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There is good evidence that amiodarone is effective against a variety of arrhythmias and that it may be superior to other drugs in some settings. Because of its proven efficacy and safety, amiodarone is currently the leading antiarrhythmic drug. The electrophysiological actions of amiodarone are complex and not completely understood. It is generally(More)
BACKGROUND Postoperative atrial fibrillation (AF) occurs in up to 50% of cardiac surgery patients and represents the most common postoperative arrhythmic complication. The etiology of AF after open-heart surgery is incompletely understood and its prevention remains suboptimal. Identification of patients vulnerable for postoperative AF would allow targeting(More)
BACKGROUND Increased arterial stiffness, determined invasively, has been shown to predict a higher risk of coronary atherosclerosis. However, invasive techniques are of limited value for screening and risk stratification in larger patient groups. METHODS AND RESULTS We prospectively enrolled 465 consecutive, symptomatic men undergoing coronary angiography(More)
This article aims to review lessons learned about lipid lowering and statins in the past decade and to consider what developments the future may hold. Results from a series of landmark clinical trials confirm that statins significantly reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in patients with and without previous coronary artery disease. The potential(More)
Carcinoid tumors arise from enterochromaffin or enterochromaffin-like cells that are present in the gastrointestinal tract, ovaries, and lungs. Over 90% of carcinoids originate in the gastrointestinal tract with the most common sites in order of frequency being the appendix, terminal ileum, rectum, and the remainder of the colon. Gastroduodenal and(More)
Arterial stiffness is the most important cause of increasing systolic and pulse pressure, and for decreasing diastolic pressure with ageing. Many measures can be applied to quantify arterial stiffness, but all are approximations only, on account of the nonhomogenous structure of the arterial wall, its variability in different locations, at different levels(More)
Based upon various platelet function tests and the fact that patients experience vascular events despite taking acetylsalicylic acid (ASA or aspirin), it has been suggested that patients may become resistant to the action of this pharmacological compound. However, the term "aspirin resistance" was created almost two decades ago but is still not defined.(More)
Sowohl die klinische Einschätzung der Genese von Thoraxschmerzen als auch die weitere nichtinvasive Diagnostik ist je nach gewählter Untersuchungsmethode in 10–30% nicht schlüssig und weist eine Sensitivität für die Feststelung einer koronaren Herzkrankheit von 60–85% auf. Die Koronarangiographie gilt als “Goldstandard” für die Darstellung der(More)
 This report describes the case of a patient who developed acute myocardial infarction with ST segment elevation in anterior and inferior leads, simultaneously. After treatment with systemic thrombolysis, and after an initial short-lasting symptomatic improvement, chest pain and ST segment elevation recurred. Coronary angiography revealed severe complex(More)