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OBJECTIVES The purpose of our study was to evaluate the clinical significance of isolated coronary artery ectasias or aneurysms (CEA). BACKGROUND It has been postulated that altered coronary blood flow in CEA predisposes patients to the development of myocardial ischemia (CI) and infarction. METHODS Sixty-seven patients with bilateral nonobstructive CEA(More)
The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between force and rate of force development with electroencephalogram correlates. The primary question was whether the different components of movement related potentials (MRPs) were related to specific properties of force output while subjects performed index finger force production tasks. The peak(More)
BACKGROUND The likelihood of restenosis is a major limitation of coronary angioplasty. We studied whether hirudin, a highly selective inhibitor of thrombin with irreversible effects, would prevent restenosis after angioplasty. We compared two regimens of recombinant hirudin with heparin. METHODS We randomly assigned 1141 patients with unstable angina who(More)
Because it has long been recognized that the growth of most untreated tumors is well described by Gompertzian or exponential growth curves but that the growth of treated tumors has never been well characterized mathematically, we developed and applied an equation that, while not dependent on restrictive assumptions or unmeasurable variables, was(More)
BACKGROUND Bacterial infection has been discussed as a potential etiologic factor in the pathophysiology of coronary heart disease (CHD). This study analyzes molecular phylogenies to systematically explore the presence, frequency, and diversity of bacteria in atherosclerotic lesions in patients with CHD. METHODS AND RESULTS We investigated 16S rDNA(More)
Twenty adult patients with predominant mitral valve disease and variable degrees of tricuspid incompetence (TI) were reinvestigated 6-28 months after mitral valve operation. Postoperatively, 10 of the 20 patients were in sinus rhythm, compared with four of 20 preoperatively. Right ventricula peak systolic pressure decreased from 48 to 33 mm Hg (p less than(More)
The direct inotropic effect of angiotensin II on the myocardium is still controversial and little information exists as to its potential modification by heart disorders. Therefore, this study performed simultaneous measurements of isometric force and intracellular Ca2+ concentrations ([Ca2+]i) in left ventricular papillary muscles from sham-operated and(More)