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OBJECTIVE Bisoprolol, carvedilol and nebivolol have been shown to be effective in the treatment of heart failure. However, the beta-blocking effects of these drugs have never been compared directly. METHODS Therefore, we performed a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial in 16 healthy males. Subjects received 10 mg bisoprolol, 50(More)
The efficacy of recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) for the treatment of renal anaemia is well established. To assess the effect of rHuEpo treatment on physical performance we evaluated physical working capacity, oxygen uptake and red cell 2,3-diphosphoglycerate (DPG) values at rest and during and after exercise on a bicycle spiroergometer in eight(More)
Twenty patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDC) aged less than 50 years (mean 41) and an age-matched group of 20 healthy volunteers were studied. All subjects were free of cerebrovascular symptoms and risk factors for stroke. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain, extracranial Doppler ultrasonography, heart catheterization and(More)
Several authors have alluded to the possible involvement of EDRF (NO) in ischemia-induced coronary artery dilation. Alternatively, it has been suggested that opening of ATP-dependent K channels could play a key role in this context. We studied the effects of sulfonylureas and NG-nitro-L-arginine (LNNA), a specific inhibitor of endothelial NO (EDRF)(More)
For several reasons, increasing numbers of patients with hypertension are treated with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and calcium channel blockers. In a twenty-four week, double-blind, randomized, parallel study, the antihypertensive effect of lisinopril (20 to 80 mg qd) and nifedipine (20 to 80 mg bid) were compared in 21 patients. Fourteen(More)
High parathyroid hormone (PTH) has been linked with high blood pressure (BP), but the relationship with 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is largely unknown. The authors therefore analyzed cross-sectional data of 292 hypertensive patients participating in the Styrian Hypertension Study (mean age, 61±11 years; 53% women). Median plasma PTH(More)
Antiphospholipid antibodies — both the lupus anticoagulant and anticardiolipin antibodies — are closely associated with arterial and venous thrombosis. In this prospective trial the IgM- and IgG-anticardiolipin antibodies in serum were determined in acute and chronic coronary artery disease. Seventy-four unselected males (34–87 years, mean 60) were included(More)