Reinhard C. Funck

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BACKGROUND The most effective magnitude and timing of antiplatelet therapy is important in patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). We investigated whether the results of primary coronary angioplasty (PCI) can be improved by the early administration of the glycoprotein IIb/IIIa blocker tirofiban at first medical contact in the(More)
BACKGROUND In arterial hypertension, left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) includes myocyte hypertrophy and fibrosis, which leads to LV diastolic dysfunction and, finally, heart failure. In spontaneously hypertensive rats, myocardial fibrosis was regressed and LV diastolic function was improved by treatment with the angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor(More)
From a registry of 136 patients undergoing pericardiocentesis, 14 patients with autoimmune and 15 patients with neoplastic effusions were selected. All underwent pericardioscopy, epicardial and pericardial biopsy with histologic, immunohistologic, and polymerase chain reaction/or in situ hybridization analysis for microbial DNAs and RNA. Pericardioscopy(More)
In chronic heart failure, various regulatory systems including the Frank-Starling mechanism, the neuro-hormonal response, cardiac growth and peripheral oxygen delivery may be operative. Recently, the inter-relationship of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) and cardiac growth has drawn clinical interest. In the pressure-or volume-overloaded(More)
In hypertensive heart disease, reactive myocardial fibrosis represents as an excessive accumulation of fibrillar collagen within the normal connective tissue structures of the myocardium. The fact, that the myocardium of both ventricles is involved, irrespective of ventricular loading conditions, suggests that circulating factors, and not the hemodynamic(More)
Twenty-nine patients in whom severe bradyarrhythmias occurred exclusively during obstructive sleep apnea and in whom advanced sinus node disease or atrioventricular conduction system dysfunction had been excluded by invasive electrophysiologic evaluation were prospectively followed on nasal continuous positive airway pressure. During 54 +/- 10 months(More)
Electromagnetic fields arising from a variety of different sources have been shown to interfere with normal pacemaker function. This study evaluated the possible interactions between two modern security systems and different pacemaker types. Fifty-three patients (27 single chamber pacemakers, 25 dual chamber pacemakers) have been tested routinely for their(More)
OBJECTIVE Expression profile analysis using endomyocardial biopsy specimens from patients with cardiomyopathies promises to improve the differential diagnosis of heart failure. METHODS In this study, left ventricular endomyocardial biopsy specimens were obtained from 50 patients and histopathologically classified according to the World Heart Federation(More)
In symptomatic endstage coronary artery disease after full medical therapy (antianginal drugs, betablockers and ACE-inhibitors) further therapeutical options both for the interventional cardiologist with little hope for improvement by PTCA, stent, rotablation and atherectomy and for the cardiac surgeon with bypass surgery and endarterectomy are not(More)
The AF Prevention by Overdriving (PROVE) trial is an ongoing prospective study of the effectiveness of atrial overdrive pacing combined with an Automatic Rest Rate function in the prevention of atrial arrhythmias. All patients who have received a Talent DR 213 pacemaker are eligible for enrollment into the study. After a 1-month monitoring period, the(More)