Gert A. van Montfrans

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BACKGROUND Serum creatine kinase (CK) levels are reported to be around 70% higher in healthy black people, as compared to white people (median value 88 IU/L in white vs 149 IU/L in black people). As serum CK in healthy people is thought to occur from a proportional leak from normal tissues, we hypothesized that the black population subgroup has a(More)
Despite the large differences in the epidemiology of hypertension across Europe, treatment strategies are similar for national populations of white European descent. However, hypertensive patients of African or South Asian ethnicity may require ethnic-specific approaches, as these population subgroups tend to have higher blood pressure at an earlier age(More)
The enhanced heart rate and blood pressure soon after awaking increases cardiac oxygen demand, and has been associated with the high incidence of acute myocardial infarction in the morning. The behavior of cardiac oxygen supply is unknown. We hypothesized that oxygen supply decreases in the morning and to that purpose investigated cardiac oxygen demand and(More)
OBJECTIVE Vasoconstrictor capacity, skeletal muscle tone, and renal sodium retention are involved in the pathogenesis of fainting. As muscle contractility and ion transport are highly energy-demanding processes, we hypothesized that a low activity of the energy-generating enzyme creatine kinase (CK) is associated with a higher risk of fainting. The aim of(More)
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