Stamatis N Adamopoulos

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In human disease and experimental animal models, depressed Ca(2+) handling in failing cardiomyocytes is widely attributed to impaired sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) function. In mice, disruption of the PLN gene encoding phospholamban (PLN) or expression of dominant-negative PLN mutants enhances SR and cardiac function, but effects of PLN mutations in humans(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to investigate the effects of physical training on circulating proinflammatory cytokines and the soluble apoptosis mediators Fas (sFas) and Fas ligand (sFasL) in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). BACKGROUND Recent investigations have shown an overexpression of circulating proinflammatory cytokines and soluble apoptosis(More)
This clinical study compared the expression of circulating proinflammatory (tumor necrosis factor-alpha [TNF-alpha] and interleukin-6) and anti-inflammatory (interleukin-10) cytokines and soluble apoptosis mediators (Fas/Fas ligand) between patients with stable chronic heart failure and depressive symptoms (as estimated by the Zung Self-Rating Depression(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have shown beneficial effects of functional electrical stimulation (FES) on muscle performance and exercise capacity of patients with chronic heart failure. This study evaluates the impact of FES on endothelial function and peripheral markers of immune activation in patients with moderate to severe heart failure. METHODS(More)
In this randomized, placebo-controlled study, it was found that a 24-hour levosimendan infusion improves echocardiographic markers of abnormal left ventricular diastolic function (transmitral flow patterns and mitral annulus velocities, as assessed by transthoracic pulse-wave Doppler and tissue Doppler imaging, respectively) and reduces substances of(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with beta-thalassemia major (beta-TM) demonstrate an increased incidence of vascular complications, which are thought to result from a procoagulant/proinflammatory environment. We investigated the arterial vasorelaxing capacity and sought for early carotid atherosclerosis and underlying pathophysiological correlates in these(More)
BACKGROUND Capacity to exercise may not be fully restored in patients with heart failure even in the long term after ventricular assist device (VAD) implantation. The benefits of exercise training in patients with VAD are unknown. DESIGN AND METHODS Fifteen patients, aged 38.3 ± 15.9 years, bridged to heart transplantation with left ventricular assist(More)
OBJECTIVE Recent experimental and clinical data indicate that abnormal inflammatory and apoptotic processes contribute to the progression of chronic heart failure (CHF). We sought to study the effects of growth hormone (GH) on circulating soluble apoptosis mediators, and to investigate whether these GH-induced anti-apoptotic effects are associated with the(More)
T he heart failure (HF) syndrome is rapidly becoming one of the most prevalent cardiovascular diseases in recent years and has a high mortality rate. Depending on the age group, the prevalence of HF may vary from 1-2% in persons aged 55-64 to 7-10% for those >75 years of age. One out of two HF patients usually dies within 5 years from the onset of the(More)