Scott A Harding

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Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is a common complication of cardiac catheterization, reported to result in a 15% incidence of acute renal failure. Convincing evidence supports the prophylactic use of prehydration and low volumes of contrast medium. Recently, the antioxidant acetylcysteine has been shown to have a potential preventive role. The aim of(More)
BACKGROUND Diabetes mellitus is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and is associated with a proinflammatory and prothrombotic state. We investigated whether CD40 ligand (L) expression and platelet-monocyte aggregation are increased in patients with type 1 diabetes. METHODS Serum C-reactive protein (CRP) and soluble (s) CD40L concentrations,(More)
BACKGROUND The anti-chlamydial antibiotic, azithromycin, may improve outcome in patients who survive an acute coronary syndrome. The mechanisms are, however, poorly understood. The aims of this study were to define any relationship between Chlamydia pneumoniae seropositivity and levels of specific markers of endothelial activation (soluble cell adhesion(More)
Coronary stents have been the major advancement in percutaneous coronary intervention in the last decade and are used in 60% to 80% of patients. However, in-stent restenosis continues to be a problem, occurring in 20% to 30% of cases. The clinical presentation of patients who develop restenosis after stenting has not been well characterized. In this study(More)
BACKGROUND Radial access for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has been shown to reduce access site complications, improve patient comfort and reduce mortality. Use of a sheathless guiding catheter for transradial PCI has the potential reduce trauma to the radial artery and to further expand the type of cases where this approach can be utilised. We(More)
OBJECTIVE The effects of ω-3 fatty acids on endothelial function, fibrinolysis and platelet function are uncertain. We investigated the effects of ω-3 fatty acid supplementation on endothelial vasomotor function, endogenous fibrinolysis, and platelet and monocyte activation in healthy cigarette smokers; a group at increased risk of myocardial infarction. (More)
BACKGROUND Increasing numbers of patients treated with anti-platelet agents are presenting for non-cardiac surgery. We examined the peri-operative management of anti-platelet therapy in patients undergoing elective non-cardiac surgery and the process by which patients received instructions. METHODS We interviewed and collected outcome data on 213(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the study was to determine whether premedication with oral diazepam (5-10 mg) before coronary angiography or percutaneous coronary intervention was associated with an increase in access site related complications. We also aimed to determine the effect on patient's perception of anxiety and pain. METHODS A total of 760 consecutive(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI) have a high rate of adverse cardiovascular events, particularly when undergoing surgery. We sought to determine the effect of surgery and vascular disease on platelet and monocyte activation in vivo in patients with CLI. METHODS An observational, cross-sectional study was performed at a tertiary(More)
BACKGROUND Dietary intake of fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids is associated with a reduction in cardiovascular events. The mechanisms for this are uncertain and previous studies investigating effects on platelet function have produced inconsistent results. Platelet-monocyte aggregation is a sensitive marker of platelet activation and may contribute to the(More)