Petr Polasek

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A new technique for achieving repeated sampling of fourth ventricular cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from the cisterna magna of unanesthetized rats is described. The sampling cannula is positioned extracranially, in contrast to previously published techniques which require insertion through the skull. CSF samples, withdrawn from unanesthetized rats before,(More)
To compare the diagnostic yields of transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiography in the detection of potential cardiac sources of embolism, 63 patients (mean +/- SD age 63 +/- 15 [range 18-87] years) with transient ischemic attacks or stroke underwent both procedures. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a potential cardiac source of embolism in(More)
Rats were anesthetized with urethane and limited occipital craniotomy was conducted to expose the caudal medulla in the region of the obex. Microinjections of adenosine were made into the nucleus tractus solitarius and heart rate and blood pressure responses recorded. Adenosine produced dose-related decreases in blood pressure and heart rate. The data(More)
BACKGROUND Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients in the highest risk categories are least likely to receive evidence-based treatments (EBTs). We sought to determine why physicians do not prescribe EBTs for patients with non-ST-segment-elevation ACSs and the factors determining use of these treatments after 1 year. METHODS AND RESULTS One thousand nine(More)
Rats were anesthetized with urethane and a limited occipital craniotomy was performed to expose the caudal medulla in the region of the obex. Injections were made into sites in the brainstem of spontaneously-breathing rats through glass micropipettes. Tidal volume, respiratory frequency, minute volume, blood pressure and heart rate were recorded before and(More)
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