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S100B protein, an acknowledged biomarker of brain injury, has been reported to be increased in hemorrhagic shock. Also, acute hemorrhage is associated with inflammatory response. The aim of this study was to investigate the concentrations of serum S100B and the potential relationships with interleukin 6 (IL-6), severity of tissue hypoperfusion, and(More)
End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Recent studies indicate that atrial fibrillation (AF) is prevalent among ESRD patients while it adversely affects the clinical outcome. Despite these considerations, AF management in this population is problematic. Notably, most ESRD patients with AF are(More)
In a prospective observational study, we assessed the relative value of conventional stroke risk factors and emerging markers in the prediction of functional outcome of patients surviving the acute phase of an ischemic non-embolic stroke. All available eligible patients consecutively admitted due to a first-ever acute ischemic non-embolic stroke during a(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with sepsis syndrome commonly have low serum selenium levels. Several randomized controlled trials have examined the efficacy of selenium supplementation on mortality in patients with sepsis. OBJECTIVE To determine the efficacy and safety of high-dose selenium supplementation compared to placebo for the reduction of mortality in(More)
OBJECTIVE The value of the recently introduced definitions of metabolic syndrome (MetS) in the identification of high cardiovascular risk subjects remains questionable. We examined the association among different definitions of MetS, and the occurrence of a first-ever acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS We studied 211 patients with a first-ever ACS and(More)
Stroke represents a leading cause of morbidity and mortality especially among the elderly people, and therefore the need for effective preventive strategies is imperative. The value of physical activity for stroke prevention is not as well established as for other cardiovascular diseases. Despite some conflicting results, the majority of published studies(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to elucidate if apoptosis dysregulation is present in type 1 diabetic patients with microalbuminuria. SUBJECTS AND METHODS The following variables were determined in 29 type 1 diabetic patients: the duration of diabetes, soluble Fas (sFas), Bcl-2, hemoglobin A(1c) levels, glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and(More)