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Previous studies have demonstrated inflammation to be a risk factor in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). In this prospective study of 90 patients with persistent and permanent AF and 46 controls, we found increased C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin-6 levels in patients with AF compared with controls (p <0.001). Multivariate analysis revealed(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Chronic kidney disease is associated with enhanced inflammatory response and autonomic dysfunction. Evidence exists of a potential interaction of inflammation and nervous system. We sought to investigate determinants of heart rate variability (HRV) and relations between the inflammatory markers C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin-6(More)
It has been suggested that thrombotic tendency increases the risk of myocardial infarction (MI). To investigate the association between the risk of MI at a young age and genetic thrombogenic disorders (G20210A mutation in the prothrombin gene, G1691A mutation in the factor V gene and deficiencies of protein C, protein S and antithrombin III) we conducted a(More)
BACKGROUND Several studies have shown that non-high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is a strong and independent predictor of cardiovascular events. We investigated whether non-HDL cholesterol can discriminate young individuals with myocardial infarction (MI) from age- and sex-matched controls. METHODS We conducted a case-control study which included(More)
We describe the case of a 57-year-old man with a mechanical aortic valve who had discontinued oral anticoagulants for a long period and presented with symptoms of severe congestive heart failure, including pulmonary oedema and hypotension. Clinical and echocardiographic examination revealed a large thrombus obstructing the prosthetic valve. Since his(More)
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