Lijiang Tang

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BACKGROUND AND AIM TGF-β1 has been previously reported to be involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. The aim of the present study was to assess whether functional gene polymorphisms of TGF-β1 and its key receptor TGF-β receptor type II (TGFBR2) contribute as risk factors to the onset and severity of atherosclerotic coronary artery disease (CAD). (More)
PURPOSE Leukotriene B4 (LTB4) and extracellular matrix metalloproteinase (EMMPRIN) have been suggested as modulators of atherosclerotic plaque instability. This study sought to evaluate the potential diagnostic implication of LTB4 and EMMPRIN in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS Patients (n=153) who underwent coronary angiography,(More)
Persons with known coronary heart disease (CHD) are at a greater risk of subsequent events. The current guidelines for secondary prevention have focused on lifestyle modifications, risk factor control, and drug therapy. However, current data lack information on the United States population and its adherence to these guidelines. Using data from the National(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Percutaneous coronary intervention, despite being effective for coronary revascularization, causes in-stent restenosis due to neointimal hyperplasia in a large number of patients. The renin-angiotensin system is involved in neointimal hyperplasia. This study sought to evaluate seven gene polymorphisms of key renin-angiotensin system(More)
PURPOSE Data are limited regarding the adequacy of risk factor control and adherence to recommended therapies among adults with heart failure (HF). We evaluated the adequacy of risk factor control and adherence to recommended pharmacologic therapies among non-institutionalized US adults with HF. METHODS We examined data from US adults aged 18 years and(More)
BACKGROUND There is a high prevalence of abnormal glucometabolism (AGM) in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) and primary hypertension (PH). However, little is known about the glucometabolic state of PH patients with normal fasting blood glucose (FBG). METHODS Oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) was performed for 445 in-hospital PH patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Recent evidence indicates a pivotal role for fetuin B, one of the cystatin superfamily of cysteine protease inhibitors, in the pathogenesis of metabolic diseases. This study investigated whether serum fetuin B levels are associated with the presence of coronary artery disease. METHODS Serum fetuin B levels were assessed in 87 patients with(More)
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