René H Worck

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AIMS To account for appropriate and inappropriate therapies and cardiac death (CD) in a cohort of consecutive implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) eligible patients and to identify baseline predictors of these outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS During follow-up of 288 consecutive ICD-treated patients, clinical, biochemical, echocardiographic,(More)
ANG II (angiotensin II) facilitates catecholamine release from the adrenal medulla and neuronal NE (noradrenaline) release. Since animal experiments point to specific sympatho-inhibitory properties of the AT1 (ANG II type 1)-receptor blocker EPRO (eprosartan), the primary aim of this study was to clarify if EPRO inhibits sympathetic reactivity in humans as(More)
Angiotensin II facilitates epinephrine release during insulin-induced hypoglycemia, and this effect appears to be independent of type 1 angiotensin II (AT1) receptors in man. In the present study, we hypothesized that the action of angiotensin II on adrenomedullary epinephrine release is mediated by an AT2 receptor-dependent mechanism. In conscious(More)
A matched cohort study was conducted comparing patients with first-time acute coronary syndromes infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to non-HIV-infected patients with and without diabetes matched for smoking, gender, and type of acute coronary syndrome who underwent first-time coronary angiography. A total of 48 HIV-infected patients were(More)
We report two cases of severe hypertension and unilateral renal dysplasia. No renal artery stenosis and no other urogenital malformations were found. In both cases we found substantially enhanced secretion of renin from the dysplastic kidney. After nephrectomy both patients obtained a distinctive and permanent reduction or normalization of blood pressure.(More)
The aim of this study was to assess whether an interaction exists between the renin-angiotensin system and the sympathetic nervous system at the level of the adrenal medulla during smoking in normal humans. Thirteen habitual smoking volunteers were studied in a randomized, single-dose, double-blind, cross-over fashion using 50 mg captopril vs placebo(More)
Simultaneous blockade of systemic AT1 and AT2 receptors or converting enzyme inhibition (CEI) attenuates the hypoglycemia-induced reflex increase of epinephrine (Epi). To examine the role of brain AT1 and AT2 receptors in the reflex regulation of Epi release, we measured catecholamines, hemodynamics, and renin during insulin-induced hypoglycemia in(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Atrial fibrillation (AF) increases the risk of stroke fourfold and is associated with a poor clinical outcome. Despite work-up in compliance with guidelines, up to one-third of patients have cryptogenic stroke (CS). The prevalence of asymptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) in CS remains unknown. The SURPRISE project aimed at(More)
An important facilitating effect of angiotensin II on adrenal catecholamine release has been demonstrated in several species. To determine whether specific AT1 receptor blockade affects medullary epinephrine secretion and musculocutaneous norepinephrine release during insulin-induced hypoglycemia, 16 healthy volunteers received losartan vs. placebo followed(More)
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