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C-reactive protein (CRP) increases following an acute stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA), but the increment level varies among patients. We analyzed CRP concentrations during an acute stroke/TIA in relation to the CRP gene -717A>G polymorphism. Six months following an acute ischemic stroke/TIA, basal concentrations of CRP were measured in 507 controls(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Identification of the subgroup of asymptomatic patients with severe internal carotid artery stenosis and high risk of stroke has important clinical implications. Cerebral vasomotor reactivity provides information regarding intracranial hemodynamic features and might have a prognostic value in predicting cerebrovascular ischemic(More)
To date there is no diagnostic biomarker for mild stroke, although elevation of inflammatory biomarkers has been reported at early stages. Previous studies implicated acetylcholinesterase (AChE) involvement in stroke, and circulating AChE activity reflects inflammatory response, since acetylcholine suppresses inflammation. Therefore, carriers of(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The alanine/valine (A/V) polymorphism at codon 677 of the 5,10 methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene correlates with elevated levels of plasma homocysteine and with an increased risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Our study was designed to assess the frequency of the A and V alleles in patients with asymptomatic(More)
INTRODUCTION Several studies have highlighted the role of interleukin-6 (IL-6) as an early signal of the inflammatory response following acute ischemic stroke. This study examines the potential advantage of employing high-sensitivity (hs)-IL-6 as a possible biomarker at the early stages of acute stroke for identifying an acute phase response and its(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Prior studies have demonstrated that infections might precipitate ischemic strokes (IS), but the role of infection as a risk factor remains unclear. We conducted a case-control study to investigate this issue. METHODS Consecutive patients (n = 182) with acute IS were examined within 48 hours after admission to our center. A history(More)
BACKGROUND Early biomarkers for survival in an acute ischaemic stroke/transient ischaemic attack might serve as a useful tool for the clinician. Several studies have highlighted the role of inflammatory biomarkers as an early signal for acute ischaemic stroke prognosis. AIMS This study examines the potential advantage of using high-sensitivity(More)
INTRODUCTION C-reactive protein (CRP) is an inflammatory protein that may play a role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. CRP gene single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have been shown to be associated with CRP concentration; however, their independent effect on atherosclerosis has not been yet established. We aimed to determine whether the 5'-flanking(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the recently introduced wide-range C-reactive protein (wr-CRP) with the widely used high-sensitivity Behring Dade method (hs-CRP) in acute stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA) patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 119 consecutive patients admitted to a tertiary medical center with acute ischemic stroke/TIA were included in the(More)