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BACKGROUND Recent findings provide evidence for the importance of inflammatory processes in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. C-reactive protein was elevated in patients with peripheral artery disease, coronary heart disease and myocardial infarction compared to normal subjects. METHODS In 1112 male and 299 female survivors of myocardial infarction(More)
Aims Recent studies have reported an association between the platelet glycoprotein (GP) Ia C807T polymorphism and myocardial infarction, whereas other studies have reported contradictory results concerning the platelet GPIIIa PlA1/A2 polymorphism. In most of these studies the patients were older than 45 years. Thus we decided to examine both genotypes in(More)
BACKGROUND Plasma concentrations of D-dimers show the extent of intravascular fibrinolysis of cross-linked fibrin. Higher concentrations of D-dimers are found in the plasma of arteriosclerosis patients with increased fibrin metabolism. The present study was performed in order to investigate whether there is a relationship between the severity of(More)
Several recent studies have reported contradicting results concerning the relevance of the plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) 4G/5G-polymorphism for myocardial infarction. In addition, the common factor V Q506 (FV:Q506) mutation is frequently discussed as a risk factor for arterial thrombosis, but evidence is rare. In order to further highlight the(More)
BACKGROUND Authors both of retrospective and of prospective studies have demonstrated that there is a relationship between concentration of fibrinogen in plasma and the angiographically determined severity of coronary heart disease (CHD). OBJECTIVE To determine the relevance of the plasma fibrinogen concentration for the severity of CHD, particularly in(More)
Low serum levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol or apolipoprotein A-I and high serum levels of insulin increase the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) and can indicate insulin resistance. We tested the strength, independence, and interactions of associations between HDL cholesterol (or apolipoprotein A-I), insulin (or C-peptide), glucose,(More)
The present investigation was performed to determine the dependence of the length of stay in community hospitals and rehabilitation clinics from patient characteristics and physical activity at the end of treatment. Comparing age, end-diastolic volume index, left ventricular ejection fraction, number of stenosed coronary arteries, number of bypass grafts,(More)
In 3715 survivors (pts) of an acute myocardial infarction (3343 males and 372 females), of ages between 20 and 80 years (mean 52.9 +/- 7.7 years), lipid-metabolism, amount of cigarette-smoking, severity of coronary artery disease (CHD) by selective coronary arteriography, and age at first manifestation of CHD documented by myocardial infarction were(More)
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