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The cytokine erythropoietin (EPO) possesses potent neuroprotective activity against a variety of potential brain injuries, including transient ischemia and reperfusion. It is currently unknown whether EPO will also ameliorate spinal cord injury. Immunocytochemistry performed using human spinal cord sections showed abundant EPO receptor immunoreactivity of(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the association of thrombophilia and coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS Under the age of 45 years, 129 patients with MI and 107 control subjects were included into the study. Traditional risk factors of CAD and protein C, S, antithrombin III deficiencies, factor V Leiden (FV Leiden),(More)
We tested the hypothesis that increased platelet activation may be present in patients with slow coronary flow (SCF) and may contribute to the pathogenesis of slow coronary flow phenomenon (SCFP). Fifty patients angiographically proven normal coronary flow (control group; mean age = 61.3 +/- 7.0 years, 43 male) and 50 patients with angiographically proven(More)
Paravalvular leaks are seen after valve-replacement surgery and most patients with these leaks are asymptomatic, probably due to the small size of the leak. Nevertheless, a paravalvular leak after tricuspid valve replacement is a rare complication and may cause severe haemoylsis and hepatic dysfunction. It is usually treated surgically. There are no data(More)
BACKGROUND Dental plaque is considered by some to be a secondary reservoir for Helicobacter pylori and thus responsible for gastric reinfection. The aim of this study was to investigate whether testing dental plaque using a rapid urease test (CLOtest) can be used to determine gastric H. pylori status. METHODS We investigated dental plaque colonization by(More)
PURPOSE Paraquat (PQ; 1,1'dimethyl-bipyridilium 4,4'-dichloride), which is used extensively throughout the world, is highly toxic to humans. We aimed to investigate the protective effects of different doses of caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) on PQ-intoxicated rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 80 rats were divided into the following eight groups,(More)
High CRP levels are associated with adverse outcomes in cardiovascular diseases. hsCRP levels increase with the severity of CHF in patients with diastolic HF as well as in systolic HF. This supports a potential role for CRP in immune activation not only in systolic but also in diastolic HF. The measurement of hsCRP levels thus has the potential to play an(More)
The underlying cause of aneurysmal aortic dilation is uncertain in most patients. It is unclear whether atherosclerosis causes aneurysmal disease or vice versa, while familial clusters are suggestive of a possible genetic predisposition. The data obtained from well-designed molecular and clinical studies support a multifactorial, systemic,(More)
BACKGROUND QT dispersion has been shown to be associated with fatal arrhythmias and sudden death in coronary artery disease. A recent study indicated that marked QT dispersion in electrocardiograms (ECGs) obtained during acute ischemia demonstrated a significant correlation with ventricular fibrillation. HYPOTHESIS This study investigated the ECG(More)