Sergio T. Rodriguez

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BACKGROUND Serum soluble CD40 Ligand (sCD40L) levels, which exhibit prothrombotic and proinflammatory properties, have not been studied in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Thus, the objective of this study was to determine whether serum sCD40L levels are associated with severity and mortality in patients with severe TBI. METHODS This was a(More)
A 77-year-old woman with atrial fibrillation (AF) treated with warfarin had a cortical left middle cerebral artery (MCA) stroke (October 2009, international normalized ratio [INR], 1.6) and a cortical left frontal stroke (October 2011, INR, 1.9). Anticoagulation was adjusted. In October 2011, she had a right frontal stroke (INR, 2.3). Acetylsalicylic acid(More)
A new case of postnephrectomy arteriovenous fistula is reported. This is an uncommon acquired complication of a common surgical procedure. Clinical features, diagnostic procedures, surgical treatment and results are analysed and discussed. In this case, a direct communication between the right renal artery and the inferior vena cava was found.
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES Currently air pollution is considered as an emerging risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Our objective was to study the concentrations of particulate matter in ambient air and analyze their relationship with cardiovascular risk factors in patients admitted to a cardiology department of a tertiary hospital with the diagnosis(More)
Cytokeratin (CK)-18 is the major intermediate filament protein in the liver and during hepatocyte apoptosis is cleaved by the action of caspases; the resulting fragments are released into the blood as caspase-cleaved cytokeratin (CCCK)-18. Higher circulating levels of CCCK-18 have been found in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) than in healthy(More)
AIM To study whether the concentrations of particulate matter in ambient air are associated with hospital admission due to heart failure in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and reduced ejection fraction. METHODS We studied 353 consecutive patients admitted into a tertiary care hospital with a diagnosis of heart failure.(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Urban air pollutants are composed of a heterogeneous mixture of substances in gas and aerosol states. The aim of this study was to compare the effects caused by exposure to contaminants in the gas phase and atmospheric particles in ambient air in patients hospitalized for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) regarding the presence or(More)
The aim of this study was to determine whether markers of inflammation and coagulation are associated with short-term particulate matter exposure and predict major adverse cardiovascular events at 360 d in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). We included 307 consecutive patients, and assessed the average concentrations of data on atmospheric(More)