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)
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)
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)
Nine patients who underwent heart transplantation (one female; average age 48 ± 11, range 19–58 years) were followed in respect to contents of right-sided heart septum, blood and plasma ubiquinone (UQ), plasma α-tocopherol (αT), and plasma free cholesterol (FC). In contrast to healthy persons, substantial inter- and intraindividual variations were observed;(More)
Seven (7) males with effort angina and listed for coronary by-pass surgery had muscle biopsies taken from their vastus lateralis muscle for determination of muscle fiber types (%ST), ubiquinone (vitamin Q, UQ), oxidative and fermentative enzyme activities. Graded cycle ergometer exercise to determine intensities corresponding to onset of blood lactate(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)
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)
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 In patients with pulmonary oedema and preserved renal function, furosemide has not only a renal, but also a vascular effect, causing a rapid fall in left ventricular filling pressure accompanied by an increase in venous compliance. Previous studies have shown conflicting findings regarding the vascular effects of furosemide in patients with(More)