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OBJECTIVES Inflammation is assumed to play a major role in the progress of atherosclerotic disease. We hypothesized that an altered hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis activity was linked to a disinhibited inflammatory activity in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS Thirty CAD patients were assessed 12-14 weeks after a first-time(More)
Several lines of evidence indicate that increased inflammatory activity in peripheral blood is associated with the acute coronary syndrome. Systemic inflammation in clinically stable conditions of coronary artery disease has been less studied. We examined cytokine profiles in 20 patients who had acute coronary syndrome, 45 who had angiographically verified(More)
BACKGROUND Plaque rupture is often associated with breakdown of the extracellular matrix in the shoulder region of a plaque. We tested whether plasma concentrations of various matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1) could serve as markers for plaque instability as well as relationships between plasma MMPs and(More)
Atherosclerosis is characterized by chronic inflammation involving autoimmune components. The degree of inflammatory activity, as detectable both within the atherosclerotic plaque and in the circulation, is associated with plaque destabilization and atherothrombotic complications. Endogenous glucocorticoids are modulators of innate and acquired immune(More)
A dysregulated cortisol pattern has been found to be associated with systemic inflammatory activity in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 is involved in both inflammation and matrix degradation and considered a main contributor to coronary plaque rupture. In this study, we hypothesized that a dysfunctional cortisol(More)
BACKGROUND Survival of a myocardial infarction and subsequent prognosis are highly dependent on the time between onset of symptoms and medical intervention. DESIGN This cross-sectional study examines whether patients who used the psychological defence mechanism of denial when faced with symptoms of a first-time myocardial infarction tended to also show a(More)
BACKGROUND During the last years, neutrophils have emerged as important players in atherogenesis. They are highly activated in peripheral blood of patients with unstable angina. Moreover, a primed state of circulating neutrophils has been proposed in patients with stable angina. Our aim was to investigate the neutrophil activation status in patients with(More)
The systemic inflammatory activity in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) is associated with a dysregulated cortisol response. Moreover, an aberrant activation status of neutrophils in CAD has been discussed; and the question of glucocorticoid resistance has been raised. The anti-inflammatory actions of glucocorticoids are mediated by(More)
AIM To investigate association of circulating inflammatory factors at the time of colorectal cancer (CRC) surgery with survival. METHODS Plasma levels from 174 CRC patients (69 females and 105 men), with median age 70 years (range 29-90), localized in the colon (n = 105) or rectum (n = 69), with stage I (n = 24), stage II (n = 54), stage III (n = 67) and(More)
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