Martina Pichler

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Sustained left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) accelerates cardiac dysfunction and heart failure. Previous reports have suggested that activation of the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ)-dependent pathway is involved in development of cardiac hypertrophy. Thiazolidinediones (TZDs) such as pioglitazone activate PPARγ and are clinically used(More)
The objective of this study was to determine the suitability of 2 electronic hand-held devices [FreeStyle Precision (FSP), Abbott GmbH & Co. KG, Wiesbaden, Germany and GlucoMen LX Plus (GLX), A. Menarini GmbH, Vienna, Austria] for measuring β-hydroxybutyrate (BHBA) in dairy cows. Three experiments were conducted to evaluate (1) the diagnostic performance of(More)
Increased cortisol release in parturient cows may either represent a stress response or is part of the endocrine changes that initiate calving. Acute stress elicits an increase in heart rate and decrease in heart rate variability (HRV). Therefore, we analyzed cortisol concentration, heart rate and HRV variables standard deviation of beat-to-beat interval(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate the suitability of the electronic handheld devices FreeStyle Precision (FSP; Abbott Germany, Wiesbaden, Germany) and GlucoMen LX Plus (GML; A. Menarini GmbH, Vienna, Austria) for the measurement of β-hydroxybutyrate (BHBA) in whole blood in dairy goats. Additionally, glucose concentration was analyzed with the FSP(More)
Metabolic disorders, especially hyperketonemia, are very common in dairy sheep. The whole-blood concentrations of β-hydroxybutyrate (BHBA) and glucose can be determined by commercially available electronic hand-held devices, which are used in human medicine and for the detection of ketosis in dairy cows. The aim of this study was to evaluate the suitability(More)
The determination of the body condition of dairy cows is a helpful instrument to assess the energy situation of individual cows and herds. Two methods for determining the body condition are well established in bovine practice, body condition scoring (BCS) and measurement of backfat thickness (BFT). The objectives of this study were to evaluate the(More)
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