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BACKGROUND The influence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection on atherosclerosis risk in HIV-infected patients has not been adequately evaluated in real-life situations. OBJECTIVES AND METHODS We compared indexes of early atherosclerosis evaluated by echo-Doppler ultrasound (presence of plaque in carotid or femoral arteries) in 18 HCV-HIV co-infected(More)
Spondylodiscitis is rarely observed in association with infective endocarditis (IE). In the study presented here, 92 cases of definite IE were examined. Spondylodiscitis was present in 14 (15%) cases. The mean age of patients with spondylodiscitis was 69.1±13.6 years (range, 33–87 years). The male-to-female ratio was 8:6. Predisposing heart disease was(More)
OBJECTIVE Renal dysfunction is a key risk factor for all-cause mortality in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D). Circulating tumor necrosis factor receptor 1 (TNFR1) was recently suggested as a strong biomarker for end-stage renal failure in T2D. However, its relevance regarding all-cause death has yet to be conclusively established. We aimed to assess the(More)
To the Editor: We read with interest the recently published article by Zethelius and colleagues in Diabetologia, which studied characteristics of type 2 diabetes patients contributing to atrial fibrillation (AF) risk in a very large observational cohort [1]. The modifiable risk factor, albuminuria, was found to be strongly associated with AF in type 2(More)
Aging is a natural and complex physiological process influenced by many factors, some of which are modifiable. As the number of older individuals continues to increase, it is important to develop interventions that can be easily implemented and contribute to "successful aging". In addition to a healthy diet and psychosocial well-being, the benefits of(More)
The aims of the present study were to estimate the prevalence of heart failure (HF) with preserved ejection fraction (HF-PEF) in patients with HF and to compare their clinical characteristics with those with reduced ejection fraction in non-Western countries. The left ventricular ejection fraction ≥ 45% if measured < 1 year before the visit was used to(More)
The effects of sauna alone vs exercise and sauna on ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and central hemodynamic variables were measured in 16 patients with untreated hypertension assigned to a control period, sauna, or exercise and sauna. Exercise and sauna had positive effects on 24-hour systolic and mean blood pressure in patients with untreated(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this French observational study was to evaluate how the direct renin inhibitor aliskiren is being prescribed to treat hypertension by primary care providers (PCPs) and office-based cardiologists. METHODS Each participating physician included the first three consecutive hypertensive patients who had been prescribed aliskiren at least(More)
BACKGROUND Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and kidney damage (abnormal urinary albumin-to-creatinine ratio [uACR] or estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR]) are predictive of major cardiovascular events (MACE) in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) but are rarely used in cardiovascular score calculators. Our study aimed to assess their respective(More)
BACKGROUND Biological diagnostic criteria for diagnosing aldosterone-producing adenoma (APA) are not well-established. AIM The aim of the study was to establish the best biological predictors of APA. METHODS A prospective register was implemented in 17 secondary or tertiary hypertension centres. The inclusion criterion was one of the following: onset of(More)