Gerda van der Pol

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Vital exhaustion, a state characterized by unusual fatigue, loss of energy, increased irritability, and feelings of demoralization, is one of the cardiovascular risk factors. The authors investigated whether vital exhaustion contributes to the identification of subjects at increased risk of myocardial infarction in general practice. In this prospective(More)
Fatigue is a common condition after stroke. An unresolved question is whether the fatigue is a consequence of the stroke or is one of the precursors. The authors' objective was to investigate whether vital exhaustion is a precursor of first stroke while controlling for other cardiovascular risk factors. The design was a prospective cohort study. Vital(More)
BACKGROUND Lipid-lowering drugs are extensively used in primary care to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Apart from high total cholesterol (TC), several other clinical-chemical variables are associated with the risk of CVD. Magnesium-pyridoxal-5'-phosphate-glutamate (MPPG) has been found to have a positive influence on TC levels and other(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)
Elevated total cholesterol, the related low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, triglycerides, and smoking habits are risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The objective of this study was to investigate the influence of habitual smoking on these parameters in 492 hypercholesterolemic men and women, aged between 26 and(More)
OBJECTIVE To establish the efficacy of 24-h ambulatory and casual blood pressure (BP) reduction, and the tolerability of once daily felodipine extended release (ER) 2.5 mg and felodipine ER 5 mg as monotherapy. DESIGN Randomised, double-blind placebo controlled 6 weeks parallel study. SETTING From 15 general practices centres (with 19 GPs) in the region(More)
OBJECTIVES The EXhaustion Intervention Trial investigated the effect of a behavioural intervention programme on exhaustion, health-related quality of life (HRQL), depression, anxiety, hostility, and anginal complaints in angioplasty patients who felt exhausted after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS Seven hundred ten patients were(More)
Elevated total cholesterol and plasma fibrinogen levels and smoking are risk factors for cardiovascular disease, whose inter-relationships are influenced by both gender and age. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of smoking on fibrinogen levels in a hypercholesterolemic population subdivided on the basis of gender and age. The study(More)
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