Sigurd Gunnes

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Inflammation plays a key role in the development of atherosclerosis. Genetic differences in molecules related to inflammation have therefore been linked to the susceptibility for and severity of atherosclerosis. We hypothesized that the additive contribution from different genes of importance for inflammation would enhance the severity of cardiovascular(More)
Signal filtering to reduce random noise may compromise the reliability of tissue velocity measurements. This study evaluates the influence of temporal filters on time and velocity variables derived from myocardial tissue velocity images acquired in 15 healthy individuals at a high frame rate (142-184 Hz). Different time and velocity variables from the basal(More)
BACKGROUND Several inflammatory biomarkers are linked to cardiovascular risk. In order to investigate their coexistence and relative responses, several established and two novel markers (lactoferrin and the terminal complement complex), representing infection and central components of inflammation, were measured simultaneously in patients undergoing(More)
BACKGROUND Dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) quantified by tissue Doppler (TVI) have improved the diagnostic capacity of the procedure. Quantification of other stress modalities, e.g. adenosine stress echo (ASE) and exercise stress echocardiography (ESE) are necessary for assessing any pathophysiological differences in different forms of stress. (More)
The role of oxidative stress in clinical cardiology is still controversial. The aims of the present study were to examine if minor ischaemic episodes as may occur during elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) induce oxidative stress and, eventually, if oxygen stress correlates with myocardial injury. Thirty eight and nine patients underwent PCI(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of an additional subcutaneous suture line on the incidence of postoperative (p.o.) infection at the vena saphena magna harvesting site (VSMHS) after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). METHODS Two hundred and forty three patients undergoing CABG were included. Patients in Group A (n = 119) all(More)
Intravenous magnesium has proved to be valuable in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and eclampsia, but the specific mode of action is not established. In this study the effect of magnesium sulphate (MgSO4) infusion on bleeding time and endogenous prostacyclin (PGI2) production in healthy male volunteers was investigated. Thirty-five males (age 18-30(More)
Myocardial lactate metabolism was studied by coronary sinus catheterization in nine patients before and 8-12 months after coronary bypass surgery. Measurements were performed at rest and during atrial pacing increased to a heart rate which produced strong chest pain. The estimation of myocardial lactate extraction and release was facilitated by a constant(More)
A case with impeded disc movement caused by thrombus formation in a Medtronic-Hall aortic valve prosthesis is reported. A correct diagnosis, including both mechanism and severity of the prosthesis failure, was established by Doppler echocardiography. The patient was promptly referred for surgery without invasive or other supplementary investigations.
46 patients underwent mitral valve repair at the Regional Hospital in Trondheim/St. Elisabeth Heart Clinic, during the period 1983-95. There were 20 female patients. The valve pathology was ischemic in 40%, rheumatic in 10% and other or unknown in 50%. The surgical technique included commissurotomy (n = 9), ring annuloplasty (n = 18), resection of posterior(More)