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OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of qili qiangxin capsules in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). BACKGROUND Qili qiangxin capsules are a traditional Chinese medicine that has been approved in China for the treatment of CHF, but the evidence supporting its efficacy remains unclear. METHODS A total of 512 patients(More)
BACKGROUND Left-sided heart disease (LHD) is the most common cause of pulmonary hypertension (PH). In patients with LHD, elevated left atrial pressure causes a passive increase in pulmonary vascular pressure by hydrostatic transmission. In some patients, an active component caused by pulmonary arterial vasoconstriction and/or vascular remodeling(More)
BACKGROUND The risk of VTE before anticancer therapy in patients with lung cancer is not well defined. METHODS A total of 673 hospitalized patients with newly diagnosed lung cancer were examined for VTE within 1 week after admission at five hospitals between January 2009 and January 2011. Additionally, VTE diagnoses within the last 3 months were reviewed.(More)
OBJECTIVES Galectin-3 has been shown to be involved in the process of cardiac fibrosis and to predict adverse events in heart failure (HF), but the association of galectin-3 with cause-specific death has not been well established. The purpose of this study was to investigate the prognostic value of baseline galectin-3 for all-cause, cardiovascular (CV), and(More)
Aggression in socially monogamous mandarin vole (Microtus mandarinus) was observed after castration. Levels of serum sex hormones and their central receptors were also measured using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and immunohistochemistry methods. The data indicate that adult males showed higher levels of aggression after castration. However, castration(More)
The required performance of TTC (Tracking, Telemetry and Command) antennas for mini-satellite applications are briefly discussed and a new type of three-layered patch antenna is designed to meet the requirements. The antenna is constituted of two stacked annular ring radiators, the lower one of which is printed on a substrate with &#x03B5;<inf>r</inf>(More)
BACKGROUND The haplotypes in the gene vitamin K epoxide reductase complex subunit 1 (VKORC1) have been found to affect warfarin dose response through effects on the formation of reduced-form vitamin K, a cofactor for gamma-carboxylation of vitamin K-dependent proteins, which is involved in the coagulation cascade and has a potential impact on(More)
Previous studies demonstrate that leptin has an osteogenic differentiation effect on bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). However, the effect of adenovirus-mediated leptin on MSCs differentiation has not been reported. To explore the mechanism, we constructed a recombinant adenoviral vector Ad-leptin and transfected propagated MSCs in vitro. The(More)
The aim of the study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of 1-h infusion of recombinant human atrial natriuretic peptide (rhANP) in combination with standard therapy in patients with acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF). This was a phase III, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter trial. Eligible patients with ADHF were randomized(More)
AIM To evaluate the associations of soluble ST2 (sST2) and galectin-3 with death relative to renal function in patients with heart failure (HF). METHODS Eleven-hundred-and-sixty-one patients hospitalized for HF with 1-year follow up were enrolled for biomarkers analysis. RESULTS Patients were divided into two groups based on eGFR of either > or ≤60(More)