Krzysztof S. Gołba

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BACKGROUND The skeletonization of internal thoracic artery is postulated to improve graft length, early blood flow, sternal blood supply, and postoperative respiratory function. Concern exists that skeletonization may injure internal thoracic artery, precluding good results of surgery. Reports on endothelial function of skeletonized internal thoracic artery(More)
OBJECTIVES The study was designed to assess whether diazoxide-mediated cardioprotection might be used in human subjects during cardiac surgery. METHODS Forty patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting were randomized to receive intermittent warm blood antegrade cardioplegia supplemented with either diazoxide (100 micromol/L) or placebo (n = 20 in(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to compare cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) with 2-dimensional echocardiography (2D echo) in the assessment of left ventricle (LV) function parameters and mass in patients with ischemic heart disease and severely depressed LV function. Although 2D echo is commonly used to assess LV indices, CMR is the(More)
OBJECTIVE It has been recently suggested that perivascular tissue (PVT) releases hypothetic adipocyte- or adventitia-derived relaxing factor. The aim of the study was to assess anticontractile properties of perivascular tissue of human internal thoracic artery (ITA) and to check if this activity is nitric oxide (NO)- or prostacyclin-dependent. We also(More)
In our previous papers [1, 2] we described a marked analgesic activity of the natural phagocytosis-stimulating tetrapeptide tuftsin (L-threonyl-LqysylL-prolyl-L-arginine, ThrLysProArg). This activity is not influenced by naloxone. We have also shown [3] that the effect of tuftsin is antagonized by bradykinin. It remained to be explained which part of the(More)
C-Terminal dipeptide fragment of tuftsin, Pro-Arg, substituted by D-amino acids, and tuftsin analogs with n-hexyl- and n-heptylamine coupled to their C-termini were synthesized by a classical method in solution and their antinociceptive activity was measured by tail flick immersion test (0.4 microM/icv). D-Pro-D-Arg and D-Pro-L-Arg showed an analgesic(More)
OBJECTIVE The studies showing the superior characteristics of ITA graft and its impact on the clinical results of coronary artery surgery were performed with ITA harvested almost exclusively as a pedicle. This study assesses the impact of ITA skeletonization on its innervation and reactivity. METHODS Segments of skeletonized and non-skeletonized ITA were(More)
Twenty-five years after the first publication of the strong natriuretic effect of rat cardiac atria extract, natriuretic peptides play an important part in everyday, not only cardiological, practice. In the current review the authors briefly describe the role of natriuretic peptides (ANP, BNP, and CNP) in clinical practice, concentrating on the(More)
BACKGROUND We have shown that treatment of hypertension with ACE inhibitors (ACE-I) enhances relaxation to acetylcholine in human internal thoracic artery (ITA) above this in nonhypertensive patients receiving no ACE-I. Present study assesses the endothelium-dependent responses mediated by neither NO nor prostacyclin in human ITA. METHODS We compared(More)
UNLABELLED Advanced atherosclerotic changes in aortal wall are an important factor in taking decision to use minimal-invasive method of coronary artery by-pass grafting. There are some methods for diagnosing atherosclerotic changes in ascending aorta, i.e.: roentgenogram, computer tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, transthoracic echocardiography and(More)