Konstantinos Christou

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OBJECTIVE Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) is comprised of repeated episodes of colour changes of the skin of digits on cold exposure or emotional stress. The prevalence of RP in the general population is variable fluctuating between 4%-15%, among surveys. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of RP in a healthy working Greek population and to(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP) reduces oxidative stress in patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) syndrome. MATERIALS AND METHODS Forty-six patients with severe OSA (AHI> or =30) requiring nasal CPAP treatment and 46 controls (subjects without OSA and with mild OSA as defined by an AHI<15) were(More)
BACKGROUND Coercive physical measures are commonly used in psychiatric units throughout the world for the management of severe behaviourally disturbed patients. AIM The aim of this study was to assess the rates of coercive physical measures (seclusion and restraint) used in psychiatric inpatients in the psychiatric unit of a general hospital in Greece. (More)
BACKGROUND The main dietary source of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA) is fish, which contains eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). In the present manuscript, we aimed to review the current evidence regarding the clinical role of n-3 PUFA in the prevention of atrial fibrillation (AF) and the possible underlying(More)
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) syndrome is a respiratory disease that is linked to heart attacks and high blood pressure. In the present study, we used the Comet assay to compare basal DNA damage and DNA damage induction by hydrogen peroxide, ethanol, and gamma-irradiation in lymphocytes from 35 OSA patients and 35 controls. We also measured the apoptosis(More)
This report describes a case of a mycotic aneurysm of the infrarenal abdominal aorta infected by Vibrio mimicus, which is the only such case ever reported in the literature. The 80-year-old male patient was first treated for gastroenteritis for 7 days. Two months later, he was admitted to the hospital and the aneurysm was diagnosed by three-dimensional(More)
The purpose of this study was the evaluation of the extent of dissemination of asthma guidelines among primary health care physicians in Greece. Sixty-five of 80 primary care physicians (response rate 80.2%) answered a questionnaire about asthma morbidity, manner of choice of treatment and asthma management plans. One out of 12 patients who were examined by(More)
We describe a case report of a 30-year-old bodybuilder suffering acute myocardial infarction (AMI). He had been taking stanozolol and testosterone for two months. The coronary angiogram showed high thrombotic burden in the left anterior descending artery without underlying atherosclerosis. Few case reports of AMI in athletes taking anabolic androgenic(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the present study was to identify disease parameters, defensive styles and ego strength measurements associated with various forms of psychiatric complications in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODS Seventy-nine patients with MS participated in the study and 158 healthy subjects matched for age and sex served as controls. A(More)