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OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence, clinical characteristics, and management of coronary chronic total occlusions (CTOs) in current practice. BACKGROUND There is little evidence in contemporary literature concerning the prevalence, clinical characteristics, and treatment decisions regarding patients who have coronary CTOs(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess nonarticular tenderness and prevalence of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) in hyperprolactinemic subjects. METHODS Twenty-one consecutive women with hyperprolactinemia (HPRL) and 44 consecutive women with normal prolactin levels (PRL) were examined in the fertility unit by one observer during a 24-month period. Mean age was 31 years, range(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the rate of Vascular complications in steroid treated patients undergoing transfemoral aortic valve implantation (TAVI). BACKGROUND Steroid therapy has been associated with increased post-surgical bleeding. Vascular complications are a major concern in patients undergoing TAVI. However, the effect of corticosteroids on vascular(More)
Whether increasing doses of clopidogrel can overcome nonresponsiveness was evaluated. Clopidogrel nonresponsiveness was found in up to 25% of treated patients and was associated with worse prognosis in patients with acute coronary syndrome and patients undergoing coronary intervention. Adenosine diphosphate (ADP)-induced platelet aggregation was(More)
AIMS OxPL are pro-inflammatory and may mediate atherogenesis, thrombosis and endothelial dysfunction. We studied the histological presence and temporal increases in oxidized phospholipids on apolipoprotein B-100 particles (OxPL/apoB), lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)] and biomarkers of oxidized lipoproteins in subjects with chronic total coronary occlusions (CTO)(More)
Since the introduction of clotting factor concentrates over 50 years ago the life expectancy of patients with hemophilia (PWH) has increased to over 70 years. Consequently, diseases of the ageing population, including coronary artery disease, are increasingly being encountered. These patients present a unique therapeutic problem due to their greatly(More)
We evaluated the effect and optimal dose of clopidogrel pretreatment in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI). The study included 383 consecutive patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction who had undergone PPCI and were prospectively followed up for a prespecified primary end(More)
Prior studies have demonstrated significant individual variability of platelet response to clopidogrel, which affects clinical outcome. In patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) smoking, diabetes mellitus, elevated body mass index and renal insufficiency, significantly impact response to clopidogrel. The determinants of platelet response to(More)
The prevalence of thrombophilia and dyslipidemia among young survivors of acute coronary syndrome has not been clearly defined. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the prevalence of multiple markers of thrombophilia and dyslipidemia in a cohort of consecutive young survivors of acute coronary syndrome. The study cohort included 156(More)
Clopidogrel reduces ischaemic complications in a wide range of patients with coronary artery disease. However, there is much inter-individual variation in clopidogrel-induced platelet inhibition, and a substantial proportion of patients will exhibit non-responsiveness to clopidogrel. Multiple studies have demonstrated an association between the presence of(More)