Matti Mänttäri

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OBJECTIVE Creatine kinase and myoglobin are markers of muscular damage in rhabdomyolysis. Whereas myoglobin is considered to be the principal compound causing tubular damage, serum creatine kinase level is presently guiding therapeutic interventions in clinical practice to prevent acute renal failure. Because differences in elimination kinetics of these two(More)
BACKGROUND The Helsinki Heart Study was a double-blind, placebo-controlled primary prevention trial among 4081 dyslipidemic middle-aged men to test the efficacy of gemfibrozil in the prevention of coronary heart disease (CHD). After the 5-year trial, the participants were notified of their treatment group and invited to continue or start gemfibrozil therapy(More)
We determined TaqI-A, TaqI-B and EcoNI genotypes at the cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) locus in 111 healthy volunteers and in 187 hyperlipidemic men of whom 72 had suffered a myocardial infarction. There were no significant differences in the allele distributions at these polymorphic loci either between the population sample and the(More)
BACKGROUND Given the role of chronic infections, autoimmunity, and inflammation in atherosclerosis, we studied the joint effect of chronic Chlamydia pneumoniae infection, persistently elevated human heat-shock protein 60 (hHsp60) antibodies, and C-reactive protein (CRP) on coronary risk. METHODS AND RESULTS The participants for this prospective nested(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the safety and efficacy of thrombolytic treatment for an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) immediately after resuscitation in the out-of-hospital setting. DESIGN Retrospective. SETTING A middle-sized urban city (population 540000) served by a single emergency medical system using a tiered response with physicians in field. (More)
Heat shock protein 60 (Hsp60) and Chlamydia pneumoniae infection have both been associated with cardiovascular diseases. Our aim was to study the role of Hsp60 antibodies as coronary risk predictors and their association with C pneumoniae infection and inflammation. This was a prospective, nested, case-control study. The cases consisted of 239 middle-aged(More)
BACKGROUND Low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) has a more predictable anticoagulant effect than unfractionated heparin (UFH), is easier to administer, and does not require monitoring. Minimal data are available on LMWH combined with platelet glycoprotein (GP) IIb/IIIa inhibitors. METHODS In the Platelet IIb/IIIa Antagonist for the Reduction of Acute(More)
BACKGROUND Mast cell accumulation and activation have been demonstrated in the vulnerable shoulder regions of atherosclerotic plaques and at the actual sites of plaque erosion and rupture. When activated and degranulated, mast cells release tryptase, a neutral protease, capable of activating matrix metalloproteinases and predisposing to plaque rupture. We(More)
OBJECTIVE High IgA-class (but not IgG-class) Anti-Heat-shock-protein 60 antibody level is a predictor of coronary risk in dyslipidemic middle-aged men. In this paper we studied the joint effects of high Anti-Hsp60-antibody level and the classical coronary risk factors. METHODS We used nested case-control design and logistic regression analyses. The cases(More)