Maria Limperi

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Inflammatory process is essential for the initiation and progression of vascular remodeling, entailing degradation and reorganization of the extra-cellular matrix (ECM) scaffold of the vessel wall, leading to the development of atherosclerotic lesions. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are zing dependent endo-peptidases found in most living organisms and act(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) remains a major public health problem that affects the quality of life of patients, however smoking cessation may emeliorate the functional effects of COPD and alter patient quality of life. OBJECTIVE-DESIGN: The aim of this study was to validate the Clinical COPD Questionnaire (CCQ) into Greek and(More)
Stable angina (SA) pectoris is a common and disabling disorder in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), with increasing epidemiology and is associated with myocardial infarction and increased mortality. However, within the population of SA patients, an individual's prognosis can vary considerably. Except from conventional risk factors a variety of(More)
It has been clear that at least 1 billion adults worldwide are smokers and at least 700 million children are passive smokers at home. Smoking exerts a detrimental effect to many organ systems and is responsible for illnesses such as lung cancer, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer of head and neck, cancer of the urinary and(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with heart failure (HF) have a significant decline of renal function. We investigate the association between novel biomarkers of renal dysfunction and indices of inflammatory status and cardiac remodeling in patients with HF. METHODS We enrolled 79 consecutive patients with HF and 79 healthy subjects, adjusted for age and sex. Serum(More)
Heart failure (HF) is a complex syndrome with high morbidity and mortality while, myocardial injury, hemodynamic overload, genetic, neurohormonal, inflammatory and biochemical factors are implicated in the development and progression of the disease. Interestingly, despite the development of several diagnostic tests, HF diagnosis remains clinical, based on(More)
Atherosclerosis is the main underlying pathology of cardiovascular disease and is precipitated by various hereditary and non-hereditary risk factors. Inflammation is considered an important step in the progression of atherosclerosis and involves numerous cells, mediators and cellular procedures. Therefore, a biomarker able to determine the vascular(More)
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