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AIMS Copeptin, the C-terminal part of the vasopressin pro-hormone, is elevated after myocardial infarction and predicts adverse outcome. In the present study we investigated whether the complementary role of copeptin and cardiac troponin T (cTnT) could be used for identification of high-risk patients with chronic stable heart failure. METHODS AND RESULTS(More)
Acute myocardial infarction at a young age is associated with high morbidity and long-term mortality. The NADPH oxidase system as a main source of reactive oxygen species in vascular cells has been implicated in development and progression of coronary artery disease (CAD). In our study, we investigated the effect of polymorphisms in the p22-PHOX (CYBA) gene(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of our study was to evaluate the effect of drug-eluting stents (DES) compared with bare-metal stents (BMS) on all-cause mortality and target vessel revascularization (TVR) in a "real-world" clinical setting. METHODS AND RESULTS One thousand four hundred and ninety consecutive patients, who underwent PCI, were included in a prospective(More)
Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) has been established for the treatment of coronary artery disease, especially in and after acute coronary syndromes, and after coronary interventions. Data suggest that a significant percentage of individuals treated with clopidogrel do not receive the expected therapeutic benefit because of a decreased responsiveness of(More)
The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of the concomitant treatment with proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) and clopidogrel on the incidence of stent thrombosis, acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and death in patients who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and stent implantation. In total, 1,210 patients under dual antiplatelet therapy, who(More)
We performed a hospital based case-control study to assess if the risk of myocardial infarction at a very young age (< or =40 years) was elevated in immigrants from the region of former Yugoslavia. Patients were classified as "exposed" if they or both their parents were born in former Yugoslavia. Consecutive myocardial infarction patients were recruited in(More)
OBJECTIVES ST2 is a receptor for interleukin (IL)-33. We investigated an association of soluble ST2 (sST2) and IL-33 serum levels with different clinical stages of coronary artery disease. We assessed the predictive value of sST2 and IL-33 in patients with stable angina, non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) and ST elevation myocardial infarction(More)
BACKGROUND Measurement of glycated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) to diagnose diabetes mellitus (DM-2) is recommended by several expert groups. DM-2 occurs very frequently among patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Therefore, we aimed to investigate the diagnostic strengths of HbA1c and oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) in detecting latent glucometabolic(More)
The study aim was to determine the predictive value of interleukin (IL)-33, a recently described member of the IL-1 family of cytokines, for the development of in-stent restenosis (ISR). IL-33 serum levels were measured in 387 consecutive patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of whom 193 had stable angina, 93 non-ST elevation(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate whether preoperative determination of plasma copeptin levels in addition to plasma N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-pro-BNP) could help improve risk stratification in patients who undergo major vascular surgery. One hundred ninety-eight consecutive patients who underwent major vascular surgery (58.6%(More)