dysnatremia, and to estimate its differential prognostic relevance in patients with heart failure with reduced or preserved LVEF. Background Hyponatraemia has been shown to carry important prognostic information in patients with heart failure with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). However,(More)